The Casual Travelist Turns 3-Yet Another Year of Adventure Near and Afar

As we all celebrate the start of a new year January 1 also marks the anniversary of when I first hit publish here at the Casual Travelist. I started writing three years ago as part of the healing process after my Mom passed away from early-onset Alzheimer’s and every day I’m amazed and grateful for all of you that have chosen to stop by my little corner of the internet. The past three years have been filled with opportunities and adventures that I couldn’t have imagined when I started writing but what I cherish the most is all of the new friends, both in person and online, that I’ve made along the way. You guys really are the best.

 

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Professionally it has been a banner year. Back in March I was interviewed by NPR to discuss, of all things, a Czech pastry traditionally known as the trdelnik. Also known as a chimney cake, this is a cheap yet tasty dessert found throughout the Slavic countries that has recently found Instagram fame as the “doughnut ice cream cone”. I professed my love for this pastry in one of my very first blog posts making me a defacto trdelnik expert. Check out my interview here.

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I was also honored to be be included among a select group of Virginia bloggers to be asked to contribute to Southern Living’s blog, The Daily South. The project started with a fantastic weekend at the illustrious Keswick Hall near Charlottesville celebrating the best of Virginia and over the next few months I shared some of my favorite coastal Virginia experiences with Southern Living.

The Casual Travelist turns 3- Yet Another Year of Adventure www.casualtravelist.com

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Due to family and work obligations I didn’t get to go to as many travel industry conferences as I would have liked but I did manage to spend some time on Maryland’s Eastern Shore at MATPRA,  the Mid-Atlantic PR Association Conference. I met up with some of my favorite blogging buds while making some great connections with new friends and destination reps from the mid Atlantic region that will certainly feature prominently in my travels for the coming year.

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Last year I had set a goal to travel at least once per month and I’m happy to report I did just that! My travels took me to three countries on two continents as well 7 states. From ice hotels in Quebec to volcano hiking in Ecuador and a cooking school in Mexico I packed in a ton of adventure this year (check out my favorite moments here).

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By far the best surprise of the past year was the birth of my nephew Paul. I love spending time with this handsome little nugget and I’m looking forward to all kinds of adventures with him as he grows up.

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So what’s on the horizon for next year? For starters Steve has landed a new job that he is super stoked about but while he settles into his new groove we’ll keep our travels close to home for the first few months. I’m hoping to get up to Connecticut and Rhode Island, the last two states on the east coast I have yet to visit. I’m also long overdue for a return to the Southwest and I’ve got both Arizona and New Mexico on my radar. This year I also have a milestone birthday, you know, one of those that ends in zero (gulp!) so that definitely calls for something epic. Bermuda, Banff, and South Africa are all possibilities but I’d love to hear some suggestions from you guys!

Whatever the next year brings I welcome the opportunity for exploration and growth and I wish all of you another year filled with love, happiness and adventure.

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13 Comments on “The Casual Travelist Turns 3-Yet Another Year of Adventure Near and Afar

  1. congrats on your accomplishments! awesome that you were able to accomplish visiting one place each month! Hope you get to go somewhere epic for your birthday this year and have lots of blog posts to write on it!

  2. Congratulations on turning theee, fantastic that you are keeping at it and so you should, your writing style is great. Through tragedy we all need some inspiration and it is fantastic that you were able to turn to blogging. Here is to wishing you a great 2017. Enjoy the adventure.

  3. Volcano hiking in Ecuador! That must have been awesome! You did have an amazing year of travels and adventures. Hope your 2017 will be equally awesome and more! Happy New Year!

  4. Congratulations!!! SO nice to connect with you online and hopefully we will meet one day, maybe this year?:) Buzz me when you come visit Dallas….

  5. Looks like a lot of great opportunities came your way this past year! Keep up the good work 🙂 Also, those chimney pastries look delicious. Happy New Year!

  6. Congratulations! Yours is one travel blog I read regularly. I think I’ve been following along for most of the 3 years!

  7. Congratulations , I am new to blogging world and bloggers like you are always an inspiration. The reason could be different for each individual but keeping a healthy travelogue really helps and never let you lose the sight of your passion. Happy Traveling !!

  8. Sounds like a great journey full of achievements, congratulations!! I loved the part about trdelniks, I tried them this year in Prague and fell in love with this pastry.

  9. Congratulations on a great 2016! Isn’t it fun to look back and see how far we’ve come? Looking forward to seeing where 2017 takes you 🙂

  10. Sounds like a wonderful travel and blog year for you.Congrats on 3 years! That’s a long time for a blogger. But still there are plenty of places to still explore.

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