Happy New Year! We’re only nine days in but I’m pretty excited about 2018. After coming off the craziness of my extreme travel year in 2016, 2017 was a little quieter as I navigated a new way of making travel work in my life. This was my first real year of living the life of a freelancer. I had planned to take time off in 2016 and saved like crazy for that (read more about that here) but 2017 was the first year I tried to make freelancing work as a full-time lifestyle. I am still unsure about how freelancing and travel will be part of my life in the long-term but I’ve decided to stop spending so much time worrying about that and be open to wherever this year takes me. And without further ado, here is my 2017 recap!

Planes: 10
Trains: 22
Buses: 6
Countries: 3
Cities: 8
Continents: 3


JANUARY

I started the year going somewhere I’ve been wanting to go back to for ten years! London! I rented an Airbnb apartment and spent the month exploring and wandering the places I loved when I studied abroad. CLICK HERE for a $40 credit towards your first Airbnb stay!

SEE ALSO: My Ultimate London City Guide

london-oxford-circus-carrie-lyman

FEBRUARY

February I came back to NYC to reorganize and was welcomed by a huge snowstorm. After the storm, I headed out east for a quick weekend trip to visit friends in Sag Harbor.

NYC Snow

Hamptons beach in the snow

MARCH

March was a month of catching up with friends. I headed south to freezing Washington, DC, and Virginia and then over to Boston, Massachusetts.

Washington, DC

APRIL-MAY

I started the month with a training hike with friends to Bear Mountain where we promptly got lost and had to be picked up by the police and park service. I will definitely never forget that adventure. But a few weeks later I was off to Vietnam, stopping in Hoi An and Hue, and finally the main event, Son Doong Cave.

SEE ALSO: The Largest Cave in the World – Hang Son Doong, Vietnam

hue, vietnam

Largest Cave in the World Hang Son Doong Vietnam

JUNE

June was another quiet month with a quick trip to visit family in San Diego, California.

Palm Tree

JULY

I headed upstate to see my family and spent the rest of the month in NYC where I went to explore the Cloisters for the first time!

SEE ALSO: Free Museums in NYC and a Visit to the Cloisters

AUGUST

Enjoying the last of summer. Rooftops, outdoor restaurants and laying in Central Park all day with friends. Also heading out to East for some rosé at Channing Daughters Winery.

Channing Daughters

SEPTEMBER

I found a last minute flight deal to Mexico City and went on a quick long weekend visit with my friend Marisa. I ate so much I couldn’t move by the end of that trip.

SEE ALSO: What to See and Do in Mexico City

What to See and Do in Mexico City

OCTOBER

I moved! After spending the last eight years in Manhattan I finally made a huge change and moved to Brooklyn. So far I’m loving it.

Park Slope, Brooklyn

NOVEMBER

My craziest month of freelancing so far. November was all about work work work.

new york city

DECEMBER

I was so excited for the end of the year to come and be able to spend time with my family for the holidays. My newest splurge? A drone! On impulse, I bought the DJI Spark. Hopefully, I will be sharing some photos from the Spark soon!

dji spark snow

SEE ALSO: 2016: A Travel Year in Review


And that’s 2017! 2018 has already had an amazing start and I can’t wait to share more with you all. Where did you travel in 2017?