39 countries // 6 years on the road // 167,262 words written
Exploring the world through story
Anna Meanders is a space for me to share stories, photos, and share gratitude – it’s a place of travel, culture, food, language and exploring things that matter.
Thoughts, travel guides, and non-fiction narrative. Here’s where you’ll find my longer-form writing. If you’re after pictures & short updates, check out my photo blog instead. To see more stories, visit the full story collection
Despite the year being utterly bizarre, it seems to be over about as quickly as it began! It’s hard to imagine a year ago I was in Martinique, planning for a North American Christmas visit then onto Tokyo for New Years!
It’s not been the 2020 we wanted, but it’s the 2020 we’ve got – and although it’s been challenging, there’s been a lot of good too. This is what I’d like to focus on, all the good bits that managed to slip through the cracks of a chaotic and strange year.
I’ve been so thankful to spend a year back home with my family, rediscovering my fabulous home country and living a much less transitory existence than I am normally used to. Buying a car, renting an apartment, having a small garden – none of these were on the forecast for this year, yet I am enjoying the change of pace that comes with these things.
This blog has been on a bit of a hiatus – so much so, in fact, that I didn’t post a November update. That’s because life got real busy all of a sudden with university exams, relocating up to Auckland, and my first attempt at celebrating US thanksgiving!
But things haven’t been entirely static, you may notice a new design on the site that I’ve been working away on migrating to, and a new photo blog section to contain more short-form and image based updates, as well as a brand new newsletter design & content! So stay tuned, as things around here are gearing up for more travel writing and updates as we plough on ahead into a new year!
Sometimes one story isn’t quite enough, threads of writing are tied together by connections that make them best enjoyed together.
Collections are stories that share a common bond or theme. You can see all the different collections here.