Hard to believe it is time to write up another quarterly travel round-up! Am I the only person who thinks this year is flying by? 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! Here we go!


While hotter than hot, we spent the 4th of July holiday weekend in Palm Springs, California! Let me fill you in on a little secret…

The heat in the area causes this to be the off-season! You know what that means right? Lower prices and fewer crowds! Seriously this is one of our major travel tips! If you are searching for your next U.S. destination for a long weekend, add Palm Springs to your list!

Our long weekend in this desert hot spot was filled with golf, amazing food, pool time, and exploring the core area of the city. When we really needed to beat the heat, we headed up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for a total different change of scenery and temperature.


At the end of August, we ventured off on another “working adult” European backpacking tour. This time, we made our way from the States to the UK. During our time here, we couldn’t have asked for better weather!

We saw festival fireworks, cruised Loch Ness, reveled with rugby and soccer fans, and walked over 125,000 steps that week. It was a great time away from home in one of our highly anticipated travel spots!


September was a month of recovery and travel daydreaming. We also realized we might be making some changes to future travel plans… Overall, I would say we needed this month of down time to recover from traveling every 6 weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day. While it is worth it, it can also be exhausting at times. As I type this now, I’m still tired.

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You may have noticed, but I updated my logo over the summer! I’m super excited about this! I feel that it captures the spirit of the blog better, especially as we become more and more global in our travels. Plus, it’s finally allowed me to incorporate some of my favorite color into the blog, which tickles me PINK!

I have many more things on my to do list and am looking forward to the upcoming holiday breaks so I can finally have some time to work on them! As always, stay tuned and thank you for following along!

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  1. I agree, this year has been flying by! Sounds like you had quite a few fun adventures over the past few months. I bet cruising Loch Ness must have been amazing – I’d love to do that one day! 😀

    1. Yes, Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands were breathtaking! Hope you make it there sometime too. Here’s hoping the last few months of 2019 slow down a bit!!

  2. The new logo looks great! And yes off-season travel is such a great way to save money and have a better experience overall. Loch Ness has been on my list forever. It must have been such an unforgettable experience!

    1. Isn’t off season travel the way to go? We do a ton of it and it makes such a difference. We pretty much had Loch Ness to ourselves! Hope you make it there one day as well!!

  3. Sounds like you had a good summer! Next time you’re in the UK you must stop by – we live close to the Lake District which is stunning. Me and Phil have been thinking about Palm Springs next time we visit California. We’re off to India in November, so excited!

    1. I thought about you guys and wondered where in proximity you live from where we were visiting. Would love to meet up sometime for sure! Palm Springs is a great city – we both really liked it there and know you would too. Let us know if you have any trip planning questions. India makes me so jealous – can’t wait to hear about it!!

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