" the average traveler "

It’s been a minute.

9 months to be exact.

I took the bookmark to this blog off of my taskbar and had no intention of logging back on again.

Blogging had become something I wasn’t interested in anymore. I looked at old posts and didn’t recognize myself. I closed the book and that was it. I pursued a new avenue in the industry I love and I can say with all honesty it was the best thing I have ever done for myself. Stressful, anxiety-riddled but the joy I get from my work has grown so much. It IS worth it.

A few weeks ago we decided to swap ISP’s and the question of closing my domain came up. I was ready to close it, then I logged in and found old travel posts that made me so happy.

As I was toying with the idea of reviving this space I scrolled passed a post on Instagram from Bird and Design.   She was sharing a few stories about the vindication that she found in deleting old posts from her blog and that Oprah AH-HA moment clicked. I can just delete things that don’t align with me anymore. So I did. I deleted over 200 old posts. Gone forever. And it feels incredible.

I started this blog in 2010 when I had little to no budget for travel but a burning desire to see the world. Over the years I shared useless information on trivial things I had seen and done all over the world, badly written stories and advice no one asked for. I enjoyed every second of it. I have removed more personal things and kept the silly stories and lists.

I have so much to share, even if it’s just my own little diary to look back on. Here is a quick rundown of things I got up to while I decided not to look at my blog.

I made a new friend, he belongs to a client of mine and his name is Teddy. Turns out I love cuddling Meerkats.

I was fortunate enough to join a very reputable company and an incredible team for a run of event contracts this year. It was some of the toughest work and most fun evenings I have ever had. I hope to join them in the new year again here and there where needed. I can do that now, I can hop from contract to contract and I am still not used to it.

I traveled around SA, A LOT. Then I started something. Something so big it scares me and I can’t wait to share more about it when the time is right.

I had another surgery, a big one this time. It sucked. I will most likely go back for one more at some point. It was so shit this time that I called my big sister and told her I needed her. How lucky am I that she got on the next flight to Joburg to come and help. If you want to see my crazy come out, stick me in hospital for a few days.

I started new contracts, I closed old ones. I am getting the hang of the freelance thing. I can’t believe it took me this long to get here.

What’s next for greenlydia?

Travel, mostly. In 12 days I am off to Italy and then to Madeira. I look forward to sharing stories of getting lost, booking the wrong tickets and seeing the Vatican. I am going to see the Vatican. It still feels unreal.

I started this to talk about being an average traveler. No massive budgets, no credit card debt when you go away. Not booking and planning the perfect minute by minute itinerary. Just going and doing.

So I plan on writing about exactly that. Just going.

if you are one of the ones who stuck around for 9 years, thank you.

Speak soon!


  • Richard Sanderson

    Welcome back to the new you.
    I’ve followed you for a few years and will continue to do so.
    Enjoy your travels and keep the fun stuff coming.
    Just a follow up on one of your old posts “White Dog” in Magaliesburg closed it’s doors a couple of months ago, but if you want good pizza carry on up the road to Rustenburg for a few hundred metres and you’ll find Paganini’s Pizzaria.

    October 29, 2019 - 9:07 am Reply
    • greenlydia

      We were so sad to hear it closed its doors. I was such a big fan of the peach beer. But I will be sure to drop in VERY soon to check it out.
      Thank you for sticking around for so many years. It means the world.

      October 29, 2019 - 7:35 pm Reply

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