2019 Travel Year in Review

Looking back at our travel year of 2019, it was one of the best.  We have taken some fantastic trips over the years, but this was a really well balanced travel year for us.  We had just the right mix of long weekends and big adventures.  They were nicely spaced out so that we were able to take a trip every couple of months.  I was able to travel with both my husband and my daughter plus visit my son.  I am not sure it gets much better than that.

All of our trips went pretty well overall.  We had a few minor speed bumps along the way, but nothing too significant (like the 30 hour airport delay in 2018..Yikes).  Another high point for 2019 travel was that I was really able to take advantage of Points, Miles and Loyalty programs to keep the costs down.

Here are some highlights from our 2019 Trips:

Northern Indiana

A winter Beerventure for my Husbands Birthday. We loved exploring the food and breweries along the Northern Indiana Ale Trail.  It was a grand adventure indeed.

 

Traverse City

A weekend getaway for our anniversary to one of our favorite destinations, Traverse City.  We stayed in our favorite room and explored food and cocktail destinations that we hadn’t tried before.  Quite a delightful trip.

 

Portland Oregon

Girls Getaway 2019 with my daughter Maggie.  Although it took us a while to choose a destination, we got it right with Portland Oregon.  We did some heavy exploring, from the rugged Pacific coast, to the waterfalls of the Mount Hood area.  Of course we made plenty of time for wine tasting and foodie finds.  Portland was a perfect trip for us.

 

Traverse City

Sorry to be redundant, but we took another last minute trip to Traverse City over Labor Day. I really needed a beach day! TC was an easy pick since we had not made plans in advance.  We enjoyed a few of our favorite foodie stops, spent some time at the beach and got to do some wine tasting with a bunch of our friends.  Although we threw it together at the last minute, it turned out pretty great.

 

Texas

We always love our annual visit to see our son in Texas.  It’s fun to spend a day immersed in all the traditions at a Texas A&M football game.  We expanded this trip to include a night in Dallas and dinner with friends.  Although it started off with a long flight delay, this trip finished up quite nicely.

 

Oahu, Hawaii

This trip was kind of a pop up surprise.  I had a Southwest Companion Pass and wanted to take one more trip before the end of the year.  I was surprised when Mark picked Hawaii, it had never been on my travel bucket list.   This was my first attempt at a Big Budget Travel trip and it turned out fabulous. We were able to travel there and spend 6 nights for under $1500 total!  First 3 days in Waikiki doing some site seeing and hanging out on the beach.  Then 3 days living the good life on the North Shore.  So glad we were able to take this amazing, and kind of unexpected trip.

 

Final Thoughts

I think 2019 turned out to be a great travel year.  First of all we completed all of this travel with Mark only having 2 weeks of vacation!

We managed to squeeze a lot of value out of that Southwest Companion Pass which allowed us to take more trips than we would have.  It was exciting to pull off a few last minute adventures. Normally I would have planned for a really long time to pull off a big trip like we did to Hawaii.  Having honed my travel planning skills these last 2 years, I was able to do it in less than 5 months!

I am looking forward to whatever adventures await us in 2020!  Getting out my calendar now to start penciling them in!

Wishing you a Happy New Years and Fabulous Travels for 2020!

 

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