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My 2018 Travel Year in Review

Happy 2019!

Now that we are almost two week into 2019 and just about everyone else has already posted their year-end reviews, I decided it was about time to do mine.

I didn’t blog much for the month of December. And while I didn’t mention it here, I posted on my Instagram at the beginning of December that I was going to take a break from social media and blogging for the rest of the year. I was spending too much time and mental energy on social media and I needed a break from all of it.

With that said, I’m making my way back to blogging now that 2019 is on its way. Before I look ahead to my travel plans for 2019, I thought I’d look back and see how I did in 2018.

How much did I travel?

Truth be told, I didn’t travel that much last year. My longest trip was to Massachusetts to visit family, during which time I went to Boston and New York City. The rest of my traveling consisted of a couple of weekend trips (Bellingham, Portland), and exploring a few state parks and other nearby areas.

I didn’t travel nearly as much as I would have liked, and I only did two of the six things I write about in my 2018 travel wishlist.

But I traveled as much as I could have. 2018 was not a great financial year. I moved in with my boyfriend over the summer, and then we moved again six months later. The time just seemed to slip by.

I did a fair amount of exploring my local area, but not a lot of traveling farther afield. And you know what? That’s okay. Traveling is not a competition. While I may not have traveled as much as some, I traveled more than others. I had some great experiences.

Which brings me to…

My Favorite Travel Moments of 2018

Visiting Powell’s for the first time

Aisle of bookshelves at Powell's
Actual photo of heaven.

In February my boyfriend and I went to Portland, Oregon, where we visited Powell’s City of Books. As a bookstore lover Powell’s had been on my must-see list for a while, and it didn’t disappoint. I wrote about that day here.

Visiting family in Massachusetts

Copp's Hill Burial Ground in Boston
Copp’s Hill Burial Ground in Boston

In October we went to Massachusetts to visit some family that I hadn’t seen in years. While we were there we went to Boston and took a trip to New York City as well. Seeing my family was nice and we had a great time. I also got to do things that I otherwise wouldn’t have if my family hadn’t been kind enough to invite us out.

Read: Walking the Boston Freedom Trail

Rediscovering Bellingham

View of Bellingham Bay from Western Washington University
View of Bellingham Bay from Western Washington University

I spent two years living in Bellingham while I was in college, and unfortunately during that time I didn’t appreciate what a great town it is. This past year I went for a weekend with my boyfriend and rediscovered what makes Bellingham special. We visited some old favorite places as well as new ones that I never bothered to check out while I was living there. I also randomly happened to bump into my old boss, which was a fun surprise.

You can read about how to spend your own weekend getaway in Bellingham here.

Returning to New York without throwing up on anyone

Central Park
Central Park

Like I said above, the boyfriend and I went to New York for a couple of days after we visited my family in Massachusetts. I had previously been to NYC before when I was 18. But that experience was marred by the fact that I go sick and threw up all over the floor of the train back to where I was staying.

My only hope for this trip was to not throw up in a public location and luck was on my side this time!

(Though I still wimped out a bit and exhausted myself, which I wrote about here. But hey at least I didn’t publically vomit and that is what I call a WIN.)

Do I have any regrets?

I do wish that I had managed to go on a solo trip last year, but it just wasn’t in the cards. I am really hoping to do one this year, though, and I have already started mentally planning what it might be and when.

Overall, 2018 was a pretty good year for me. Here’s to hoping 2019 is even better.

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