Final Travel Update For 2016

I can’t believe this is already my third and final recap of our travel for 2016! Where in the world did the last 366 days go?! Looking back, I can’t believe we were still able to see somewhere new every single month of this year. It resulted in some exhaustion but it was well worth it. I feel like we are leaving this year behind with some of the best memories we will ever make, and even more “best day ever’s”

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While our plans changed some from the goals made in the first travel post, the USA has so much to see that we will always have more to explore. This year has taught us that we have many opportunities in our backyard and we would like to experience some of those for their first time as a family of more than two. Those days may be far away for us, but we really want the travel bug to remain a big part of our lives forever.

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I will admit, I miss Europe SO MUCH. Traveling in the USA (and Mexico) this year was beautiful, adventures and fun, but I have a longing to get back to Europe ASAP. I feel like a different person there, it’s just so lovely. When can I move there and work from a beautiful home office looking down on the streets of Paris? Dreaming big over here!

Throughout this year we went on several trips, explored with various friends, and counted our blessings as we landed in many different states. I first shared our original travel plans for this year, and then an update, but this will be the final recap for this 2016, with only one trip remaining.

The recaps for these first 6 months of trips can be found in my last post, but as a recap, here is where we went.

January- Boone, North Carolina
February- New Orleans
March- Austin and Seattle
April- St. Louis

Since then, we have continued to visit new places.

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In May we made our way to New England with stops in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Each place was beautiful and had it’s own charm. I would absolutely love to spend more time in New Hampshire because it stole my nautical heart.

For our anniversary in June we opted to head outside of the USA and landed in Mexico. We had a beautiful vacation, which included my grandparents, and are dying to head back to beautiful Caribbean waters….and it so happens that we will one more time for this year!

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July was a hot one in Louisville, but it was a city that took us by surprise. While we were sweating like crazy, we loved this city! I hope in the future that more people decide to travel to Kentucky and take in the culture…and alcohol 😉 I also went on a bachelorette trip to Nashville and kicked up some dust along broadway.

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For August we decided to see new areas of somewhere we had already been while visiting family in Buffalo. I even managed to take a long weekend with my best friends to South Carolina, somewhere I hadn’t been since I was about 9!

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In September, we parted ways when Dave went to Vegas for a bachelor party and I went to (finally) meet Meg in Charleston! It was such a fun weekend and I am so excited to be going back to that beautiful city with Dave.

October was for hiking and exploring Birmingham, Alabama. This was a more low-key weekend getaway and it was just what we needed. We drank, ate, hiked and ventured to a few places in the city and outside of the city. I love how so many destinations in the US are so off the map to most people, but we decided to travel there anyways.

Last month was a month for the books. I traveled to Dallas with my grandparents, cousin, her fiancé and 2,000+ Ravens fans to see our boys play the Cowboys. We had so much fun and that stadium is incredible. Our annual after Thanksgiving trip was to Disney World with our friends and we had a blast. Disney as an adult (before kids) is a must! More recaps on these trips are coming {soon}.

This month we decided to postpone our trip to Minnesota and booked a cruise to the Bahamas to ring in the New Year! Since I am obsessed with travel deals, I stumbled upon a great price for a 5-day cruise from Charleston. I’m very excited to see the city with Dave and friends for a night before we leave for the beaches of Nassau and Freeport!

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If we had to do our traveling again in 2016, there are definitely some changes I would make, but everything we experienced gave us many lessons in our marriage, traveling, and exhaustion. I may do a post on this in the future because I think it is important to share both sides of traveling, not just the pretty things we share on Instagram.

Did you take any fun trips this year?

  • http://www.apaperarrow.com Kayla Whitter

    Travel is definitely something we’re looking forward to doing more. Our first trip together alone was actually our honeymoon to Orlando last year and it was the best time of my life, honestly.
    This year, we went to Helen and Ellijay (the North Georgia mountains), we took a day trip to Chattanooga, and an anniversary trip to Asheville. We had a great time on all the trips (with exception of a camping fiasco in Helen, lol). We’re hoping to visit New Orleans next September for our anniversary.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I hope you are able to travel more this year! Even quick road trips for the weekend are nice. All the trips you blogged about this year looked awesome- especially Asheville!

  • http://ohhey-ilikethat.com Lauren

    Wow! You’ve had quite a traveling year!!!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      By the end of the year I could sure feel it! haha

  • http://mylifeasbrianne.blogspot.com/ Bri

    I love & am jealous of all of the traveling you did this year!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It was amazing & exhausting at the same time- but I wouldn’t trade it!

  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    I can’t believe all the places you’ve been! I love that you had the chance to do this…what an incredible experience!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Girl I can’t either! I don’t know how we were able to fit it all in!

  • Jen

    Such amazing places you have been!!! :)

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I am so thankful for all the time we were able to spend traveling this year!

  • Jasmine @makingrestorations

    Great Recap, I fear I will never catch up because we have so many trips right at the end of the year. Hoping to make some headway before the January travels start up. Ha! Enjoy your cruise.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I feel the same way! I need to really sit down and decide what I want to blog about because I am at least 30 posts behind by now!

  • http://www.wanderingweekenders.com/ Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    I couldn’t agree with you more about experiencing Disney World before having kids! It’s so much fun to be the kid running around the parks and interacting with the characters! I think that a post about the negative side of travel would be really interesting to read! The exhaustion is definitely something that I don’t think that people think about.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It was AMAZING! I wish it wasn’t so expensive because I would love to go back again for the food and wine festival!

  • Megan

    You guys did so much traveling this year! It’s amazing. I’m so glad you were able to visit so many places since life will (most likely) start to slow down in the next couple of years. Now is the time to see all the places you want to see! I’m jealous of your NYE plans and so excited for you! xoxo

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Sitting down to write these posts made my head hurt because there was so much to think about from the last 12 months. I can’t believe how much we kept going.

  • http://www.dreambigandbuytheshoes.com/ Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    You had such a fun year of adventures…Bahamas for New Years-AWESOME! I loved it there…have the best time! XO!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It really was a great year- though exhausting, I wouldn’t trade the experiences and lessons we learned.

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