Happy New Year! Even though I already have my first passport stamp of 2017, I want to take one look back at what a fabulous travel year I had in 2016! Everyone’s talking about how 2016 stunk, but the Cubs won the World Series, guys!
In 2016, I (quietly) celebrated 10 years at my company. This meant a bonus week of Paid Time Off, along with a generous gift of American Airlines and Hyatt gift cards, all of which helped make this a banner travel year for me! Thanks, CDW Corporation!
January is always a lay-low month for me. Recovering from short work weeks, holidays and holiday travel, I usually stay close to home, hibernate and try to cut back on eating and spending. Fun, huh?!
I did set out to put a dent in my resolution of visiting museums, with a trip to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, but as with most resolutions, this one faded away early in the new year.
Also, it was so cold, my dog had to wear a coat! (A very rare occasion)
February – more winter, more hibernation. I was able to catch another night in the chef series at Kendall College. Other than that, I doubt I left the house! Can you blame me?!
In March, I took my only business trip of the year – a quick overnighter to New York.
At the end of the month, I set off on my first big solo international trip with two weeks in SouthEast Asia. I started off in HongKong, then a few days in Chiang Mai, on to Bangkok, Siem Reap, Phuket and back to Hong Kong!
Although the first 10 days of April were spent in SouthEast Asia, I managed one other weekend getaway to Tom’s Lake in the Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
I also became a godmother to this cutie in April!
May always kicks off with this guy’s birthday.
At the end of the month, I finally made a trip to Southern Illinois for some hiking.
June was uneventful, other than a trip to the Field Museum to see the Terra Cotta warriors exhibit.
In July, I returned to the UP to see some new spots I’d been hearing about for years, like the Porcupine Mountains and Pictured Rocks. It was too hot, so I came home early and made plans to return in the fall!
August was the calm before the storm, travel-wise. Work-wise, it was insane and I worked most weekends and nights this month. Not exciting, but necessary!
September was the start of two very busy travel months! First up, I headed to Mexico City for my birthday.
I returned home for two days, then it was a road trip to the UP (again!) for my first attempt at solo backpacking, in Pictured Rocks.
The first weekend of October was spent at Mt Princeton Hot Springs in Colorado, allowing me to catch the fall colors that I’m usually too early for.
Two weeks later, I headed to North Carolina for a family weekend at the beach.
November was the best month of all time when the CUBS WON THE WORLD SERIES! Seriously! It wasn’t until after the parade that I finally stopped thinking it was all just a dream. (For those not in the know, this is a really big deal – the Cubs have been the lovable losers of MLB for 108 years!!!) Some of my favorite people came into town to celebrate, along with about 5 million other people, making this the 7th largest gathering in human history.
Another big event in November was celebrating my niece’s first birthday! Isn’t she the cutest?!
December was the usual rush of holiday parties and shopping, Christmas Eve with family followed by a Christmas day flight to Baja Mexico, where I closed out the year!
All told, it was a great year for travel!
Here are a few of my stats. I love stats, I’m such a nerd!
- Flights: 16
- Hotel/Cabin Nights: 29
- Tent Nights: 15
- Vacation Days Taken: 29.5 (wow!)
- Countries Visited: 4
- States Visited: 6 (not including my home state)
I’ve got some pretty cool plans in the works for 2017, including 15 days spent hiking the Haute Route in the Swiss Alps! I predict fewer flights and more tent nights, but we’ll see how it all pans out! And I might just get to a few more museums after failing at that goal last year 🙂