I can't believe we're in December already and my last newsletter was way back in March! It's not that I haven't been updating the blog, I've actually published 12 new posts since then but regretfully I've neglected my monthly roundup email.
Firstly, I'd like to say a big hello to the 1000s of new subscribers who have taken the time to join the Rear View Mirror community. I don't know what prompted you to sign up but I hope you'll find some useful travel tips and inspiration. But if you haven't found what you're looking for or need help in some way, send me a message on Instagram and I'll see what I can do.
Of course, I appreciate everyone who has been around a while too. I'm always thankful for anyone who has taken the time to read my little blog over the years. All the comments, likes and shares don't go unnoticed. People tend to prefer to get their travel inspiration from social media these days, an area that isn't my strong point, so it's nice when I see people visit the blog and actually read what I have to say then book their own trips.
As a quick update, the reason I haven't been so active on the blog this year is due to my return to Australia. It was difficult to give up full-time travel but for family reasons, I had to return to my home country. I initially thought that would be the end of the blog but it seems I still have many stories to tell, travel guides to write and countless photos to share.
Recently on the blog, I've published a series of winter travel articles to help you plan your European winter holidays and tips on where to find some sun this winter.
8 MINI DECEMBER ROAD TRIPS
While I sometimes get nervous driving in the snow, I still think winter is a great time for a road trip. You just have to take it easy and be prepared to take a break if the weather turns bad.
These mini road trips each have three stops and focus on Christmas celebrations with a mix of busy big city locations and off the beaten path destinations. I love travelling in winter. I wish I was there this year.
The ultimate guide to the best Christmas markets in Europe. If you're not sure where you want to go this December, this guide will give you plenty of ideas. Popular this year are market tours where you learn about the city while sampling Christmas snacks. Read more.
WINTER SUN HOLIDAYS
I can understand if you'd prefer to head somewhere sunny on your winter holidays. I've lived in Paris and London so I know how bleak it can get and how much you miss the sun. These close by destinations might cheer you up. Read the post.
As many of you know, I've spent a lot of time in Albania and it's a country I feel deeply connected to. The recent earthquake has devastated Durres and the loss of life and homes is difficult to comprehend. Please consider donating to the Red Cross.
More from the winter travel series and recent posts:
Next up on the blog, I'm working on new posts about Bratislava (Slovakia), Minsk (Belarus) and Ljubljana (Slovenia).