Quarterly Travel Roundup – First Quarter 2017


In the spirit of a new year, I’ve decided to start doing quarterly “roundups” of our travel activities.  Oftentimes, there are things going on behind the scenes and sometimes our actual experiences don’t make it into an official blog post for many months due to the nature of my schedule.  These posts will offer glimpses of our travel happenings every quarter.  Enjoy!


We started off our year with back-to-back-to-back trips.  First, we visited friends in Vegas for a special birthday party.  Although the weather was gloomy overall, we spent a few sunny hours on the strip.  We also ventured off the strip and explored Red Rock Canyon, where it snowed!  We were supposed to go on our first-ever hot air balloon ride during this trip as well, but it was canceled three different days due to weather.  

Less than 48 hours after returning from Las Vegas, I was off for Newport Beach, California for a work conference.  I was able to spend some free time exploring Balboa Island, and it was good to see the Pacific again!

12 hours after I returned from California, it was my hubby’s turn to head out for a week-long training in Maryland, where he finished out the month of January.


Normally, we always travel somewhere warm in February because I get the winter blues pretty badly this time of year.  However, because of our super packed schedules, we decided to forego our February trip.  We did get away for a night by visiting friends in a town a few hours down the road though.  We turned this into a mini-adventure road trip. 380 miles later, we caught up with two other friends and their families in two other additional towns.  The rest of February was spent in the mountains snowshoeing, and anticipating our big trip in March!  


March brought in a spur-of-the moment booking for a trip in early 2018!  Yay!!  This month also took us back to Italy!  Neither of us could be more thrilled to have had the opportunity to return to this great country after what seems like a lifetime since we each last visited!  This was our first time in Europe together as a married couple, which made it even more special.  I guess tossing a coin in Trevi Fountain really does mean that one day you will return to Rome!

Fun fact – Between our first quarter adventures in Las Vegas, Newport Beach, and Italy, I logged over 273,000 steps on my Fitbit!

Our first quarter of the year was very busy.  Although I anticipate the next quarter may be a little less hectic, we are looking forward to whatever adventures it may bring!

Tell us about your favorite travel moment from the first 3 months of the year in the comments below!  Can’t wait to hear where you’ve been!

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