My Top 10 Travel Moments of 2014

2014 was a great year. My husband took a new job that he enjoys, which requires heavy travel and has been an adjustment but on the plus side he is racking up the frequent flier miles. My daughter has adjusted beautifully to a new school and is really blossoming in so many ways that make me proud (including contributing to this blog and writing on her own book review site.) My marketing consulting clients continue to intrigue and challenge me, and We3Travel has moved from a hobby blog to a serious endeavour that I invest a ton of time and resources into. And you, you have rewarded me be visiting, reading, liking, sharing and commenting. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to read a comment from a reader that is planning a trip, or how touched I am when I meet someone in real life that tells me that they read my blog, or how much it means to me when you like or share my content on social networks to help me reach a broader audience. THANK YOU!

So many of my highlights from 2014 revolve around our travel. This is exactly why I love to travel with my family, because those experiences are the memories that stick with us the longest and that we remember the fondest. It is also why I’m happy to forego gifts and use the money we would have spent on things we really didn’t need to fund a new adventure. I strongly believe in collecting memories, not things.

Collect memories not things

So when I think back on my favorite travel memories from 2014, these are the top 10 that really stand out.

1. Feeling like I actually knew what I was doing when skiing. I often call myself a perpetual beginner when it comes to skiing because each time I go, I feel like I am starting over. Yet last year at Sunday River in Maine, I actually felt like I knew what I was doing for a while. It was a good feeling and I had a great time pushing myself off the greens and onto the blues. Of course, the next day I fell on my butt, but I’ll try again in 2015.

skiing at Sunday River in Maine

2. Being surprisingly fascinated by a place I thought I’d find boring. We visited Gettysburg at my daughter’s request. I thought it was an important place to visit but I still thought we might find it dry and dull. When we first visited the Museum and Visitor’s Center we found the exhibits much more intriguing than we expected, but on our drives through town past the Battlefield we couldn’t make any sense of the large variety of monuments we saw upon the fields. However, our experience with a licensed Battlefield guide was phenomenal. She brought history to life and helped us visualize and feel the impact of the war on this town and the soldiers. This experience sparked an interest that we will continue to explore.

2 Days in Gettysburg - touring the Gettysburg Battlefield

3. Fulfilling a child’s and a childhood Dream. When I was a kid I was fascinated by horses. This childhood fantasy extended to the next generation and after reading Misty of Chincoteague, this interest in horses solidified into a specific experience and destination — we could go see the wild ponies of Chincoteague. After hearing stories about how hard it might be to spot the ponies, we signed up for Captain Dan’s guaranteed pony boat tour and he did not disappoint! I don’t know what it is about seeing these ponies in the wild but we loved it and I loved the time we spent together.

What to do in Chincoteague -- pony watching with Captain Dan's Around the Island Tours

4. Stuffing my face in Rome. Sharing the wonders of Rome with my daughter was an amazing experience. I loved waking up and peeking out the window at the Colosseum, walking past the Colosseum lit up at night, watching my daughter follow our tour guides like a shadow and soaking up history like a sponge, walking on ancient avenues and so many other special memories. But my favorite memory of all was our food tour through Trastevere with Eating Italy. We spent four scrumptious hours eating authentic food, exploring a new neighborhood, and making new friends.

Eating suppli on our food tour with Eating Italy

5. Relaxing on a beach chair and then getting a stair workout. When we rented an apartment in Positano 200 steps up from the main road, we knew we would be in for both a workout and an authentic Positano experience. But we had many laughs on those stairs. Plus we were able to work off some calories since all we did otherwise was relax on the beach and float in the waves. It was blissful. Looking back up at the homes built into the cliffs, the colorful orange beach umbrellas, the kids splashing in the water, the yachts bobbing in the sea, and feeling the waves lift us up and gently set us back down again. I think that my daughter captured it beautifully in her poem about Positano.

Pictures of Positano Italy

6. Ditching Fendi to discover the natural riches of Capri. I haven’t even had a chance to write about it yet but one of my favorite memories on the Italian island of Capri was when we left the glitzy Capritown behind and hiked out to find the breathtaking Natural Arch. After gawking for a while we walked on to discover a hidden grotto and capped it off with a perfect view of the Faraglioni rocks.

Natural arch on Capri

7. Enjoying the jetset life boating around Capri. Our day boating around the island of Capri in Italy is something I will never forget. Having the opportunity to stretch out on the back of this gorgeous boat, swimming through the emerald grotto, jumping off the boat into the turquoise blue sea, and sailing through the famous Faraglioni rocks. It was one of the best days of my life.

Faraglioni Rocks in Capri

8. Getting blown away by the beauty of Crater Lake. One of the highlights of our trip to Central Oregon was our day trip to Crater Lake. Photos just can’t do it justice. From the minute we first glimpsed this vast and surprisingly blue lake we were enthralled and as we slowly made our way around its circumference, we couldn’t stop ourselves from jumping out and taking photo after photo from different angles. There is nothing like true natural beauty to imprint a memory into your soul.

Crater Lake selfies

9. Challenging myself at Smith Rock. Our mother-daughter rock climbing experience at Smith Rock was a great bonding experience and ignited in me a desire to become stronger and braver so that we can continue to have these adventures together for many years to come. Plus, she was thrilled to be able to engage in her favorite sport — outdoors — at a world-renowned rock climbing site.

Setting the route for rock climbing at Smith Rock

10. Sharing a first-time spa experience with my daughter. We didn’t go far and we didn’t do much, but one of my favorite memories is sharing our first mother-daughter massage at the Beach Plum Spa in Plymouth, MA.

I am so thankful that we shared so many amazing travel experiences together this year and I look forward to even more in 2015. In the first three months of the year we will be escaping to Connecticut, skiing in New Hampshire, visiting Quebec City for Winter Carnival, and exploring Napa, San Francisco and the California coast. I can’t wait to share it all with you and I hope that some of these experiences inspire your own travel adventures. Thank you so much for following along!

Happy new year from We3Travel

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  1. What a great year of travel adventures! Love those Positano and Capri photos. I’m so with you in collecting memories and experiences instead of things. Happy New Year to the three of you and wishing you safe travels and more adventures in 2015.

      Thank you Mary and thank you for being a resource and inspiration for our travels. Best wishes for 2014!

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