2016 Year-In-Review

2016 Year-In-Review

 One of my all-time favorite trips in May 2016: staying at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como, Italy. Totally obnoxious champagne on boat shot. But what a day! 

One of my all-time favorite trips in May 2016: staying at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como, Italy. Totally obnoxious champagne on boat shot. But what a day! 

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I've done a wrap-up on this blog for the past five years. When I look back at these ridiculous, challenging, beautiful adventures - traveling all over the world, a marriage, a divorce, a new love, a new job - I feel endlessly grateful and honestly, tired. Travel is my passion, my life, my work, my beloved job and industry but I really want to slow down a bit. 

I want to sit and read the New York Times every Sunday. I want to meet friends for dinner in Manhattan and return gratefully to Brooklyn. I want to walk in Central Park and Prospect Park on beautiful days. I want to feel grateful for every minute I am on the Brooklyn Promenade because I can't believe I live so close - this is my dream neighborhood in NYC. I want to explore New York like I used to when I first moved here - with that giddy sense of new-ness - through Chinatown, Little Italy, the Upper West Side, all over Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens. I want to make plans for the future - I've been such a stunned deer-in-the-headlights the past couple of years - either moving at warp speed to avoid feeling hurt, or waiting for someone else to make decisions. The future I had planned for since I was 20 disappeared when Andy and I split up and I'm still finding my way out. 

I know I will still travel. I would be lost without it. I will still travel more than most people I know. But I want a little more serenity, a little less airport madness, and more time to figure out what I want as I get older. I'll turn 35 this year and while sometimes it feels like I've been flitting around the world carelessly while all my friends have been having babies and saving for retirement - I am so grateful for this life (except for the Twilight Zone presidential election, which continues to be worse than we all thought). Can I do all of this and maintain minimum status on an airline? That is the goal. 

By the way - if you know anyone cool in Brooklyn, let me know. It's one of my resolutions this year to meet more interesting, creative, funny, kind people that live in Brooklyn and to build my community here more. If you say it loud, it is more likely to happen. So there you go! 

Wishing you a beautiful 2017. 

And in (mostly) chronological order - 2016 at a glance. 

 New Year's 2016 in Myanmar - The Strand Cruise

New Year's 2016 in Myanmar - The Strand Cruise

 The highlight of Chiang Mai for me - Royal Park Rajapruek

The highlight of Chiang Mai for me - Royal Park Rajapruek

 Rice planting at Dhara Devi in Chiang Mai 

Rice planting at Dhara Devi in Chiang Mai 

 Unforgettable - a day at Elephant Nature Park outside Chiang Mai

Unforgettable - a day at Elephant Nature Park outside Chiang Mai

 A great place to stay in Bangkok - the Grand Hyatt Erawan

A great place to stay in Bangkok - the Grand Hyatt Erawan

 January snowstorm!

January snowstorm!

 Connecticut wedding with some of my amazing extended family

Connecticut wedding with some of my amazing extended family

 Work trip to Terranea Resort outside of L.A.

Work trip to Terranea Resort outside of L.A.

 Dreamy trip to St. Barth's

Dreamy trip to St. Barth's

 Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Kiawah Island, South Carolina

 Visiting my hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona during orange blossom season!

Visiting my hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona during orange blossom season!

 Easter Dim Sum with (some of) my siblings + Hayley!

Easter Dim Sum with (some of) my siblings + Hayley!

 Work trip to Seattle

Work trip to Seattle

 The absolutely stunning Park Hotel Vitznau outside of Lucerne, Switzerland

The absolutely stunning Park Hotel Vitznau outside of Lucerne, Switzerland

 Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano, Switzerland

 Grand Hotel Tremezzo - Lake Como, Italy

Grand Hotel Tremezzo - Lake Como, Italy

 Fell in love with Fire Island - my first time there.

Fell in love with Fire Island - my first time there.

 No place makes me feel like this place does - East Hampton, NY 

No place makes me feel like this place does - East Hampton, NY 

 Hello New Home - Brooklyn Heights

Hello New Home - Brooklyn Heights

 Weekend at my aunt & uncle's lakehouse

Weekend at my aunt & uncle's lakehouse

 Recovering in Aspen post-Virtuoso Week 

Recovering in Aspen post-Virtuoso Week 

 Aspen

Aspen

 My favorite cake in the world - Original Sacher-Torte in Vienna!

My favorite cake in the world - Original Sacher-Torte in Vienna!

 Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna

 The beautiful Schloss Fuschl hotel outside of Salzburg, Austria

The beautiful Schloss Fuschl hotel outside of Salzburg, Austria

 Will never forget this sunset swim in the lake! 

Will never forget this sunset swim in the lake! 

 Sunset in Salzburg

Sunset in Salzburg

 Favorite cocktail - Mr. Pink's at the Baccarat Hotel 

Favorite cocktail - Mr. Pink's at the Baccarat Hotel 

 Ballet at Lincoln Center 

Ballet at Lincoln Center 

 Upper West Side drinks - love our friend's rooftop!! 

Upper West Side drinks - love our friend's rooftop!! 

 WOW view from the Rothorn in Switzerland 

WOW view from the Rothorn in Switzerland 

 Rainy day view from the amazing Beau-Rivage hotel in Geneva

Rainy day view from the amazing Beau-Rivage hotel in Geneva

 Back in Lucerne

Back in Lucerne

 Annual fall-in-Connecticut trip with my aunt

Annual fall-in-Connecticut trip with my aunt

 Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera

 Fall in NYC

Fall in NYC

 The River Cafe - eternally wonderful

The River Cafe - eternally wonderful

 Thanksgiving with my family in L.A. - Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica

Thanksgiving with my family in L.A. - Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica

 View from the Carlton in Cannes - ILTM! 

View from the Carlton in Cannes - ILTM! 

 Beautiful Munich

Beautiful Munich

 Family party in Franklin Lakes

Family party in Franklin Lakes

 First copies of the new NatGeo book with my foreword

First copies of the new NatGeo book with my foreword

 Christmas Day - Art Deco Hotel Montana, Lucerne

Christmas Day - Art Deco Hotel Montana, Lucerne

 New favorite place - Lenzerheide, Switzerland

New favorite place - Lenzerheide, Switzerland

 Felucca ride, Cairo! 

Felucca ride, Cairo! 

 The Egyptian Museum made my heart beat faster.

The Egyptian Museum made my heart beat faster.

 Cairo 

Cairo 

 New Year's Day 2017 

New Year's Day 2017