It’s hard to believe that we’re already in January 2016. As I reflect on 2015 in this “year in review,” I can’t help but smile when I consider the many incredible moments, great conversations, successes and opportunities that presented themselves last year. As with any year, it was one of (mostly) ups and (some) downs. It was a year full of fun moments with friends and loved ones, some adventures abroad and shorter travels, and one marked by new connections with wonderful people. It was also a year of admittedly difficult times, especially in light of close relatives being very ill and unfortunately, far away. Dealing with illness is never easy, and decidedly less so with loved ones who aren’t within close reach. But, despite that, there was a general sense of optimism and I was grateful that I could be with them for at least some time.
2015 was a major year of growth, both personally and professionally. At work, I was recognized for initiative and dedication (and with a nice”going the extra mile” award). With help from my chat partner, Jessica Lipowski, and of course the many travelers who joined us, we had a year full of amazing #CultureTrav chats. Lots of travelers chimed in and shared their impressions of travels, whether it was reflecting on the past, discussing their present situations or daydreaming about future adventures. We ended the year with the great #JACultureTrav meetup (online and offline) combined with our #JAchat friends.
2015 was a year in which I met new people from all over the world (whether it was through mutual friends in the city, through various meetups and travel festivals, through travels, and online). It’s impossible not to meet interesting people during travel, but also in NYC, which I’m lucky to call home.
In 2015, I also traveled to many great places near and far with my guy (Marc), and with family. We explored within the U.S. and also had a great stay in Curacao for a week. I celebrated the end of the year with those who matter most: my loved ones in Europe for Christmas and New Year’s Eve in the U.S. The holidays are an especially important time for my family, and I cannot imagine spending them separately. I am a part-time traveler (always wishing I could explore more of our world), but I fully enjoy every single trip I take, and am happy to travel at all. The #CultureTrav community allows me to interact with people who share a common passion for travel and learning about culture, and I love how the community brings highlights each week of personal travel experiences.
Here’s to another amazing year ahead, 2016! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for all of us! Thank you for following along on the blog. I wish you all the best for 2016 in travels, personal life, career and beyond!
The next New York City travel meetup will be on Saturday, January 9. The New York Times Travel Show takes place that weekend, and I can’t wait to meet some of you there. Stay tuned for final (location) meetup details through the NYC Culture With Travel meetup group!