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I’ve officially caught the wanderlust bug and want to see more of the world. Last year I traveled to 17 cities – New Orleans, San Francisco, Phoenix, Chicago, New York, Colorado (6 cities), Miami, Half Moon Cay in Bahamas, St Thomas, San Juan in Puerto Rico, Grand Turk in Turks and Caicos Islands, and saw the Northern Lights in Alaska.
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There’s something about exploring a new environment, eating different foods, and meeting new people that kind of wakes you up and makes you want more out of life. This year I’m committed to spending less on material items and more on travel experiences. Here’s a curated list of where to travel to in 2017 – along with my personal picks!
MAMMOTH LAKES, CA
I kicked off the year with a weekend getaway to Mammoth Lakes for the ultimate outdoor adventure. Mammoth happened to get the snow blizzard of the century the weekend I was there with a record high snowfall of 212″. Not only did we get to experience that historic day but cross-country skiing and skiing on the slopes of Mammoth Mountain was incredible. It was also my first time skiing!
Thanks to all the snow, you can ski from now until July at Mammoth Lakes!
US VIRGIN ISLANDS
It’s not often when you get paid to take a vacation. To celebrate 100 years of being a US territory, the Virgin Islands is giving you 300 bucks to spend exploring the island like eco-tours, museum admissions, food tours and outdoor activities (hiking, kayaking, etc). Yeah, seriously.
You have to book a three-night stay in either St. Croix, St. John, or St. Thomas through the islands’ department of tourism, and then they’ll send you vouchers to use like cash at participating locations. Plus, if you happen to travel in March, you’ll receive a free commemorative surprise gift!
I went to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands last year and the island is stunning. Make sure to visit Magen’s Bay if you travel to the Virgin Islands – it’s known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
I just got back from spending two weeks in Taiwan – this was my first time visiting during the winter season and I have to say it’s so much better than the summer. If you think Texas has miserable summers, try Taiwan. The humidity is 95% with 90 to 100-degree temperatures. I recommend spending a couple of days in Taipei eating at all the night markets and then escaping to southern Taiwan for views like Taitung (photo above).
Photo Credit: Tahoe Jacks
LAKE TAHOE, CA
I’m sure you’ve heard of the popular ski destination, Lake Tahoe, but did you know that you can go golfing, horseback riding, and paddleboarding? I’m planning a visit to Lake Tahoe this April and May.
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I fell in love with Colorado last summer – the cooler temperatures and fields of green were a refreshing escape from Austin’s 90% humidity and 100+ degree weather. Photo above was taken last summer at the Chautauqua Trailhead in Boulder – home to fields of lush grasses, giant dandelions, and Boulder’s iconic Flatirons. I want to spend my summers in Colorado, or least a month!
SEE ALSO: Colorado Travel Guide
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Photo Credit: iceland.nordicvisitor
After seeing Iceland all over the blogosphere, I’ve added it to my travel list. I went to Alaska this past December and experiencing nothing but snow in -10 degree weather was the ultimate winter wonderland. The ice-capped mountains, black sand beaches, ponies, hot springs, and that bright blue water has me smitten for Iceland.
Photo Credit: stlucia.org
The Simple Sol and I went to LA when the year started and we’ve already started planning our next trip, Saint Lucia. I can’t wait to explore the beaches, rainforest, Piton Mountains, natural waterfalls, and cuisine.
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What are your travel plans for 2017?