2017 was a HUGE travel year for me. June and August are the only months of 2017 I won’t have spent somewhere else for at least a few days. While it was exhausting and at times expensive (thanks to rental cars as a 24 year old) it was liberating and exhilarating to be in a position where I can take a few days, hop on a plane or head out on the road and see somewhere new. While I will admit only three out of my eleven 2017 destinations were new to me, every single one added something to my life while I was there. Here is the rundown of all the places I went this year (with linked photos if I have any).
- January – Milwaukee, WI
- February – Los Angeles, CA
- March/April – New Orleans, LA
- April – New York City
- May – Seattle, WA
- July – Louisville, KY, Nashville, TN, & Syracuse, IN
- September – Champaign Urbana, IL
- October – Door County, WI
- November – Massachusetts/Rhode Island, New York City
I already know that 2018 won’t be as packed full with trips as this past year was. I wish that could be the case, but I have a few other things that need my time and money so big monthly trips may not be feasible. That being said, traveling as regularly as I can will still be a priority. As I mentioned above, many of the places I went in 2017 were not new. I love being able to return to places I have been before. There’s always a sense of calm of in knowing your surroundings and nostalgia from revisiting things you’ve seen already. So, this next year I plan to have a nice mix of revisits and new places. Here’s the places I hope to (or know I will) see this year.
- Nashville, TN – This definitely happening. I’m already starting to plan.
- Los Angeles – Hopefully!
- Portland – Possibly in January!
- Candlewood Cabins in Richland Center, WI – Reservations for these cabins fill up super fast, but it’s only a few hours from me and I hope to spend at least one night in one of their cabins in the spring or fall!
- The Carolina’s – This is our plan for the annual family trip.
- NYC – This is now officially an annual fall staple.
- Door County – A fall necessity as well.
- Syracuse – I spend at least a week at the lake every summer so this is definitely happening
- Maine – This is a wish list trip for me. I would love to see northern Maine (especially after loving Rhode Island so much) so I’m hoping late fall early/winter I can head up there.