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Atlas & Boots’ top 10 posts of 2022

Kia looks out across Paradise Bay

As a watershed year draws to a close, we reflect on the top 10 posts that our readers most enjoyed

Last year, our annual roundup had a certain tone; one of unmistakable melancholy. Peter and I – and the rest of the world – had suffered two years of lockdowns and restrictions and were running out of stamina. In the piece, I talk about ‘trying to focus on the good things’ and ‘doing what we can’. The optimism is feeble, never quite reaching cheer. 

Thankfully, this year has been completely different: one of lifetime highs and goals. We were finally able to go on our twice-postponed expedition to Antarctica, crossing the Antarctic Circle and landing on the continent. 

On a later trip, we found ourselves at the other end of the world: at 81°17’5’’ N, only 500 miles from the North Pole. We revisited Argentina, the Maldives and the United Arab Emirates, and took a rail journey through Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Hungary, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy and San Marino, as well as an end-of-year trip in Central America.

In addition, Peter managed a trip to Georgia, Armenia and Switzerland. He also contributed to a number of books including Unforgettable Journeys Europe, Run: Races and Trails Around the World and Europe by Train – all out in 2023. 

Meanwhile, I was delighted to hit a bestseller list with Next of Kin and to win this year’s Adult Fiction Diverse Book Award. 

Overall, it’s been a fantastic year – one we feel we deserved after the two years before it. As is custom, we’re ending the year with our annual roundup of the top 10 posts that readers most enjoyed.

1. Antarctica: why my seventh continent was more than just an ego trip

By Kia
Read Antarctica: why my seventh continent was more than just an ego trip

Atlas & Boots Kia looks out across Paradise Bay in Antarctica

My childhood was happy and messy and loud, but as soon as I entered my teens, I found myself shunted to a different orbit: home, school, library. My sisters and I were no longer allowed to roam, thanks to our parents’ conservative views on what young Asian women should and should not be. We each adjusted in our own way but for me – a reader fuelled by tales of adventure – home quickly became stifling; a place of confinement I couldn’t escape. In this post, I explain why my trip to Antarctica was more than just an ego trip and how it finally gave me a sense of peace. 

2. Trekking the Highlander…

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