Christmas at Home in Australia

Christmas at home in Australia | World of Wanderlust

There’s a post I’ve been wanting to write for a while now but have been struggling to find the time or occasion. Over the past four years of blogging on World of Wanderlust, I have been flying in and out of cities on whirlwind adventures, escaping to the countryside when needed and in airports or on planes every other day. The reality of my blogging life is very similar to what is you see online, but is also starkly different at the same time.

Christmas at home in Australia | World of Wanderlust

Christmas at Home in Australia

The reality of blogging (especially travel blogging!!!) is that you’re away more than you are at home. For 12 months I didn’t see my family or friends and for someone who is very family orientated, that was a bit of a personal accomplishment at the time. This year I’ve been on and off with travels, saying yes to new destinations that excite me and slowly working my way through an endless bucket list of experiences I wish to enjoy in my 20’s. After a few years of virtual non-stop travels, this year has been a little different in that I have began to split my time equally between time abroad and time at home with my partner inside our little farm house on the hill.

Christmas at home in Australia | World of Wanderlust

Despite so many adventures over the past few years, one date I have never missed out on being home for is Christmas. To me Christmas is all about family time – planning to sleep in, waking early to open presents nonetheless, a labour of love in the kitchen and a long lunch outdoors with all of the Christmas trimmings – bon bons, wine, bad jokes and plenty of reminiscing. This was my first year hosting Christmas with my familyย (so grown up!!!),ย so I wanted to capture the day on the blog as it feels like a small milestone of sorts!

Christmas at home in Australia | World of Wanderlust

Putting Down Roots

Earlier this year I opened a dessert shop in my home town of Launceston (the second largest city on the island of Tasmania, Australia). The decision was an easy one and also very difficult at the same time. It was the first time in four years that I had put down roots and made a commitment of any kind, especially one of such a big nature.ย I’m often asked why I travel so much and if I’m completely honest I don’t have a set answer for you beyond it being what I love, crave, and what makes me feel alive.

Making such a commitment in one place was equal parts exciting and terrifying. I didn’t really know if it was what I wanted to do, should do, or why I felt so strongly about just going for it anyway… but looking back a few months later I’m incredibly glad I did.

As much as I have put down roots (decorating a new/old home in Tasmania, opening a dessert house, getting the world’s cutest Border Collie puppy), I’m still eager to keep the adventures alive in 2017 and long beyond that. Suffice it to say that my explorations will not take a back seat, nor do I believe will I ever “stop” living an adventurous lifestyle – be that abroad, around Australia, or in my own backyard.

Adventures in 2017

So where does that leave me? Nowhere new. I’m still back at that same place I have been since I first stepped on a long-haul flight at age thirteen – just as curious and excited to keep travelling!

So far I can only share a few of my first destinations of 2017 – including Tahiti, Thailand, more of Tasmania and a return trip to New Zealand.

Goal destinations for 2017 include: Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Madagascar, Cuba, Jamaica, Alaska, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Nepal, India, Myanmar & more of Russia.

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Personal Goals in 2017

Get off the beaten path

Create an outdoor garden reminiscent of “The Secret Garden”

Be present

Ditch the fear of what might happen // keep saying yes

Keep trying to learn French

Write more, read more…

Over to you! Where are you headed in 2017? Are there any destinations you would like to see covered on World of Wanderlust!?!?

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    Heather van der Ven
    January 8, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Your home is beautiful! I look forward to seeing what adventures you cook up this year.

    Marie - Miles of Happiness
    December 29, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I missed your blog! I finally have time to read some of your posts after a while traveling. Love your Christmas table! I spent Christmas stuck in an airport in Japan, so not the same kind of festivities…

    Goal destinations in 2017? This question makes me dream… Vietnam, South Africa, more of Japan, Myanmar, Germany, more of Indonesia, and Portugal… Oh it’s good to dream!

    December 28, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    sounds like you are settling down nicely. (i wanna see the puppy) glad you’re happy and enjoying life. I’m determined to do Cuba, NYC, Miami asap!!!

    Warren Buffett quotes
    December 28, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    I spent my holiday here in Fiji this year.

