Packing my Suitcase’s first year

Packing my Suitcase's first year!

Exactly 1 year ago I was publishing my first post on Packing my Suitcase. Back then I had no idea how much my life would change, and how serious this blog thing was going to become.

One year has gone by. I have met wonderful people from all over the world, I have given advices about living in Germany, I have told stories, I have shared my passions and my trips with you. My writing improved, so did my photography skills, and thanks to all of you and all your support, I feel ready to begin with the right foot, one more year of travel blogging.

Today, Packing my Suitcase has over 7,000 followers altogether, both across social media and newsletters sign-ups. There are over 75 posts published both in English and Portuguese, over 4,000 comments, and 52,700 page views! Wow, you are awesome! Thank you so much for all your support, you put a smile on my face everyday.

Accomplishments apart, there are some special people I want to thank now, people who have been traveling along with me throughout the last year, people who have been supporting me every day even if they don’t leave a comment, people who appreciate what I do and also people who criticise (very much appreciated):

First of all, thank you to my technical support, my biggest supporter in all possible ways, my travel companion, my lover, my husband: W.

Second, to my traveling dog for always keeping my feet warm while I write my posts… my little everything: Enzzo.

Third, to the members of my family back in Brazil who believe in me and on the success of Packing my Suitcase. I love you.

Fourth, to all of you readers who brighten my day with your comments and silence: you rock my world!

Firth, a very different and special thank you to the top 6 commenters of this blog (in no particular order) throughout this first year:

Thank you for your support and for our great discussions. You have inspired me in many ways, and the least I can do to thank you is to send a postcard from Munich to each one of you! So if you have my e-mail, send me your address, if not, send me via my contact form. It will be a pleasure… I just hope you will understand my handwriting!

To celebrate even more Packing my Suitcase’s first year, I also thought of giving away something very useful for us travellers: a travel book! After a little research I decided to give to one of you: “Make the most of your time on Earth” by Rough Guides, and I am sure that the winner will have some inspiration to travel around the world for a while.

Packing my Suitcase's first year!

To win the book, all you have to do is:

1.Be following this blog (via WordPress or via e-mail).

If you are still not following, look for this box below and sign-up. Once a week you will receive a little update on what is going on here on the blog.

Packing my Suitcase's first year!

2.Leave a comment below saying that you want the book! That simple! 🙂

*Everyone can take part, it doesn’t matter where in the world you are; I will send it to you!

**I will pick the winner using random.org

***The winner will be announced in exactly one week from today (April 28th, 2015) on this same post, below this message… so don’t forget to come back to see if you won!

The Result

Congratulations to Vlad, author of Eff it, I’m on holiday! He was the winner of the book! Congratulations dear friend.

 Thank you, thank you, thank you! It has been an amazing year, and there will be some more!

Allane Milliane