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Expat and the City Turns One Year Old!

Today is a very special day. One year ago, I decided to finally start my TRAVEL BLOG. And today, my blog turns one year old! It’s been a great year: traveling, writing about my travels, meeting amazing people, and experiencing things I never thought I’d be able to do! I wanted to take this time to recap my blog’s first year and what’s next for Expat and the City.

Traveling through Asia

Living in Asia has its perks, including the ability to travel around the continent. This past year I’ve traveled to the Philippines, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Jeju Island.

With that, I’ve been able to partake in some amazing adventures, including scuba diving, walking the Great Wall of China and stepping into North Korea!

Those That Blog Together…

A big part of blogging involves networking. Attending events, participating in threads online, and working on collaboration posts… these are all very important to getting yourself out there. I’ve joined several groups that have helped me achieve my blogging goals and for me to help others achieve theirs as well.  It’s funny because some of these people I’ve never met, yet I feel like they’re my besties. If you’re a newbie blogger, check out Female Travel Bloggers (sorry dudes, females only) and Under 1000 Club – Aspiring Travel Bloggers.

Fine Tuning My Skills

Photo: Jen Ackerman @jennileetravels

Photo: Jen Ackerman @jennileetravels

When I started blogging, I didn’t realize how much work goes into it. But here I am, one year later with skills that I’m proud to put on my resume. One of the big skills that I’m working towards everyday is social media marketing. It’s important to market yourself and to show who you are through your brand.

I’m constantly participating in Facebook threads in my blogging groups and I must say it’s exhausting. BUT it’s also fun too. I like being able to share my newest pins or Instagram photos and have my followers interact and engage with me. Where do I make such fabulous images for my SM channels? Canva, of course! This creative tool will be your best friend.

What’s Good for 2017?

What's next for Expat and the City?

What’s next for Expat and the City?

For those who don’t already know, my time in Korea is sadly coming to an end. I will be moving back to Canada in March 2017! Forever? Temporarily? At this moment I don’t have a definite answer; except that I will be back in Hamilton, Ontario to see all my family and friends who I haven’t seen for almost 2 years!

Before that though, I’ve got more traveling to do! I’m finally traveling to Japan – Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka – with one of my besties from home. I can’t wait to eat all the sushi and check out all the unique neighbourhoods (maybe spot a Harajuku girl or two).

 Can't wait to explore more of Asia! // Yuyuan Gardens, Shanghai China

Can’t wait to explore more of Asia! // Yuyuan Gardens, Shanghai China

Next up: Vietnam and Cambodia, also with my gal pal from Canada. I’m really looking forward to this trip as my teaching contract will officially be complete. It’ll be a great time to get some R&R, explore ancient temples and live the island life!

I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of my readers, followers, family and friends who have supported me over this year. I love writing about my travels and to help fellow adventure seekers live out their travel dreams. This world is so beautiful and I’m so excited to start seeing more of it. I hope you continue to follow this journey with me!

Keep following me on my journey! Want to work with me? Shoot me an email!

Keep following me on my journey! Want to work with me? Shoot me an email!

Stay tuned on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook – all at the handle @expatandthecity!

Want to work with me? Email me info[at]expatandthecityblog[dot]com and let’s get to work!

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48 Comments

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    Gina Bear
    February 1, 2017 at 12:56 am

    I’m so glad you liked Japan and happy birthday to your blog. I’ve had mine for about 3 years and I’m finally figuring out how to travel blog and do everything I need to do. I’m looking forward to your Japan posts and seeing all your Instagram photos from Vietnam and Cambodia. Is the visa really expensive for Vietnam now?

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      Expat and the City
      February 1, 2017 at 1:23 am

      Aw thank you for the well wishes! I am a bit behind on posts (I still have some from the summer….eeek!) but part of my new year’s resolution is to write more!! The visa for a Canadian citizen is $25 USD for a 1-month single entry. I just requested a letter of permission from Vietnam (so I can get visa upon arrival) and that was $8 USD.

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    couplertw
    December 15, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Congrats. On year and still going strong 🙂 Even if you stay in Canada I hope you continue to write (& travel) regularly 🙂

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      Expat and the City
      December 18, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Thanks so much! I will definitely continue to blog & travel!

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    Wandering JM
    December 13, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Congratulations for reaching this milestone. Your journey is surely inspiring and i am sure that you will have a better future travels. Good luck on going back to Canada and looking forwards on your North American escapades.

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      Expat and the City
      December 18, 2016 at 10:38 am

      Thank you for your kind words!

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    Nisha
    December 13, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Congrats! And Happy Birthday! May your blog grow manifolds in the future. Looking forward to your stories.

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      Expat and the City
      December 13, 2016 at 4:11 am

      Thank you so much! I’m looking forward to what’s next!

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    Sarah Kim, Tales From a Fork
    December 12, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Congratulations! I just passed a year of blogging too and it’s been a wild trip. Learned so much more than I thought I would. Glad to hear about your experience.

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      Expat and the City
      December 13, 2016 at 4:11 am

      That’s great! I love your blog.. we’ve come a long way! 🙂

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    wyldfamilytravel
    December 12, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Great experience keep on travelling no matter what the future brings cheers

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      Expat and the City
      December 13, 2016 at 4:09 am

      Yes definitely! Thanks for your kind words!

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    Live Learn Venture (@LiveLearnVentur)
    December 12, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Congrats!! Isn’t it amazing how much we’ve learned and grown on this blogging experience? I’m so looking forward to seeing what else evolves with Expat and the City 🙂

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      Expat and the City
      December 13, 2016 at 4:09 am

      Aw thanks Natasha! You have been great support over this past year. I have you to thank for my growth! xo

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    Brianna (@ArchivesofAdv)
    December 11, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Yay! Congratulations on one year! Doesn’t it feel great to officially have that year down? Best of luck with year #2!

