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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...

This post has been a long time coming, but it wasn't until today that I actually built up the courage to write about it. Why today? I have absolutely no idea. I was actually planning on writing an entirely different blog post (which I have planned out already) but then I thought, why not write about this instead.There are a few main reasons for this post. One is that I need to write it. My friends and my parents are aware of the incident, but I have never truly written about what happened. Writing about bad experiences can be truly healing, and I hope that this helps me on my journey. The second reason is that I want everyone else out there who has experienced something similar to know that they are not alone.The events in question actually happened quite a while ago.After travelling from Glasgow to Paris, I would have a few hours to explore the city before heading to the airport to catch my flight to the Seychelles.None of this went to plan.

If you haven't already then check out the prequel to this post on Why Bloggers Should Discuss Their Income! In that article, I discuss why talking about our income and how much we charge for sponsored posts shouldn't be a taboo subject.However, it is often a very common topic that comes up and so I felt that I should address how I decide how much to charge brands for sponsored posts and different factors that I consider. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

This may sound like an odd title for a travel blogger to write a post with. But it's true - travel HAS ruined my life. Everyone says how amazing it sounds, that I travel all the time. That I disappear off on journeys around the world and see incredible places and have the best adventures.No one warned me about the negatives, about the downsides of travel and jetting off to different countries all the time, and so I found them out the hard way. Here are five ways that travel has ruined my life...