At the end of 2014 I declared 2015 my “Travel Year” where I decided that I would travel somewhere every month of that year. What can I say? I was bit by the travel bug hard and since I had graduated college, was working full time, and could afford to do so, I was going to travel as much as I could! Since I had so much fun traveling in 2015 I decided to extend my travel year to 2016.
Gautemala & Panama
Earlier this year and unbelievable flight deal dropped and I just couldn’t pass it up. I bought my round-trip ticket to Guatemala (with a long layover in Panama) for $124. Yes. $124. I booked an extended weekend vacay for February and began to research. I stayed in Antigua which is a beautiful city with the friendliest people and plenty to do. While there I hiked the Pacaya volcano and ziplined through a huge coffee farm. I also met some amazing people and I’d definitely go back and explore more someday.
With the exception of this year, I hadn’t really been looking forward to my birthdays. Something was always happening before or during that would cause me to not fully enjoy MY day. This year I was determined to have a great birthday.. and boy, did I? I visited one of my best friends in Seattle and had the BEST time ever. From visiting Pike Place and the first Starbucks ever to an impromptu photoshoot in Tulip Town. Seattle is definitely on my list of favorites now and I’ve even considered it a place to live
New York & New Jersey
NYC & Newark became like second homes to me this year because I was there literally every other month. With being able to book cheap tickets through Bolt Bus or Megabus, both NY and NJ are easily accessible to me and I find myself there often.
I hadn’t visited Canada since I was a little girl and one day my best friend and I decided to plan a trip! We ended up road tripping from Jersey to Toronto for the Memorial day weekend and had a blast! The most exciting part of the trip was visiting the Rage Room where we got to spend about an hour or so breaking various electronics and glass items with bats and crowbars. What a stress-reliever.
Las Vegas & Arizona
Vegas is another city that is like a second home because I have family there. This year was the first time I went with friends and even took a day trip to Arizona to see the Grand Canyon!
Seems like everyone is picking up and moving to Atlanta lately, doesn’t it? Or maybe it’s just me. Anywho, this year I visited Atlanta for the first time and it reassured me that Southern-living is not for me. Don’t get me wrong, I had a great time with my friends BUT I can’t get used to having to drive 20 to 30 minutes to get everywhere. I hiked up Stone Mountain, which was quite the workout, and went to Top Golf for the first time.
I planned a day trip to Philly for a friend’s birthday. While there we visited Pumpkin Land (she really loves Pumpkins) and an African-American female-owned comic book store (that’s rare). We of course ended the trip by going to South Street and getting a Philly Cheesesteak. It was a great day!
I said I was going to chill in 2017 to focus on my career development and personal savings goals BUT I already have five or six trips planned. *insert nervous chuckle here* If you want to know all about how I travel on a budget, I blogged about it here.