In 2019, I finished my 5th year teaching and started my 6th year.
I spent 49 days out of town, which is actually less than last year!
I traveled to 6 countries (Mexico, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, France, & Switzerland)
I explored 4 states (Washington, Nevada, Utah, Arizona).
- In February, I experienced San Diego at its finest. Of course, I’ve been to San Diego before, but I had only gone overnight to drink in the Gaslamp. I explored more neighborhoods, went to events (see an upcoming post), and met wonderful people I keep in touch with!
- My mom and I went on another Viking River Cruise and we brought my aunt and cousin. We spent an extra few days in Amsterdam. We’re headed to Paris and northern France in 2020!
- For my birthday, I took a solo road trip from St. George, Utah to Flagstaff, Arizona. I met up with some Girls Who Hike at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes…
- …and we went to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary! One of the best experiences volunteering there!
- For our birthday this year, Liz and I met up in Seattle…
- …and took the train to Vancouver. We’re headed to Asheville, North Carolina in 2020!
- In November, I was in my work wife’s wedding in Cabo San Lucas…
- Jordan tagged along as my plus 1. We rented a car and went to Todo Santos.
- Our last trip was one of my favorites: Phoenix and Tucson for Christmas this year. We went to Las Vegas the last two years and didn’t like it.
*I forgot to include the impromptu Labor Day Weekend trip to Sequoia and Kings National Parks with a Meetup group, but it’s here. It was one of the highlights of my year as I met soooo many amazing people on this trip.
So, the big question is – what were my favorites?
Reflecting on travel, my favorite trips were solo, in some sort of nature, and meeting new people at local hangouts (bars, coffee shops, etc).
In short, I love Tucson and Seattle, which is why I went back. I want to explore North Vancouver’s nature. I loved volunteering at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and camping/hiking with strangers in Sequoia, which I can sum up into ‘letting go’ and playing.