About the Author

My name is Will.

Every year I research different places to go and my ‘I should go here’ list gets longer. I add it and then start thinking of the best way of getting around when there, be it cycling, backpacking or vehicular.

The Exploration Journal is my way to document my travels to these places and my development as a photographer.

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2018: Year in review

A year has gone past and the Exploration Journal is officially two years old! Last year I created my first yearly review post, and so to continue focusing on what is important to me, here is the 2018 yearly recap and my goals for 2019.

My goals for 2018 were:

In summary, I accomplished 9 of the 12 goals. The main gap was failing to pursue my creative interests, such as doing more digital art and practicing traditional art. These will definitely be an area to focus on throughout 2019. The other area is to finish posting about my travels over the last 5 years, this has been an ongoing battle which only gets worse as time goes on, due to going to more places and wanting to share them! I’ll carry on with this goal every year until it is achieved.

Travel accomplishments

I once again went on a long bicycle tour, this time cycling from the Black Sea in Romania to England. I’ve also created a list of things to see and do, I don’t like the idea of a bucket list so call mine a ‘Must See’ list.

Art and Photography accomplishments
  • I bought the Sony A6000, and my photographs have skyrocketed in quality, I’ve created three separate pages to show the best of my photos.
Landscapes

A sunset over the mountains, with a lake reflecting silver light

Animal Kingdom

Small orange brown frog on a rock

Fungi

  • I wrote a post about Wilsey Down Woods in Cornwall.
  • I didn’t finish any new digital or traditional art.
Other accomplishments
  • I read 84 books (out of a goal of 35!).
  • I went on holiday to Centreparcs with my university friends.
  • I joined a graduate scheme! I’m now working in Warwick.
  • I kept posting to the Exploration Journal. I read somewhere that the majority of new blogs fail within the first two years of being created, so to stop that from happening one of my goals for 2018 was to keep posting, even if only every couple of months.
12 goals to achieve in 2019

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