Friday, July 1, 2016

5th Year: In Review

YEAR FIVE!!! It seems like another lifetime when Jason was still working at Ernst & Young. We had another amazing year of travel and, of course, all of our travels are possible thanks to Southwest.

There was a ton of international travel this year (a trend I would like to continue), and all of our trips were thanks to amazing airline perks - Southwest Rapid Rewards Points to get us to Tulum and Russian River Valley, Positive Space tickets to both Puerto Rico and Ireland and the good 'ole standby flights to Italy and for other random domestic trips! Here's a recap - month by month.

August: Orlando, FL - fun spontaneous day at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
September: Tuscany, Amalfi Coast & Rome, Italy - 
Italy is one of my favorite places ever and this trip didn't disappoint. I found a new love of Rome here and we're even planning on making a return trip to Italy within a year!
October: We took a fun day-trip to visit Galveston State Park with Indy. He LOVED the beach!
November: Culebrita & Old San Juan, Puerto Rico -  Jason won some "gold passes", so this trip was free AND confirmed. We love Puerto Rico - it's such a great little escape.
January: Tahoe, CA - Disaster of a trip. We've love to go back when it's warm though!
February: Ubud & Legian, Bali - Amazing 30th birthday trip!
March: Tulum, Mexico - Jason's 31st birthday trip! We are both obsessed with Tulum. Hoping for a return trip ASAP!
April: Russian River Valley, CA - Amazing Trip with the Linebergers. Hoping to make this an annual thing!!
May: Dingle, Kinsale, Cork & Dublin, Ireland - Just an amazing trip - easy, yet so beautiful. And yes, everything really was THAT green!
Boston, MA - A few days to sample some of the most famous sites in Boston and eat some delicious food!

In the next year, we have plans to:

Have a cousin reunion in Portland, OR (just me)
Take a long weekend with the pup to New Orleans, LA
Enjoy fall in my hometown of St. Louis, MO
Celebrate our anniversary in Broken Bow, OK
Spend Thanksgiving in London
Attend multiple wedding events, with the grand finale in Comfort, TX
Head to NYC to visit friends
Explore the great outdoors in San Juan Islands, WA
Soak up paradise in Kauai
Attend a family reunion/wedding in Portland, OR

I am also planning a glorious road-trip around Southern England for late summer - to include London, the Cotswolds, Bath, Cornwall, Dartmoor, Stonehenge and a trip to the Harry Potter Experience! Very excited about this!

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