What an exciting year 2017 was! I successfully blogged for the entire year, which may be the first New Year’s Resolution I’ve ever kept. I have so enjoyed documenting my travels and creating travel guides. This year was busy and exciting, filled with lots of traveling! Here is a re-cap of all my adventures as well as a look at what is to come in 2018.
Baltimore – Annapolis – Washington D.C.
I started the year off with a trip out east, with the single goal of eating as much Maryland Blue Crab as I possibly could. I love the East Coast, and Maryland did not disappoint. Baltimore is an incredibly fun city, from the Inner Harbor to the history lessons. Annapolis is relaxed and eye-catching. Washington D.C. is our capital, filled with historic landmarks and museums. On this trip I learned how much I love crab cakes, and that I need to return to D.C. as soon as possible.
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Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
I absolutely love the UP. It’s serenity is unparalleled, and I am always happy when I’m near water. I actually came twice this summer, from exploring the small town of DeTour Village to hiking in Tahquamenon Falls State Park.
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To say I visited Colorado is an understatement. I explored every corner of this state and packed in as much as I could in eight weeks. What an incredible way to spend the summer and catch up with family.
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I had never been to a National Park before this summer, and now I have five crossed off my list! They are spectacular, and Arches National Park in Utah was my favorite trip of the entire year. Utah is breath-taking, unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
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I was born a beach bum, and what better place that sunny Florida to relax after midterms? Not only did I get to relax on the beach in Daytona Beach, but I also explored the history of the oldest city in America – St. Augustine! Florida is a diverse state with so much to offer, and I was glad to get a mix of relaxation and travel.
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And of course I spent time in my home state, from the Dunes to Indianapolis to Evansville, I hit just about every corner of the state. It’s important to spend a significant amount of time exploring our back yards. I still have plenty of state parks and small towns to explore here.
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2018 Travel Plans
It’s hard to believe how many places I’ve been this year and all the experiences I’ve had. Every time I travel I am reminded of why I love it, and I realize how there are so many more places to go.
As for 2018, I have some sensational travel plans coming up this year. While in 2017 I only traveled in the U.S., this year I’m taking advantage of more international travel. This spring I’m jetting off to Italy to enjoy pizza and gelato as well as immerse myself in ancient history. I also have plans to return to Michigan and a few other states. I hope to hike through a few more national parks and state parks across the country. As well, I’m planning to embark on a Central American trip. It’s time for me to explore a few Latin American countries I’ve always wanted to visit. From beaches to rainforests and bustling cities, it’s going to be a summer to remember.
As for the rest of the year? Only time will tell. Happy New Year, and here’s to a spectacular 2018 filled with lots of love, adventure and curiosity. I’m wishing each and every one of you my very best.