I figured since it’s the last day of 2014, there’s no better time than to share a few of my favorite places I traveled this year. I had kind of a huge travel year so it was hard to pick just 5 favorite moments. I know what a hideous problem to have, I don’t know how I do it.
No. 5: Colorado
I started 2014 in Colorado with one of my best friends, John (hi, John!). I had never been to Colorado before, so when John said he was going to Denver for New Year’s I was like “that sounds great! I think I’ll come too!” I’m sure he was thrilled. But we spent NYE in Denver and spent a day at Pike’s Peak “hiking”. AKA driving in the car up it. But it was one of the best short trips I’ve ever taken. Colorado has to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Those outdoors they’ve got are pretty amazing, enough that this girl would even consider being “outdoorsy” to live there.
I made John take my picture in front of basically every sign we came across. He’s a really good sport.
No. 4: Belgium
Going to Belgium was a fast trip for me. I was there for work, but luckily since it’s Europe, they have normal working hours. So I had plenty of time to explore. It was the second time I’d been to Europe, the first time being 2 months before. I was traveling alone for a lot of the trip, but luckily had fun colleagues who wanted to explore as much as I did. My client was in Brussels, so we spent the majority of our time there.
We took Friday afternoon off to take the train to Bruges. Bruges is the idyllic European town. I was immediately in love with Bruges.
There was just chocolate everywhere in Belgium. I could get used to living like that.
London was my first destination outside of the US. I have wanted to go to London my entire life, so it was an amazing trip for me. There was so much to do, 7 days was not nearly enough. I guess I’ll just have to go back.
We took the train to Watford to see Hogwarts! Probably one of the coolest experiences ever. We saw all of the sets and costumes from the films. All of the mannequins were faceless though, so that was pretty weird. Try not to be freaked out by faceless Dumbledore.
No. 2: Paris
Paris was one of the best trips of my life. We only had 3 days in Paris, so we had to make the most of it. I didn’t know what to expect from France, because I’ve only heard how much they hate Americans. But everyone was polite and didn’t really seem to have a problem with Americans with credit cards, so they loved me. If anyone asked me where in Europe they should visit as a first time visitor, I would say Paris. There was so much history to learn and so much food and so much fashion. Yeah, I’ve basically talked myself into going back. Be right back, going to book a flight.
No.1: St. Louis
I know you’re like but Tracy, you live there now and what would be so great about traveling back there. Well, my favorite travel moment this year was going home to St. Louis for my sister’s wedding! (Hi Erin and Ty!) Getting to be a part of my sister’s special day was the top moment of this year for me. I was living in Houston so it still counts as a travel moment. My sister is my best friend and I can’t imagine a bigger moment in her life to date. It was a beautiful day and there is nothing better than celebrating the best person in your life with your family and best friends.
Photos by Rachel O’Neal Photography
2014 was an amazing year for me, not only for travel but life in general. I think it will be hard to top in 2015, but I’ll do my best.