By January, 2022, we’d already ventured a few times from this island of ours post-Covid and, having lived to tell the tale, were feeling confident enough to hit the road (or the airport to be specific!) running as it were and more than ready to make up for lost time….
As usual, we’d no blueprint for the months ahead but that never bothers us – our travel plans generally just evolve as the year progresses….
January – Belfast
Just 2 hours up the road, I know, but always enjoyable……
February / March- England
A few days in Cambridge and then back to London for a catch up with family and friends (but did manage to squeeze in a theatre visit and locate the Line Sculpture Trail).
March – Wexford
A mini staycation in Ireland’s south east….
April – Kilkenny
We actually found ourselves in Kilkenny several times this year – but that’s never a problem!
We’d visited Cyprus just the previous autumn but left knowing there was so much more we’d like to see – in particular we wanted to spend time in Northern Cyprus..
June – London
Back to London for a Theatre Break – Ralph Fiennes in Straight Line Crazy and last minute tickets for Mark Ryance in Jerusalem
June – Greece
40 years – almost to the month – since our last visit!! No island hopping this time, but a fantastic road trip from Athens, through the Peloponnese and on up to Delphi, Meteora, Thessaloniki and beyond….
July/ August – Borneo
Finally leaving Europe for the first time since pre Covid – A jungle adventure and a few lazy days in the sun…
We interspersed our homeward flight(s)’ bingefest of back-to-back movies with speculation on future trips. There were a few plans in the offing – the annual October family golf junket for himself in Malaga, a German city break with pals in late November and the big one – that Covid-postponed trip to South Africa at the end of December…… but maayybbeeeee the budget might just stretch to somewhere in October – all was good….
How much we take for granted!
Our world imploded at the end of August with Tom’s emergency crisis following a very routine medical procedure.
Our traipsing came to a sudden and shocking halt and travel plans were snuffed out in a tic – replaced with hospitalisation, tests, consultants and rehab.
Now – some 4 months later and facing into a new year – things are looking ok and we are quietly optimistic about the future.
In recent weeks, we have actually ventured out of our own county (sounds like Covid doesn’t it!) and even managed two overnighters – but haven’t dared check out Skyscanner and Booking.com yet!
And my New Year message to you all……..
DON’T WAIT!! JUST DO IT!
Best Wishes and Happy Travels to all in 2023
34 thoughts on “2022 – If ever there was a Year of Two Halves!”
What a fantastic year of travel for you in the end Marie. Sorry to hear of Tom’s medical crisis, we’ve had similar issues also with Anthony
Didn’t it feel good to fly again though and how did our perceptions of travel change!
Such a shock certainly puts things in perspective doesn’t it Alison…. but you’re right – it’s great to be on the move – by our last flight we were pros again!
Best wishes to you and yours for 2023. XXXMarie
Hoping for a healthier year🙂
A lively year Marie, with much variety in your travel experiences. It all looks great, though for me Borneo particularly captures the imagination. You’re right, carpe diem is the way to go because we really have no idea what’s around the corner. Happy New Year!
Covid had already taught me to seize the day but now – I won’t waste a minute!
Best wishes and Happy Travels and Blogging for 2023!
What a year you had! A good and happy 2023.
And also to you – 🎉🥳 🎉 – Best wishes for the year ahead. XXXMarie
Happy new year Marie…..throw the kitchen sink at the next one!
I certainly will!!! – Wishing you both – Phil and Michaela – all the best for 2023. XXXMarie
I’m glad things are looking positive after Tom’s medical emergency. You’re so right, all of us who can should seize any opportunity to travel, or to do whatever else excites us and gives us pleasure – especially when we can share that with a special person in our lives 🙂
So, so true….
All the best for 2023, Sarah – and Happy Travels! XXXMarie
Oh Marie, I’m so sorry to hear of Tom’s crisis – I hope he is making a good recovery. Your advice of doing things while you can is just so important. After my medical dramas last year I’ve just gone for it this year and travelled lots – I hope 2023 can be the same for you and Tom. My thoughts and best wishes for 2023, Hannah xx
Thank you Hannah – I noticed all your trips during the year – you were coming and going quite a bit….I hope you’ve plenty more in store – unless you broke the bank in 2022! Best wishes for 2023. XXXMarie
So sorry to hear about Tom’s medical problems. Hopefully 2023 will be more like early 2022 for you. All the best for the New Year! Maggie
Thank you Maggie – we’ve had a shock to be sure but it looks like he’s weathered the storm. Hopefully we’ll be on the move again within the next few months… Best wishes to yourself and Richard for 2023 XXXMarie
Wishing you all the very best for 2023!
Thank you Graham – and the very best to you also! 🥳🥳🥳
Happy new year, and happy travels.
And the same to you Lois – Happy Cruising in 2023!!! XXXMarie
thats quite a year! inspiring. don’t ever stop …
Ah thank you Keith – hopefully we’ll have some new travel tales for you later this year! Meanwhile, all the best to you for 2023. XXXMarie
What a year you had, with some super travels! So pleased that Tom has recovered; what a scare that must have been!
Wishing you a wonderful 2023, with many travel adventures being fulfilled!!
It’s been an incredible year – in many ways! All the best for 2023 – and Happy Gardening!!! XXXMarie
Wish you healthy, blissful n safe new year 2023🙏
And to you and yours …. XXXMarie
What a great year of travel. I enjoyed following you through your adventures. I wish you a wonderful Happy New Year, full of interesting travels.
And the same to you! Looking forward to lots more daily photos from you! Happy 2023! XXXMarie
Share your sentiments! No time to lose. Whatever it is, go for it. Tomorrow may not be the day you expect.
That’s for sure! Covid was already a wakeup call but a health scare on top of it has really spurred me on… once we get the all clear, we’re out of here!
I enjoyed your recap of 2022 and look forward to reading your posts in 2023! Can’t wait to see where you go. Happy New Year!
Thank you and Happy New Year to you both – hopefully I’ll have new stories to tell!
Wow! so much fun.
Here’s to 2023!!!