Photo Chronology

Here is a timeline of every vacation I have taken throughout my life. Two things are noticeably absent- New York City and the Jersey shore. I visit each of those so many times per year it would be inefficient to try and include them.

1989- Disney World

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My very first vacation, where I was bitten by the travel bug and enchanted by the Magic of Disney. The photo is of my very first meeting with Mickey Mouse.

1992- Disney World

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A return visit to Disney because, why not? This time I decided that eating my hashbrown was way more important than meeting Pluto.

1994- Nantucket, Massachusetts

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Going along with two other families meant 10 kids and a whole lot of fun.

1994- Disney World

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We just couldn’t stay away, can you blame us? One of the highlights this time was meeting the Dreamfinder.

1995- Liberty State Park, New Jersey

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So close to my house that I’m not sure it counts, but this is one of my favorite photos ever, for a few different reasons.

1996- Hershey, Pennsylvania

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A camping expedition with Aunt, Uncle, and cousins.

1996- Washington, DC

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Another trip with the big crew.

1996- Corolla, North Carolina

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A vacation full of beautiful beaches and big houses.

1997- Disney World

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When they turned the castle into a giant cake for the 25th birthday celebration.

1997- Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

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This is literally the only photo that we have with the actual waterfalls.

1998- Florida

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Cleaning up my great-grandmother’s house and fishing in her backyard.

1998- Disney World

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Naturally we stopped there with my cousins while we were in the area.

1998- Williamsburg, Virginia

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We took a tour based on the American Girl character Felicity, and it was awesome. We are pictured above with Felicity’s teacher, Ms. Manderly, who taught us to turn over our teacups and patriotically declare, “I shall take no tea!”

1999- Maine

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I discovered my true love of hiking here at Acadia National Park, but we drove to the top of Cadillac Mountain, shown in the photo.

1999- Rhode Island

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HUGE houses. I couldn’t even fathom living in one of the famous Newport mansions.

1999- New Hampshire

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We channeled another American Girl, Molly of 1944. My sister was the youngest in the group so she got to hold the sign during our victory parade.

2000- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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The beds were so bad in this hotel room that my sister and I slept on the coffee table. I wrote a poem about the experience that earned me a Creative Writing Honorable Mention certificate when I was in high school.

2000- Disney World

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This trip is special because it was the first time we were able to visit the newest park, Animal Kingdom. Here we enjoy lunch in one of the many lush, green alcoves.

2001- San Francisco, California

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My favorite part of this trip was Alcatraz, as shown above.

2001- San Simeon, California

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Hearst Castle was the big highlight here, aside from my teddy bear getting caught up in the bedsheets, going through the hotel laundry room, and receiving a lollipop and sticker for being a good little bear while waiting for me to claim him.

2001 Los Angeles, California

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We saw lots of movie and TV sets, including Monica’s apartment from Friends. Too bad it wasn’t until about a year later that we really got into that show.

2002- Maine

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More hiking, much to my joy and my sisters’ dismay. Here we have some fun at the seawall.

2002- Prince Edward Island, Canada

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We stayed at a lovely family owned resort here, and I enjoyed my first parasail. Another highlight was the Anne of Green Gables house.

2003- Nassau, Bahamas

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My first “sit on the beach and do nothing” vacation. Hair braiding aside, I’m done with that for at least a decade.

2003- Disney World

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I am finally starting to look somewhat like an adult on this trip.

2003- Saint Augustine, Florida

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Forts and wooden schoolhouses galore.

2003 Williamsburg, Virginia

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Unfortunately, we were too old to channel Felicity this time.

2004- Disney World

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We just cannot get enough of the magic! The fake background we are in front of is foreshadowing our next vacation.

2005- San Francisco, California

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We rode many cable cars on this trip.

2005- Yosemite National Park, California

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Absolutely fabulous hiking.

2006- Disney World

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I tagged along with a friend for an Easter trip. Our favorite memory was riding Expedition Everest for the first time.

2006- Wisconsin

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The Dells were absolutely beautiful and, despite not really wanting to go in the first place, I enjoyed the trip immensely and would consider returning someday.

2006- Chicago, Illinois

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We visited the Sears Tower, Navy Pier, Wrigley Field, and the Field Museum, along with a few other city sights.

2006- Cleveland, Ohio

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Rockin’, rollin’, and baseballin’ (so we basically toured the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in addition to catching an Indians game at the Jake).

2006- Disney World

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My senior class trip. Yes, my high school rocked. Check out one of my teachers dancing down Main Street.

2007- London, England

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We hit all the big sights- even this unofficial must-do of peeking out of a red phone booth.

2007- Bath, England

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This is where my sister lived during her time abroad. It is a beautiful city where we were able to see our first rugby game.

