1.12.2015

Best of 2014: Travel

Well, this about wraps up the "Best of" series, but I have saved the best for last! This year I sure did not get to travel as much as I have in past years, but I did make a point to go and visit a few friends, as well as getting a couple of "vacation" days in! Aside from that, I took many day trips / road trips to closer places like Sonoma county, Tahoe, and the Sierra Nevadas. As I mentioned in my finance wrap up post, travel overall is one of my bigger expenses, and it is not by accident!

Charlotte, NC: In February, I went to visit Lisa in Charlotte, and we had a great time eating our way through Asheville, as well as doing a bit of hiking and a lot of visiting!

Asheville, NC

Sisters, Oregon: A trip that has become a tradition, my yearly visit to Sisters was, as always, full of good runs, fresh air and lots and lots of visiting time with a good friend. In addition, she had just had her newest baby, and it was really good to spend some time with both kids! If you are ever in Sisters, be sure to stop at the Sisters Bakery; they have the biggest apple fritters you have ever seen and they are delicious! 

View from the PCT

New York City: I always love visiting New York and this time was no different! My dad was working there and I took the opportunity to visit him and my mom while the weather was good. We had a great time wandering around, sometimes running, and definitely eating a lot! 

Manhattan Bridge

Mayrhofen, Austria (and surrounds): In September, I spent about 12 days in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Everywhere I went was great, but one of my favorite things was a 5 day Alps hiking trip on the Berlin High Trail near Mayrhofen. Each day I would hike all day and then settle down at one of the huts for some food, maybe a song or two (the Tyroleans like their music!) and a game of cards. It was beautiful and I would go back there in a heartbeat (maybe in winter for some skiing).

Berlin High Trail

Some other highlights included going to Phoenix to pace a friend for the Javelina Jundred, to Boston for Easter with friends and to run the marathon, to Mt. Whitney for a nice three day weekend hike, to the Grand Canyon & Vegas on a road trip, to the Redwoods for a camping trip, to Reno for a race, to Bodega Bay for clam chowder and a walk on the beach and to South Lake Tahoe for MLK day and the Superbowl.

Mt. Whitney trail
2014 was a good year full of fun places and great people and I can't wait to start planning trips for 2015!!

Did you do any traveling this year? Where was your favorite trip?

6 comments:

  1. It's funny how you started off the post by saying you did not get to travel as much this year but when you list it all out, it seems like a lot to me! I am so glad I got to host you in Charlotte and show you my favorite area of NC. You definitely had some great trips last year, though - especially your big Europe trip!

    I feel like I did not travel that much this year but when I think about it, I fit in a decent amount. While I was living in Charlotte, I did road trips to Savannah and Charleston and spent a long weekend in Asheville, and I also did a long weekend in Austin, TX. After my move I did not travel much for several months as I was focusing on settling in and enjoying life back in Minnesota. But in the fall I went to San Francisco (which was such an awesome trip) and to Jamaica (which was also an awesome trip!). It's hard to pick a favorite trip as I loved something about all of my trips, but San Fran and Jamaica are tied for the top, and Savannah gets an honorable mention.

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  2. When I grow up, I want to travel as much as you do.

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  3. You had an amazing year of traveling! From all of the places you've been, what has been your absolute favourite?

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  4. You got to see some amazing places last year! Can't wait to see where 2015 takes you!

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  5. You've been to some awesome places, and that's just this year alone! How sweet!

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  6. My favourite trip was definitely to Ireland and Scotland, I really really enjoyed our time in Northern Ireland to be more specific. This was followed closely by the trip to San Francisco!

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