Dear Readers, I’m typing to you from my duvet fort in my winter trousers (this is what I call my post-Christmas stretchy waist trousers, my fitted jeans having abandoned me roughly three Christmas dinners ago). 2017 had its ups and downs for the world, but I’m now excitedly focused on 2018 – I hope you’ll  join me.

What better way to start the new year off than with inspiring stories of dramatic discoveries and tantalising travels? It was an immense privilege (after I had recovered from nervously babbling my way through an introduction) to interview Colonel Blashford-Snell, an intrepid explorer and the dapper gentleman you’ll find on our front cover this month. Read about how he navigated the Blue Nile and carted a grand piano through the Amazon jungle.

As if this wasn’t enough to wet your wanderlust whistle, we also have the incredibly humbling tale of one man, one rowboat, and one leg. Lee ‘Frank’ Spencer is a man on a mission as he attempts the eye-watering feat of rowing from Gibraltar all the way to Venezuela.

What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2018? Mine is to stop hanging around people who ask me what my New Year’s resolution is. This month we took to the streets once again to ask you which annual promises to yourself you find hardest to keep.

If you’ve indulged a little too heavily in the pata negra this year, fear not! We have a delicious detox for you as well as an article that tackles the ‘v’ word, and may just inspire you to switch over to the green side. If you feel like starting your health habit overhaul (or if you’re just hungry), why not give The Gibraltar Vegan’s nutty gnocchi recipe an attempt? The healthy snack to get you back on track!

Along with promises of healthy diets and resolutions anew comes the inevitable January blues. Luckily stress management guru Geraldine Canepa has some tasty tidbits about the link between what we put in our mouths and what goes on in our heads. For some of us, the start of a new year can be accompanied by a weight of expectations and can be a particularly trying time, but you’re not alone. Gib Sams is here to hear. Read about their outreach programme and how you can help others.

To top off our wonderfully wintry issue, Chris takes us to the Norwegian city of Bergen to indulge in snowy hikes and fjord cruises – but don’t forget to wrap up warm! Luckily Julia has got our back (and our front, and arms for that matter) as she advises us on what might just be our most important purchase of the year – a coat.

See you again in February, when we have collectively (hopefully) made a full party-season recovery and had the chance to thaw out a little.