2007- Wiltshire, England

2007 Stonehenge

How can you travel all the way to England and not see this?

2007- Disney World

2007 Grad Trip WDW

A graduation celebration trip with my high school friends. Yes, our parents rocked.

2007- Baltimore, Maryland

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A day trip from my college that provided a welcome distraction from my first semester homesickness. We had a lovely dinner near the inner harbor at twilight.

2008- Bethany Beach, Delaware

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My college roommate and I spent sunny days and dark nights on the beautiful beach here.

2008- Las Vegas, Nevada

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I couldn’t really do too much here yet, but I sure enjoyed the rooftop rollercoasters.

2008- Utah

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Zion National Park was home to many amazing hikes.

2008- Colorado

2008 Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde National Park is on the short list of places that I can’t wait to return to. These cliff dwellings were just fascinating, not to mention fun to climb around.

2008- New Mexico

2008 Four Corners

The address of this little stop reads “NM”, so I guess it counts. Although I believe it was recently proven to actually be in the wrong place.

2008- Arizona

2008 Grand Canyon

The grandest of them all. One of the most beautiful places I have ever been.

2009- Key West, Florida

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My favorite part of this city was visiting with Ernest Hemingway’s cats and seeing the studio where he wrote one of my favorite books.

2009- Disney World

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After all these years, it is still one of our favorite places. Trying out another new ride for the first time on this trip- Mission Space.

2010- Maynooth, Ireland

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This is the town where I lived during my five months abroad. I will never forget it!

2010- County Antrim, Northern Ireland

In addition to just chillin’ on the Giant’s Causeway, an amazing natural wonder, I also ran around in some castle ruins and crossed a seemingly precarious rope bridge.

2010- Belfast, Northern Ireland

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Took off in a black taxi for the grand tour and learned a whole lot about this very interesting city.

2010- Edinburgh, Scotland

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Two words can sum up my time in this city- castles and whisky. And boy, were they both beautiful.

2010- The Highlands, Scotland

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I went Nessie hunting, dunked my face into a mystical river, met a giant hairy cow, hiked high into foggy hills, and wished I had more time to spend there.

2010- Dublin, Ireland

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When my family came to visit, we saw all the sights, including Temple Bar.

2010- Kilkenny, Ireland

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A lovely place to spend Easter Sunday. The view from the top of St. Canice’s Cathedral tower was lovely.

2010- Blarney, Ireland

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Yes, I definitely kissed the stone!

2010- County Clare, Ireland

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These epic cliffs are the most famous of what we saw in this rainy county.

2010- County Tipperary, Ireland

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Our visit to this area began at the Rock of Cashel and ended at these ruins, called Hore Abbey.

2010- Killary Harbor, Ireland

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I participated in lots of adventures and enjoyed beautiful views like this one in between.

2010- The Ring of Kerry, Ireland

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Gorgeous weather for seeing Killarney, Ross Castle, and lots of other stunning vistas.

2010- Paris, France

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My first short weekend to the mainland of Europe, where I got to put my high school language classes to use.

2010- Rome, Italy

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A longer weekend filled with wine, pasta, and absolutely stunning old things.

2010- Vatican City

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It was so spiritually satisfying to link these sights back to my traditions as a Roman Catholic.

2010- Soca Valley, Slovenia

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A hidden gem in this vast world. One of my favorite places that I have visited. That’s me and my tour group on our raft, approaching some gentle rapids.

2010- Bled, Slovenia

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The views of Lake Bled from this town are like something out of a storybook.

2010- Salzburg, Austria

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I didn’t really come out of here with any greater of an appreciation for Mozart, but still a lovely city.

2010- Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

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I wish it hadn’t been raining so much during my one afternoon in this cute little town.

2010- Prague, Czech Republic

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Lots of interesting and very unique art dominated the short amount of time I was able to explore this city.

2010- Berlin, Germany

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We chose this city at random to be a connecting point between Dublin and Cairo, but ended up loving it.

2010- Cairo, Egypt

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The perfect place to start my tour. Absolutely amazing treasures are kept in the Egyptian Museum.

2010- Giza, Egypt

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Before driving out to get this epic panorama, we were actually able to climb up the sides of this ancient wonder of the world.

2010- Aswan, Egypt

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In addition to this stunningly gorgeous Philae Temple, we also saw the high dam and unfinished obelisk.

2010- Abu Simbel, Egypt

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I think this is my favorite temple out of the many that I visited on this trip.

2010- Luxor, Egypt

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After visiting this huge ancient religious site, The Karnak Temple Complex, we did a lot of shopping at the colorful local markets.

2010- Deir el-Bahari, Egypt

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The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut was the last temple that I visited in Egypt.

2010- Dahab, Egypt

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We visited a lovely resort here on the Sinai Peninsula for some sun, swimming, and relaxation after our long sightseeing trip.

