The Year in Travel: 2014 Through the Eyes of Instagram

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While not the sexiest picture ever, I snapped this one through our windshield as we crossed over Lake Pontchartrain en route to New Orleans. In hindsight, “crossing over” feels like an appropriate theme for 2014, so that’s why I chose it to kick off this post. (Also, “Eat, Pray, Love” is, I admit, one of my favorite books. Attraversiamo!)

For me, 2014 will go down as one of the wildest years ever. In the span of four months, I changed apartments in Boston, moved to Alabama, started a new job, got married, and went on a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it minimoon. The year was lighter on travel than I like, but I still managed to squeeze in a getaway here and there. And somehow, through it all, I still had the wherewithal to capture some of them on film or my phone. Here are a few highlights from my Instagram account.

Boston

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This shouldn’t really count as a travel highlight, but Boston is a bucket-list destination for a lot of international travelers, and I was lucky to call it home for six years. I’m anxious to go back as a tourist sometime soon. I snapped this very poetic photo on my last night in the city, peering down from a bridge at the Mass Pike through a chain-link fence as the sun set behind the skyline. A moment I’ll probably never forget.

Birmingham

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I’m not sure this should count as travel either, but given that we’ve spent our first six months in Alabama playing tourist, it feels fitting. One of the first places we explored was the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. It was a gray and gloomy day, but that meant we had the place pretty much to ourselves, which was great.

Newburyport

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September took us back up north for our wedding in Newburyport, about an hour north of Boston. As you saw in an earlier post, it’s a cute and quaint coastal New England town, and it was the perfect setting for the best weekend ever.

Little Palm Island

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Right after our wedding, we dashed down to the Florida Keys for an uber-quick honeymoon at Little Palm Island. It was our second visit to this little slice of paradise. Only problem was, it just wasn’t long enough.

New Orleans

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For my birthday in November, we made a quick getaway (noticing a theme here?) to New Orleans. I’d never been, and it didn’t disappoint.

West Virginia

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We spent last week at home with my family in West Virginia, a precious little gem that always (and still) manages to take my breath away. This year was different in that we made our approach via the South, so the landmarks were much different as compared to our normal arrival via the North. And good thing, as the Southern part of the state is home to some of its best and most beautiful sites. Like this one, the New River Gorge Bridge.

Here’s to one hell of a hectic year, and to, hopefully, a well-traveled 2015. (Spoiler alert: We’re kicking off the new year with a weeklong stay in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Stay tuned!)

Where did 2014 take you, and where will you go next year?

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