In all honesty, I wasn’t planning on writing a travel roundup for the first quarter of 2019. After looking at my analytics and engagement on these past roundup posts, it is pretty clear that these are some of my least popular. However after getting both an unexpected travel surprise this quarter, having a question I’d love to ask my readers, as well as feeling compelled to write a little bit, I decided to type one up. For anyone new to my quarterly travel roundups, these posts highlight our travel activities by offering glimpses of things that haven’t made it onto the blog yet!
Those who know us know that our trips around the Christmas holiday are usually the worst ones for us. Something happens every time. This year, we decided to plan a quick, fun, and easy four day trip to Austin, Texas. We’ve wanted to go to this awesome city for awhile. It was dirt cheap, in decent proximity, and the forecast called for 60’s-70’s… it was looking like a great few days away! However, history repeated itself and, well, it wasn’t a great few days away. We missed the first 1.5 days of our trip because of a blizzard. When we finally arrived in Austin, not only was it cold and pouring rain, but nearly every hot spot in the city was closed! While we made the most of it, we definitely didn’t get to experience what Austin really has to offer.
For the longest time, we have been wanting to push a little further and expand our travel boundaries. That wish came true this month as we ventured to Thailand. We could not have asked for a better experience! From the flights to the food to the people; it was all-around amazing. Pulling the trigger on this trip was a few years in the making and I’m so glad we finally did it! Keep your eye one the blog as posts are currently in the works for our time there!
March was filled with travel happenings, but not the kind you might expect. I spent several days teaching a class at a local college discussing various travel impacts and considerations. As a reminder, I earned my master’s degree in Sustainable Tourism in late 2018. Teaching others and sharing my love of travel is a dream come true and I can’t wait for more opportunities like this! I also celebrated my 5 year anniversary at work. This is really important in terms of travel because this milestone was accompanied by a happy surprise – I received an increase in the amount of vacation time I will earn each month! That’s right, my employer rewarded me with more time away. I will now get an additional three days of paid vacation time each year. Let the planning begin!
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By Land and Sea
As I mentioned earlier, I wasn’t even planning on writing up a quarterly travel roundup. I’ve been having mixed feelings about some things on this blog lately and have been pondering some things for awhile. So, in the comments below, I’d love to know….
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