As our Christmas card said, 2017 was a year full of traveling and triathlons. I’m glad it was a great year of both, as it seems like 2018 is going to bring some changes and probably significantly less time/ability to travel due to work. I knew this day would come, and I think I’ve put it off as long as I possibly could. Still, going from over a month of annual leave to half that, with none accrued, is going to be a really.big.change. We are very fortunate to have the time and resources to travel as much as we do, so I’m working on not complaining. But I’m still complaining. I said I’m working on it! From a purely selfish point of view I’m actually really said to see 2017 go…
We finally crossed off our huge bucket list trip to Mauritius and the Seychelles, and I still think they are two of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. We both liked Mauritius more than we were expecting, and if the opportunity was right, would love to go back and spend some more time on the island in the middle of the Indian Ocean!
I’ve had far less time to blog this year, though I tested out some new ideas including 2 gift guides which were popular. I’ve really considered that this might be the last year, but I do get a lot of web traffic and a fair number of emails of people looking for travel info, so I haven’t quite decided what I’d like to do with TS. I also just got Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Lightroom which has been awesome to play with but deserves a lot more of my time to learn how to use it effectively. I really don’t know what I am going to do with TS in 2018, but I do have a lot of posts planned on recent trips and gear purchases that I’m excited to share with you all. If there is something you’d like to see more of on TS, shoot me an email and let me know!
So let’s get down to the obligatory stats for 2017, in descending order:
Number of Nights Spent in Hotels/Lodges/Boats
Number of Annual Leave Days
Let’s leave this at “a lot” this year. It was far more than 30. I had a lot of leave, a lot of comp time, and desperately needed some time off.
Number of Flight Legs
Number of Days Pup Enjoyed with Dogsitter Extraordinaire
22 I think…
Number of Nights Dog Spent in Kennel
Number of Times I Traveled Without DH
Number of Flight Delays > 1hr
3…also resulting in one extra night in Dubai, one extra night in Florida. Not. Awesome.
Number of Legs in Business Class
2 (Emirates business was fantastic!)
Number of Loyalty Statuses Held
2ish (Marriott & Starwood who now merged)
Number of Free Hotel or Flight Upgrades
Number of Barf Bags Used
Number of Forced Bag Checks
Here’s to an exciting 2018, albeit one with a whole lot less travel unfortunately. And let’s leave 2017 with some of my favorite memories.
Happy New Year!!
Heather @ Travelingsaurus