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2017 has been a pretty crazy year in terms of travel and blogging. This year, my blog started to pick up, my Instagram hit 100k followers (woohoo!) and I went on my first press trip. Although not quite as catchy as my 2016 (21 countries in my 21st year), 2017 was definitely more epic and probably also more stressful!Here goes a round up of a crazy year...

Winter is coming. It’s true, whether you like the cold weather or not! Winter is a great time of year for travel since you have so many options, including heading to warmer climates (a favourite of mine), exploring Christmas markets, doing winter sports or experiencing the sheer beauty of winter.Some of my favourite travel bloggers have put forward their top choices for winter destinations this year… where will you choose to go?

Yogyakarta, or the Special Region of Yogyakarta, is a city on the island of Java in Indonesia. It is usually pronounced 'Jogjakarta' and is also known as Jogja or Jogjakarta (so if you want to be cool, just call it Jogja).It is the only place in the Republic of Indonesia where a royal family still has some administrative power, rather than just being a cultural figurehead (hence why it is a 'Special Region'), since Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX helped overthrow the Dutch colonialists during the fight for independence in 1945.There is so much to see and do in Yogyakarta, and it is a city you definitely can't miss when you visit Indonesia!A huge thank you to the Indonesian Tourism board for hosting me on the amazing Trip of Wonders, highlighting some of the best cultural wonders around Indonesia. 

In the Western world, a funeral is an ending. A funeral is a final goodbye. We cry, we try to accept that we will never see that loved one again. But what if death didn't mean goodbye? For the Toraja people of South Sulawesi in Indonesia, death is not the end.

A huge thank you to the Indonesian Tourism board for hosting me on the amazing Trip of Wonders, highlighting some of the best cultural wonders around Indonesia. Warning: the following post contains images that may be upsetting to some readers.