My Travel Timeline

Curious about where I've been in the world? You can check out my Destinations page to see everywhere I've been, or scroll down to see a timeline of some of my favorite and most memorable travel adventures.

A timeline of my travels

February 2011 — I took one of my first “real” solo trips to Hawaii, spending about a week on Oahu: 10 Beautiful Hawaiian Beaches on Oahu

May 2011 — I tackled one of the scariest things ever — the highest bungee jump in New Zealand: The Scariest Thing I Have Ever Done

August 2011 — My sister and I embarked upon an epic, 3-week road trip across America before I quit my newspaper job and went back to school; it’s always been a dream of ours, and did not disappoint: Road Trip ’11: My 10 Favorite Road Trip Stops

November 2011 — I decided that I was probably never going to leave everything behind to travel the world indefinitely. Hence my travel/blog philosophy was born: You Can Live a “Normal” Life and Travel,Too

In Keystone, Colorado, August 2011

January 2012 — I stayed the night in a former-prison-turned-hospital, and stayed up half the night because I’m pretty sure it was haunted: My Night in Prison

March 2012 — I went to Iceland for my grad school spring break and almost died on the side of a mountain: The Time I Almost Died in Iceland

May 2012 — I spent a week exploring San Francisco for the first time: The Neighborhoods of San Francisco

June 2012 — On my very first solo trip to Europe, I started out in Budapest, which happens to be home to some awesome thermal baths: Soaking at the Szechenyi Baths

July 2012 — After having dreamt about visiting for years (thanks to the book The Historian), I finally visited Rila Monastery, hidden away in the Bulgarian mountains: Rila Monastery, In Photos

July 2012 — I stood in awe during my first visit to Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey: In Photos: Hagia Sophia

July 2012 — I splurged and bought a ticket to see some gymnastics at the 2012 summer Olympics in London: London 2012: My Olympics Experience

August 2012 — I got to hike on a glacier in Alaska: Ice, Ice, Baby: Glacier Hiking in Alaska

Matanuska Glacier
Glacier hiking in Alaska

December 2012 — I headed off to Edinburgh, Scotland, to ring in 2013 Hogmanay-style, with fire and Vikings and dancing and polar plunges: Hogmanay: The Most Epic New Year’s Celebration You’ve Never Heard Of

January 2013 — I swam/snorkeled with sharks, stingrays, and sea turtles at the Belize Barrier Reef: Of Sailboats and Sharks

January 2013 — This self-proclaimed non-camper camped in the jungle in Guatemala and didn’t die: A Non-Camper Sleeps in the Jungle. With Monkeys.

March 2013 — I satisfied a lifelong dream and watched the Northern Lights dance above the frozen tundra in Manitoba, Canada: A Dance of Lights: Awed By the Aurora Borealis

August 2013 — Feeling like a true VIP, I got to get a really unique peek at the Colosseum in Rome: Behind the Scenes at the Colosseum

September 2013 — I spent 2 blissful weeks hopping around the Greek islands, eating way too much feta and soaking up lots of sun: My Big Fat Greek Islands Photo Essay

November 2013 — After traveling around Europe for 3 months straight after finishing grad school, I decided that long-term travel was NOT for me: RTW Diaries: A Confession, A Change of Plans

January 2014 — I spent the night on a junk boat in Ha Long Bay, one of the places I was most looking forward to visiting in Vietnam: Ha Long Bay: Just as Incredible as You’ve Heard

February 2014 — I got to explore the incredible temples of Angkor in Cambodia: Temples Galore at Angkor

February 2014 — I spent a week volunteering with elephants in Thailand: Volunteering at Elephant Nature Park

Volunteering at Elephant Nature Park
Bathing an elephant in Thailand

June 2014 — My partner, Elliot, and I took a helicopter ride over Niagara Falls: Flying High Over Niagara Falls

July 2014 — I came clean about what this life of mine (as a full-time freelancer/blogger) is really like: My Life as a Travel Blogger

October 2014 — My partner and I went in search of fall colors in northern lower Michigan: Things to Do in Traverse City in the Fall

November 2014 — On my way to New Zealand, I built in a stopover in Tahiti, which ended up being pretty blissful: Tahiti: It's a Magical Place

November 2014 — I teamed up with Red Carpet Tours and spent two weeks visiting Lord of the Rings filming locations in New Zealand: Exploring Middle-Earth With Red Carpet Tours

November 2014 — I went bungee jumping for the fourth time in NZ: Completing the Bungee Jumping Trifecta in Queenstown

November 2014 — I spent a few days in Kaikoura, New Zealand, and went swimming with wild dolphins: Swimming With Wild Dolphins in New Zealand

November 2014 — I walked around the top of a tower in Auckland; what a rush! Adventure in the Sky in Auckland

Auckland Sky Walk
Sky Walk in Auckland

December 2014 — My friend Liz and I hiked the Hooker Valley Track at Mount Cook, the tallest mountain in New Zealand: The Hooker Valley Track: The Best Half-Day Hike in New Zealand?

