One Year Later

1st January 2015

On top of the Rock, Rockefeller Center, New York City

One year ago today, on January 1st 2014 at 8am, we locked the door of our flat in Montreal for the last time, leaving behind an empty shell of what was our life of the previous seven years, and dropped the key through the mail slot. As it resonated loudly in the dark empty box, I felt an excitingly familiar feeling in my stomach: we were homeless, the unknown awaited us. It was amazing to ring in the New Year in such a drastic, life-changing, exciting way, and the feeling hasn’t left me since.

Kawah Ijen volcano complex in Java, Indonesia

Ta Prohm Temple in Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia

I wish I could tell you what 2015 will be made of but, in all honesty, I haven’t got a clue. 2014 will be a hard act to follow, I can tell you that much. We’ve been lucky that we are still in a position to afford travelling for a while, partly thanks to working remotely and mostly for being on a tight cheap-ass budget most of the time.

Learning to freedive in Amed, Jameluk, Bali, Indonesia.

London Eye and Big Ben and night, London, England.

I have trouble putting into words all that I have seen those last 365 days. Places so surreal that they felt like I had just stepped into the pages of a travel magazine, places where the nights were as hot and balmy as the days, places I had dreamed of and places I never knew existed. My wish for the new year is for you to realize your dreams and take the plunge, whatever your dreams may be made of. I long for you to experience such places and feelings as I have this past year. The feeling of being able to take a step back and be inspired by just waking up each day and experiencing a new country, a new city, a new bed is an amazing experience – one I will never forget. One I dare to hope will never end.


Continents visited: 3

Countries visited: 9

Cities visited: 102

Distance travelled: 35,471km

Number of flights: 7

Number of beds slept in: 95

Average money spent monthly: $1000 CAD

Number of whale sharks spotted: 1

Favorite dish: The Penang Asam laksa at Luk Yea Yan in Georgetown, Malaysia

Gigabyte of storage used: 500GB

Number of blog posts published: 58

Highlights of the year: Learning to dive in Pulau Tioman and learning to freedive in Bali

Smooching in Koh Kong Island, Cambodia.

Happy new year from the both of us! We wish you and your loved ones health above all else, but also exciting adventures and lots of travel!

Much love,
Amélie & Richard

9 thoughts on “One Year Later

  1. Andrea Anastasiou

    I love, love, LOVE your video! The clanking of the key at the beginning gave me goosebumps (I’m rather familiar with that feeling!). Hope you have a fab 2015 – looking forward to reading more about your journey 🙂

    1. Amélie Post author

      I have no idea! We’ll be in South East Asia until at least the Spring. We’re not making any firm plans just yet because we’re both spending the month of February doing training that could potentially lead to employment, so we’ll see! I’d love to pop home next Summer! What about you guys?

      1. Jade Heilmann

        We just bought a westfalia, so we’re definitely on the road for a while. Currently in California and planning to head down the west coast all the way to Chile. It’ll probably take us a while, so we’ll be in Latin America I’m assuming for most of 2015… ‘fraid we probably won’t be crossing paths too soon, at least not physically. 🙂

        South East Asia sounds like hella fun though. I’ll be keeping up with the adventures 🙂

        1. Amélie Post author

          That’s awesome! I’ll be following you guys as well! South America is definitely on our radar as well, so, you never know… 😉

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  3. Fransiskus

    It’s lovely video when seen the face expression you’re eating a durian, usually most white people don’t like it because of its durian smell


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