What a kick-off for this year! The first trip of the year has been completed, and thanks to Matka Nordic Travel Fair, I’m now filled with travel inspiration and new travel dreams. And new dreams in general.
After only a week of 2016 Daniel and I started the car and turned our ski boots towards Eastern Finland. We drove nearly 8 hours from the south-west coast through the country to Vuokatti, where we spent nearly one full week.
On the way back home we spent a couple of days in Koli National Park admiring the views that, for a reason, are named as Finnish national landscapes. The visit itself… well, I still quite can’t describe it with words, which is the reason I haven’t really written about it yet. I will do it shortly, but before that I want to give you a little taste of the reasons why our experiences in Koli National Park create such contradictory feelings:
A Saturday morning walk on top of Mäkrävaara hill in January. This view was definitely worth a rough walk in deep, unbroken snow.
How would you cope with spending a night in a hut like this in the middle of the woods in the middle of the coldest winter, when the temperature outside, as well as inside the hut, reaches -30 degrees? That’s the question! Read about our freezing night in Koli National Park!
So I will definitely give you plenty of reading (and pictures) about Koli and Vuokatti in the very near future. Before that I will tell you what did I do right after the trip.
After only two days spent at home (working from dawn till dusk), it was time to head for Helsinki and Matka Nordic Travel Fair, the biggest travel fair in Northern Europe. Thanks to Nordic Bloggers’ Experience a.k.a. NBE Finland the fair was filled with skilled and successful bloggers from Finland and all over the world.
I had four extremely busy days ahead of me. It meant meeting lots of blogger friends, new and old ones, contacting companies for co-operation, learning, inspiring and getting inspired, finding new dream destinations, making travel plans, fulfilling dreams, drinking coffee…
Oh, so much coffee was needed in order to survive those few days. And a little bit of sparkling wine as well. And of course lots of delicious food.
For years I have been planning to return to San Pedro in the Costa del Sol in Spain, where I spent a year of my life. Perhaps this year I will finally make that trip happen, as I already have promised to my ex-colleagues and bosses.
Inspiration. Travel inspiration. Travel dreams. All kinds of dreams.
As always at the travel fair and any other place filled with minds that think alike, the inspiration keeps growing and growing to the point it’s about to explode. For a long time I have been pondering the future of this blog, and especially the blog layout and practicality; how easy and clear it is to read and navigate with its bilingual content.
There’s no way I want to give up on either language, Finnish nor English, even though it takes (at least) twice the time and effort to blog in two different languages. Yet I have been thinking about different options how to present and organize this blog with the bilingual content to make it as useful and easy to read for both, international and Finnish readers. There is a chance the problem only exists inside my own head, as every time I have been asking your opinion, no one seems to find the bilingual content being an issue at all.
And that’s great. But as it remains being an issue inside my own head, I will start working on it. I’m not yet entirely sure what I’m going to do with it, but whatever the solution will be, it will most probably cause some occasional problems with the blog layout and content. However I trust and KNOW the result will be worth all that trouble. I wanted to tell you this beforehand in case one day you’ll open the site and find something completely weird. It will be temporary, I promise.
After this big announcement I will return to the travel fair for a little while. Besides the bloggers’ program organized by NBE, including interesting presentations from Sarah and Terry Lee from Live Share Travel, Angelika Schwaff from Reisefreunde and Erik van Erp from Around the Globe, I was seeking some more inspiration and aspects from a travel writing training organized by one of the biggest travel magazines in Finland, Mondo.
Even if besides blogging I have been writing for living for over 2 years now, the training was extremely useful. And that’s what I think makes a great training; even an experienced person gets something new out of it. When saying this I don’t only mean myself, but also some very experienced freelance writers who took the training and thought the same. Writers with 10 or even 20 years of experience.
By the way, in case you are a blogger yourself, or just interested in the topic, let me know in comments if you’d be interested in reading more about these presentations and trainings. I could compile the best learnings in one separate post in case it’s something you’d love to read about!
What a kick-off for this year indeed! Filled with inspiration and new travel dreams, I am more than ready to make 2016 even more awesome than 2015 was. I hope you’re on board!
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