… yeah, you know its coming so grab yourself a glass of bubbly while I sit down and brace yourself while I sing your praises! ๐Ÿ˜€

Hand Luggage Only Yaya and Lloyd Travel In Maldives, Montgenevre, France, Val d'Isere and Sri Lanka (7)

But first, I’m going to break with protocol and talk a bit more about numbers. This year, we’ve seen numbers on the blog grow to amounts we couldn’t even imagine was possible at the start of the year, let alone 2 and a half year ago (thereabouts) when we first started Hand Luggage Only.

On the blog, we’ve had over 500,000 readers each month, 22 million viewers per month on Pinterest (yes, you read that right – I was as shocked as you probably are) and the Hand Luggage Only family has grown to over 628,000 of us across the globe! This is a HUGE deal and not one I take lightly at all. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF HAND LUGGAGE ONLY!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hand Luggage Only Yaya and Lloyd Travel In Maldives, Montgenevre, France, Val d'Isere and Sri Lanka (4)

We are so grateful because every experience we’ve had and everything we’ve done on here has been down to you! You’ve inspired, educated, supported and helped us along our way (quite literally too) and I just want to say a HUGE thank you! (I promise this isn’t a ‘drunk New Year’s eve soppy babble‘ I’m totally sober… for now ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Your support and your kind words mean so much more than Iย can explain and I am (we both are) truly grateful!

Hand Luggage Only Yaya and Lloyd Travel In Maldives, Montgenevre, France, Val d'Isere and Sri Lanka (5)

I promised myself I’d keep this short and sweet so I’ll stop by saying thank you once again and raising a huge glass of bubblyย to you (*now the drinking begins) – THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!! AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU!!!

Warmest Thoughts & Lotsa Love,
Yaya and Lloyd



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  • Lori –

    LOVE how inspirational and fun you are. My #1 travel source. Thanks for all you do (also – can I BE you?!?).

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhhh, thanks so much Lorie! biggest hugs all around!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • What an incredible year! So inspiring X

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much, Kate. Biggest hugs ๐Ÿ™‚

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Oui In France

    Congrats on a fabulous year! You guys are incredible.I always enjoy sharing your posts with my community, especially the France ones. Your pics are swoonworthy! Happy (almost) New Year!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhhhhh, thanks so much. You know how much we LOVE France! Haha!

      Thanks so much and biggest hugs and best wishes for the new year ahead!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Happy New Year guys! It’s been amazing following along on your adventures and suggestions – I’ve booked a trip to Portugal after seeing your Sintra post, and hoping to visit Wales next year too)! I can’t wait to see where you visit in 2017!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much for your kind comment April. You’re going to LOVE Sintra… let us know if you need any tips/advice… always happy to help.

      Also, if you’re planning a trip to Wales we can send ya some suggestions!

      Biggest hugs,
      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • MissLilly

    I’m not surprised, you’re blog is amazing and those photos ahhhhh!!!! I have the sneaky wish that one day I’ll be able to travel with you guys! You should definitely arrange your own travel agency to share your experiences ๐Ÿ˜€ all the best for 2017

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhhh, that’s so kind of you to say.. you’ve just made our evening. Thank you so so so so so much, it really means the world to us!

      Haha, we should try a travel agency (Though, I’m sure we’d be tagging along everyone’s trip with them). Haha!

      Best of wishes for 2017! Biggest hugs,

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

      • MissLilly

        Please do and let me know when you do it. Don’t mind being the guinea pig

        • HandLuggageOnly

          Hehe! It’s a deal!

          xx

  • What an amazing year!!! Congratulations and thank you for your inspirational blog!!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much, Angie. So happy we finally (briefly) met too! It’s been far too long! Hopefully we can do something really soon. Vino/bubble related! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Biggest hugs and best wishes to you!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Such a great year for you both! I’ve loved following along and can’t wait to see what’s to come in 2017!!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah, thanks so much, Rachel. Have an incredible 2017… best of wishes for the year ahead!

      Biggest hugs,

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • You TWO are the best! Such beyond beautiful photos captured as always! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Here’s to a brand new fabulous 2017 ahead! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Bonne Annee!

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    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhhhhh, thanks so much lovely lady! You literally made our evening with your kind words…

      … best wishes for 2017 filled with lots of chocolates and hugs. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • How moly! The blog’s only 2.5 years old and you’ve already managed to rack up 20+ million views on Pinterest?! Jesus Christ man (er, men) – tell us your secrets!! Haha! In all seriousness, I can totally understand why you’ve reached the heights that you two have – you’re dedicated, intelligent, generous and unbelievably hardworking. Thank you for all that you two do! xx

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah! You’re too kind, Vanessa! Literally you just made me (actually us) feel all warm and fuzzy with your really kind comments. Thank you so so so much!

      Big hugs,
      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Wow, those numbers are AMAZING! ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad to be a part of the family! Happy New Year, guys!

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    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhhhh, thanks so much Lisa. Hope you had an amazing festive month. Happy New Year!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Big hugs,
      Lloyd & Yaya
      xx

  • I enjoyed reading about each of your destinations, almost as if I were traveling along with you guys. ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite travel blog this year! Happy new year!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thank you so much! Your words mean the world to us… seriously a massive thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Have the happiest, loved and perfect 2017! Best of wishes for the year ahead!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Congratulations and cheers to you both!!!! What a phenomenal 2016 and as far as I’m concerned the only way is up!!! Seriously though, I only started reading your blog a couple of months ago and you’re such an inspiration!! You’ve made me want to really learn and develop a passion for photography. I really love your tips too so please keep them coming in 2017! Maggie xx

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah, thanks so much, Maggie…Honestly, we really appreciate it. We’ve been loving your blog too and love tagging along via Twitter.

      Biggest hugs and best wishes for the year ahead too ๐Ÿ™‚

      Lloyd & Yaya xx