Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know I shall be happily infected until the end of my life. - Michael Palin
I blame my parents. They started me young and it has only gotten worse since. In my head there is not only a list of places I want to visit, but both a Long term list and a Short term list. Like... yahoo! Oregon and the North West just made it to the short list! I'm weird, I get that. :) But traveling with my photography has made my life that much better. So here is a quick little look into some places I have journeyed to in the past year...
Miami + The Bahamas
Weirdly enough, as much as I've traveled, I've never actually been on a cruise until this past year. Generally speaking I am very nosy and curious and I want to stay somewhere longer and find all the little places that even the locals may not know about. However this year, we made the leap into the cruise line travelistas... a fellow wedding vendor friend of ours, who is a very talented caterer invited us to join her on a road trip to visit her son in Miami and then a short cruise to the Bahamas. I mean... why would we say no? My favorite part of this trip was when her son took us on tour through Miami and showed us this incredible art district called Wynwood, where every wall has some of the most spectacular street art you have ever seen!
Las Vegas + San Francisco + Wine Country
Every year we journey to Las Vegas for the world's largest Wedding Photography Convention held in the MGM Grand. (which by the way has the world's softest beds) And usually while we are so far out west, we think, "hey, why not hop on over to the coast while we are here?! So this year we hopped a flight to San Francisco (which was dirt cheap... like $30 bucks) and stayed right downtown and even got to see the Chinese New Year Parade! We also did a day trip up into wine country while we hung out in San Francisco for a few days. Side Note: I'm definitely going back soon because I did not have near enough time in this beautiful city.
I've been to a lot of beaches, both in the Caribbean as well as other parts of the world, and I have to say Aruba could rub elbows with the best out there. The beaches are stunning and wide, the sand is white but doesn't get hot because it's made of coral, and the swimming is FABULOUS! (which is huge for me, since you can't keep me out of the water) Also great for water sports or sailing because it's windy. One of my favorite parts about Aruba, however, is the fact that from one side to the other it is almost a 180. The developed half of the island with all of the resorts is full of palm trees and vegetation with wide beautiful beaches and calm waves. The rugged side of the island is just that.... rugged. Bleached white cliffs drop 30 feet to turquoise crashing waves. It's rocky and barren with a wild beauty that forces itself on you in the hot sun. As much as I loved the beach, this side of the island is so otherworldly that I still can't get it out of my head.
New York City
Another big thing that tourists often visit, that I myself had never been to... New York City. We spent the week before Christmas here celebrating my sister's 21st birthday. Ended up walking 52 miles that week, which is a lot of walking, but totally worth it! A big highlight for me was visiting The Met, because art is my favorite hobby. I swear I could live in there for a week and still not get my fill! New York lives up to it's name and we are planning to make a visit back there very soon!