Here are the highlights of my 2019 travels!
I welcomed the year in the tropics, where I intentionally unplugged for some quality time with my boyfriend, Meyer, and close friends. I’d previously traveled to the Bimini Islands and the Atlantis Resort, but this was my first time visiting Cat Island—a more off-the-grid island destination void of any big resorts and with hardly any tourism.
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While I traveled to a number of places in 2019, I was able to stay close to home and explore more of South Africa…which I’ve now been calling my “home base” for three years! Time flies!
I started my journey on South Africa’s Garden Route with my parents where we spent a week canoeing, hiking, making furry lemur friends, soaking up some time at the ocean, and watching the sunrise from one of the best surf breaks in the world. The whole journey is absolutely breathtaking…just take a look at these photos!
I then got the chance to stay at Cheetah Plains in Sabi Sands—a villa where you can experience a wide variety of wildlife right outside your front door.
During my stay, a giant herd of elephant came through as I was changing! Talk about unforgettable.
South Africa Travel Guides:
- The Ultimate Cape Town Travel Guide
- The Ultimate South Africa Travel Guide
- The Best Time to Travel to South Africa
- Itinerary for Two Weeks in South Africa
- The Ultimate Garden Route Road Trip Itinerary
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The Pyramids of Giza
After holding off on Egypt for years, I finally planned a solo trip. I had heard a lot of negative stories from other female travelers and it scared me out of pulling the trigger.
But then I realized that everyone has different experiences and one person’s experience doesn’t automatically mean that it’s going to be the same for everyone else.
I’m so glad I didn’t let it hold me back because I was able to experience seriously friendly locals (someone literally handed me their baby) and I was able to finally see the creations of the Ancient Egyptians with my own eyes. The Pyramids of Giza are really that spectacular!
Egypt Travel Guides:
- The Ultimate Egypt Travel Guide
- The Best Time to Travel to Egypt
- 5-Day Egypt Itinerary for Cairo and the Pyramids
- The Ultimate Guide to Visiting the Pyramids of Giza
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- 10 Tips for Your First Trip to Egypt
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I kicked off 6-weeks of summer travel with a trip to London for a Spice Girls concert! My 12-year-old self was freaking out, to say the least!
London Travel Guides:
- The Ultimate London Travel Guide
- The Ultimate England Travel Guide
- The Best Time to Travel to London
- The Solo Female Traveler’s Guide to London
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After over 10 years, I finally made my way back to Ireland for a road trip through southern Ireland down the Wild Atlantic Way. Highlights included the Cliffs of Moher, Mizen Head, the Guinness Storehouse, Kilkenny, Hook Lighthouse, Blarney Castle and more…you’ll have to see the beauty for yourself, but in the meantime check out these photos!
Ireland Travel Guides:
- The Ultimate Ireland Travel Guide
- The Best Time to Travel to Ireland
- The Ultimate Two-Week Ireland Road Trip Itinerary
- Southern Ireland Road Trip Itinerary Via the Wild Atlantic Way
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Though my trip to Boston was very brief (only 3 days), I was fortunate enough to attend TravelCon and give the keynote speech, “The Million Dollar Blog.” I got to meet some super lovely fellow travelers and people who are passionate about the industry as well as connect with old friends!
It was really cool to give this keynote speech as one of the things I’m most passionate about is building others up and providing them tools to grow their business and blog. In fact, I’m launching my Blogging Master Class this year with everything I wish I knew when I first started and so many things I’ve learned from my career as a travel blogger!
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- The Ultimate USA Travel Guide
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On my first trip to Greece, I visited Mykonos on a backpacker’s budget and spent most of my time party hopping with my friends. Nearly seven years later I got to experience Greece in a whole new light—taking it much, much slower and soaking it all in with my boyfriend.
Every sunrise and sunset was spectacular and the pools…my goodness, the pools!
Santorini was as pretty as a postcard! We wined and dined, explored the island by ATV, and soaked up some sun on the island’s Red Beach.
Greece Travel Guides:
- The Ultimate Greece Travel Guide
- The Ultimate Mykonos Travel Guide
- The Best Time to Travel to Greece
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- 10 Local Foods to Try in Greece
- Mykonos Beach and Party Guide
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- What to Do in Athens, Greece in Three Days
- Tips for Sailing the Saronic Islands in Greece
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Venice & Trieste, Italy
Italy will forever be one of my favorite places to visit and I spent 3 weeks traveling (and eating) my way through Northern Italy. Starting in Treviso, we stopped in Venice, Burano, Florence, Jesolo, and a few little towns in between…while my friends expertly navigated a houseboat!
Meyer actually lived in Treviso for 5 years—before we met!—so it was really neat to see a place that’s so near and dear to him.
One of my favorite stops was the Prosecco region where I curated my own cheese board, grabbed some wine from the Prosecco Vending Machine (that’s right, a vending machine that dispenses bubbly!), and enjoyed a picnic overlooking the rolling hills.
Italy Travel Guides:
- The Ultimate Italy Travel Guide
- The Best Time to Travel to Italy
- The Ultimate Rome Travel Guide
- The Ultimate Venice Travel Guide
- The Solo Female Traveler’s Guide to Rome
- The Ultimate Guide to Eating Like a Local in Italy
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- How to Travel Italy on a Budget
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- Rome Food Tour & Pizza Making Class
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Jordan TBA Escapes Tours
Ever since starting TBA Escapes, I’ve been able to travel the world with lovely ladies—from South Africa to the Galápagos to Morocco to Jordan. The TBA Escapes “Ancient Wonders Tour” through Jordan focused on capturing the beauty of the country while teaching the ladies more about photography, which we got to do in partnership with Fujifilm!
We ventured through Amman, hiked up the Wadi Mujib river, enjoyed a float in the Dead Sea, soaked up the history of the ancient Petra, dived the Red Sea, and explored the ancient Roman ruins in Jerash…to say it was jam-packed is an understatement.
Jordan Travel Guides:
- 10-Day Itinerary for Jordan
- The Ultimate Petra Travel Guide
- The Ultimate Jordan Travel Guide
- The Best Time to Travel to Jordan
- The Ultimate Amman Travel Guide
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- Ten Things to Do in Amman, Jordan
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Bartolome Island, The Galápagos
Galápagos TBA Escapes Tour
After my first visit to the Galápagos in 2016, I knew I wanted to go back which is why I created the TBA Galápagos “Luxury Yacht Eco Expedition.” Our 7-night trip was epic, to say the least. We partnered up with GoPro and got some incredible footage of our journey…see the highlights here!
We swam, snorkeled, kayaked, paddle boarded, saw some marine iguanas sunbathing, witnessed the Giant Tortoises of Santa Cruz, and more.
Galápagos Travel Guides:
- Tips on Getting to the Galápagos
- The Ultimate Galápagos Islands Travel Guide
- What to Expect on a Luxury Galápagos Cruise
- The Best Time to Travel to the Galápagos Islands
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To cap off the year I took a trip to New York City during the holiday season. Is there anything more magical than NYC during the holidays? While my visit was quick—for the Points Guy Awards—it was super fun to experience the city with Meyer!
I can never get enough of all the twinkling lights…and bundling up for a proper winter (it must be the Southern California girl in me—give me all the coats, scarves, and beanies!).
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