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#Take12Trips: Q4 2014 Edition

To say I have been a lazy blogger is an understatement indeed. I want to blame part of it on being so busy, but I am not about to make excuses for it. The good news is that although I have not been writing as much about my travels, I have still been traveling! The last quarter of 2014 still had monthly trips as part of #take12trips – October was a return destination, but November and December were both new destinations.

October: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

One of my favorite things about my city is the rich history it has. Tourists flock to Beantown to visit Lexington and Concord and walk the Freedom Trail; however, what I often forget is that there are other cities in the US that have a similar pride in their city’s history, and one of those place is most definitely Philadelphia. I had visited the city back in high school when I was doing the college tour, but did not leave enough time to do many of the historical things I would have enjoyed. This October I was back in Philly for my cousin’s wedding and with a whole extra day to explore, I was able to take in key sights like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

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Philly is often an overlooked city, especially on the East Coast, but if you are looking for a fun, historical and down to earth city, it will not disappoint!

Top Philadelphia Experiences: The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall and lunch at The Dandelion

November: Portsmouth, New Hampshire

One of the reasons, I loved Clare’s #Take12Trips challenge was because even in months where I had no elaborate, international travel planned, I would find time to explore the area around me. November is my birthday month and I have developed a nice little tradition of exploring a new local city on my birthday weekend. Last year it was Portland, Maine and this year it was Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Only an hour from Boston, it is shocking (and a little shameful) that I had never visited the seacoast city. I loved the cobblestone streets, brick buildings and endless water views. It was quaint and historical and it was great to get out of my typical weekend routine and explore different shops and restaurants.




Top Portsmouth Experiences: The charming letterpress and stationary shop, Gus & Ruby, a stay at the boutique Portsmouth Hotel and dinner at the amazing Cava

December: London, England

London was an ultimate bucket list destination and it is a little surreal that my 6 days there has come and gone. Our friends Alex and Zack moved to London back in May and we have been itching for the chance to visit them! We decided to coordinate our trip with the beginning of Christmas season and the timing could not have been more perfect. We got to take in the Christmas markets (yay for finally trying mulled wine), parktake in some of the quintessential experiences of the city and even take a day trip to the beautiful Cambridge. Most importantly though, it was great to be in the company of good friends and have them show us their favorite things in the city!

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Top London Experiences: Dinner on the 40th floor Duck & Waffle, day trip to Cambridge, ice skating at the National History Museum, eating a Sunday Roast, tea at the Wolseley, Borough Market (too many to name!)

When I chose to participate in #Take12Trips last January, there were some destinations that I knew I would hit, but London was not one of them. Ending this challenge in one of the top cities on my bucket list was the best possible way I could think of!

20 Comments Post a comment
  1. Congratulations on completing the challenge, and so glad you had a great time in my old hometown of London! I really enjoyed doing the challenge too and am going to try and carry it on into 2015.

    January 4, 2015
    • Thanks, Lucy! It was a great challenge and a fantastic motivator to keep traveling near and far. I loved seeing where you went as well! London was great, I can see why everyone loves it so much. I will try to keep it going in 2015 as well, but I am not sure it will be quite the year 2014 was.

      January 4, 2015
  2. We love hearing about all of your fabulous trips! Your 2014 was jam packed with traveling and visiting some amazing places, we can’t wait to see where atravelingb will be headed in 2015!

    January 4, 2015
    • Thank you, OBATC! 2014 did turn out to be a pretty fabulous year travel wise! I am excited to see what trips 2015 brings as well and looking forward to hearing about your trip to New Zealand!!

      January 4, 2015
  3. Nancy #

    Thanks for catching up on your travels and congrats on 12 for 12. We are starting our 2015 12 for 12 in your and our old stomping grounds of D.C. Happy New Year!
    A request:
    Please caption your pics..and Max’s too!

    January 4, 2015
    • Thanks, Nancy! I am very jealous of your DC travels – still one of my favorite places after all these years!

      Yes, I had forgotten this round – I will add captions!

      January 5, 2015
  4. Part of booking my flight to New Zealand was the inspiration I received from this fantastic blog!

    January 5, 2015
  5. Julie @ The Red Headed Traveler #

    So glad to hear that one of your trips included a visit to my hometown of Philly 🙂 It really is a fantastic place especially when you consider its immense history. In many ways it’s like Brussels, sandwiched between New York (Amsterdam) and DC (Paris), with visitors only regarding it as a brief stopover. I on the other hand still need to make it to your native city though!

    And you can never go wrong with London. I’m sure it is absolutely magical at Christmastime like you said! And personally I haven’t been there for a decade, terrible indeed 🙂

    Happy New Year!

    January 5, 2015
    • Thanks, Julie! I could not agree more. I think Philly gets forgotten about too often!

      I am so glad I got my first taste of London! I see why people keep going back – there is so much to see and do!

      Happy New Year to you! Looking forward to seeing where 2015 takes you!

      January 5, 2015
  6. We are so grateful that you and Max made the trek across the pond to visit us. I can’t believe it’s already over :(. But SO many exciting things coming in 2015, and we can’t wait! xoxo

    January 5, 2015
    • We had the best time with you guys! Hard to imagine it was a month ago today that we were trying to tackle Winter Wonderland :/ Looking forward to living vicariously through your adventures in 2015!

      January 5, 2015
  7. wowww amazing!! Congratulations!!!
    As I am planning to visit London for the 3rd time this year (last time was in 2006, so its time to get back there) I felt really excited for you. London is wonderful!! How awesome that you got to try mulled wine for the first time!!! You need to come to Germany during Christmas 😀 you will love it!!
    I wish you a wonderful 2015 with lots of more amazing travels!

    January 9, 2015
    • I agree with you – 9 years away from a country you love can be a long time! Hope you enjoy your return trip to London as much as I loved my first trip to London! Germany during Christmas is HIGH on my wish list. I would love to travel throughout the country during Christmastime – someday 🙂 Can’t wait to see where you go in 2015 as well!

      January 10, 2015
      • Yesss, true!!! It will probably be like the first time… very exciting!! 😀
        Ohhhh that is great to know, do let me know if you come! I would love to show you Munich around, and the Christmas Markets of course 😉
        I am also curious to see where I am going this year!! And excited to start planning new trips!

        January 11, 2015
  8. Joanie #

    Congratulations on completing your “Take12Trips”! I love reading about your adventures and the pictures are wonderful. Although all your trips were so different, did you have a favorite?

    Happy 2015 travel!

    January 10, 2015
    • Thanks, Joanie! It is hard to pick a favorite, but I think it will have to go to London. It had been such a long time coming and it was exciting to finally visit it!

      January 10, 2015
  9. So glad you had a great trip to London and congratulations on completing the #take12trips challenge. Here’s to a great year of travel in 2015 🙂

    January 12, 2015
    • Thanks, Suzanne! There were times when it wasn’t easy, but it was a fun challenge and I’m glad I got to all the places that I did 🙂

      March 9, 2015

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