I am writing this travel round up two years after this travel occurred, but as I re-write old blog posts I feel so lucky to have had a year like this one and I really can’t help but re-cap what may have been the best year of my life so far.
In terms of international travel I am not sure we will ever have a year as accomplished as 2014. We were nomadic for nearly nine months, visited dozens of new places and we slept in more beds than I can even remember.
It was the year that really established some of our lifelong goals and set us on a path towards the kind of life we want to create for ourselves in the future. We fell even more in love with travel and proved to ourselves that our relationship is strong enough to survive eight months of zero stability ending with a big move and a nearly completely empty bank account.
We rebounded financially far more quickly than we had thought we would, and soon began planning where we wanted to go in 2015 (and beyond).
Countries Visited: 21
US States Visited: 5
Central America (January, February, March)
We left for Central America on New Year’s Day and spent nine weeks traveling through Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. We snorkeled, and visited ruins, and learned to scuba dive (or attempted to learn), and zip-lined, and had an all around amazing time. Read more about that trip here.
California (and Colorado) (March)
Between our two major trips of 2014 we had two weeks back in the United States. We spent ten of those days driving around California checking out colleges where Logan was accepted for graduate school. As per usual we visited my grandparents in both the northern and southern parts of the state.
The rest of our days stateside were spent in snowy Colorado with our friends and family.
Europe (April, May, June, July)
This trip to Europe was what started our travel madness. What began as a four-week backpacking honeymoon morphed into a four-month adventure through 16 countries. We spent multiple weeks in some countries (Italy, Croatia, Spain) and only a few days in others (Poland, Belgium, The Netherlands).
I have A LOT of stories to tell and information to share from this trip, and maybe someday I’ll catch up.
After seven months of international travel we made it back to US soil, but since we still had no home we spent a month bouncing around Colorado, staying with friends and family and visiting places we had never been before in our home state.
We decided to move to San Diego for Logan to attend graduate school, and while we hoped to be settled by the beginning of September, our housing did not work out that way and after moving all our stuff from storage in Colorado to storage in California we set off on a three week road trip around the state, staying with family and friends along the way. Sometimes it feels like everyone we know lives in either Colorado or California, so expect to read about “visiting friends and family” in these two states A LOT on this blog.
My last big trip of the year came up very last minute when my cousin invited my 93-year-old grandma to spend a week with him and his beautiful family on their farm in Vermont. At 93 my grandma was in remarkably good health, but a solo journey from her home in northern California all the way across the country was simply not going to happen, and since I had no job and I never say no to a trip, I acted as her companion.
I had been to Vermont a few times before, but not in nearly ten years and never in the fall. SO. BEAUTIFUL. This is what leaf-peeping dreams are made of. Mostly we spent time as a family and I had some major baby fever after spending the week playing my cousin’s three amazing (and spirited) children.
Anza Borrego (November)
Our final travel hoorah of the year was a weekend in Anza Borrego State Park, located an hour and a half inland from San Diego.
I spent the holiday season working tons of hours at a retail job that I really didn’t like while my teaching license passed through the of the California Department of Education. We let our bank account heal for a bit from the hemorrhage of money we put it through in 2014, all the while checking out travel guides from the local library, dreaming about what the New Year would bring.