What a year! It was indeed an unprecedented year. Our lives were altered because of the pandemic. It redefined how we do things. It changed our priorities. It has uncovered economic vulnerabilities.
Still, 2020 reminds us to be grateful despite the uncertainties and difficulties this year has brought. It was not an easy year. But we made it.
2020: Things to be thankful for
I am with my family, especially during the lockdown.
We are healthy. No serious sickness, not even cough and colds!
My husband still has a job. As a cargo pilot, he is considered an essential worker. This means he can continue to provide for us.
We still have a house to live in, food to eat, clean water to drink…
There are virtual ways to ‘see’ extended families. We can talk or video-call them via WhatsApp, FB messenger, Skype, etc. We also did Zoom birthdays and reunions!!!
We also learned how to cook more cuisines and bake more cakes.
I completed my Master’s degree, and did a Virtual Graduation.
2020 Travel highlights
With so many travel restrictions, we did not go anywhere. We did not want to expose ourselves and our kids unnecessarily to these elements. We stayed in Alaska, did a lot of road trips with kids, and learned how to do dipnetting! Believe me, I miss traveling so much I want to cry!!!
Here are some of the things we did to learn about different countries from the comfort of our homes!
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« Learning about Thailand with Little Global Citizens
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« Learn about New Zealand with Womple Studios
I did not homeschool my son. His school continued with virtual learning (bless them)! Nevertheless, here are some tricks to keep the kids occupied while hunkered down!
« 20+ Virtual Field Trips and Tours for Kids
« 10 Best Indoor Activities For Kids Stuck At Home
« 15 Fun S.T.E.A.M. Winter Activities for Kids
« How to Satisfy Your Wanderlust When You Can’t Travel or Leave Your Home
2020 Blogging Highlights
As the travel industry took the most hit during this crisis, so is the travel blogging niche. I saw people attacking travel bloggers on why we are still posting travel-related articles when many people are dying. Even I questioned myself if I should continue blogging or take a hiatus. But then I know this pandemic is not forever. In a few years, there will be a new normal and we will travel again. We would want to go out again. That’s why, we continue to post travel-related articles for inspiration, for a change in your newsfeed.
Anyway, this year, my most viewed post is “Virtual Field Trips and Tours for Kids“. It is understandable considering so many schools closed amidst the pandemic. And the post with the most engagement is “Places We Keep Coming Back To“. This was the time I went down travel memory lane. Oh, I miss traveling!
We still want to greet everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Our thoughts and best wishes are with everyone impacted by this crisis.
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