We didn’t get to go to Africa (Ethiopia) this year due to circumstances beyond our control, but the Galapagos Islands were an absolutely wonderful adventure that we would love to repeat. Everyone knows how much I love safaris, and South and East Africa, but the Galapagos was a totally new experience for both DH and I. Great, new animals both on land and in the sea. We would definitely go back. I had lots of travel trouble this year (unlike last year), but all on work trips where I ended up spending 20+ hours in transit. Blah. At least the delays weren’t eating into my vacation!
My mom and I also had the pleasure of going to China (spitting and all), and while the country didn’t win me over completely, it is a fascinating place. What did win me over were the amazing Terracotta Warriors and fuzzy little pandas. Pretty awesome.
In 2016, I definitely slacked off on the blog, due to lots of work obligations and my new triathlon obsession (I finished 7 this year) which leads to lots of time on my bike, running, and in the pool. And not writing. Meh, we’ll see what 2017 brings. Well, it already brought a triathlon coach who I am super excited about working with, so there will be lots more of triathlons! Plus, a very exciting January trip to the Seychelles and Mauritius! I can’t think of a better way to start 2017.
So let’s get down to the obligatory stats for 2016, in descending order:
Number of Nights Spent in Hotels/Lodges/Boats
33 (yikes, that seems like a lot)
Number of Flight Legs
Number of Missed Work Days
Number of Nights Dog Spent in Kennel
5 (China Eastern, United, JetBlue, American, Avianca)
Number of Days Pup Enjoyed with Dogsitter Extraordinaire
States Visited (> 2 Days)
8 (Virginia, New York, Arizona, Texas, Florida, California, Delaware, Wyoming)
2 (Ecuador, China)
Number of Legs in Business Class
Number of Loyalty Statuses Held
3 (by year end: Marriott, Starwood, Hilton)
Number of Times I Traveled Without DH
Number of Flight Delays > 1hr
2 (in Phoenix and Houston, 12+ hours each)
Number of Free Hotel or Flight Upgrades
Number of Barf Bags Used
Let’s not talk about that this year. Sea kayaking is like my own personal hell.
Number of Forced Bag Checks
Here’s to an exciting 2017! I’m going back (hopefully) to more routine posting after the holiday season is over. And let’s leave 2016 with some of my favorite memories (not favorite photos–choosing those is way too hard).