The 2013 Travel Year Recap

by TheSocietea on December 15, 2013

As the end of the year approaches, travel plans for the new year have begun to pop up on my radar. But before I get too ahead of myself, I thought I would recap my 2013 travels in commemoration of another year of safe travels and new experiences.

The year started in March with industry credentials courtesy of  @MyHotelGuy to the Travel and Adventure Expo here in DC.

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Later in the month I did some local exploring in Fort Washington, Maryland and then on to win 2nd place out of over 1000 contestants with some friends at Hunt DC. A local scavenger hunt with clues that take you to the various landmarks in the city.

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After a few local jaunts, it was finally time to take to the skies. My first major trip of 2013 was to California.

So at the beginning of April, it was wheels up out of Dulles Airport for the first time on Virgin Atlantic airline. I greatly appreciated the extra legroom and on demand movies for the 5 hour flight into San Francisco.

This was another solo trip and my first time in California. So I put together and itinerary that would get me to Napa, Yosemite, and San Francisco in 5 days.

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A month later for Memorial Day I headed to Aruba. But my solo adventures were not over yet as I took advantage of an overnight layover in Panama to do some sight seeing .

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A day and a  2 hour flight later I was united with friends in Aruba for the Soul Beach Music fest. We didn’t attend any concerts but definitely took part in the sun, sand, and met several new travel buddies as we mingled with others in town for the weekend of music.

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The final major trip of the year took me to Toronto, Canada via MegaBus (I will never ride the bus for 11 hours again in life) at the beginning of August for Caribana. Undoubtedly the world’s third largest carnivale next to Trinidad and Brazil, I was back in bathing suit attire to “stomp de road” with the Toronto Revellers Mas Band (we took third place).

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 Fin!

What were the highlights of your travels in 2013?

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Lakeisha December 15, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Glad to see you back!

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TheSocietea December 17, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Thanks for checking in!

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SoniaB December 16, 2013 at 5:33 pm

What an exciting year

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TheSocietea December 17, 2013 at 11:21 am

It was! Hope yours was too.

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Eve December 16, 2013 at 10:26 pm

I went to sunny and hot Tampa, Florida to celebrate my 35th birthday in style. The highlights of this trip was getting field pass to watch a NFL game (got to see Cam Newton up close and wishing personal..;-).

I also got to see many friends from my alma mater (USF), spend some alone time with the hubby and visiting family who live in the area. The weeks was extremely fun….the sad part; well that would be heading back to Maryland with 40 degree weather. Oh, how I love the sun!

btw…congrats on starting your blog again. Looking forward to reading about your many trips and perhaps finding some bargain trips for myself.

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TheSocietea December 17, 2013 at 11:23 am

Hey Ev! Your trip to Florida sounded fun…especially the Cam Newton part (hubba, hubba!). I’ll be sure to share some bargain travel either on here on twitter as I come across that info. Stay Tuned!

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