2017 has been one for the books! We traveled to two new countries, explored a new state and visited our home state. My favorite travel memory of 2017 was that we found out we’re having a baby while on one of our favorite trips yet (our Iceland adventure)! This little lady isn’t even on the outside yet and she’s already been on 8 flights, so we’re hoping we have a mini traveler in the making. 😉 Here’s a look back on our adventures from 2017! And here’s my travel diary post from 2015 and 2016.
This is always one of my favorite posts (check out last year’s here). I love looking back on the year and thinking with such humble gratitude about all of the amazing opportunities God gives us. Most importantly, I love remembering all of the special times we’ve had with the ones we love. With each passing year, I’m reminded why God didn’t create people to be alone and he wants us to enjoy the things He’s given us. Obviously, this means different things to different people, but to me, I love enjoying God’s world by traveling with loved ones, being reminded that there are genuinely beautiful people everywhere and learning a few lessons about myself along the way. This year’s travel adventures in particular have challenged and grown me in ways I don’t think any other experience could have. Also, I love what traveling does to Matt and I’s relationship. As time has gone on and we’ve tackled more trips together, we’ve been given more opportunities to be team players, figure out what we’re good at and discover more reasons why we’re good for each other. Nothing makes you work out your problems like being stuck in a foreign country with your spouse and being forced to face your problems head on.
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert Continue reading
Last year around this time, I made a bucket list of places I’d like to see. Since then, I’ve checked off a few places and added a few more places. That’s the thing about traveling, the more places you go, they more places you find that you want to add to your list. 😉
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
Gosh, I’ve loved this year. It’ll always have such a special place in my heart because we had so many big moments in 2015. As every new year approaches, I like to look back on the trips and travels we’ve had. My favorite was definitely our sweet honeymoon trip to Italy. I also loved our road trips and stateside adventures! It really doesn’t matter where you go, what matters is who you’re with. And my favorite travel partner will always be the guy I got to marry earlier this year! 😉 So, here’s a look back on some of my favorite travels of 2015!
1. Venice, Italy: What a beautiful, quaint and quiet city. The architecture was incredible and the people were wonderful.
“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things can not be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” -Mark Twain
I’m beginning to learn that the more you travel, the longer your bucket list seems to get. That’s just how it works. Never underestimate the power of travel to broaden your mind, teach you your place and educate you in a way that only traveling can. If you want to read more about the benefits of traveling and spending money on experiences rather than things, this is a great article.
For Matt and I, travel has bonded us in so many ways, whether it’s travel to the next state over or across the ocean. My sweet wedding present from him was a giant canvas world map that’s the center piece of our living room. I really couldn’t think of a more perfect gift and I can’t wait to mark off more places on the map. Continue reading