2016 Highlights: A Year in Review

Last New Year's I vowed that 2016 would be my year of travel, and it did not disappoint. Not only did I travel and hike more, but I joined the South Jersey Roller Girls, and was drafted to their Kill Scouts team - I took up recreational running (you're welcome, dad), met Shia LaBeouf, bought a kayak, gained a few more tattoos, dyed my hair purple (!!!), quit my job, got hired with an AMAZING company, and so much more. 

Below, for your viewing pleasure I've chosen a handful of photos from each month for my 2016 Year In Review. 

January 2016: Stayed in Richmond, VA at the HI Richmond Hostel

February 2016: Hiked the Pines and discovered an old, disused train bridge with the dogs.

March 2016: By far my favorite trip of the year - IRELAND! You can view many more photos and blog posts here, but Dromoland Castle was absolutely the highlight of my Ireland trip with Dad.

April 2016: I spent my birthday weekend with my mom and my friend Kate at my parent's house in Mandeville, Jamaica and loved every moment of it. This is a photo of a stray dog we feed named Prince. Despite being a rightfully human-weary dog at first meeting, he has quickly warmed up to my family and enjoys our leftovers daily. Not pictured: a trip to NYC and D.C. with my Chris and DK. 

May 2016: This is the month I made one of the best decisions and quit my job at European Wax Center to begin my new life at Liberty Travel. I don't regret a thing! There are no interesting photos from my training days, so instead I've included a photo of an abandoned house I was able to explore in May.

June 2016: In June Honda and I took a road-trip to New Hampshire for my cousin's graduation party, and spent the entire drive home hiking in every state we passed through. My favorite stop was Madame Sherri Forest to visit her castle and the Stairway to Nowhere. Very spooky vibes in this little stretch of forest, but absolutely breathtaking scenery.

July 2016: This month I visited Washington, DC for my very first Liberty Travel national ball. I may or may not have napped under a table and convinced a stranger to buy me pizza at 3AM... I'll leave that one up to you to decide.

August 2016: Took my first trip of (hopefully) many to Nashville, TN on a company sponsored Globus tour of the city. Spent the entire weekend drinking, dancing and karaoke-ing away and had an absolute blast meeting up with friends, new and old.

September 2016: In September it was back to Jamaica, this time to visit the Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Ocho Rios for the Liberty Travel first year consultant conference. It's a rough life, but somebody has to live it, right? ;) 

October 2016: October was a busy month with a family trip to Vermont for my grandmother's funeral, the Renaissance Faire in Manheim, PA, and bushwhacking through miles of swamp to find an abandoned airplane in the New Jersey woods.

November 2016: In November I let my good friend Desiree dye my hair purple, and attended the Marine Ball with my friend Britnie's mom. I also visited Chris in Virginia for roughly 24 hours, and met Shia LaBeouf at a prescreening of his new movie, Man Down.

December 2016: The last month of 2016 was a bit more uneventful, with many trips to Philadelphia taking place, as well as my very first Guerrilla roller derby game. Most of this month was spent purchasing Christmas gifts, and preparing for this year's travel. The photographical highlight of this month would be seeing the moon through a telescope on the last session of my fall astronomy class.

There are many more trips planned for 2017, and later this month I'll be posting a rough outline of my goals for this year, and how I plan to achieve them. For now, I'll leave you with pretty pictures, and a quote from one of my favorite people.

Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind
— Anthony Bourdain

Did you make it to the end? Good for you! Have some suggestions for where I should go in 2017? Comment below!