2018 really was an experience that turned out to be a lot better than I thought. If you remember, last year my group blog split up to focus on our own platforms and I put a lot of emphasis on balancing my blog and traveling while working a full-time job. There were times I didn’t think I could handle everything and I made sure to take a break when necessary. Here’s my 2018 travel recap and where I’ll be heading next year.
March: London, Paris, and Rome
Compared to last year and even my 2015 and 2016 recaps it is hard to believe this travel addict waited until March to hop on another plane. I kicked off the year with a mini Eurotrip visiting family in London, finally traveling to Paris, and ending the journey with my cousin in Rome. It was also the first time I used Airbnb Experiences to book a photoshoot on a solo trip.
- 4 Day London Itinerary for First Time Visitors
- New York JFK to London LHR: Virgin Atlantic Economy Class Review
- Booking a Paris Photoshoot with Airbnb Experiences
- 8 Places to Visit in Paris in 2 Days
- Rome FCO to New York JFK: Alitalia Economy Class Flight Review
- A Quick Guide to Spending 24 Hours in Rome, Italy
Days used – 6 Days + 1 Weekend
April: Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
I continued the birthday beach weekend and spend my 32 birthday in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos. Turks & Caicos has been on my cousin’s bucket list for the longest so we quickly booked our flight and hotel as soon as we saw a flight deal. Even though Providenciales is expensive, we didn’t break the bank and still had a relaxing weekend. You can check highlights of our trip in the video below.
- Luxe for Less: How to Visit Turks and Caicos on a Budget
- The Ultimate Travel Guide for Planning a Trip to Turks and Caicos
Days used – 2 days + weekend
July: Chesapeake, Virginia
In July I used a personal day and weekend to visit family in Virginia. The plan was to do exploration around the Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and Norfolk area, but I realized it is easier to do all of this with your own transportation. Much like my trips to Trinidad, I don’t get to do many ‘touristy’ things when visiting family, but I will make it my business to explore the area next time I visit.
Days used – 1 + weekend
As with years past, I enjoyed my summer in the city enjoying pop-up events, museums, rooftop bars, and time with friends and family. The best part was enjoying most of these things for free! Look out for more NYC posts next year.
September: Corning, NY
In efforts to do more networking and learn more about travel blogging, photography, and video, I found myself upstate for my first TBEX Conference. I’ve been wanting to visit the Finger Lakes region for a while and had a great time getting out of the city and learning more about my home state. It definitely encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone as well as do more in New York.
- Wine Tasting on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
- A City Girl’s Guide to Visiting Corning, NY
- Places to Eat in Corning’s Gaffer District
Days used – 5
October: Bali, Indonesia & Singapore
The last big vacation of the year was our girl’s trip to Bali and Singapore. It was our second time visiting Southeast Asia after our first trip to Thailand and we did a lot of adventurous activities. The was also the first girl’s trip that was 100% curated by us! With all of our combined travel knowledge, we did as much as we could during the week, but there are other activities I will do on another trip. I also would love to spend more time in Singapore.
- Bali Itinerary: How we Spent a Week in Bali
- 6 Photo-Worthy Places to Visit in Bali
- Bali Lookbook + What to Pack for Bali
- One Day in Singapore Itinerary: Best Things to Do and See
Days used – 7 + weekend
November: Bangor, Pennsylvania
In November, church friends and I met up with my sister to go wine tasting at Tolino Vineyards in Bangor, Pennsylvania. It was my first experience wine tasting in PA and I know I need to go back. We had such a great time, we’re planning a winter trip in the Poconos in February. You can see highlights from our day in this vlog by Kez B.
Days used – Saturday
I have Iceland, Jamaica, Trinidad and a possible sister’s trip planned for 2019, but it will be a little different because I’m going to Grad school. I now would have to balance school, blogging, traveling while working full-time, but I think I can do it. To help with the load, I will be utilizing more guest bloggers so make sure to subscribe to my monthly mailing list or follow on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube to see more of our experiences in and out of NYC.
What travels do you have planned for 2019?