While it’s normally pretty fun to write up these end-of-year travel reviews to reflect back on the year gone by, this year feels totally different. All things considered, we still did a little bit of traveling this last year. So, we figure we might as well cap off another year with our traditional travel year in review post!

Where We Went In 2020

Las Vegas, Nevada

Denver, Colorado

Spearfish, South Dakota

Big Horn Mountains, Wyoming

Estes Park, Colorado

Other than our pre-pandemic trip to Vegas, we kept our travel limited to a very small radius. This is the first time in a long time that we haven’t ventured out of the US’s Rocky Mountain region. But, we were glad to have the wide-open spaces at our finger tips during these strange times.

Transportation and Accommodation

We definitely approached both of these elements of travel different this year. Our only flight was in February, when we visited our friends in Las Vegas. After that, it was nothing but miles and miles on the open road. Needless to say, we have a lot of airline credit we hope to use for future flights.

We stayed in a two actual hotels for a combined total of 3 nights this year. This is a substantial cut from years’ past. This travel year led us down the path of alternative accommodation options – one of them being cabin rentals. We stayed in two different cabins over the summer. One was located at a very nice RV park, while the other served its purpose high in the mountains of Wyoming. We also stayed in a luxury Airbnb condo, which was a great experience.

Favorite Experiences

Believe it or not, we still managed to find some silver lining in the midst of all the chaos. Even better, I think we found a sense of appreciation for what we were able to do, no matter how big or small. Favorite experiences? I’ll gladly list anything we accomplished under this category this year. It’s just been that kind of year.

Least Favorite Experiences

The pandemic and everything it has entailed and encompassed this year has been our “least favorite experience”.

By Land and Sea

While travel has been severely depressed, having this blog has helped keep me from following suit. I have found coming up with content to be a welcomed distraction. Additionally, the efforts that go in to publishing and promoting each new post, as well as continually updating older content, has given me something constructive to do in my downtime.

With that being said, we have already temporarily reduced our posting schedule and will continue to do so for at least the first part of the new year. Not only is readership still down, but I will be shifting my focus to a creative, time-intensive endeavor! I’m very excited for this opportunity that has come my way and will share it once complete as it does involve travel!

That’s a wrap on our 2020 travel year. We are hopeful that 2021 is a much better, safer year for everyone!

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  1. Indeed, I agree we might as well roll with the low-travel year and use the travel hiatus for a side project. I finished a not-really-travel series on my blog this year, which I thought would detract from my travel traffic but it turns out this year there wasn’t much travel traffic to speak of anyway! Still, it has been a tough year. Hope we get to some semblance of safety soon.

  2. I know what you mean about feeling strange doing a year in review where we actually did some travelling while so many people did not. It looks like you managed to visit some great outdoor spots. We too will be slowly down out posts in the early part of 2021. I am still doing lots of blog work but we expect to be cocooning in the cold and not have much to share.

  3. I completely get this, I have been tentative with any bookings and had so many cancelled this year. But it did allow me to explore my local area more and save some credit and points for next year that I had for this years allowance on travel accounts. I think next year will see a bit boom of everyone travelling again but maybe in alternative ways.

  4. It has been a very strange year for us all, especially those of us who make travel a big part of our lives. It is great that you live in such a beautiful part of the world & have these amazing places on your doorstep. Fingers crossed you will soon be able to explore further afield again. Good luck with your other project…intrigued to know more.

  5. I must say you have traveled quite a bit this year, when most of us were stuck at home! That picture of Las Vegas looks so beautiful. I look forward to more travels around the world now that the vaccine is around the corner. 🙂

  6. Sounds like you had quite a busy year 😉 Good for your that you were able to visit some truly neat places. I myself was lucky enough to squeeze in a long weekend in Prague and two weeks in Italy. When I’m down, I try to keep up my spirits with these memories 😉

    1. So jealous you were able to spend time in Prague and Italy! That is something about Europe that always makes us jealous!

  7. I love cabins and I’ve been looking for a vacation where I can just stay in a cabin near a lake far away from other people for a week or two and just read and write. Would love to hear about your experience staying in one–how you booked it and where you stayed.

    1. Glad to hear you’re looking into cabins as an option. We booked both of ours directly from their websites (once we determined where we wanted to go). One cabin was wonderful while the other was quite rustic. Let us know if you have any specific questions!

  8. We had a similar year. I had a couple of work trips at the beginning of the year and that was the extent of any flying that was done. The rest of the year, we spent close to home, save for one road trip we took and we stayed in a mix of small hotels and in our car. Hope you guys get a chance to do some more traveling this year when things start to re-open!

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