[Kerry Park in Seattle]
Okay, so – Seattle for New Years’ might not be like, revolutionary or anything, but it was such a good choice!
We had such a great time, and the fireworks at the Space Needle were AMAZING. Like super elegant. And classy AF. Not like those tacky ass firework shows you normally see. The colors were so on point and it was just so PRETTY. See a video here.
We stayed at The Mediterranean, and were supposed to watch fireworks from the roof, but it was too crowded so we just wandered onto the street instead and (IMO) got an even better view!
[Clearwater Falls on the “Waterfall Highway” was so damn pretty]
But Portland is pretty freaking cool, too.
Oregon felt like the American version of Ireland. I haven’t been to Washington yet (jk I just got back from Seattle), but I’m guessing it’s Oregon on steroids to the max.
[Driving into Oregon from California]
OKAY SO. OREGON.
I’ve been wanting to visit the good ol’ (rainy) PNW for freaking ever. I love green things and I think I have the opposite of the typical SAD (seasonal affectiveness disorder) in the sense that I feel sad if there isn’t enough rainy/cloudy days during the fall and winter.
Don’t get me wrong, I dig the sun, but my favorite weather is grey, cloudy days. Everything just seems more magical and epic and I feel so inspired to create and be creative. Anyone else feel the same??? Or am I alone in my love for all things NOT sunny?
[Freezing to death in Yosemite this past February]
Are you even a travel blogger if you don’t do some version of this list???
I just had to hop on board…And I also just like talking about the places I’ve visited, so…Here we go!
2016 was pretty hard to beat, travel-wise, because I moved to Flagstaff for three months (which I absolutely LOVED) and got to see a ton of Arizona through projects/exploring while in the conservation corps; then I went to Europe for 1.5 months and explored Israel, Greece, Ireland, and Belgium, and then Costa Rica for 10 days! Soooo it was pretty fuckin great.
2017 was still awesome, just a lot more local, especially since I had a job that I was sticking around the Bay Area for.
And so, here are my favorite destinations from 2017.
[The Roussanou Monastery]
This’ll be my last Greece post…BUT OH MAN you should 10000000% go to Meteora if you’re in Greece.
I don’t care how out of the way it is for you (It’s about a 5 hour bus/train ride from Athens), or how little time you have – YOU. NEED. TO. GO. Like stop what you’re doing right now, buy a ticket to Greece, and go to Meteora. Then probably an island, because it wouldn’t be a trip to Greece without going to one.
Okay, actually, maybe read this guide first – THEN buy your ticket.
[Driving on a random road in Arizona]
Okay so these are things I’ll most likely cross off in the next year (so they’re basically ALL in California).
Mainly because making a legit bucket list makes me cry because I want to go to places like Iceland and Kyrgyzstan and it’s not likely gonna happen right now at this very exact moment because of that whole 9-5 life. So here’s some California bucket list (in the form of weekend trips) inspiration!
[Desert scene from our camping spot on BLM land near Yarnell in Arizona]
Want to travel and get paid? Join the conservation corps!
And yes, it’s definitely too good to be true, because you get paid practically nothing. Woohoo!!!!!
[Classic fall scene in Porteau Cove and Provincial Park in Canada]
Because I’m a basic bitch and fall is literally my fucking spirit animal. And I am okay with that.
Oh, so I hear you’re going to the Eastern Sierras?
Well, you’re in luck because I just came back and had. An. Epic. Time.
Check out where you should go & why below:
[As seen from the Howth Cliff Walk – yes, you should definitely go]
So I didn’t want to include this in myYou Should Probably Get Your Ass to Ireland guide because that would be really long. (But you should probably read that, too, because it’s chock full of information and hilariousness.)
OKAY. So let’s talk logistics and other super duper fun things.
[Scenery from Slea Head Drive – read on for more info on that!]
Ireland is soooo much more than Dublin! When I hear that people only went there it literally pains me (especially because I was not the biggest fan of Dublin).
I’d say spend like 2-3 days in Dublin (depending on what you want to do) and after that get the heck out of there! IMO it’s overpriced and overcrowded with tourists (especially Temple Bar area – avoid at night at all costs!!!!).
And also – yessss I’m that girl that went to Ireland a year ago and is STILL talking about it. Ugh. But if you read on, you’ll understand why…And also, why not start off with a bang with one of my favorite places ever?
Want to learn more about the logistics of getting around, currency, where to stay, etc.? Go here.