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      Expat and the City
      December 12, 2016 at 2:44 am

      Yes it feels great! I’m looking forward to year two and beyond~!

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    Christina
    December 11, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    What a fabulous experience it must have been living in Korea. I’m sure you have many memories of your time in Korea to take home with you to Canada. 2017 is a great year to be back in Canada though, with the 150th year since Confederation coming up.

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      Expat and the City
      December 12, 2016 at 2:43 am

      Ohh you’re right. That will be a great time to be in Canada!

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    Philip
    December 11, 2016 at 4:46 am

    You actually touched north Korea! Wow! Are you still teaching English in Asia?

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      Expat and the City
      December 11, 2016 at 11:56 pm

      Yes! I visited the north and south border and went into one of their meeting rooms. One side was south, the other side was north. It was pretty interesting! And yes, I’m still teaching in Asia. But only for a few more months.

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    elissa
    December 10, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Congratulations! What a feat. What has been your favourite country so far?

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      Expat and the City
      December 11, 2016 at 11:55 pm

      Thank you! Wow, that’s a good question. Hmmm… Thailand and Philippines! But each country is so different so they are my faves in a different way.

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    TalesOfABackpacker (@clairesturz)
    December 10, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Happy bloggiversary! It’s great to have achieved so much in a year – and blogging is actually so much harder than people imagine, so well done you! Let’s see how long you stay in Canada for before those feet start itching again lol 😀

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      Expat and the City
      December 11, 2016 at 11:41 pm

      Aw thank you! Yes it’s much harder… but it’s fun 🙂 Haha, yes I wonder how long I’ll be in Canada before the travel bug bites me again!

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    Louiela
    December 10, 2016 at 6:11 am

    Congratulations…I’m sure you had a one great year together with your blog. Your hard work has been paid off,,, more travels to come and enjoy each journey…

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      Expat and the City
      December 11, 2016 at 11:39 pm

      Aw thank you for your kind words! It’s been a great year!

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    Anne
    December 9, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Happy blog anniversary! I love your photography! Your pictures are so clear and I love the depths of field you chose for each of your pictures!

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      Expat and the City
      December 11, 2016 at 11:39 pm

      Thank you! Actually my brilliant photographer friend, Jen from Barilee Traveling, shot all these fabulous pics! I’ll pass on your compliments to her!

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    Nicole
    December 8, 2016 at 1:25 am

    Congrats! Our blogs are pretty much birthday twins- they were both in the womb at the same time haha. It’s been so awesome watching your blog grow, girl. You’ve been killing it on SM! Can’t wait to read about all your adventures back in Canada and see the new direction that your blog takes you in 🙂 xxx

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      Expat and the City
      December 8, 2016 at 1:36 am

      Aw thanks so much Nicole. I absolutely love your blog too and love reading when you come out with a new post! I’m excited to head back to Canada and hopefully explore it so I can write all about Canadian travel 🙂

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    The Soul of Seoul
    December 8, 2016 at 1:25 am

    Happy blogiversary. It’s great to reminisce on what we’ve learned and what we still hope to accomplish in the future. I hope to meet you at a blogger event sometime here in Korea. ^^

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      Expat and the City
      December 8, 2016 at 1:35 am

      Aw thank you! If you’re going to one in Jeonju, I’ll see you there!! 🙂

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        The Soul of Seoul
        December 8, 2016 at 1:37 am

        The one this weekend? We just got back from a month in the US and my daughter isn’t over jetlag yet which means she’s a little attached and not ready to get back into the swing of things just yet. I know you guys will have a blast though! I can’t wait to see all of the blog posts about it. ^^

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    Aleksandra
    December 7, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    You’ve had quite the adventure and I am sure many more to come!

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      Expat and the City
      December 7, 2016 at 11:55 pm

      Thanks so much Alexsandra! I hope you’ll continue to join me on my journey!

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    Sara
    December 7, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Congrats!!! A year blogging and more traveling. You’ve become part of a big community!! I do what I want to is only 13 months too so the birthday party isn’t really over for us either. Enjoy it!!

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      Expat and the City
      December 7, 2016 at 11:55 pm

      Haha very nice! Wishing you all the best for 2017. I love our little travel blogging community. Everyone is so supportive!

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    Jackie
    December 7, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Oh wow! Happy birthday to your blog, and sad to hear that it’s coming to an end! Good luck on your future endeavors though! 🙂

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      Expat and the City
      December 7, 2016 at 11:54 pm

      Yes, it’s a bittersweet time for me! Thank you and good luck to you too! Happy blogging!

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    jenniferppriest
    December 7, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Congrats!! Your blog looks awesome- and 2017 looks like it is gonna be great!

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      Expat and the City
      December 7, 2016 at 11:53 pm

      Aw thanks so much. I hope 2017 is great to you, too!

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    Jennifer Applewhaite
    December 7, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Happy birthday expatandthecityblog.com

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      Expat and the City
      December 7, 2016 at 11:52 pm

      Thanks mum!! xoxox

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    fabiolaofmexico
    December 6, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Congratulations!

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      Expat and the City
      December 7, 2016 at 11:52 pm

      Thank you very much!! Stay tuned for more travel posts!

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    Helena
    December 6, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    All I can say is WOW you are a incredible young woman hope to see you at poolside when you return xoxo

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      Expat and the City
      December 6, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks Helena! Can’t wait to come visit you! xo

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