2017 in Review: My Favorite Trips
As the year winds down and as I start to look forward to 2018, I'm also looking back at what rocked (and what didn't) in 2017. So, each day for the next week, check back at Espresso and Endorphins as I compile some of my favorite 2017 moments, products and everything in between.
If travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer, this year made me a millionaire. I jetted off over and over again this year...especially in the fall. While I'm definitely ready to settle in San Diego for a bit right now, it's fun to reflect on some of my favorite destinations of 2017...
I ventured to Idyllwild twice this year - once in January for a rainy/snowy trip and once over the summer for a hot, sunny adventure. Both trips were spent hiking, eating and adventuring - without any attachment to technology. It's the perfect place to disconnect, smell the pine, feel the crisp mountain air and relive some childhood nostalgia.
Anza Borrego, California
In February, I took a spontaneous, quick camping trip out to Anza Borrego, just an hour or so outside of San Diego. I tent-camped in Blair Valley, watching the sunset touch the mountains and bright stars and the moon glow light up the sky. The second day, I spent some time hiking 11 miles among huge rock formations and expansive valleys. It was gorgeous. Next stop in Anza Borrego: the wind caves! It's on my 2018 list.
Laguna Beach, California
In April, I stayed in an oceanfront Airbnb in Laguna Beach with two friends. It was gorgeous! The studio overlooked the ocean, and the weather was gorgeous. We spent time on the beach exploring, in the studio reading on the deck and then pampered ourselves with massages. Even though I live by the beach in San Diego, it was a wonderful getaway.
In September, two of my best friends from San Diego and I stayed at an Airbnb with my old college roommate who drove from Atlanta and my best friend. It was the perfect girls' getaway...and I cried coming back "home" after feeling so at peace and at home in Tennessee. The weekend was filled with lots of good food and cocktails, sight seeing and just quality friend time. Words can't quite articulate this trip.
For the last few years, I've established a birthday tradition: travel. This year, I headed to Atlanta to visit my old roommate, Alex...and wasn't entirely sure how I'd like the city. I was so pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it - decently clean, green and tons of things to do.
In October, I visited my old work bestie, Katrina, her dog Duke and her husband Dan in Scottsdale. We leisurely explored the city - doing yoga, sipping on kombucha and wine, shopping, napping, watching movies, exploring the farmer's market, eating, hiking, watching the World Series, and so on. It was the perfect reset full of so much good food and even better company.
San Francisco, California
I traveled to San Francisco for the North Face Endurance Challenge Series in November. Honestly, it was one of my most fun trips to date, which is shocking because I'm typically not a huge San Francisco fan. But, the endless views of the Golden Gate, the crisp air and the yummy food scene...well, it did it for me on this quick trip.
Morro Bay, California
Earlier this month, I went camping in Morro Bay with a few coworkers. We spent the trip sitting in front of the campfire, tossing a football around on the sand, hiking and cozying up in tents. On my way home, I stopped for a hike in San Luis Obispo, a bowl of clam chowder in Pismo Beach and some views of Morro Rock. The area is so peacefully nostalgic for me.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
In February, I visited Mexico for the first time for a long weekend in Cabo celebrating at a bachelorette party. It was amazing and beautiful. Our house’s pool overlooked a golf course and the ocean, we had caterers and everyone on the trip was awesome. It was one of the funnest trips I have taken to date.
I still am having a hard time articulating Cuba, but I do promise a guide will hit the blog soon! It was an amazing country - full of vibrant people, an atmosphere of vitality and love, beautiful colors everywhere and amazing (and cheap!) food. I want to go back already, honestly.