The year 2015 has gone by so fast but I say that about every year. My travels this year, whether for work or play, have all been great and there have been a few milestones too that have meant a lot to me. Also, it’s a personal goal of mine to visit at least one new place every year, whether near or far, and I am happy to say that I met that goal and then some. Here’s a look back at my year of travels. It’s so nice to see everything that has happened and I’m already looking forward to more adventures in 2016.
In February, I went to New York for work. While I never look forward to the freezing winter on the east coast I do look forward to seeing friends and crossing restaurants and cafes off of my New York food list.
In April, I went to Bologna. A perk of another work trip! While this was my second time to Bologna and I worked all day of every day that I was there, I still managed to wander around the streets of this beautiful town and find new places to eat.
The big benefit of my European work trip was that I was able to tack on a week of vacation and so after Bologna, I took the train to Naples to start my week-long Amalfi Coast tour with G Adventures. On the first day of the tour, we spent the day exploring Pompeii.
After Pompeii, we spent the week in a wonderful agriturismo in Furore and went on hikes to Amalfi, Ravello, and Positano with lots of amazing food to be had in between. It was one of the most beautiful and physically challenging trips, at least for me, that I had ever been on. It was also my first time taking a group tour and I’m so glad I did.
A month after I got back from Italy, my family and I went to Dallas for my nephew’s baptism and first birthday. I had never been to Dallas and was looking forward to seeing some sites in between family time. The highlight for me, besides seeing my nephews, was the Sixth Floor Museum in downtown Dallas, a retrospective of the assassination of JFK.
At the end of May, I headed back to New York for another work trip. This time though the weather was much warmer and my cousin came along with me. She had never been to New York before so while I worked during the day she went out to see the sites and we’d meet up at night to go out to dinner with our other cousin and my friend who both live in New York. I crossed off quite a few places on my list of things to eat in the Big Apple.
For my 30th birthday in July, my two good friends planned a great day in Bodega Bay, a town I had never been to before. We ate lots of baked goods and seafood, explored the small seaside towns, and spent the afternoon at the spa. It is so beautiful there and the whole experience was such a relaxing way to spend a big milestone in my life.
In August, my cousins and I went to Sonoma for a day to celebrate my cousin’s bachelorette. I got to indulge in another spa day, we had some time to hang out by the pool, tasted some wines and stomped on grapes, and had a tasty dinner at The Girl & the Fig. It was a nice alternative to your typical bachelorette.
Then my best friend Dee turned 30 in September and a group of my friends headed to Pescadero and Half Moon Bay for the day. Who knew this sleepy sea-side town could have so much good food? We feasted on artichoke bread, fresh goat cheese, and warm pies all day long while getting some air and sun and views. There can be so many beautiful places to visit close to home if you just venture a little bit.
Another big trip for me this year was Germany. I went to Munich for a week in October (posts to come on that trip soon!) and while I just missed Oktoberfest by a week I was still able to enjoy the food, the beer, outdoor markets, and the gorgeous fall colors. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to visit this new town.
The reason I chose to visit Munich? I got to go to the Frankfurt Book Fair for work. After my weekend in Munich, I went to Frankfurt for a week. It was my first time going to the biggest book fair in the world and it was a professional goal of mine achieved! While Frankfurt is more of a financial town and I only had time for good dinners and drinks at night, the city had its moments and you don’t forget your first trip to the book fair.
And in November my friends and I headed to Apple Hill, a cluster of apple farms in Placerville. Apple Hill is everything we love about fall – warm cider, donuts, pies, wine, fall leaves, fresh air. It’s a treat to get out of the city and into the country if only for a day and this day trip was just what we needed to kick-start the holidays.
Where did your travels take you in 2015 that you loved the most?