This month marks the one year anniversary of Detours with Daisey. Woo hoo!
When I started Detours with Daisey last year, I had no idea what I was getting into. I didn’t know the first thing about website design or SEO (search engine optimization) and I was completely unaware of the immense time and effort that goes into running a blog. In fact, if it wasn’t for the encouragement of a few friends (special shoutout to Miss Emily Finn), I never would’ve started DwD. I distinctly remember saying, “the world does not need another travel blogger” and yet here I am! I have always loved traveling, writing, and sharing my adventures. Yet it wasn’t until moving to Switzerland last spring that I decided to bite the bullet and start a blog. In retrospect, I’m so glad I did.
Since starting DwD, I have lived in two different countries (Switzerland and then Mexico) with polar opposite cultures. I have traveled more than I ever have in my life, worked as a writer, teacher, and nonprofit consultant, made wonderful new friends and enough memories to last a lifetime.
For me, the most rewarding part of having a travel blog is when my words have a real impact on you, my readers. I love hearing when one of my posts makes a reader reconsider a place they’d never thought of visiting before. Or, even better, inspires them to check it out themselves. And nothing makes me happier than changing someone’s perception of Mexico, my beloved adopted country. Unfortunately, Mexico is often associated with violence or seen as just a Spring Break destination, and the vast majority of people know very little about this country. It’s my hope that through DwD I will expose readers to the incredible diversity of Mexico and open their eyes to its true beauty and complexity.
This year, I traveled to three continents, 7 countries, 6 states in Mexico, and dozens of cities. Below I have compiled some of my favorite photos to look back on top highlights and moments. I hope they will inspire you to make travel a priority this year, even if it’s just a day trip to a nearby town. Break your routine, get outside your comfort zone, and go explore! And remember to enjoy life’s little detours along the way.
P.S. If you have any questions about Mexico or any of the other places I’ve been, please don’t hesitate to reach out on the blog, on Instagram, or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I love hearing from you!
P.P.S. Click on the hyperlinks below the photos to read the blog post associated with that photo.