I think most would agree that 2017 has been quite the year. No matter the personal low points and the never ending news cycle, there is much I have to be grateful for and travel is one of them.
At the beginning of 2017, I wanted to go someplace new and I visited not only one new destination but two! I’m grateful for my travels this year for giving me the opportunity to take a break from the routines of life or to spend time with friends and family. Here is where I traveled this year and I certainly am looking forward to more adventures in 2018!
Eating gelato everyday in Bologna
I feel very lucky that I get to go to Bologna every year for work. This past year I visited the university town for the fourth time. With every visit, I discover a new restaurant or shop or street and am never disappointed especially with the food! Markets are filled with fresh pastas, olive oils, salami, and of course there is delicious gelato everywhere. Bologna is the perfect place for a stroll as the streets are long and lined with shops and beautiful porticoes are overhead to cover you rain or shine.
Traveling to paradise in Croatia
Croatia was at the top of my bucket list for the longest time. After Bologna, I decided to go to Croatia’s southern coast for a week and it was the best decision! Croatia is by far my most favorite place I have visited ever and I can’t wait to go back. I traveled to Split, Hvar, Korcula, and Dubrovnik and every town I went to was super relaxing and looked picture perfect. I have so much to share in future posts about this country but for now I highly recommend going in the spring or fall to avoid the crush of the crowds and the extreme heat. Springtime in Croatia is the way to go – you won’t regret it!
Beach bummin’ in San Diego
I go to San Diego multiple times throughout the year to visit family and there is no doubt that summertime in San Diego is the best time. There is so much to see and do at Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, Old Town, Coronado, and Little Italy. Of course, my favorite summertime activity in San Diego is to hang out at Pacific Beach people watching and surfer watching, getting some Vitamin D and eating ice cream. The lifestyle in San Diego is ultra laid back that I feel very relaxed when I go there – a nice break from bustling downtown San Francisco.
Coastal escape to Monterey
For my 32nd birthday this year, I went with my best friends on an overnight trip to Monterey. Even though it’s only a two hour drive from San Francisco, I couldn’t remember the last time I visited this beautiful coastal town. I really enjoyed the Monterey Bay Aquarium and walking around Cannery Row, lots of good food in the nearby town of Pacific Grove, and indulging in a massage at the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa.
Sweating through New York City
In July, I went to New York for work and just so happened to go when they were having a heat wave. While I don’t enjoy the heat and humidity during the day, I do love not having to wear a jacket at night which is something I can’t get away with in San Francisco.
With every trip to New York, I get to eat someplace new and I always make time to hang out with my cousin and see one of my best friends from college. One night, my cousin and I had dinner in the West Village and afterwards walked down to the promenade at the Hudson River at sunset. It was one of my favorite memories from this year. Read about my foodie adventures in the Big Apple here, here, and here.
Eating my way through Portland
Portland, Oregon was the second new place I traveled to this year and definitely one of my favorites. My cousins and I went for a three day weekend in October and it was just enough time to see all the major attractions and eat a lot of good food. From the Pearl District and the famous Powell’s Books to the Saturday Market and Pittock Mansion we covered a lot of ground and had delicious donuts, coffee, biscuits, Thai and Greek cuisines. Plus, the fall foliage was beautiful with lots of greens, oranges, yellows, and reds. I have more posts to come to share everything I saw and ate in Portland!
Did you travel somewhere great this year? Let me know about it in the comments below!