Saturday, August 19, 2017

Top 10 Trips in 30 Years

For as long as I can remember travel has played a huge role in my life. I recently turned 30 and decided I want to take a trip down memory lane about all my travel, and my top 10 favorite trips/moments. 

Photo by Dariusz Sankowski on Unsplash
My father, a photographer always had the camera out on our trips and I have 100% followed in his footsteps always carrying my camera with me to capture those special moments. As for travel journals those started in college, during New England road-trips. 

10- San Francisco


Two trips in a 14 month period. One full of solo exploring. One spent with the family for a wedding and marathon. I am not sure what moment it was when I fell in love with the Bay area, but I was stopped in my tracks right before this photo and thought, you are lucky to be experiencing this. Don't take it for granted. 

9- Chicago


Chicago, was my first ever work trip. I was meeting up with two other colleagues and none of us had ever been. We worked hard and played just as hard. Deep dish pizza, shopping on Magnificent Mile, and taking photos at the Bean. I took a solo walk the night before we were leaving and I couldn't believe at that moment this was my life. At 22 life looked so different then today; however I wouldn't change it because I have grown so much. 

8- Syracuse


After what became an 8 hour road trip to visit my friend at Syracuse, the only thing I wanted was food. Somehow we landed up on a Carousel. How does one go to Cuse and land up at a carousel. That's the point. No plans make for an adventure. 

7- Disney World 


One of my girlfriends from early childhood joined me at the beginning of my work trip to Orlando. We decided to visit Universal Studios, especially for Harry Potter World. We walked aimlessly for hours, laughing, drinking butter beer, and just having fun! Make sure you are both on the same page when traveling with friends. 

6- Boston


Four freshman at Johnson & Wales University, in Providence, RI hit the streets of Boston for the night. The view from our hotel room made the weekend! We ate, explored, and got into some non serious trouble. Jumping on beds, streaking through the hotel hallway, and running through Boston Commons are just some of the wonderful memories from the weekend. *I DID NOT streak*

5- Martha's Vineyard


My family spent many summers on Martha's Vineyard. From Oak Bluffs to Menemsha there are so many memories. I miss my mom everyday but I am so happy to have this photo as the memories flood back. She was my best friend, my role model and I hope to one day be half as strong as the woman she was. Bill & Hillary Clinton were our neighbors at this house. 

4- South Florida


I have lived in Boca Raton & Coral Springs. I have visited Miami, West Palm Beach, Stuart, and the Florida Keys. South Florida is home base for our extended family. We have cruised from Fort Lauderdale with 20+ family members. When you can live where you vacation you are very lucky or some would say blessed. I am a pool girl over the beach everyday. What about you? 

3- Las Vegas


From work trips to bachelorette parties I had visited Las Vegas 7 times in 2 years. I don't gamble, so for me it was all about the hotels, shopping and dining. I stayed in everything from Circus Circus to the Cosmopolitan. Sin City can suck you in, only if you let it. You can have fun without losing money and drinking the night away. Watch a show, have a nice dinner, explore the hotels and all the different exteriors they offer. Favorite hotel is the Wynn and favorite dinner was Julian Serrano inside Aria! 

2- Israel 


When 40 strangers meet at Newark International Airport for an 11 day trip to Israel you never know what will happen. Two strangers will meet and marry. 5 of us will go one to become great friends. We will attend weddings, see each other when visiting the states we all live in. This trip was all about Israel, but really it's also about the friendships made. I have a 32 page travel journal, a broken camera, a black & blue bruise, and so many other memories! 

1- Barcelona


For my 30th birthday, the main reason for this post, I was given a 10 day European trip to Spain by my aunt. She is more like a mother figure since the passing of my mom. She has always accompanied our family our trips when we were younger. Her love for travel has rubbed off on me. This was a trip of a lifetime. Seeing the town through locals, through her eyes, it was special. 

I look forward to many more trips in the next 60 years. I look forward to the photos, the memories, and the people I meet along the way. Travel and learn like a local! 

So what would you say has been your favorite trip ever? Can you name just one? 

XoXo,
Tracy 

36 comments:

  1. Fun post! I've also learned from a young age to travel with a camera in hand! It's so hard for me to pick my top trip, but I'd have to say the first time I went abroad. I studied in Germany for a summer and just loved every moment!

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    1. That sounds wonderful and I look forward to one day visiting Germany!

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  2. Awesome post! Traveling gives us a chance to get a different perspective on life. It's also interesting to visit a place more than once - you get to visit favorite places and also see what has/hasn't changed since the last time you were there.

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    1. Tina, I completely agree! Being back to Vegas and Cali so many times I see something new each time and many changes!

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  3. Wow! A 10-day trip to Spain is an incredible gift! So generous! I also loved Boston. There's so much to do and it's so historic!

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    1. Yes, I was blessed to receive such a wonderful gift! The history and architecture of Boston always draw me in!

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  4. What a fun post! It is always fun to go down memory lane and reflect!

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  5. These sound like some awesome trips!! Israel and Martha's Vineyard are at the top of my bucket list!

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    1. Thank you! Yes I highly recommend both!

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  6. So many great trips! How crazy that you lived in Coral Springs? That's where I grew up! My parents still live there!

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    1. Whoa that is crazy. My family lives in Boca so I spent years visiting and was excited to live in Coral Springs for two years!

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  7. For me Las Vegas is super important! It's where I spent many-a-summer with my dad and brother swimming, playing arcade games, and riding the roller coaster! :-) Such fond memories!

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  8. Happy to check Chicago and San Francisco off my list soon. But I've never been to Disney World!

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    1. Both great cities! I believe everyone should experience Disney World once in their life!

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  9. Your aunt is so kind to gift you such a cool present. Lucky girl. It's great to look back and see all the wonderful memories. Happy 30th. Wishing you a life full of many more happy adventures!

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    1. Thank you! Yes I live for each memory and look forward to making many more!

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  10. I don't think I could pick just one favorite! I love them all for different reasons :) So cool that you went to Israel! Wonderful memories.

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    1. I know, believe me this was a hard list to compile! Thank you!

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  11. Ohh, so hard to pick just one! But I'd have to say London is one of my top favorites having spent a year studying abroad there! What a fun post, always so nice to go back down memory lane - happy belated 30th! :)

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    1. Thank you! I hope to visit London one day!

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  12. Great post, thanks for sharing! Traveling is a must and one of my favorite things to do!

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  13. Great post. I haven't made a list of my top traveling spots yet. I feel like I haven't experience enough to make my mind up about it. But as an intermediate classification, Portugal holds the top spot for me. I did a road trip form north to south. It was amazing.

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  14. I really want to go to Sanfran, Israel & Barcelona. Its must have been a nostalgic experience to write this article..

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  15. I can't wait to write the same kind of list! This is amazing, you've travelled so much! I'm very happy that you are able to share your experiences with us!

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  16. I loved the way you have written this article :)... It is a great list writing idea for most of us! .. The picture you have for Martha's Vineyard is very beautiful! All of you look great in that! :)

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    1. Thank you, Aarti! That is one of my favorite photos as my mother passed away 8 years ago.

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  17. I love this idea of a post. Makes you re-appreciate how fortunate you are to have traveled to so many places. At least that's what it would do for me. Seems like we've been to a lot of the same places. I love Chicago and of course Disney World!

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    1. So fortunate and thankful for these wonderful opportunities! Thank you!

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  18. I loved your post! Disney World, SF, Boston and Israel have been some of my favorite travels as well!

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