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Jo Fitzsimons is a freelance travel writer who has visited over 60 countries. is the place where she shares destination details, travel itineraries, planning and booking tips and trip tales. Her aim: to help you plan your travel adventure on your terms and to your budget.

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  4. Steph | A Nerd at Large
    Steph | A Nerd at Large at | | Reply

    Thanks for posting this, Jo. It was kind of a sucky year for me too, and I’ve never posted about any of that on my blog because it was all rather personal and anytime I tried to write about downsides it felt like I was coming across as ungrateful and whiny, but on the other hand it feels dishonest not to acknowledge that the downsides exist. I’m so glad I met you in Ireland and then got to hang out and get to know you at WTM. We talked about travel burnout and “failing at everything” then and it was tremendously reassuring to know that I’m not alone in those experiences. Here’s to a great year ahead any may our paths cross again sometime soon! I’m already in a much better place and I hope you are too.

  5. Lance
    Lance at | | Reply

    But hey, you met at BlogHouse, so it’s all good, right? 🙂 Hope we see you again soon.

  6. rosa
    rosa at | | Reply

    Hi Jo – am really enjoying your blog. We are planning a grownup gap year/year and a half. Post children and pre retirement poverty. The admin stuff is a bit scary -especially the time restrictions imposed on non EU travellers – but I read somewhere that if your dream doesn’t scare you, its not big enough.

    We are Australians in our mid fifties so are torn between the fear of being redundant in the workforce on our return and the thought that time is running out for getting out there. We are not group travel lovers, so whilst we may do some tours, we will mainly schlepping around with carry on (getting my head around that is a challenge) by ourselves. The concept of such freedom is quite intoxicating after a lifetime of deadlines.

    The blog world is proving to be an invaluable resource – thank you.

  7. Syd
    Syd at | | Reply

    Hi Jo! I just found your blog via The Planet D and I really love this post. It’s so reassuring to realize that there are other people out there who are dealing with same issues. I’m looking forward to getting more involved with the travel blogging community in the coming year and hopefully attend some of these conferences. Must be fun to not have to explain where you live (or don’t live, as the case may be) 1000 times per day… haha

  8. Craig
    Craig at | | Reply

    Some years have a habit of doing that to you 🙁

    It was a pleasure to meet you (and many of the above commenters) at Bloghouse. Here’s to 2014!

  9. Megan
    Megan at | | Reply

    Aw, Jo. You are my hero.

    It’s important to hear the story behind the story, to realize that things aren’t always rainbows and unicorns in the travel world, to understand that everyone is walking a path we might not know about…

    You are my hero for struggling through difficult things to create the life you want for yourself. Knowing you, it will happen. I look forward to reading more from you and, hopefully, seeing you more in “real life.”


  10. Paul Smith
    Paul Smith at | | Reply

    Great writing. Good (or not for you) to hear the downsides that we all endure but the media think we don’t need to know, in the usual magazine articles.
    Here’s to a great 2014 for you. Enjoy! x

  11. Julika
    Julika at | | Reply

    Great read, Jo! I really appreciate your honesty about all the difficulties you’ve been struggling with in your personal and travel life this year! (Also, wtf, snake IN YOUR ROOM??!). I’m so glad we met in Ireland and I’m sure we’ll run into each other again someday, somewhere 🙂 Wishing you all the best for 2014!

  12. Helen
    Helen at | | Reply

    You know what I think? I think you are incredibly brave. You’ve been through what sounds like an incredible year – with some real lows and real highs too.

    I have a feeling that 2014 is going to be a good year for you. You have an amazingly positive attitude and I love that you have taken life by the balls and are just going for it!!

    Onwards and upward my friend. x

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