I’ve always travelled a fair amount with my parents, but 2014 was the year I really got inspired to make travel a bigger part of my life. This year I took family trips, a girls’ trip, a business trip and, most importantly: my very first solo trip. I also started this blog in June, which was an amazing decision! Although the end of the year was definitely more travel-heavy, I have tons of exciting plans for 2015 and I can’t wait to share all of my adventures with you. For now, here’s a post wrapping up my year: 2014 in review!
Saskatoon, Winnipeg & Calgary
I flew to Calgary for an Enactus event, which is an organization I’m involved with at my school. Naturally, I took the chance to visit my long-distance best friend in Saskatoon! I also checked something off my bucket list with a convenient layover in Winnipeg: I’ve officially been to all ten provinces, although there’s still a ton more exploring to do. I was a really bad traveler for most of this trip and did more friend-seeing than sight-seeing, but I’d been to Calgary and Saskatoon before! I extended my stay in Calgary because Sunjita and I got the chance to compete in a Westjet contest. It was really cool to come up with a marketing campaign for a major Canadian airline, and we were so excited to be declared the winners!
New York City
Anybody who knows me is aware of my undying love for New York City. I finally made it there for the first time in April for a quick mother-daughter trip that was just as amazing as I hoped it would be! We stayed on the Upper West Side and as soon as I left, I wanted to go back. Highlights included a day spent shopping on the Upper East Side, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge and the highlight of my year: seeing Mamma Mia on Broadway.
Due to a major travel mishap on the way to China, I finagled a free night in Chicago which was my first time in the city! I had to explore without doing any research at all, which is very unlike me, but I fell in love and can’t wait to go back for more than an evening.
This trip was a game-changer. I had genuinely never even considered solo travel; I didn’t even know it really existed. When I started reading travel blogs, I was so inspired and knew I had to made solo travel part of my life. There was an event going on in Beijing that I really wanted to attend, and nobody could come with me – so I went myself. Originally I was booked to see Beijing and Hong Kong, but I changed my flights after the protest and explored Beijing, Datong, Xian and Shanghai. I had a ton of mishaps and the trip totally changed my life! I’d love to get back to Shanghai as soon as possible.
New York City
My best friend and I were supposed to reunite in Croatia in September, which I’m still really upset didn’t happen. We really wanted to see eachother, so we planned a long weekend trip to New York City! I got a great deal on flights, which turned it from a long weekend to missing a week of school….whatever right?! It was a bit ironic to celebrate my 19th birthday (legal drinking age in most of Canada) in a place where the age is 21, but we had a blast exploring familiar and new neighborhoods from our Airbnb base.
Antigua & Barbuda
I just got back from yesterday from a great trip to close out the year: Christmas on my favourite tropical island! My family spent the holidays in Antigua two years ago, and this year we ended up returning because we loved it so much. I can’t wait to share more about this island that tends to fly under the radar. Highlights included a tour with Adventure Antigua and standup paddleboarding!
All in all, my year may not seem that impressive, but for an 18/19 year old student I’m pretty proud of the places I’ve managed to go this year. I know 2015 is going to be an incredible year for travel: I have a trip to Toronto and Montreal booked in February and I could not be more excited about my summer in Italy!