January 2015 — Since I've long been a big geek, I took advantage of some good timing and went with a friend to Harry Potter World in Florida: Visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando

March 2015 — I escaped the Ohio winter and flew down to Florida again, this time to go swimming with manatees in Crystal River: Swimming With Manatees in Crystal River, Florida

April 2015 — I went on my very first river cruise this year, to Eastern Europe with AmaWaterways: River Cruising: What's It Really Like?

April 2015 — After putting off visiting for years, I finally went to Barcelona Spain – and fell absolutely IN LOVE: Everybody Was Wrong About Barcelona

April 2015 — I visited the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, which contains some of the most incredible architecture I've ever seen: The Place Everyone Will Tell You to Visit in Spain

May 2015 — I road tripped around Norway, which included driving the Atlantic Ocean Road (which is EPIC): Driving the Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway

May 2015 — I became “Queen of the Fjord” after some daring cliff posing above Geirangerfjord in Norway: The Most Famous Fjord in Norway

Queen of the Fjord in Geiranger, Norway
Above Geirangerfjord in Norway

June 2015 — I traveled around the UK with my mom, visiting places like the Scottish Highlands, York, Liverpool, and London: “When I'm 64 Tour” Highlights

June 2015 — I got to go back to my beloved Isle of Skye: The Isle of Skye: Still My Favorite Part of Scotland

August 2015 — I put together my manifesto on solo female travel: Top 9 Questions About Solo Female Travel Answered

September 2015 — I rode the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train from Vancouver through the Canadian Rockies: Everything You Need to Know About Riding the Rocky Mountaineer

September 2015 — I finally got to see some of the beautiful mountain lakes in the Canadian Rockies: 5 Spots in Alberta That Will Blow Your Mind

October 2015 — I explored the sand dunes and sunsets in New Mexico: White Sands: The Most Underrated National Monument?

October 2015 — My college roommate and I went to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, and even went up in hot air balloons: Up in the Air at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

November 2015 — Elliot and I went snorkeling in the rift between two tectonic plates in Iceland: Snorkeling Silfra: Swimming Between Tectonic Plates in Iceland

Snorkeling Silfra in Iceland
Snorkeling in Iceland

November 2015 — Elliot and I also hiked on glaciers and climbed into ice caves in Iceland: Chasing Ice and Battling Mother Nature in Iceland

December 2015 — I went on a Christmas market river cruise in Germany and France: Christmas Markets with Viking River Cruises: What's It Really Like?

February 2016 — Not being content with only visiting Norway in spring, I headed to Northern Norway for some winter adventures: 10 Reasons Why Northern Norway in Winter is Awesome

March 2016 — I spent a few days exploring (and falling in love with) Puerto Rico: Thinking About a Caribbean Vacation? Think Puerto Rico

March 2016 — A first for me: I went on a digital detox tour in Ecuador: 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Going on a Digital Detox

April 2016 — Elliot and I headed out to the American Southwest and visited some national parks: The Mighty 5: Utah's Stunning National Parks

April 2016 — While in Utah, Elliot and I tackled Angels Landing at Zion National Park: I Hiked to Angels Landing and Didn't Die!

Angel's Landing Trail in Zion National Park
Hiking Angels Landing in Utah

May 2016 — My dad and I headed off to Africa, spending two weeks together in Southern Africa: Highlights from 2 Weeks in South Africa

May/June 2016 — I spent three weeks overlanding in Southern Africa with Acacia Africa: Highlights from 3 Weeks Overlanding in Africa

August 2016 — My sister and I jetted off to the secluded Little Corn Island in Nicaragua for a luxurious sister's getaway: Sisters Getaway: Discovering Little Corn Island in Style

September 2016 — I went to Wales for the very first time and had all sort of cool adventures: 8 Reasons Why You Should Never Go to Wales

September 2016 — With Haggis Adventures, I explored more of Scotland's Highlands and isles, including the amazing Isle of Lewis and Harris: Hopping Around the Hebrides with Haggis Adventures

October 2016 — I visited two of the Baltics capitals for the first time: Riga and Vilnius.

