To mark the end of the year, I put together a brief overview of 2020: what I did, where I went, my top posts, and the overall statistics of the website and blog. You’ll also find a list of my favourite blogs and channels of the year, and links to their respective pages.
2020 was a memorable year for a lot of reasons. While it started out relatively normal, the global COVID-19 pandemic quickly changed how the rest of the year would unravel; for all of us. I was lucky enough to do some international travelling before the world shut down, and then explore some of my own home country once Canada loosened some of it’s internal restrictions over the summer months.
But perhaps the most memorable part of 2020 for me happened on May 1st, when I finally took the plunge and started this website and blog, Seeking Saudades. As I said in my last post, I’ve really enjoyed writing, reading, and interacting with all of you, and I’m extremely grateful for those who have taken the time out of their day to visit, like, share and follow.
I’m excited to keep growing, learning, and posting new material, but for now, let’s take a look back at the year that was. Here is the 2020 year in review.
See you in 2021!
| Travel Recap
I travelled to Thailand in late February, just before the global shutdown due to COVID-19. The first part of the trip was a short stint in Bangkok, followed by a week-long stay on the island of Phuket. It was my first time in Thailand, and I really enjoyed what I saw. I’ll definitely be making the effort to return one day.
This marked my second time in Japan. My first was a near 2-week stay in 2018 travelling through Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima. This trip however, was simply a 2-day layover in Tokyo on the way back home from Thailand in late February. I love Japan, and any excuse to visit is one worth taking. There are plans in the works to go back again in the near future; exactly how near is up to COVID-19.
3. Canada (Notable Destinations)
I did more exploring of my home Province of Ontario this year than ever before. While there were a ton of destinations on the itinerary this summer, I narrowed the list down to a few notable places. I went to Chutes Provincial Park in early September as part of a larger road trip to Manitoulin Island. While I was impressed by both, my favourite destination this summer was Algonquin Provincial Park. I might be a little biased as I worked there, but nonetheless it’s still a breathtaking area, and one I highly recommend you visit if you haven’t been before.
| Algonquin Provincial Park
| Chutes Provincial Park
| Manitoulin Island
| Overall Website Statistics
*Statistics are from May 1st – December 30th, 2020*
Where You’re Reading:
In 2020, Seeking Saudades was viewed in 42 countries from around the world. Here is a map and list of where, and a breakdown of each location’s total percentage of views.
1. Breakdown by Map
2. Breakdown by List
Most Viewed Post:
3 Days in Seattle, Washington
Most Liked Post:
Tales From a Lost Water Bottle
Personal Favourite Post:
Music For a World Traveller – Sounds like Van Spirit
| Favourite Travel Blogs
1. Andy’s World Journeys
Travel, photos & more from 84 countries & counting!
2. Wandering Canadians
Two Canadians exploring the world.
3. Digging For Gems
Searching for hidden gems along the best tourist trails.
| Favourite Travel Channels
1. Rich and Kirsten
Rich and Kirsten are Canadian couple who started off the year travelling the world, but were ultimately forced back home due to the pandemic. They spent the summer living and driving across Canada in a minivan, and loved it so much they decided to convert a cargo van to live in on the road full time.
2. Abroad in Japan
Chris Broad is originally from England, but moved to Japan full time to teach English. Since his arrival years ago, he’s made a career out of making videos about his experiences, notable destinations, and cultural differences. If you’re interested in learning more about Japan, his channel is where to go first. His latest series was a 1,000 km road trip to Mount Fuji.
3. Joe Robinet
Joe Robinet films extended length outdoor adventure and bushcraft videos. If you’re a fan of Les Stroud – Survivorman, you’ll love Joe’s content. I spent the summer binge-watching his collection of canoe expeditions through the wilderness of Ontario.
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2 thoughts on “2020: Year In Review”
Congrats on starting your blog and getting some travel in before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic and all the restrictions were put in place!! I’ve never been to Manitoulin Island before, but it’s on my list for next year!!
P.S. Thanks for the shout out. I feel so fortunate that we’ve been able to explore around Ontario even during the pandemic.
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Thanks for sharing this year, I’ve really enjoyed reading your material and learning more about what Ontario has to offer. Hopefully we can all get out and do more exploring next year. Happy 2021!
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