Happy 2016, all!
One of my favorite things about 2015 was the amount I was able to travel! I had some truly amazing experiences—I visited New Orleans a whole lot (where I saw three friends tie the knot!), I went to Florida with Matthew and his family, I traveled to Charleston with my girlfriends for an epic long weekend, and I went on an awesome roadtrip from New Orleans to Oakland with my favorite travel buddy! I stopped and visited a dear friend in Boulder, CO on my way back. The year certainly had it's ups and downs, but I feel so fortunate to have made those lifelong memories.
Since I'm not one for resolutions (though I may have a few, secretly), I decided to post about places I'd LOVE to visit in 2016, and beyond.
froglickimages on Instagram.
1. Florida Keys
Ever since binge-watching Bloodline on Netflix, Matthew and I have been dying to take a trip out to the Florida Keys! When I was younger, I rarely traveled within the US (my family is European and most of my extended relatives live abroad). Since college, I've really enjoyed getting to explore more of the United States. It's amazing how much geographical diversity we have here!
Photo by _nicorpas on Instagram.
2. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
I haven't been skiing in 12 years—since I was a teenager—but I would really love to go skiing again. I'd be thrilled to go on a weekend trip somewhere closer to the New York area, but word has it that Jackson Hole is on a whole other level—and also closer to the kind of slopes I've experienced in the past.
Tina Kantro on Instagram.
3. Santorini, Greece
Santorini is one of my favorite places I've ever been, and I don't think it will ever get old. Yes, it is touristy... but with good reason. It's been a few years, and I've been dying to get back to Greece. Matthew has never been to Greece and it would be such a great trip to take together!
4. Cape Town, South Africa
Not only does it look absolutely stunning, but I have a friend living in Johannesburg that I'd love to see, and bring along for the ride!
James Balog via National Geographic.
Iceland has been a hot destination these past few years, and I can see why. It's about as long a flight from NY as California and, I mean, hello hot springs! I've never visited a place like this in my life. I've also always wanted to experience the long days of the summer solstice in northern Europe.
6. Los Angeles, LA
So I've been to LA three times now, twice to visit my dear friend Katherine at Occidental in our college years, and this past year on my roadtrip. The stopover in LA was less than 24 hours, but in that time we managed to watch the sunset on Venice beach, wander the Venice canals and dip our feet in the Santa Monica waters! It didn't take me long to see why people are drawn to LA (despite all the hate it receives!). I can see why commuting in LA would be the ultimate nightmare, but as a visitor... I'd love to explore more! With friends and Matthew's family there, I'd love to go back for a longer visit.
Can't wait to see where 2016 takes me!