October 2016 — I went on a river cruise in Russia – solo!: Highlights from a 13-Day River Cruise in Russia

Amanda in Sergiev Posad, Russia
Me in Russia

November 2016 — After years of wanting to go, I finally went to New Orleans for the first time: 9 Things to Do in New Orleans That Don't Involve Bourbon Street

March 2017 — I went on a quick trip to Hull, England, and found lots of things to love: 6 Reasons to Visit Hull, England

Arpil 2017 — Elliot and I went to Chicago for a long weekend and did all the things! A Couples' Weekend Getaway to Chicago

May 2017 — I was invited to the grand opening of Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando, and wrote a comprehensive guide to all 3 theme parks there: Universal Orlando: Which of Its Three Theme Parks Should You Visit?

June 2017 — Elliot and I went to Oregon for a week and loved it: The Perfect 10-Day Road Trip Itinerary for Oregon in Summer

July 2017 — I went back to Norway again to road trip around some of its northern islands: Road Tripping Around Norway's OTHER Northern Islands

July 2017 — I ticked an amazing destination off my bucket list: the Faroe Islands! I spent a week road tripping around and fell in love: 6 Reasons to Add the Faroe Islands to your Bucket List

Gásadalur on a cloudy day
At Gásadalur in the Faroe Islands

August 2017 — My sister and I roadtripped out West to see the solar eclipse in Idaho, stopping in places like South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Yellowstone National Park along the way.

October 2017 — I got married! And Elliot and I went to the Finger Lakes region of New York for a little mini-moon: A Mini Honeymoon to the Finger Lakes

November 2017 — I went to the Seychelles for a week by myself – and LOVED it: How to Spend 1 Week in the Seychelles

November/December 2017 — Since I was already in the area, I decided to hop over to Egypt to tick a huge, nerdy bucket list item off my list: Exploring Egypt Safely with Intrepid Travel

March 2018 — Elliot and I took our “proper” honeymoon, spending two weeks driving around New Zealand: 12 Things to Do on an Adventurous Honeymoon in New Zealand

May 2018 — I finally visited one of my biggest travel overlooks in the US: the state of Tennessee! I visited both Memphis and Nashville.

June 2018 — My mom, sister and I embarked on a road trip around Ireland: 10 Days in Ireland: The Perfect Irish Road Trip Itinerary

June 2018 — I worked my way through the themed afternoon teas of London: A Guide to the Most Unique Themed Afternoon Teas in London

August 2018 — My dad and I went on another adventure: this time to the Arctic! We visited Iceland and spent 5 days in Greenland: Greenland Travel Guide: How to Plan a Trip to Ilulissat

September 2018 — I visited Asheville, North Carolina, for the first time and visited the amazing Biltmore Estate: How to Spend 24 Hours in Asheville, North Carolina

October 2018 — Elliot and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary with a trip to Aruba, which included off-road adventures and hanging out with flamingos: The Perfect Aruba Itinerary: 5 Days on One Happy Island

Sitting with flamingos in Aruba

October 2018 — I traveled to Churchill, Manitoba, for a second time, this time to see polar bears in the wild. It was even better than I ever imagined it would be: How to See Polar Bears in Churchill: A Polar Bear Tour for Your Bucket List

January 2019 — I kicked off the year with a bang, visiting some of my favorite places in the Southwest in winter: Yes, You Can Visit the Grand Canyon in Winter

February 2019 — I went on a tour of Morocco and absolutely loved it. We visited the blue city, rode camels in the desert, hiked in the mountains, and at all the tagines: Morocco Uncovered: The Best Morocco Tour with Intrepid Travel

March 2019 — I finally made it to Portugal! I spent about 10 days exploring both Lisbon and Porto.

June 2019 — Elliot and I took to the road in Scotland, visiting Islay and traveling the Malt Whisky Trail: A Non-Drinker Travels the Scotch Whisky Trail – And You Can, Too!

June 2019 — I tried out an active river cruise with Avalon Waterways, and discovered my new favorite way to cruise: 6 Highlights from an Active River Cruise with Avalon Waterways

July 2019 — I traveled to Alberta, Canada, to explore both Calgary and Edmonton.

August 2019 – My sister Melissa and I headed to East Africa for 2.5 weeks of adventure in Kenya and Tanzania: East Africa Highlights: Kenya and Tanzania with Rock My Adventure