Travel Year Extended: My 2016 Destinations

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.

Seattle

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.

Canada

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!

Atlanta

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.

Philly

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

22 Comments

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    Keisha Adinkra

    April 19, 2017

    Awesome! Looks like you’re having a blast! I would love to visit Guatemala and Las Vegas is one of my favorite places to visit in the States. I’m excited to be visiting NY this summer 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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      Ashleigh

      April 19, 2017

      If tickets are ever that cheap again, I’d definitely go to Guatemala again and stay longer. Have fun!

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    terrihugg

    April 19, 2017

    This post has definitely inspired. You literally only need one weekend and a plan to travel. And a plan isn’t always necessary! You definitely gave me ideas to satisfy my travel bug.

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      Ashleigh

      April 19, 2017

      Yep a long weekend is just enough to explore some destinations!

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    Saidah Washington

    April 19, 2017

    New York and New Jersey are my favorite places to be in the US. I love the city because i grew up there and got spoiled by the fast paced lifestyle.

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      Ashleigh

      April 20, 2017

      I love to visit, don’t think I could live there though!

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    feleciamonique88

    April 20, 2017

    Wow!! Canada is definitely on my list and Seattle! Keep these trip posts coming I’m learning so much.

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      Ashleigh

      April 21, 2017

      They’re both on my list of faves so far!

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    Jay Colby

    April 20, 2017

    This post inspires me to travel more and see the world. I’ve always wanted to visit other countries outside the U.S.

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      Ashleigh

      April 21, 2017

      I so think that everyone that can, travels outside of the country at least once in their lifetime. It’s such an awesome experience!

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    Kita

    April 20, 2017

    You had a great 2016 travel year. Where have you been so far in 2017?

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      Ashleigh

      April 21, 2017

      So far in 2017 I’ve been to Martinique, Bahamas, NY/NJ, and Houston!

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    Jennifer

    April 20, 2017

    I would love to visit NYC, Arizona, and Philly. My mom is from Philly so I really want to visit her old home. I’d love to see the Grand Canyon in Arizona. And I think NYC would be a great place for me to work on my street photography. Great list!

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      Ashleigh

      April 21, 2017

      NYC is definitely a great place for street photography, I just recently had a shoot there for my birthday!

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    mimicutelips

    April 21, 2017

    Traveling is what life is all about. I look forward to being able to travel more. I have two kids in school but I try to get it in with and without them.

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      Ashleigh

      April 21, 2017

      Yeah I’ve heard traveling with kids can be tough and I applaud anyone who does! Kudos to you.

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    Lia World Traveler

    April 21, 2017

    I loved this article because I love traveling and living overseas. I hope you continue traveling into 2017 and beyond and sharing your experiences.

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      Ashleigh

      April 21, 2017

      Oh I definitely will continue my travels and hopefully one day be able to live overseas even if just temporarily.

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    Marsha

    April 21, 2017

    Wow girl, that’s great that you were able to get away so often!! I live in Atlanta, and I agree, having to drive 30 mins to get everywhere sucks!

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      Ashleigh

      April 21, 2017

      Yeah driving in ATL was a doosie and I can only imagine how much worst it is now with all the freeway mishaps!

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    staciesayzso

    April 22, 2017

    Wow, you’ve been really busy. I say travel as much as you can before you have too many responsibilities.

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    Ramona Collins

    April 23, 2017

    Wow. This is awesome. I need to travel more. I like traveling, but only have one trip planned so far this year. Thanks for sharing your experiences. You’ve inspired me.

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