2016 Travel Recap

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Now that 2016 has come to an end, a lot of people are reflecting on the year and making resolutions for the new year. My main resolution/wish for every year is to continue leading a life of adventure, in whatever way I can. Some years are more adventurous than others, but I always manage to sneak in a few trips!

While 2016 will go down in the books as “the worst year ever” for a lot of people, it will go down as a pretty good one for me. I had some pretty awesome travels; got to spend some good quality time with friends and family; worked out some personal things; got a promotion at work; and have some good ideas for what I want out of life in 2017.

But since this is a travel blog, let’s focus on the travel! (And I know I haven’t written about some of these trips yet–I failed pretty miserably at blogging in 2016.)

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Long Weekend in Orlando Area (With No Theme Parks!)

I booked a trip to spend a long weekend in Orlando with some friends who recently moved there, and before I left, I got multiple text messages from them asking me what I wanted to do while there. Outside of theme parks, what is there to do in Orlando?

I scoured Pinterest, Googled everything I could find, and still landed in Orlando with exactly one thing on my list. One thing for three days. Off to a bad start.

So we spent the first night poring over Reddit trying to find cool things to see and do, and it essentially amounted to this: there are probably two cool things to do in Orlando, and the rest requires a bit of a drive. And thus, a plan was born.

Turns out, there are a lot of awesome things to do in the area.

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Foodie Guide to New Orleans

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Photo by Tanya Williams found on Trover.com

Hearing “New Orleans” conjures images of Mardi Gras, hurricane damage, and the Saints, but what’s missing is the food. It may not top the list for culinary cities like New York and Paris, but New Orleans has some of the tastiest foods you’ll ever try and best restaurants you’ll ever visit. So what exactly should you eat when you’re in New Orleans? You’re about to find out.

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How to Spend a Long Weekend in Austin

Austin Skyline at Night

If, unfortunately, you only have a few days to spend in Austin, don’t fret–there are still a lot of things you can pack into a short time in this awesome city.

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A Small Taste of the Museums in Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC

With over 200 museums in the district, it is easy to understand why Washington, D.C. is the best museum city in the world! No matter where you stay in Washington, at least one museum is nearby! But with so many museums, how do you know which ones to visit? If you are working with a limited amount of time and a fixed budget, here are four museums to give you a well-rounded experience and make you want to come back for even more.

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Guide to Planning a Weekend Trip to Boston

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Boston is one of the best cities in the United States. It boasts awesome historical significance, features some of the best attractions, and has delicious foods to suit everyone’s tastes. And if you stay at a hotel in the heart of the city, it makes getting around this small town a breeze (even on foot)!

Boston’s History

If you’re a US history buff, Boston’s the perfect place for you–it was founded by Puritans; the Boston Tea Party became the catalyst for the American Revolution; and anti-slavery movements happened here during the Civil War. There’s plenty of history to be found, but with only a couple of days, here are two of the best options.

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How to Spend a Long Weekend in San Antonio

San Antonio Riverwalk

If you’re a first-time visitor to San Antonio, you might be overwhelmed by how much there is to see and do in the second largest city in Texas! And if you’re only spending a long weekend there, it’s imperative to maximize your time so you can see and do the best things the city has to offer. To start, choose a San Antonio hotel in a central location so you’ll be close to everything. Next, pick a few (or all) of the following things to get a good overview of the city!

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See Las Vegas on the Cheap

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Photo by Brad Mitchell found on Trover.com

When you think of Las Vegas, lots of images flash in front of your eyes: neon signs, grandiose hotel interiors, beautiful women, free drinks at casinos, but the thing that probably remains static is the dollar-sign symbol. Las Vegas can be an expensive destination, but it doesn’t have to be. There are cheaper accommodation choices that will still allow you to be in the hustle and bustle of everything the city has to offer. And there are lots of free and inexpensive things to do so you don’t have to break the bank! Here are just a few ideas to help ensure you make it home with at least a few dollars left in your wallet.

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Favorite Travel Photos (Part 1)

In 2006, I took my very first trip abroad. At the time, I was in college and my interest in photography was growing my the minute. A lot has changed since that first international trip, but one of the biggest things has been my photography skills. I have worked hard to try to hone and perfect them, and while I’ll never be Ansel Adams, it’s amazing to see the growth I’ve made.

So, looking back over my photos from my travels over the last nine years, has made certain photos jump out at me and I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite photos from my travels! There are quite a few, so I’ll post them in a few parts, but for now: part 1! We’re visiting Iceland, Italy, Morocco, Romania, and the United States!

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Siena, Italy

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Mini Southwest US Road Trip

sedona arizonaThe day after Thanksgiving, I hopped a flight to Phoenix to see family and to meet up with my friend and fellow travel blogger, Danial Shah, to go on a mini road trip to see a bit of the Southwest US.

In a week’s time, it felt like we’d spent perhaps a bit too much time in the car, but we got to see some amazing sites: Sedona, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, and Monument Valley.

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