    December 28, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Great inspiration for the new year! Happy holidays! xoxo

    December 28, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Your home looks beautiful. I could not spend Christmas with my family this year, due to living in San Diego, CA, but I completely agree with you on the itchy feet part. I want to settle in the sense of having a base, but I will always want to keep exploring. Have a great start to 2017!

    December 28, 2016 at 1:14 am

    You’re very welcome to Kenya! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Congratulations on the milestones and here’s to many more!

    the adventurer
    December 28, 2016 at 12:31 am

    I love your list of goals for the new year! 2017 is still uncertain for me as far as where I plan on going but I know it will be quite an adventure =o)

    Alyssa J Freitas
    December 28, 2016 at 12:20 am

    I so hope you get to India! That is my dream destination. In 2017 I’m taking a road trip in California, heading to Cancun, Mexico, and want to add in another trip between graduating and starting my job. Can’t wait to keep following along in 2017 ๐Ÿ™‚

    December 27, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Iยดm excited to see and read about your adventures next year.
    So far Iยดm going to India, Singapore, Hungary and Spain.

    December 27, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Looks like you had a lovely Christmas, Brooke! I remember a few years ago, you bought a Prada bag and said it was because you couldn’t get a puppy… I’m glad you finally got that puppy! : )

    December 27, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    What lovely resolutions! And how exciting to have opened your own shop in Tasmania – if I get a chance to visit, I will! There is something quite exciting about putting down roots as well, though I’m glad you still have plenty of travel resolutions for 2017!!

    December 27, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Ahh it must have been lovely to host your family over Christmas! Everything looks gorgeous! I’m very jealous, this was my first Christmas away from home and it didn’t really feel like Christmas. You should definitely come to India sometime, four months in and I never imagined I would like it here as much as I have, it’s such an incredible country! I’ll be heading back to Scotland for uni in September, but I think 2017 will be for seeing more of India, seeing family again wherever they are in the world, and visiting the places that have always been on my doorstep. Merry Christmas Brooke <3

    Anne //

    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    December 27, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Happy New Year!

    Sharon Saldanha
    December 27, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Hope you’ve had a Merry Christmas, Brooke!
    Come to Mumbai in 2017 ๐Ÿ™‚

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    December 27, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    I’d love to have an Australian Christmas one day. I hate the cold so much! I’m not sure of my itinerary in 2017 yet, but I hope I’ll get to go to Australia!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Sarah @7stepsfromhome
    December 27, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    I cannot recommend Nepal enough!! The country that made me want to travel forever the people are amazing, the momos are ADDICTIVE, the cities are so vibrant (Kathmandu is very hectic, Pokhara is more chilled) and the nature just speaks for itself. Trekking in Nepal is the best – I’m hoping to trek in the Annapurnas at the end of 2017 it’s one of my favourite countries, I’m sure you’ll love it if you get to go! – I’ve also just spent 2 weeks in Cuba and can honestly say it’s one of the most fascinating & beautiful countries in the world! Xx

    Linda Langes
    December 27, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Was in Launceston in September – had no idea you had a dessert shop there or I would have visited lol. All the best for your 2017 travels and plans.

    Lisa - a Swedish travel blogger
    December 27, 2016 at 11:41 am

    I don’t know anyone who is as addicted to travels as I – and at the same time love home so much, and find it extremely inportant to create a life at home that is all I dream about. Active and adventourus but at the same time – very much an ordinary everyday life.

    2017? Finishing my Bali trip (Hello from Gili Air!), London, Cape Town, New York first part. The other part is still a wish list – I’ll keep it open some months. ๐Ÿ™‚

    PS – I loved Tasmania! Did a road trip (and Mt Cradle hike) there when I studied in Melbourne

    Jessica Wright
    December 27, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Great post, and truly inspirational. I can relate with being on the road as a travel blogger and the process of putting down roots.

    Christine G.
    December 27, 2016 at 10:46 am

    I would love to hear more about your dessert shop and what it took to get it started! Or video about the beginning months. Always wanted to start my own business and I find your adventures so inspiring!