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2023 in Review

Last Updated on 24/06/2024 by kami

This is probably my favorite post to write here, on the blog. The end of December is a good time to sit down and reflect on the past twelve months and what I’ve been up to. And 2023, the last year of my 30s, was a pretty good and stable one. There were no major changes or events, but I didn’t mind that at all. Here’s a little recap of 2023.

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Bad Gastein, Austria

Travel

It wasn’t my best travel year, but I definitely can’t complain. I spent 79 days traveling, visiting seven new countries (Tunisia, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Belize, United Arab Emirates, and Oman) and returning to some of my favorite destinations. Here are the places I’ve been to in 2023 (some of them are already covered on this blog; more articles will be published soon):

There were also a few trips around Poland, but much less than I was hoping for – that’s something I would like to improve in 2024!

Here are a few pictures of the places I visited this year:

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Tunis, Tunisia



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Bulla Regia, Tunisia



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Abandoned hotel in Djerba, Tunisia



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Antigua, Guatemala



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Caye Caulker, Belize



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El Tunco, El Salvador



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Copan Ruinas, Honduras



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Tikal, Guatemala



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Sighisoara, Romania



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Viscri, Romania



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Painted Monastery in Bukovina, Romania



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Tarnow, Poland



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Budapest, Hungary



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Vienna, Austria



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Innsbruck, Austria



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Kaprun, Austria



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Bad Gastein, Austria



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Wachau Valley, Austria



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Oslo, Norway



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Vilnius, Lithuania



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Varna, Bulgaria



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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina



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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina



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Dubrovnik, Croatia



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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates



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Oman



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Bahla, Oman



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Oman



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Limassol, Cyprus

Blogging

This was the most successful year in the eleven years of this blog, and I’m more than grateful for what I’ve managed to achieve here and for your constant support of my work. I published 51 articles, which is pretty fine considering I still work full-time and try to balance my job, blog, travel, and regular life. This is the article number 600 I’ve ever published here – I still can’t believe how far I’ve come with this little corner of the internet.

As always, with my articles I was aiming to give you all the best information for your travels so you can explore the world hassle-free and discover all the amazing places I’ve been to (and enjoyed) as well! And I think it paid off as I reached almost two million pageviews here – I still can’t wrap my head around that!

I couldn’t be more proud, as this was a very challenging year for content creators, and it might get even worse in the future. So, I’m more than grateful for what I’ve managed to achieve here. And I wouldn’t have come that far without you, my Dear Readers! So, thank you again!

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Catching up on emails in Belize

Personal Life

This was another stable year, but as long as everything is fine, I’m OK with that. I still work for the same company (it’s been over 15 years now…). I still do my best to give my time and focus to people I care about, as those friendships are very important to me. I still enjoy quiet time at home, with a TV show or a romance book (the best way for me to relax; I read over 200 of them this year – don’t ask me how I did that; I have no idea).

And I still try to attend some good metal concerts nearby. Even if this year wasn’t as good as the last one, I still managed to see Rammstein in Budapest, Halestorm in Warsaw, and Lindemann in Katowice.

2023 was also the year when COVID finally got me, in December, but it was very mild, so again, nothing to complain about. Overall, it was a good year, even with no major events.

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Rammstein in Budapest



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With my mum and two dear friends from home when we randomly ended up in Sarajevo at the same time

Plans for 2024

I’m actually really looking forward to 2024 as I have some exciting things planned, including visiting new countries and attending fantastic events.

In January I’m going to Mexico – it will be my country no 80! In March, one of my dreams will come true as I’m going to see an NHL game live in New York City. Later that month, I’m going to Sri Lanka, another new country for me.

Spring and summer will be full of concerts: Slash, Rammstein (this time in Belgrade, Serbia), Foo Fighters, and two Metallica shows. And at the end of summer, I’m going to Cuba. Accidentally, I booked tickets for the day after my 40th birthday (it took me a few days to connect the dots), so it will be a nice present for myself.

As usual, I’m also hoping to explore more of my favorite part of the world – Central Europe, the Balkans and Caucasus, and share these amazing places here with you.

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New York City in 2019

When it comes to the blog, I will continue working hard and providing you with the best guides and information I can. I really enjoy writing those, and when I get your comments and emails, I can see that my work pays off. Your feedback is always the best motivation for me!

Again, I will try to be more active on social media, as interacting with you on a daily basis is always the highlight of being present online. 2023 was already better in that aspect, but I’m still hoping to do better next year. I’m active on Facebook and Instagram mostly, you can follow me here and here. I’m also planning to send a newsletter more regularly – I failed big time this year, mostly due to technical reasons, but those seem to be solved now. To join my newsletter, click here.

As for everything else, I have no expectations or goals, like every other year. This might sound lame to some, but I’m not demanding, and as long as everyone around me and I are healthy and doing OK, I’m happy. I think I’ve already achieved a lot over the years; I learned to let things go and enjoy simple things like time with friends, good books, etc. Life is more than just work. But of course, I will be grateful for any opportunities and will deal with any challenges that might come my way.

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The Transfagarasan Highway in Romania

Once again, thank you for being here with me! Have a wonderful New Year with beautiful places, exciting adventures, good people around you, and a relaxing time for yourself! All the best!


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10 Comments

  • Reply
    John
    30/12/2023 at 11:11

    Congrats on post number 600! Wishing you all the best for 2024.

    • Reply
      kami
      02/01/2024 at 20:51

      Thank you so much!

  • Reply
    Jasmin
    30/12/2023 at 18:38

    I love reading your blog and I am looking forward to all new travel posts next year! So many amazing trips planned!

    • Reply
      kami
      02/01/2024 at 20:51

      Thank you, I really appreciate it! All the best!

  • Reply
    Sandy Mandel
    02/01/2024 at 13:29

    Lmk if you will pass through Puerto Vallarta between January 14-28. I would love to meet you in person and show you some of its hidden gems

    • Reply
      kami
      02/01/2024 at 20:55

      Thank you! Sadly, I won’t have time to visit Puerto Vallarta during this trip but the city is definitely on my bucket list. But thank you for your offer, I really appreciate it. All the best!

  • Reply
    Tamara
    04/01/2024 at 11:44

    Congrats on 600! Enjoy following your travels

    • Reply
      kami
      04/01/2024 at 19:17

      Thank you so much, I really appreciate it! All the best!

  • Reply
    Iuliana
    13/01/2024 at 22:36

    I greatly appreciate your generosity in sharing your impressions and insights. I particularly love the architectural guides. The one for Tbilisi really got me! I have seen a few in Tbilisi, but not as passionately and meticulously as you! I will consult your blogs before setting off from now on! A very good traveling and musical year!
    PS. I just returned from a three-day trip to Warsaw.

    • Reply
      kami
      14/01/2024 at 21:13

      Thank you so much for your kind words, I really appreciate your support! Hope you enjoyed Warsaw (although it’s a pretty grey and depressing time to visit). All the best!

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