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Our Year in Review 2022 (With Never-Before-Seen Photos & Adventures!)

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We don’t usually share personal posts on this blog. We’ve certainly never written a “year in review” style blog post before.

Maybe 2023 feels different.

The past few years have been tough on a lot of us.

While Scott and I both jumped headfirst into stay-at-home plans in 2020, this got old very quickly. We started to get our lives back on track in 2021, but 2022 felt like we took several steps backwards.

I guess progress is rarely a straight line, is it?

While lots of people around us were travelling here, there and everywhere, I still felt a bit apprehensive.

Was international travel really back? Or at least coming back?

I guess it took me a while to believe that maybe we really were past the worst of it. Or maybe I was just out of practice?

So, 2022 started off slow for us. But guess what? By the end of the year, Scott and I had ticked off several items from our bucket lists and we saw lots of new and beautiful places here in the UK.

Wanna know exactly what we got up to?

Here’s our little year in review – by the season…

Our Year in Review 2022: The Numbers

  • Blogs published: 20 (let’s blame the slow start to the year for this one)
  • Blog growth achieved: 26% (not too shabby considering the number above!)
  • Day trips taken: Far too many to count! (this is the same every year, to be honest)
  • Weekend trips taken: 3 (and they were ALL bucket list trips!)

Now for the deep dive into our year…

Spring

As I say, 2022 started off a little slow for us.

Scott and I finally took our dog Kai to Woodchester Park in Gloucestershire (where we first met back in 2014).

Justine, Scott & Kai at Woodchester Park
The three of us enjoying the spring sunshine in Woodchester Park, Gloucestershire

We’d wanted to take him there a couple of years prior but UK lockdowns were making this tough to do.

It was a gorgeous day, and because we had Kai with us, we walked further than in previous years and saw just how big Woodchester Park really is!

Scott and I also finally visited a wildlife conservation park not too far from us. Once again, we’d been putting it off during the lockdowns of the previous years.

We loved it there – and we even got to see brown bears for the first time!

Brown bears at the Wild Place Project near Bristol
Seeing brown bears for the first time at the Wild Place Project near Bristol

But the icing on the cake back in the spring was to finally tick off the Isle of Wight from our bucket lists.

We spent several days there and loved it!

The Needles, Isle of Wight
The Needles, Isle of Wight

The sun shone almost the whole time we were there, we visited various historical sites, botanical gardens, beaches… basically, everything we love to do.

Osborne House on the Isle of Wight
Osborne House… now this is when we really felt like we were abroad! Even though we weren’t…
Inside Osborne House, Isle of Wight
Inside Osborne House… so royal!
Views from Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight
Sunshiney views of the Isle of Wight from the top of Carisbrooke Castle
Pretty pink flowers at Ventnor Botanic Garden, Isle of Wight
Exploring a botanical garden… our happy place (one of them anyway)

RELATED: 11 Beautiful Places To Visit On The Isle of Wight

And don’t forget, this was the first time we’d left the mainland in nearly two years, so it felt extra special.

Suffice it to say, we certainly won’t be taking travel and day trips for granted ever again!

Justine & Scott in Isle of Wight, UK
Why are my eyes ALWAYS closed?! I’m definitely much better behind the camera…

Summer

Our trip to the Isle of Wight felt like a turning point – especially for me.

My itchy feet were back and I was already planning where we were going to visit next. I’d already decided it was going to be abroad!

But, before we get to all that…

Scott and I spent the summer gallivanting around various places here in the UK.

We visited lots more historical places (oh, but of course!), such as Barrington Court, Newark Park and Dundas Aqueduct.

River Avon in Somerset
Pretty canal-side views near Dundas Aqueduct

We spent the day in Frome for my birthday – SUCH a gorgeous Somerset town!

Gentle Street in Frome, Somerset
Oh-so-pretty Frome for my birthday

RELATED: 16 Beautiful Places To Visit in Somerset, UK

We finally enjoyed breakfast at our local cafe: the Warmley Waiting Room, which is actually in a converted railway station waiting room.

