Reflections on a Another Big Adventure

 Last big trip of 2013 - Cambodia! Angkor Wat at sunset

Last big trip of 2013 - Cambodia! Angkor Wat at sunset

Looking back, I actually can't believe it was ME that went to all of these places - a whirlwind of new friends, countless airports, amazing hotels, time with family & friends, thousands of miles traveled by car, plane, helicopter, train, and foot, & many pieces written. It is beyond my wildest dreams where my life and job have taken me in the past few years (reflections on 2011 & 2012).

Thank you for giving me YOUR travel tips, following along on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and making me feel less lonely when I'm thousands of miles from home.

This year's adventures - in chronological order:

 Winter in the Hamptons

Winter in the Hamptons

 Breakfast at Hotel Bel-Air in L.A.

Breakfast at Hotel Bel-Air in L.A.

 Rocco came with us to D.C., too! 

Rocco came with us to D.C., too! 

 Back in the Hamptons

Back in the Hamptons

 Brussels was surprisingly awesome

Brussels was surprisingly awesome

 Bruges, Belgium - like Disneyland, but still cute

Bruges, Belgium - like Disneyland, but still cute

 Loved this B&B, La Vigie, near the town of Spa, Wallonia - Belgium

Loved this B&B, La Vigie, near the town of Spa, Wallonia - Belgium

 Amsterdam

Amsterdam

  Tel Aviv - a fast-paced, cool, changing-by-the-minute city

 Tel Aviv - a fast-paced, cool, changing-by-the-minute city

 A complicated, beautiful city to explore - Jerusalem.

A complicated, beautiful city to explore - Jerusalem.

 Adorable goats at Mizpe Hayamim in the Israel countryside.

Adorable goats at Mizpe Hayamim in the Israel countryside.

 Sag Harbor

Sag Harbor

 One of many Connecticut weekends

One of many Connecticut weekends

  I loved this exhilirating, gorgeous city - Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 I loved this exhilirating, gorgeous city - Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 The Emerald Coast of Brazil and Ponta dos Ganchos Resort.

The Emerald Coast of Brazil and Ponta dos Ganchos Resort.

 With my dad at the Cliffs of Moher.

With my dad at the Cliffs of Moher.

 My entire family rented a house outside Galway for a week.

My entire family rented a house outside Galway for a week.

 Wedding in the Catskills.

Wedding in the Catskills.

 Back in genteel, lovely Charleston, South Carolina.

Back in genteel, lovely Charleston, South Carolina.

 One of my favorite places on the planet, Kiawah Island.

One of my favorite places on the planet, Kiawah Island.

 A major highlight - attending the Coronation Festival & concert at Buckingham Palace in London.

A major highlight - attending the Coronation Festival & concert at Buckingham Palace in London.

 A couple of days on the Isle of Wight, England.

A couple of days on the Isle of Wight, England.

 Eloped and went to Paris for ten days.

Eloped and went to Paris for ten days.

 Labor Day - Hiking in my hometown on Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Labor Day - Hiking in my hometown on Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale, Arizona.

 The start of two weeks in Mexico - Imanta Resort, Punta de Mita.

The start of two weeks in Mexico - Imanta Resort, Punta de Mita.

 LOVED joyful Mexico City - and this seafood restaurant, Contramar.

LOVED joyful Mexico City - and this seafood restaurant, Contramar.

 I want to go to Cabo every year - at Las Ventanas al Paraiso.

I want to go to Cabo every year - at Las Ventanas al Paraiso.

 Oxford made me want to go back to school. 

Oxford made me want to go back to school. 

 Barnsley House in the Cotswolds.

Barnsley House in the Cotswolds.

 View from St. Paul's Cathedral on a sunny, cold London day.

View from St. Paul's Cathedral on a sunny, cold London day.

 Teaching a travel writing workshop at Four Seasons Costa Rica.

Teaching a travel writing workshop at Four Seasons Costa Rica.

 Mystical Laos - Southeast Asia

Mystical Laos - Southeast Asia