At the end of 2016, I said that 2017 was going to be my year.  I started interNATionalcaty with no real idea, but a desire to tell my travel adventure.  Well, 2017 was all that and a bag of chips.  One of the most important goals for the new year was to travel more and share my experiences.  My Instagram and Facebook page grew with followers and likes.  Even better, I started planning trips for others as I had the “been there, done that” approach. My 2017 travel year in review is a list full of wonderful destinations both domestically and internationally I’ve enjoyed and I hope it will inspire you for planning your future travel destinations with me.

January

My first trip of the new year was to Guatemala which was planned by friend @mimi_wanders.  It was the first time to Central America.  The trip was filled with adventures such as hiking (horseback) riding up a volcano, Kayaking in Lake Atitlán, and touring the city of Antigua.

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February

February had me visiting Sacramento area for work.   My assignment ended early and so it was time to explore Ukiah.  I bet you never heard of the city.  Read all about the road trip.  Road-Trip to Ukiah, Anyone?

Oh, there is story behind this picture. I had to stop for a bathroom break. I thought the area was a mini mart but rather lodging for campers. I knocked on the door that said “office” realizing it was someone’s temporary home. __________ Anywho, as I was leaving, I captured this picture. At that moment, it felt like I needed to be there. The lake was mildly calm and serene even though it was overflowing. ___________ Have you ever felt that way when it comes to an unexpected stop? #california #nature #beauty . . . #theoutbound #ourplanetdaily #nakedplanet #earthfocus #staywild #getoutstayout #beautifuldestinations #earthdaily #fromwhereistand #ipulledoverforthis #instatravel #travelgram #instagood #feelingblessed #adventurous #enjoyinglife #womentravel #picoftheday #photooftheday #travelblog #blog #love #travelphoto #beautiful #girlsvglobe #femaletravel #femaletravelbloggers

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March

As Spring was approaching, I did a trip to Iceland.   I don’t think Reykjavik knew that spring was approaching as it was freezing lol.   My favorite part was seeing the waterfalls, the Northern Lights and the Blue Lagoon.

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April

April had me heading back to Central America – Costa Rica.  We found out there was a “Fat Farm”.  My friends and I decided on a 4-day weekend of not eating lol.

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May

May had to be my favorite month.  I did two trips.  One domestically – Arizona and the other – The Bahamas.  I finally had the chance to see the Grand Canyon.  However, my favorite part of the trip with the Lower Antelope Canyon.

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The Bahamas, in particular, Nassau is my birthplace and it was great to run away for the weekend explore and eat all the conch.

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It is so much better in The Bahamas

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Let’s talk about traditional Bahamian food. The Bahamas is famous for their conch salad. You are probably thinking what is conch. Well, conch is a shell-fish. The conch salad ingredients are: • Diced onions • Diced green peppers • Diced tomatoes • Diced Mango and pineapple (Tropical conch) • Diced conch If you like spicy food, you add pepper and I am not talking about black pepper. I am talking about the pepper that will clear up your sinuses. You add a dash of salt. You then squeeze fresh limes (not lemon) — lime. For the tropical, you also squeeze fresh oranges. Everything is mixed together on the counter. There is no big bowl for tossing. Nope, the preparer is massaging all the juices and ingredients together. When it is all done, the conch salad is placed in a plastic bowl or container with a spoon. You just walk away with a big grin and go to your corner and eat. Also, sharing is not an option.

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June

Work told me that I had to go to Newfoundland, Canada.  You know the struggle was real.  I had some free time and so I explored.

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July

July was a weekend trip to South Carolina.  I’ve been before but never to Charleston and Myrtle Beach.   I had a great time catching up with friends

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August

August is my birthday month and so it was my epic adventure to Morocco. I had the opportunity to ride a camel in the Sahara Desert.  It is a memory that I will always cherish.

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September

September was running a 5K is the “Windy City” – Chicago. It wasn’t my best time, but I had a great time.

 

October

So I had another work struggle 😉  I was tasked to visit Boston.  I did a drive-through of Boston several years ago, however, this time was to explore the city via a hop on hop off trolley.

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November

November had me visiting 4 countries in 10 days.  One of the best things about Europe is the train/metro system.  All I can say is hello to Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava, and Prague.

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December

December I had me doing a weekend trip to Paris.  This was my fourth trip to Paris and each time, I see and find something different.

Oops — I didn’t write up about the weekend trip, but I did travel on a budget airline to Paris.  Read all about it. Norwegian: Budget Airline by Choice

I ended this year on a high and I can’t wait to see where 2017 will lead me!