As 2017 is quickly coming to an end, I like to take time to reflect on the memories and adventures made from this past year. One tradition I adopted from my parents is to get an ornament from the place I am visiting. When Christmas comes around, and we place the ornament on the tree, we reminisce about the vacation we took together. This year, I had the privilege of traveling for pleasure and for business to a number of places both within the USA and abroad. A few of the destinations on my travel reflection included Las Vegas, New York, Cancun, Paris, and Nashville.
Trip #1: Las Vegas, Nevada
Very soon after the turn of the new year, I was on my way to Vegas. I was traveling for work on my way to CES. It was my first time attending CES and it was quite an experience. The biggest tech brands were showing off their latest innovations. While it was a lot of long hours, we mixed in a little bit of fun too.
Trip #2 Charleston, South Carolina
Soon after getting back from Vegas, we road tripped it down to Charleston for a long weekend. The weather was perfect. We took a historic carriage ride through the city, relaxed on a rooftop bar, went on a ghost tour of the jail, and toured Magnolia Plantation.
Trip #3 New York City
At the beginning of February, I headed up to New York City for another work trip. This trip was a lot of fun because we were helping cover a fashion show. While there, New York got hit with a decent amount of snow. It was fun to experience the city covered in snow.
Trip #4 Cancun, Mexico
In April, we were ready for a relaxing vacation in the sun (we got a great deal from CheapCaribbean). We went to Cancun where we spent time at the all-inclusive resort, took a catamaran day cruise to Isla de Mujeres and a took a day trip to Chichen-Itzá.
Trip #5 Paris, France
I work for a pretty awesome company where each year they take us on an all-expenses-paid ‘mystery trip’. We get clues leading up to the trip, but we don’t find out the exact location until we are at the airport ready to catch the flight. This year we want to Paris! It was a relatively quick trip, but we were able to catch the highlights of the beautiful city.
Trip #6 North Carolina Mountains
We took a girl’s weekend trip to the North Carolina mountains. We spent a day kayaking on the Nantahala River—my first solo kayaking experience. We also went to the casino at Cherokee trying to get lucky on table games and the slot machines.
Trip #7 Dallas, Texas
Another work trip, also mixed with some fun. We had some spare time and decided to make the drive from Dallas to Waco, Texas. We all enjoy the show ‘Fixer Upper’ by Chip and Joanna Gaines and wanted to check out the Magnolia store and bakery. It was a really well-done and worth stopping by if you are in the area.
Trip #8 Nashville, Tennessee
Another road trip, this time to Nashville Tennessee. We made some stops in the mountains along the way to Nashville. We spent a lot of time listening to great live music, toured the Country Music Hall of Fame and enjoyed a show at the Grand Ole’ Opry. We also ate some really good hot chicken and bbq.
Trip #9 Asheville, North Carolina
The final trip of the year was back to the mountains and Asheville. We went skiing and tubing and then made our way to Asheville. We took the Candlelight Christmas tour of the Biltmore Estate—which was magical. It was beautifully decorated and really put us in the Christmas spirit.
That rounds out my great year of adventures and travel reflection. What were some of your favorite memories from 2017?