This year has been one of many travel highlights, and I appreciate them all so much. In 2016, I was housebound for most of the year due to health issues. Once I started feeling better, I was definitely ready to explore our world! We used miles to fly and hotel credits for many of our stays in 2017. Some of our trips were one or two nights only a short drive away. Our big trip was to Europe, flying on miles and taking in historic, amazing sights. Whether you travel a few hours in a car or fly across the ocean, you can always have a grand time getting away!
Here are some of my favorites from our 2017 adventures. I hope these give you some ideas for planning in 2018!
1 NEW YORK
We flew here in April, which was perfect for visiting Central Park in all her spring glory. We took in a show — Wicked! The Met, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and walking and walking and walking. All SO fun! I would go back in a New York minute!
2 LAKE TAHOE
This was our most relaxing trip, hiking and biking and enjoying nature. We had just moved my mom into a retirement home and arrived here exhausted. A week in the pines was the best medicine!
3 SAN FRANCISCO
Not only is San Francisco one of my favorite places in the world, but this year we were able to share it with our two oldest grandkids. We flew on miles and stayed in a fancy Hilton on Union Square, breakfast included, entirely free. And now we have treasured memories with these fun kids!
Winging our way to Europe, we arrived in this astounding place. History and modern culture are all mixed together. I expected that but still was surprised at the sights you can see by walking around central Berlin. The Wall, the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial, and the Tiergarten were all a few blocks from our hotel. I’m still processing all we saw in this vibrant city.
Prague lives up to all the glowing descriptions. Virtually untouched by WWII, it boasts buildings that are centuries old. A castle, the famous Charles Bridge, and the astronomical clock are just a few of the highlights.
We ended up in Paris this year, actually due to a snafu of the airlines. We weren’t at all sad about that. I booked a hotel by the stately Pantheon but somehow never believed we would get a room with a view. When we checked in and found we were across the street from the historic building, I couldn’t get over it. Sunrise here in the Latin Quarter, my favorite area, is something I will always remember.
This is a tiny mountain town a couple of hours from where we live. We ventured there for the Christmas Tree Lighting, and what a fun day! The mayor is a Golden Retriever, so the town is very dog friendly and we took our pooch, Bailey. A few thousand people show up for the festivities. Friendly people, good food, and a tree with 6,000 lights. What a great day!
We ended up here, near where we live, to celebrate the holidays. This iconic hotel on the beach has been featured in movies and has hosted heads of state and celebrities. The sunset on the water was perfect.
Whether you travel a short ways in your car or hop on a plane and see sights further away, travel can widen your world and introduce you to friendly people and historical places. So, friends, here’s wishing you many new and wonderful experiences in 2018!
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