My quest to visit all 59 National Parks has taken many twists and turns. I didn’t know I was going to get a chance to visit the Virgin Islands National Park in St. John this year. I had a last minute opportunity to go so I jumped on the chance and took a flight over to St. Thomas then the ferry to St. John. The Virgin Islands National Park takes up the majority of St. John. This has limited the number of hotels and tourists on the island.
For Valentine’s Day, my new boyfriend and I decided that dinner wasn’t excited enough. Instead, we decided to take advantage of the holiday weekend and head off for a romantic weekend of adventure in one of my favorite places in the world – Iceland. Go Car Rental Iceland was kind enough to provide a premium Subaru Forrester for our 3-day weekend.
I am not usually a detail travel planner but on occasion, I make a fully planned out trip. Preplanning a trip does leave less room for things to spontaneously go wrong. Planning ahead can ensure many things like ensure that tours aren’t fully booked ahead of time. Planning ahead prevents some of the issue, I have run into over my travels (like my disaster in Krakow, Poland) or lacking a proper clothing for the weather (aka snowstorm while in Boston). Here are just a few of the preparations that you will need to make before you leave on a trip.Buy your plane tickets
It’s been 30 years since the Chernobyl disaster changed the world. Its effects are still felt in the surrounding areas. I was born 4 years after the disaster but I have always known its name. I was aware of the disaster but had never really understood the causes, effects, or results. Over the years, I had seen many of the Buzzfeed or Dailymail collections of photos from the Chernobyl exclusion zone but a Chernobyl tour had never crossed my mind. Yet, in November 2015, I arrived in Ukraine for a two-day tour of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone with ChernobylWEL.COMe.
2016 was a great year for me and travel. I have declared 2016 the Year of the Pyramids. I saw the temple pyramids of Mexico as well as the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. I managed to visit 5 US states I had never been to as well as crossed 3 national parks off my list. My job allows me to travel so I spent much of my month on the road. It varies but on average I am on the road 3 nights a week. When I started looking how many flights I took this year, I couldn’t believe it. I started and ended my year of international travel in Canada and my travel year in New York. Here is my favorite 16 adventures from 2016 travel.