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Looking back on 2017

by Maaike
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Woah, I’m so excited for 2018! But 2017 was a great year as well, with a lot of travels and awesome adventures. I’ve explored two new continents and I’ve traveled ten times this year, so good! But traveling is not the only thing I did in 2017. In this article I’ll show you what I did the past year!

Best job ever

In 2016 I started working for a travel company and I still work there, but this year my role changed a bit. I started to work for one of the labels of the company, where I focussed on sales and online marketing, but the label stopped so I started to focus more on innovation. Now I’m back on the sales and I also write a lot. I really love my job and I’m sad that I have to quit when I will be traveling for a few months, but I hope to get back when I’m done traveling. Excited!

I’ve started my own website

Anoter big change: I’ve started my own website. I always wanted my own travel blog, but I wasn’t ready for it. I didn’t know how my website should look like, I thought that I didn’t had the time for it and I was doubting everything. But suddenly I decided to go for it and I started to build my own website. My website went live in June 2017 and I’m still really happy that I’ve made this decision. I really love to write about my travels and to inspire others to travel more. It’s such a good feeling knowing that a lot of people read my articles and enjoy it. But it’s a lot of work, because I write in two languages and I write blogs two times a week. I will continue this adventure for a long time!

A lot of followers on Instagram

Oh how much I like Instagram! I love the fact that you can only post a photo without the bullshit and that’s why I was very active from the beginning. I noticed that more and more people were following me and in May 2017 I finally reached the 10k! Now I almost have 30k and I could’ve never dreamed of this amount of followers. It’s so cool!

I’ve quit my job and I’m going to travel the world

I’ve always wanted to travel for a longer period of time and when I was finally done studying, I didn’t have the courage to go and I didn’t have enough money. I still don’t have a lot of money, but now I’m ready for it and I want to freelance during my trip. I’ve finally bought my ticket in August and I’ll start my trip in Nicaragua this April. Soooo excited! You can read more about my plans in this article.

I’ve started my own business

In October 2017 I received more and more requests for collaborations, so I decided to start my own business. My company is called ‘LUT’ because of my last name and I already have some cool collaborations. I didn’t want it to call ‘Travel a Lut’ because I’m also happy to write texts about another subject than travel. But one thing is for sure: I’ll only do writing and social media for other companies if they would like me to work for them.

I’ve moved to a beautiful city

This year I’ve also moved to a very cute house in a cool city in Holland with my boyfriend. And we love it! We live in Haarlem and it’s such a cozy city with a lot of beautiful restaurants and adorable streets. We’ll also keep our house during our big adventure, so we can move in again when we go back.

Conclusion: it was such a good but busy year. I started to follow my dreams and I’m making my dreams come true.

How was your year and where are you proud of? Let me know in a comment!

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