And we were one of the first people to visit the new Wake the Tiger amazement park right here in Bristol, which was pretty incredible!

Wake the Tiger Review - Bristol's Immersive Amazement Park Experience
The Wake the Tiger amazement park in Bristol really is ah-maz-ing!!

But, while all this was going on, we both also took a step back to get our working lives in some kind of order.

Towards the end of April, Scott had taken his Etsy shop full-time. While I was experiencing huge growth on my craft blog, YouTube channel and Etsy shop.

RELATED: Little Life Update: We’ve Launched A Shop… (Or Three!)

Edith Holden journals
I make pretty journals and handcrafted items now, doncha know?

We needed balance (our word for the year for two years running).

So I set about making a work schedule where we’d have set days for certain work tasks, such as admin tasks on Mondays, writing and publishing blogs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, filming on Fridays, etc.

While not perfect, this schedule has really helped us make time for all the amazing things we want to achieve and all the incredible places we want to travel to.

One day, I’ll actually write a blog post about this schedule, so watch this space!

This was also when Scott and I started up Friday date nights. Without fail, we both carve out this time just for us rather than working through it.

I think my favourite date night was when we went blackberry picking and made a fruit crumble in late summer. Just call me an old-fashioned Brit!

Blackberry picking in late summer
The blackberries that became a crumble… oh how very British of us!

Autumn

You know how I said I was planning overnight trips before we’d even left the Isle of Wight back in the spring?

Well, autumn saw us Champing in a 14th-century church in Somerset (with Kai) – something I’d been wanting to do for several years. And it was all kinds of epic (if a little spooky at night!)

All Saints' Church in Langport, Somerset
The 14th-century church we “Champed” in for the night…
Champing – another bucket list adventure!

And within a couple of weeks of that, Scott and I were scurrying off to Paris and Disneyland for a fun-filled couple of days acting like big kids. Another bucket list trip as I’d never been to any kind of Disney theme park before!

Sleeping Beauty's Castle in Disneyland Paris
Making dreams come true at thirty-something…

It was also oh-so-romantic to finally experience Paris with Scott (I’d travelled there on my own before). Paris at sunset certainly helped with the romance too!

Pretty bridge in Paris, France
Paris at sunset doesn’t need a filter…
Close up of the Eiffel Tower at night
Oh Paris, how beautiful you are at night!
Justine & Scott in Paris, France
Oh hey! My eyes are OPEN!

Winter

Seeing as Scott’s Etsy shop has really taken off, we were both super busy with packing orders in the run-up to Christmas.

But we did manage to sneak in a couple of day trips including a trip to Bath for ice skating and Glow Golf (mini golf at night with a light-up ball).

Glow Golf in Bath, UK
Ooh… pretty lights!
Glow Golf in Bath, UK
Mini golf is miles more fun when you’re playing with a light-up ball at night!

I also completely revamped my studio. I now have dedicated areas for writing and crafting/filming with far more desk space and storage than I had before (despite being in the same tiny box room). We even laid a new carpet!

Here’s a quick before and after shot (I still need to put up some artwork and wall decoration):

And that brings us to now: January 2023. Where Scott and I are already making big plans for our businesses and the adventures we’re going to have.

So, as always, stay tuned for more!

Lots of love and best wishes for 2023,

Justine & Scott xoxo

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Justine Jenkins

Justine is one half of the married couple behind the Wanderers of the World travel blog. She lives in Bristol, UK and has travelled extensively within Europe and beyond since 2013. After her trips, she shares detailed travel itineraries, helpful travel guides and inspiring blog posts about the places she's been to. When she's not travelling overseas, you'll find her joining her husband, Scott on various day trips, weekend getaways and walks within the UK, which she also writes about on Wanderers of the World. Aside from travelling and writing, she also loves reading, crafting and learning about nature.

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