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.

Keep Austin Weird! Our visit was pretty weird!


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!

The Grand Palace in Bangkok is out of this world!


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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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….

What are your favorite things about my blog?

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  1. My favorite things about your blog are: 1) the beautiful pictures you post from your various travels, and 2) the fact you keep the content interesting, but yet concise.

  2. I just love hearing about and seeing pictures of your travel! I also like the tips you give about each place.

    1. Believe it or not, you guys did pop in my had while were in Thailand because I know how much you love it there!

  3. Quarterly roundups are a great idea. We seem to pack so much in, it’s easy to forget what you’ve done. Glad you enjoyed Thailand, lived there for 12 years 🙂

  4. I moved to Texas the end of November and the weather has been pretty sketchy ever since! We just had a major thunderstorm here this morning. I haven’t been to Thailand but I bet it was amazing,

  5. I love that you don’t shy from telling the bad stories as well as the good. Wish more travel bloggers would do this!

  6. Sounds like a busy first quarter. Living in Toronto, we are well accustomed to weather delays when we travel in the winter. Always makes the travel day a little stressful until we reach our destination. Sorry you lost so much time in Austin because of it. I am sure that Thailand was amazing. And great that you will now have more vacation time to travel.

  7. I like the quarterly roundup (or half-year or yearly) because you tell what you did, even if it didn’t turn out as you thought. I tend to blog about what I loved and let the not-so-good slide, but I like the honesty. Please keep going 🙂

  8. I love the quarterly roundups idea! And would be great to read more about Thailand! As to you blog, I like that you share what didn´t work for you during your trips along with travel tips and itineraries! #FeetDoTravel

  9. Such a pity about Austin, I hope you get to go back to do all you didn’t do. I’m a big fan of Thailand having lived in Bangkok and spent a lot of time on Phuket, I’m looking forward to your posts when they’re published. Yay for extra travel days!! 🙂

  10. It is sad that you could not enjoy Austin but I am happy that you loved your Thailand trip. Thailand is also on my bucket list, so I would be waiting for your post to know your experience.

  11. Well, the round up posts are also my least popular posts. But I somehow love to write about them. To some extent it helps to connect with my loyal readers. The first three months went well for you. Hope it remains the same for the rest of the year.

  12. Yaaaaay, more days to travel, what a wonderful surprise from your employer! It’s so fabulous you can stay away for longer when you go away (or take an extra day or two to relax when you return). So glad Thailand gave you such a great trip to make up for the blizzard the previous month, the Palaces and architecture are spectacular aren’t they. Thanks for updating us with your travel round up Jenn 😀 #feetdotravel

    1. I wasn’t anticipating earning more time off for another year. I’m thrilled about this perk I received!! Yes, everything in Thailand was wonderful – looking forward to blogging about it! Thanks for commenting, as always.

  13. Great round up of the quarter’s travel adventures…I enjoyed hearing about them! Austin sounds fun–despite the blizzard–and I can’t wait to hear more details about your trip to Thailand. Love the blog! (And congrats on your Master’s degree in Sustainable Tourism!)

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