 2010- Atlanta, Georgia

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Some college friends and I were in town for a convention and saw quite a few sights including Centennial Olympic Park, the Varsity, CNN Studio, and of course, World of Coca-Cola.

 2011- Luray, Virginia

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After ringing in the new year in Georgia, we road-tripped our way home. A drive through Shenandoah National Park was followed by exploring Luray Caverns.

2011- The Adirondacks, New York

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My first trip post college graduation was a camping and hiking adventure at Piseco Lake.

2011- Disney World

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It felt like it had been way too long! A “hen party” with my grandmother, great-aunt, aunt, mother, sisters, and cousins. Three generations of magic, and we had a blast. The photo features just the young “chickadees”.

2011- The Adirondacks, New York

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We went back quickly to hike two more peaks- Algonquin and Wright.

2011- Lake Placid, New York

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Taking a ride down the bobsled track at the Olympic Sports Complex was a fabulous idea.

2011- Williamsburg, Virginia

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My third visit overall, first visit with my in-laws. A new experience for me this time was getting to ride in a carriage.

2012- Boston, Massachusetts

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I followed Chris here when he visited on business and we were able to take in a few sights, including the Sam Adams brewery.

2012- The Catskills, New York

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More camping and hiking adventures, including my first time riding a horse.

2012- Otis, Maine

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We rented a house with another couple on Beech Hill Pond to celebrate the 4th of July.

2012- Bar Harbor, Maine

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A wonderful whale watching trip from Bar Harbor gave us this awesome front row seat for a fully breaching humpback whale.

2012- Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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Dollywood, the Dixie Stampede, and a whole lotta feeling like a Yankee.

2012- Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

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Nice hikes and epic thunderstorms.

2012- Schuyler, Virginia

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We stopped here so that my mother, a fan of The Waltons, could see the inspiration behind the show.

2012- Disney World

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My first visit with my future husband.

2012- Cape Canaveral, Florida

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A fascinating display about space travel. I wish we’d had more time to spend here.

2012- Orlando, Florida

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While in town to visit Disney World, we made a few other stops, including Gatorland.

2012- Ricketts Glen, Pennsylvania

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An autumn hike on the beautiful Falls Trail.

2012- Williamsburg, Virginia

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Another trip with my in-laws to their favorite place to relax after the holidays. In addition to Colonial Williamsburg, we also visited Jamestown and Busch Gardens.

2013- San Francisco, California

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I followed Chris across the country for a long weekend in the Golden State. We ate a lot of sourdough and enjoyed the beautiful weather.

2013- Yosemite National Park, California

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We took a very long and strenuous hike with a view that made it all worth it.

2013- Disneyland

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Chris surprised me with these day passes, and I was able to visit California Adventure for the first time.

2013- The Catskills, New York

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After deciding we wanted to try something new, we ended up at Hunter Mountain for an exhilarating zipline adventure.

2013- Saratoga Springs, New York

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A random long weekend led us to the racetrack, where we finished $25 ahead!

2013- Paris, France

My second visit, where I got to take in the city with new eyes.

2013- Disneyland Paris

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A small but beautiful Disney park, with lots of unique magic.

2013- Rome, Italy

So happy to be back among the truly historical ruins of this city.

2013- Florence, Italy

Absolute beauty, from the Duomo to the David and everything in between.

2013- Venice, Italy

The floating city was truly unique. We almost did not have this on our itinerary and added it at the last minute, which was a great decision.

2013- Versailles, France

To date, the most majestic and opulent building I have ever been inside of.

2013- Bennington, Vermont

An adorable little town and the perfect place to begin a motorcycle journey.

2013- Manchester, Vermont

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The highlight here was Mount Equinox, a beautiful scenic ride into the hills that provided great views of the fall foliage and the monastery below.

2013- Waterbury, Vermont

A short and sweet stay here was anchored by a visit to the Ben & Jerry’s factory- sweet indeed!

2013- Newport, Rhode Island

Christmastime at three of the famous Newport mansions is certainly a festive and lovely event.

2014- Blakeslee, Pennsylvania

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My first ski trip involved ski lessons, lots of pizza, and very few French fries.

2014- Delaware Water Gap, New Jersey

Mount Tammany made for a perfect Memorial Day hike.

2014- Columbia, New Jersey

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The 4th of July brought us back to the river area of Jersey, this time for kayaking, wineries, and wolf preserves.

2014- London, England

We fought some pretty hard jet lag and found lots to keep us awake.

2014- Vienna, Austria

After visiting here, I have a new appreciation for opera and zookeepers.

2014- Hallstadt, Austria

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A quintessential Austrian town with a quintessentially creepy skull church.

2014- Salzburg, Austria

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The hills were certainly alive (and Chris was a great sport) during our Sound of Music tour.

