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Happy New Year Eco Travellers!

Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year!

I hope you’ve had an amazing 2015 and have had the opportunity to add lots of wonderful travel memories to your bank of good times past.

It’s been a relatively quiet year for me in terms of travel. A new part-time office job means the joy of freelance isn’t as free as it once was. After eight years of working from home, I craved some human interaction and a change of work environment and started working with luxury tour company Epicurious travel at the beginning of the year. Although office based, the role is varied and offers a good balance of writing, editing, admin and travel design. There are also opportunities for travel and this year I visited Tasmania for the first time and joined one of the 6-day Larapinta trail tours, which was definitely a highlight of 2015 for me.

I still do other freelance work outside of Epicurious travel, just not as much as I used to, and – as ever – would love to have more time to spend on Eco Traveller. But I’m a big, BIG believer in finding the right balance in life and acknowledge I can’t do it all, nor want to. When life gets busy Eco Traveller gets less so, but I like to keep her going in background. Ticking away, like a faithful old friend. A place to share what I can, when I can.

Thank you for your continued support. For reading, for sharing and sticking around in the quiet times. I hope 2016 is all kinds of wonderful for you and your family.

I’ll leave you with a montage of the best nine photos from instagram this year, which offers a glimpse into what I’ve been up to. Do connect with me @ecotraveller if you haven’t done so already.

The #2015bestnine on instagram.

Images: 1. Sunrise at Bloo Lagoon, Bali 2. The Great Ocean Road as seen from Teddy’s Lookout in Lorne 3. Driving through the Barren Tier, Tasmania 4. Friendly cockatoo at the Lorne Hotel 5. Water catchment tank at Bloo Lagoon, Bali 6. Lake at Barwon Edge Boathouse, Geelong 7. Sculpture of a koala and her joey at Healesville Sanctuary 8. One of the trails in Studley Park, Melbourne 9. Iconic image of Melbourne – Flinders Station with a perfectly timed Circle Tram in the foreground.

Happy travels, and be safe!