My 2013 Travels
The end of the year is one of my favorite times. While some people find it sad and nostalgic, for me it is full of excitement. It is a time to reflect on the past year, celebrate the goals reached, consider the lessons learned and plan new goals for the coming year. Since many of my goals involve travel, I love reflecting on my travel experiences of the past year and begin dreaming about where the next year will take me.
This year was exceptionally special because I started my blog. A lifelong lover of travel, starting my blog has been a great way to reflect on my travels and share them with others. Additionally, it has provided me the opportunity to connect with many amazing travelers and writers. One of my favorite parts of the last few months has been learning from them and vicariously traveling through their stories.
While this blog may only be a few months old, I still spent the rest of the year traveling as much as possible. Here are some of the highlights of the past year.
January kicked off with a weekend trip to New York City to visit family and friends. Since I am a frequent visitor, I try to add something new to my itinerary each time and this visit included a new Broadway show as well as some new restaurants.
My first warm weather getaway in a few years occurred in February and the timing could not have been more perfect. The day before Winter Storm Nemo dropped 24 inches of snow on Boston (and up to 40 inches on other parts of New England), Max and I jetted off to Captiva Island, Florida for six days of perfect weather and some much needed relaxation. While family and friends spent days shoveling, we were riding bikes, swimming in the ocean, eating ice cream and reading by the pool. Not bad, right? Unfortunately, we still had to shovel out our cars upon returning home!
No year is complete without a trip to my home away from home, Washington, D.C. This particular April weekend with my college roommates included a wine tasting through Virginia, delicious tapa brunches and catching up with good friends. Did I mention how perfect the spring weather is in DC?
In May, an off-season weekend trip to Nantucket with good friends was what we thought would be the start to “summer”. While originally thought to be a brilliant idea to receive discounted rates and smaller crowds, the weekend turned out to be unseasonably cold. While it did not stop us from having fun, we were certainly bundled up!
I added a new state to my list in June (#27) with a visit to Music City. Nashville was the choice this year for our annual mother-daughter trip and great food and live music kept us entertained for the weekend. June saw a return trip to New York City and an introduction to the acclaimed High Line. The rest of the summer saw trips to Cape Cod, Maine and Newport to take advantage of the proximity local beaches and delicious seafood.
The big trip of the year was the sixteen day, four country, five city European train trip covering Munich, Berlin, Prague, Budapest and Venice in September. Prague was the only city of the five I had been to previously so there were many new adventures to be had and places to explore. Venice, Berlin and Budapest were big bucket list trips for me, and Munich should have been because it stole my heart. It had been about five years since I had been in Central Europe and it was fantastic to be back. I can promise you it will not be that long next time.
November saw a return to one of my favorite New England cities, Portland. Perfect fall weather, innovative food, a brewery tour and a gorgeous lighthouse made for the best weekend getaway. It was also the official start to my #take12trips challenge, which I followed up with a visit to the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut in December.
Overall, it was a great year of travel with family and friends on trips big and small, local and far away. Starting my blog was one of my best decisions of 2013 because it has allowed for a deeper level of exploration in my travels as well as a greater appreciation of my local surroundings. Also, it has sparked inspiration from fellow travelers, which I am truly grateful for.
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year!
Where did you go in 2013? I would love to hear in the comments!