2014 Munich, Germany

Beer, Science, and old clocks. A pretty complete summation of our time in Munich.

2014- Bavaria, Germany

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We started the day at the charming chateau of Linderhof and ended the day at Mad King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle.

2014- Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland

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I had one of the most amazing experiences of my life flying over this beautiful town.

2014- Mannlichen, Switzerland

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We visited with a lot of cows here.

2014- Murren, Switzerland

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As you can see from the photo, I absolutely will never forget this place!

2014- Bacharach, Germany

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A somewhat sleepy but truly charming little town.

2014- Sankt Goar, Germany

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Just a bike ride away from where we were staying, we ended up spending a lot of time here shopping for cuckoo clocks and touring castle ruins.

2014- Liverpool, England

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A Beatles fan’s heaven! Wouldn’t mind coming back here.

2014- Windsor, England

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A quick stop here just to see the famous Windsor Castle.

2014- Wiltshire, England

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Don’t let this photo fool you- the weather here changed on us quickly and we ended up stuck in the rain.

2014- Disney World

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A sibling trip to celebrate my older sister and brother-in-law’s 3rd wedding anniversary, Chris and my engagement, and my younger sister’s 21st birthday.

2014- Key Largo, Florida

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Relaxation at its finest. Just what we needed after such a busy summer!

2014- Key West, Florida

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The Rum & Reggae snorkel tour was the highlight of our time here. We also waited in questionable temperatures to take a photo with the “90 miles to Cuba” monument.

2015- Portland, Maine

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Lots of snow and lots of food! We certainly did not leave hungry.

2015- Disney World

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A conference in Orlando led to one day of magic.

2015- Montego Bay, Jamaica

View from the top floor of the hotel.

I spent a beautiful weekend at the Secrets Wild Orchid Resort to celebrate my friend’s wedding.

2015- Glenbrook, Jamaica

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What a wonderful day we had swimming in the mineral waters, climbing up the tiny waterfalls, jumping from the trees, and taking in the scenery at Mayfield Falls.

2015- Boston, Massachusetts

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Celebrated the 4th of July in this truly history city.

2015- Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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Beaches, lighthouses, sand dunes, and potato chips.

2015- Atlantic City, New Jersey

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Sister weekend! We didn’t win big, but we didn’t lose big either.

2015- White Mountains, New Hampshire

Our ride for five days, cooling its breaks along the Mount Washington Auto Road in New Hampshire.

A motorcycle trip brought us to the top of Mount Washington and to other beautiful places in the area.

2015- Cooperstown, New York

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After 16  years of being a baseball fan, I finally got to see the Baseball Hall of Fame. A highlight was checking out Lou Gehrig’s locker.

2015- Sydney, Australia

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Where we started and ended our epic honeymoon.

2015- Melbourne, Australia

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Spent a lot of time here trying to figure out cricket.

2015- Brighton, Australia

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Met some lovely kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, and wombats at the wildlife sanctuary here.

2015- Port Arthur, Australia

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We learned so much about Tasmania’s convict history here.

2015- Cairns, Australia

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This town is a great starting point for getting to the Great Barrier Reef.

2015- Daintree National Park, Australia

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A stunning and somewhat thrilling place for a drive.

2015- Alice Springs, Australia

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Sometimes called the birthplace of the Red Centre!

2015- Ayers Rock, Australia

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The essential base for exploring Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

2015- Kings Canyon, Australia

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A beautiful and sacred canyon.

2015- Auckland, New Zealand

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So many fun things surround this beautiful city.

2015- Rotorua, New Zealand

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A haven of geothermal activity and Maori culture.

2015- Christchurch, New Zealand

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This pretty and charming town is still pulling itself out of the rubble of the infamous 2011 earthquake.

2015- Fox Glacier, New Zealand

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Not much to do here but explore the big blocks of ice.

2015- Queenstown, New Zealand

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Adrenaline, adventure, food, and fun, all against an epic backdrop.

2016- Constanta, Romania

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Joining my husband here after he completed a project for work was a great idea! We began in Constanta to see the beaches, the caves, and this beautiful abandoned casino.

2016- Bucharest, Romania

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So many cool things in this city, including the lavish parliament building and many pretty churches.

2016- Bran, Romania

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The highlight of any trip here is of course the infamous Bran Castle.

2016- Athens, Greece

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The ancient ruins in this city are simply second to none.

2016- Santorini, Greece

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The iconic whitewashed houses perched along the steep coast made a fantastic setting for a beautiful sunset.

2016- Delphi, Greece

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More ancient ruins, this time where the oracle once was.

2016- Meteora, Greece

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There were so many beautiful vistas and mountaintop monasteries to see here- we were able to go inside of one and enjoy the views of many others.

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