I can’t believe how quick time flies. Like seriously it seems like yesterday that I wrote my 2017 year in review. When a new year is upon us, it may seem like absolutely nothing has changed, but when you look back at everything you’ve done in a year, you realize that in fact, everything has changed. You’ve grown, you’ve experienced new things, and even if you don’t see it, you are different from when you first started off the year.
2018 wasn’t the smoothest road for me. I had a lot of great memories, and adventures, but I was also laid off from my job in February, and spent a good bulk of 2018 looking for a new job. However, like I said, with every low, low in a year, there’s always a high, high right next to it, and for me, that was all the adventures and travel I had the chance to experience this year. Here’s a recap…
March: Bucerias, Mexico
In March, following my unexpected lay off, I suddenly found myself with a ton of free time, so since my Mom goes to Mexico each winter, I booked a last minute flight and headed off to enjoy some sun. Although I was only there for a short-time, the vitamin D and salt water was just what I needed to get back on my feet and start applying for jobs.
- How to Spend One Week in Bucerias, Mexico
- How to Spend Two Days in Bucerias, Mexico
- Where to Eat in Bucerias, Mexico
March: Nashville, Tennessee
Later in March, my family swapped their annual weekend in Florida for a weekend in Nashville. I jetted off with my immediate family to explore a US city I’ve never been to before, and absolutely fell head over heels for Nashville. I loved bar hopping along Broadway and enjoying all the amazing musical entertainment. There was seriously endless things to do here. I can’t wait to go back to explore more!
- Eating Nashville’s Best with Nashville Food Adventures
- How to Spend a Weekend in Nashville, Tennessee
In May I went off to Portugal for another last minute trip. 2018 was all about last minute trips because I never knew what my job situation would be to book in advance.
I did Portugal as a solo adventure and traveled to Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais and Lagos. I absolutely fell in love with Portugal and how beautiful it was. Plus, it was so easy to travel around solo!
- How to Spend 2 Days in Lisbon, Portugal
- How to Spend 2 Days in Lagos, Portugal
- A Day Trip to Sintra, Portugal
August: Windsor, Ontario
After a whirlwind summer of attending everyone in my life’s weddings. I finally had a weekend to myself, and I teamed with Ontario’s Southwest on a weekend trip to Windsor, Ontario, Canada. I know, if you’re from Ontario you’ll know this is a really random place to visit, but having a weekend away to explore somewhere I had never been was so much fun. I went with one of my best friends, and we even slept in an Airbnb boat one night!
September: San Francisco, California
San Francisco was my last hurrah before starting work again. After seven whole months off of work, I finally found a great opportunity which was going to start mid-September. I decided on San Fran because it was on my bucket list, wasn’t too expensive, and I could easily go there for the few days I had to work with in between friends weddings.
What I discovered was a city loaded with things to do and a great food scene. I could’ve totally come here for multiple weeks and not run out of things to do. Another place I’ll definitely return to!
- Eating My Way Through San Francisco
- How to Spend Three Days in San Francisco, California
- Cruising Through San Fran with Vantigo
Guatemala wasn’t necessarily a last minute trip for once in 2018, however, my friend and I had originally planned to visit Nicaragua. With the unrest happening there now, we thought it be safer to swap to another Central American country and landed on Guatemala because it seemed to provide a good mix of things to do, and beautiful beaches.
I still have so much Guatemala content I’m writing for you, and I seriously fell in love with this country. Not only was it the perfect destination for an adventure, but it also was super easy to travel around, and cheap! I visited El Paredon, Lake Atitlan and Antigua.
Overall 2018 was an adventure, I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store. Happy New Year everyone and thank you for following along with me this past year!