2017 Travel Year in Review

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.


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



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 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 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!


(11) Comments

  1. Lisa Offrs

    Nice review. amazing photography. Happy new year.

  2. Hannah

    Wow, hell of a year you’ve had! I love that you ended up in St Johns Newfoundland for work – it’s a great little city. And ending the year in Paris – now that’s the way to end a year! Paris is one of my favourite places in the world, and each new visit (I must’ve been hundreds of times by now), I discover more – it’s like an onion 😉 I hope your 2018 travels are just as exciting, if not more so!

  3. Mikkel

    Your year was packed with so many amazing things! I love Central America so I’m glad you were able to go to Guatemala and Costa Rica. And your conch salad has me hungry and wishing I could go to the Bahamas! And the camel ride…so fun!

  4. Lauren

    What an amazing year! I love that you ended up in Iceland, and Newfoundland, and Central America. There’s such a great variety of places. Here’s to all the best in your travels for 2018!

  5. Indrani

    Whoa! That is one exciting year you had! Definitely unforgettable. Such a good variety of places… love the captures of you in action. Great insta profile.

  6. Val Wheatley

    Wow – you’ve been busy! I’m impressed! Nice that you got a race in there as well, a great accomplishment! We were also in Paris in December – I loved seeing all of the Christmas lights but we never managed to find any Christmas markets, such a bummer! Did you go to any? Looking forward to seeing that 2018 holds for you!

  7. Cathy

    Almost everyone has posted their travel year and I haven’t! You had indeed such amazing trips in 2017! How is Arizona? It must be amazing that’s why it’s your favourite! Arizona sounds very interesting to me! You look very happy and so cute in every picture! You had a blast! More travels to you in 2018!

  8. Jenna

    Glad to hear that you had a great year! Sounds like you had a lot of wonderful adventures. We definitely need to get to Central America—Costa Rica and Guatemala both sound amazing. We have really been wanting to visit Newfoundland too—what a cool place for work to send you! The trip to Morocco with a camel ride in the desert would be great too. We did a similar trip to your Europe trip last December except we visited Berlin instead of Prague—such a fun trip especially around the holidays! Hope your holidays were great and happy 2018!

  9. Mizhelle

    Sounds like you had an awesome year! Your photo captions are pretty fun to read too. So much spirit in them. I especially love the lake photo. Sometimes you just gotta capture the moment, even if you haven’t fully grasped what it is.

  10. Paige

    What a beautiful year FULL of adventures you had! I love seeing photos of the American SW because it’s one of my favorite places on the planet! I also love that you broke down your review by month. I’m always trying to come up with a new way, but this a really great way to do it. You definitely had a busy year and I can’t wait to see what you get yourself into in 2018!

  11. Megan Jerrard

    It sounds like you’ve had a fabulous year full of quite a lot of adventure! Awesome that you got to Iceland! My favorite country in the world 😀 Though I didn’t make it to the Blue Lagoon and would like to. It looks like you had fun there. Awesome photo of Seljalandsfoss too btw! You ticked off some massively cool spots in the US too – Antelope Cayon and Horseshoe bend look amazing! You have a new follower – looking forward to what 2018 has in store for you!

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