Best of 2017

Best of 2017

Well, 2017 is almost over. And I don’t think I’m alone in saying good riddance! But, despite this dumpster fire of a year, there were some positives our the travel world.

  • We kicked off the year spending a week escaping life in San Diego.
  • In February, I flew to Ohio & surprised my Dad for his 60th birthday.
  • I spent my birthday in March plane spotting in St. Maarten.
  • April saw a surprisingly pleasant business trip to Pittsburgh, a new city for me, & a quick trip to Ohio
  • May was an extremely busy month for me professionally, with trips to Chicago & two trips to NYC
  • In June, I hopped across the pond in partnership with Visit Holland for a whirlwind tour of Dutch country & popped back up to NYC for a business trip.
  • We spent 4th of July in Alaska, America’s last true wilderness & some time at the end of the month seeing family & friends in Ohio.
  • In August, I got to check a bucket list item off my list, thanks to a quick business trip to San Fran: driving over the Golden Gate Bridge in a convertible!
  • Our Labor Day tradition of spending a few days lakeside in the Finger Lakes was renewed this year.
  • We spent six glorious days eating our way through Italy in September.
  • Thanksgiving was spent at my Dad’s in Ohio & we spent Christmas at my in-laws in Florida.
  • And, despite my very adventurous return from Italy & final few months of the year, I’m on the mend & ready to hit the ground running next year!

The only month I didn’t fly somewhere this year was in September!

Top 10 Instagrams of 2017

My “top nine” on Instagram weren’t actually photos I really liked, so here are my own, personal, favorite top 10 from Instagram in 2017:

If you need me, I’ll be here. Forever. #islandgirl

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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

These were the top 10 blog posts that you loved, read & commented on in 2017! I love how varied they are:

  1. Cruising to Alaska on the Celebrity Solstice
  2. Plane Spotting in St. Maarten
  3. Hotel Review: Four Seasons Prague
  4. Exploring Prague by Walking Tour
  5. 31 Tips for a Great Trip to Rome
  6. Cruising to Alaska on the Celebrity Solstice 
  7. Hotel Review: Sonesta Maho Beach (this makes me so sad…. the hotel is closed indefinitely because of the devastating impacts of Hurricanes Irma & Maria. I’m looking forward to returning to my beloved St. Maarten – hopefully soon!)
  8. Exploring Budapest
  9. 48 Hours in Rotterdam
  10. 49 Hours in Richmond, Virginia


I actually read 18 books in 2017! I loved so many of the books I read this year, it’s hard to narrow it down to my favorite. Do you love to read? Join me in my quest to read 18 books next year & add your 2018 favorites to my hashtags #18booksin2018.

Social media often (rightfully so) gets a bad rep for only highlighting the glamorous side of life. So I’m here to share reality: on Friday, while in Rome, I suffered a hernia. It has been getting progressively more uncomfortable as our days have passed & walking has become more challenging. On Monday I visited an English speaking doctor in Florence who confirmed it wasn’t appendicitis (which was great news). I am very limited in what I can do – we’ve had to adjust our schedule to basically do one thing per day so I can rest. Yesterday, we made the heartbreaking decision to leave Italy tomorrow & not continue onto Bologna & Venice. My guilt for this is ample, as I feel like I’m ruining what was supposed to be our romantic anniversary trip. But there’s no point in continuing when it’s so physically challenging for me to get around & could benefit from seeing a doctor in the U.S. sooner rather than later. I am emotionally exhausted – this certainly isn’t at all how I envisioned this much anticipated trip going & there’s nothing more humbling than being unwell while traveling in a foreign country. This morning, while B runs to the cheese shop across the river, I’m staying in bed with a cappuccino, a whole lotta Nutella, a book & a little self care. I’m determined to have a wonderful last day in this beautiful county. PS this is also book 14 of #17booksfor2017! Such a great one full of emotions & intertwining stories. Loved it!

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#17booksfor2017 Book 8: Unsurprisingly, I loved this book. The editor, rather famously, published a previous anthology of essays written by various famous people saying good riddance to NYC. She got a lot of flack for it because, like me, there are a whole lot of people madly in love with New York City. So she published this as a bit of an apology – an ode to the city. I really enjoyed this collection of stories about all the little things that make the Big Apple so addicting. I especially identified with this passage by author Jason Diamond: “Hemingway wrote about Paris being a movable feast, the kind of place that stays with you for the rest of your days once you’ve truly experienced it. That’s what this place feels like to me. No single city truly affects a person like New York does.” 🍎

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Here’s to 2018 everyone!

I can’t wait to see what the year is going to bring. I’m starting it off with a big life change: I’m getting a new job! I’m so excited to start my dream job on January 8th & I promise to share more about it as soon as I can (so follow me on Twitter!). Things might be a little quiet around here as I get settled, but I promise I’ll be back.

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