DwD’s First Blogiversary: A Year in Review

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.

Xx,

Daisey

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 (sdc@detourswithdaisey.com). I love hearing from you!

P.P.S. Click on the hyperlinks below the photos to read the blog post associated with that photo.

APRIL

Shacks Beach, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s Best-Kept Secret: The Beaches of Isabel and Aguadilla

Drone shot in Agua Verde, Mexico

Baja California Sur, Mexico

Sailing the Sea of Cortez

Basel, Switzerland

My Top 10 Things to Do in Basel

Where to Eat (and Drink!) in Basel

MAY

Vezelay, France

Road Trip through Burgundy Part 1 (Beaune, Dijon, and Avallon)

Dijon, France

Paris, France

Road Trip through Burgundy Part 2 (Vezelay to Paris)

Milan, Italy

Weekend in Milan

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul: Where East meets West

JUNE

Basel, Switzerland

Ibiza, Spain

More than a Party Destination: The White Isle of Ibiza

Colmar, France

Exploring the Fairytale-like Towns of Riquewihr and Colmar

Paris, France

Shopping in Le Marais, Paris

Weekend in Paris for the French Open

Beirut, Lebanon

12 Must-Dos in and around Beirut

Jounieh, Lebanon

Interlaken, Switzerland

Discovering the Swiss Alps Part 1: Interlaken & Adelboden

Gstaad, Switzerland 

Discovering the Swiss Alps Part 2: Feutersoey & Gstaad

AUGUST

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Frankford, Delaware

Bethany Beach, Delaware

New York City, New York

How to Navigate NYC Like a Pro

SEPTEMBER

Teotihuacan, Mexico

The Ancient Pyramids of Teotihuacan

Mexico City, Mexico

My Top 10 Things to Do in Mexico City

Valle De Bravo, Mexico

OCTOBER

Acapulco, Mexico

Iconic Acapulco

Nayarit, Mexico

Jalisco, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta: The Gem of Mexico’s Pacific Coast

NOVEMBER

Tepoztlan, Mexico

Tepoztlan, Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico

My Top 10 Things to Do in Mexico City

DECEMBER

Acapulco, Mexico

Iconic Acapulco

Ocean View, Delaware

Key Biscayne, Florida

Beaver Creek, Colorado

Beaver Creek, Colorado

Skiing in the Colorado Rockies

JANUARY

Jalisco, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta: The Gem of Mexico’s Pacific Coast

Mexico City, Mexico

My Top 10 Things to Do in Mexico City

Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Villa de Tututepec, Mexico

Your Complete Guide to Puerto Escondido

FEBRUARY

New York City, New York

How to Navigate NYC Like a Pro

Tepoztlan, Mexico

Tepoztlan, Mexico

Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica

Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica

Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica

Pura Vida at the Four Seasons Costa Rica

MARCH

Mexico City, Mexico

My Top 10 Things to Do in Mexico City

Baja California Sur, Mexico

Baja California Sur, Mexico

Baja California Sur, Mexico

Baja California Sur, Mexico

Baja California Sur, Mexico

Back to Baja

Thanks again for following along, can’t wait to share more adventures with you!

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