Reflections on a Another Big Adventure

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Last big trip of 2013 - Cambodia! Angkor Wat at sunsetLooking 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:

I hope the year ahead brings you adventures near and far!

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Winter in The HamptonsBreakfast at Hotel Bel-Air in L.A. Rocco came with us to D.C. too! Back in the HamptonsBrussels was surprisingly awesome Bruges, Belgium - like Disneyland, but still cute Loved this B&B, La Vigie, near the town of Spa, Wallonia - Belgium Amsterdam is picture-perfect in so many ways Tel Aviv - a fast-paced, cool, changing-by-the-minute cityJerusalem might have the most complicated history of any city in the world - and it's so much fun to explore (view from Mount of Olives)Adorable goats at Mizpe Hayamim in the Israel countryside

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Where we hatched our plan to elope - outside The American Hotel in Sag Harbor

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One of many Connecticut weekends I loved this exhilirating, gorgeous city - Buenos Aires, ArgentinaMy friend Kelly & I spent a couple of days on the Emerald Coast of Brazil - Ponta dos Ganchos resortWith my dad at the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland My entire family rented a house outside Galway for a week Went straight from Ireland to an amazing wedding in the Catskills! Back in genteel, lovely Charleston, South CarolinaOne of my new favorite places on the planet - Kiawah Island, 45 minutes from CharlestonA highlight - attending the Coronation Festival & concert at Buckingham Palace in London

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A couple of days on the Isle of Wight - learning about Queen Victoria, dinosaurs & England's sailing historyWe eloped and went to Paris for 10 days! Labor Day - Hiking in my hometown on Camelback Mountain - Scottsdale, ArizonaThe start of two weeks in Mexico - Imanta Resort, Punta de MitaI LOVED joyful Mexico City - and this seafood restaurant, ContramarI want to go to Cabo every year - at Las Ventanas al ParaisoOxford, England - made me want to go back to school Barnsley House in the Cotswolds - an easy, heavenly getaway from LondonView from St. Paul's Cathedral on a sunny, cold London day Teaching a travel writing workshop at Four Seasons Costa RicaMystical Laos - Southeast Asia