I can’t believe it’s the new year already. I took this past week off for some family and internet rest time but I am sneaking in one last post for the year. I thought a 2016 travel round up would be appropriate. I can’t wait to share more adventures with you in 2017!

2016 was a big year for me (even though it was kind of a sucky year for the world in general). I started the year with no idea that this is how the year would end up. Sometime around last New Years I decided I was going to quit my job. Soon after I decided I was going to take the summer to travel through Central and South America. When I returned from traveling I spent the fall freelancing like crazy but realized I need a little bit more balance. Next week I’m off again to somewhere I’ve been wanting to return to for a very long time but for now, here is my 2016 travel roundup.

Planes: 18
Trains: 15
Buses: 16
Countries: 9
Cities: 30

Chalk Sound, Turks & Caicos
Chalk Sound, Turks & Caicos

Turks & Caicos

I have to be honest, Turks & Caicos was all about relaxation. White sand, blue water and sunshine all day everyday.

Hiking Patagonia in El Chalten, Argentina
Frosty morning hike to Laguna Torre

Argentina

Argentina was the start to my South America adventure. I really didn’t know what to expect. Although Buenos Aires wasn’t my favorite place, Patagonia more than made up for it. I have to go back and spend more time on the Chilean side as well as head to Bariloche and Ushuaia.

San Pedro de Atacama
Piedras Rojas (Red Rocks)

Chile

Chile was really only a blip, I was there for such a short time before meeting up with a friend in Bolivia but the landscapes were incredibly beautiful.

3 Days in the Desert: Uyuni, Bolivia

Bolivia

I was very excited to be visiting Bolivia to see its amazing Salt Flats but learned there was so much more to the rest of the country. I was there in the colder and dry season but would love to go back to see the amazing reflective salt pools during their rainy season.

How to Visit Machu Picchu, Peru

Peru

Although Machu Picchu is Peru’s biggest attraction and most people don’t venture farther than Cusco, my favorite place was Arequipa. I spent a week in intensive Spanish school (the hardest thing I’ve done in awhile) and fell in love with the small city.

Exploring the Street Art of Getsemani: Cartagena, Colombia

Colombia

Colombia started out a little bit rough for me. I didn’t particularly get a good first impression of my first stop in Bogota but went on to really love Medellin and Cartagena. Two cities that I feel like I will definitely return to one day.

Costa Rica Frogs

Costa Rica

I was only there a short time and I haven’t written anything about Costa Rica yet here but expect to see some in the New Year!

How to Spend the Night on the San Blas Islands

Panama

The San Blas Islands ended up being one of my favorite places I visited in 2016. I really had no idea what to expect going into my Panama trip a little blindly but I highly recommend going. I will be sharing more about my two weeks in Panama in 2017!


And that rounds up 2016! Where did your adventures take you this year?