2015 has been My Year of U.S. Travel. We didn’t travel too far or too often growing up, and once I was in college and discovered the allure of Europe (and tricks to finding strangely cheap flights, RIP Northwest Airlines), I would hop the pond whenever I had a break and a bit of cash in my pocket. And so I did explore a good portion of (mostly Western) Europe over the years. But broad swaths of the U.S. remained a mystery to me. And I’ve still never seen most of the rest of the world, either.
Just last week, I roadtripped through eight states, four of them new to me. It was a quick, whirlwind trip, but I had fun dinners in Memphis and Jackson, Mississippi. Attended a wedding in the Indiana Statehouse. Wandered the cute, hipster-fied NuLu neighborhood in Louisville. And listened to live music (and let’s not forget the blissful consumption of those biscuits and fried chicken) in Nashville (for the second time this year!)
Last month, I was in Chicago for the first time. I really loved that city.
A month before that, L.A., which pleasantly surprised me with its incredible museums and flowers in bloom everywhere.
Moving to a city with a larger airport has its perks, as does a job with “unlimited vacation” (a misnomer, of course, but you get the general idea). And a bit more money to travel. It’s the positive side of having friends spread out all over the country.
I also finally broke down and replaced my almost-six-year-old laptop, so at long last, I think I have a machine that doesn’t require me to wait…..in order…..to do…..almost anything. So I can download some photos! And edit them! And share them here!
And also start doing some travel planning, using that renewed but still-empty passport in 2016.
Go anywhere fun in 2015? Somewhere you’re dying to see next year?