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I know I haven’t written anything in quite a while – partially out of laziness, but also partially out of just having too many things to try and do before Christmas, as it always does, quickly rattled in. Anyway, after a pretty hectic year for myself and this blog, I’m really happy to bring in 2012 and wish anyone reading a Happy New Year, and what will hopefully (for all of us) be a prosperous year (I’ll let you know how that goes later in the year!).


Last year for me personally, was a time of pretty much all-round change in terms of moving from Malaysia back to Ireland, getting bored within about 3 weeks, and then moving on to Germany where I’ve been working in internet marketing happily ever since. While I’d like to think things will stay relatively stable for the next year, you never really know and for now, in spite of the recession/depression/rain in Ireland, it’s really lovely to be back home, even if only for a short while. And strangely, it sometimes feels like Ireland’s sort of turned a corner in terms of the ‘badness’ of the last few years – but that could be just rose-tinted spectacles and grass is greener, etc. Who knows?


In terms of keeping the blog going, I’ve been at this site in its varying forms, for over 3 years now and intend to keep it going, although obviously that all depends on how much time is available to put into it. And, as you’ll have seen, after 3 years of paying hosting costs out of my own pocket for it, I’ve started dabbling a bit in ways for it to maybe at least semi-fund itself. So I’m pleased to have eBookers, Expedia and ads on some pages, which I think makes the advertising at least more relevant and less irritating than other advertising. What do you think? Of course, I’m still always looking to hear what everyone thinks of the site, or what I could do to improve or what you’d like to see more/less of – e-mail me, andy [at] or you can get me any of the other ways up in the menu above.


Anyway, I’ll be right back in a week or two with my more usual posts, but until then, have a great start into 2012!

Reformed backpacker & former ultra-cheap traveller, Andy now atones for his past by overspending on premium travel experiences and failing at making the most of the miles & points game. Former expat now returned to Ireland, he is a product manager by day, and travel aficionado by evening and weekend.