Every year I like to look back at the past year, where I’ve been, what experiences I’ve had, what places made an impact on me. This year we did a lot of travel, both personally and professionally. We traveled near our home and explored some beautiful spots in Oregon, Washington and California this year including Astoria, the San Juan Islands, Santa Barbara, Eastern Washington and Leavenworth. And we traveled far to 3 different continents and 9 countries, some new and some returning to old favorites including an incredible trip through India, Cambodia and Thailand, weekend trips to Denver and New Mexico, multiple trips to Hawaii for work as well as a return work trip to Korea, and a whirlwind tour of Northern Europe including stops in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Brussels, Bruges and Paris.
We had trips that were seemingly perfect and life changing and others that were just a little “blah” and had a lot of issues. We had trips that were spontaneous to visit family and others that we spent much of the year planning for. And at the end of the year, looking back, I learned a lot of lessons about travel this year, many I’ll be implementing going forward. But at the end of the day, I feel very fortunate to have seen much of the world this year, to have traveled both by myself and with Nick and very blessed to have grown to love many more places in this beautiful world.