Quarterly Travel RoundUp – Fourth Quarter 2017

I cannot believe another year is over and we’re already well on our way through January!  I’m really excited to share this last quarter’s travel roundup as we had some great experiences in the last quarter of 2017!  These posts highlight our travel activities by offering glimpses of things that haven’t made it onto the blog yet!  


After taking several months off of traveling, we started this month with a major trip.  A whirlwind New England road trip to be exact.  This all started with an invitation to our dear friends’ wedding. By the time everything was done, we visited 7 beautiful states – Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York – in 7.5 days!  Any guesses on which state was my favorite?!?  Planning this was a major undertaking, and the execution turned out to be perfect.  And, for everyone who has been begging me for our itinerary and planning tips, they are coming to the blog later this spring, so stay tuned!


We just couldn’t help ourselves!  Before the end of the year, we had to spend some time at the place our hearts belong – the islands!  We snuck away for a restorative and romantic week in Aruba just a few days after Thanksgiving.  It was just what our souls needed to help soothe away what has been an incredibly challenging year, and also served as a reminder that we have so much to be thankful for in life.  We really loved Aruba – it is One Happy Island!  We also did a brief layover in New York City on our way home!


Over a year ago, we bought a Cyber Monday trip to China for December 2017 because it was an amazing deal.  Turns out, when things are too good to be true, they probably are.  After reading horrific reviews about the tour company, we decided to back out of the trip.  While Christmas is one of the most expensive times of year to travel, we found a comparably priced option to spend a few days in Los Angeles and also enjoy a short west coast cruise.  This was my hubby’s first time in LA, and I hadn’t spent considerable time in the area since I was a young teenager.  It was “interesting” to go back to the city I once loved so much as it served as a reminder of how much things, places, and people change over time. Let’s just say I no longer felt the same love for the City of Angels which I had experienced in my youth.

I also had a long break from school over the last quarter of the year.  I feel this is both good and bad.  However, I start back up this month and am down to my final three classes.  I cannot believe that before the end of summer I will have earned my Master of Sustainable Tourism Degree!

We had many exciting new travel experiences during the last quarter of 2017.  Posts on all destinations will be coming out as we move into the second half of the year.  It just seems to be taking me that long after a trip to write up my posts!  The good news is, I already have many great posts on other awesome travels of ours scheduled and ready to go through March!!  Enjoy!

What did your last three months of travel bring?  Please share your fun experiences with us in the comments below!

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