2019 was one superb yr, jam-packed with new adventures. From some unimaginable TBA Escapes journeys in Jordan and the Galápagos to an epic two-week street journey by way of Eire!
Considered one of my favourite journeys was Egypt—a spot that’s been on my bucket listing for therefore lengthy…and quite a lot of my adventures had been all about taking time to decelerate and expertise locations with family members.
Locations Traveled To: The Bahamas, South Africa, Egypt, London, Eire, Boston, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Galápagos Islands, New York Metropolis
Listed here are the highlights of my 2019 travels!
I welcomed the yr within the tropics, the place I deliberately unplugged for some high quality time with my boyfriend, Meyer, and shut buddies. I’d beforehand traveled to the Bimini Islands and the Atlantis Resort, however this was my first time visiting Cat Island—a extra off-the-grid island vacation spot void of any large resorts and with hardly any tourism.
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Whereas I traveled to quite a lot of locations in 2019, I used to be capable of keep near house and discover extra of South Africa…which I’ve now been calling my “house base” for 3 years! Time flies!
I began my journey on South Africa’s Backyard Route with my dad and mom the place we spent per week canoeing, mountaineering, making furry lemur buddies, absorbing a while on the ocean, and watching the dawn from probably the greatest surf breaks on the earth. The entire journey is totally breathtaking…simply check out these pictures!
I then received the prospect to remain at Cheetah Plains in Sabi Sands—a villa the place you’ll be able to expertise all kinds of wildlife proper exterior your entrance door.
Throughout my keep, a large herd of elephant got here by way of as I used to be altering! Speak about unforgettable.
Again in Cape City, we camped as a lot as attainable, took some street journeys in Luna, and I spent as a lot time as attainable with Meyer and our new pet, Bailey!
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The Pyramids of Giza
After holding off on Egypt for years, I lastly deliberate a solo journey. I had heard quite a lot of unfavorable tales from different feminine vacationers and it scared me out of pulling the set off.
However then I noticed that everybody has completely different experiences and one individual’s expertise doesn’t routinely imply that it’s going to be the identical for everybody else.
I’m so glad I didn’t let it maintain me again as a result of I used to be capable of expertise significantly pleasant locals (somebody actually handed me their child) and I used to be capable of lastly see the creations of the Historical Egyptians with my very own eyes. The Pyramids of Giza are actually that spectacular!
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I kicked off 6-weeks of summer season journey with a visit to London for a Spice Women live performance! My 12-year-old self was freaking out, to say the least!
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After over 10 years, I lastly made my approach again to Eire for a street journey by way of southern Eire down the Wild Atlantic Means. Highlights included the Cliffs of Moher, Mizen Head, the Guinness Storehouse, Kilkenny, Hook Lighthouse, Blarney Fortress and extra…you’ll should see the sweetness for your self, however within the meantime try these pictures!
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Although my journey to Boston was very transient (solely three days), I used to be lucky sufficient to attend TravelCon and provides the keynote speech, “The Million Greenback Weblog.” I received to fulfill some tremendous beautiful fellow vacationers and people who find themselves passionate in regards to the business in addition to join with previous buddies!
It was actually cool to offer this keynote speech as one of many issues I’m most keen about is constructing others up and offering them instruments to develop their enterprise and weblog. In reality, I’m launching my Running a blog Grasp Class this yr with every little thing I want I knew after I first began and so many issues I’ve discovered from my profession as a journey blogger!
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On my first journey to Greece, I visited Mykonos on a backpacker’s funds and spent most of my time get together hopping with my buddies. Almost seven years later I received to expertise Greece in a complete new gentle—taking it a lot, a lot slower and soaking all of it in with my boyfriend.
Each dawn and sundown was spectacular and the swimming pools…my goodness, the swimming pools!
Whereas on Mykonos we stayed on the Myconian Assortment after which made our strategy to Santorini the place we stayed on the Andronis Boutique Lodge and the Andronis Arcadia.
Santorini was as fairly as a postcard! We wined and dined, explored the island by ATV, and soaked up some solar on the island’s Crimson Seaside.
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Venice & Trieste, Italy
Italy will perpetually be certainly one of my favourite locations to go to and I spent three weeks touring (and consuming) my approach by way of Northern Italy. Beginning in Treviso, we stopped in Venice, Burano, Florence, Jesolo, and some little cities in between…whereas my buddies expertly navigated a houseboat!
Meyer truly lived in Treviso for five years—earlier than we met!—so it was actually neat to see a spot that’s so close to and pricey to him.
Considered one of my favourite stops was the Prosecco area the place I curated my very own cheese board, grabbed some wine from the Prosecco Merchandising Machine (that’s proper, a merchandising machine that dispenses bubbly!), and loved a picnic overlooking the rolling hills.
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Jordan TBA Escapes Excursions
Ever since beginning TBA Escapes, I’ve been capable of journey the world with beautiful women—from South Africa to the Galápagos to Morocco to Jordan. The TBA Escapes “Historical Wonders Tour” by way of Jordan targeted on capturing the great thing about the nation whereas instructing the women extra about images, which we received to do in partnership with Fujifilm!
We ventured by way of Amman, hiked up the Wadi Mujib river, loved a float within the Lifeless Sea, soaked up the historical past of the traditional Petra, dived the Crimson Sea, and explored the traditional Roman ruins in Jerash…to say it was jam-packed is an understatement.
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Bartolome Island, The Galápagos
Galápagos TBA Escapes Tour
After my first go to to the Galápagos in 2016, I knew I needed to return which is why I created the TBA Galápagos “Luxurious Yacht Eco Expedition.” Our 7-night journey was epic, to say the least. We partnered up with GoPro and received some unimaginable footage of our journey…see the highlights right here!
We swam, snorkeled, kayaked, paddle boarded, noticed some marine iguanas sunbathing, witnessed the Big Tortoises of Santa Cruz, and extra.
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To cap off the yr I took a visit to New York Metropolis throughout the vacation season. Is there something extra magical than NYC throughout the holidays? Whereas my go to was fast—for the Factors Man Awards—it was tremendous enjoyable to expertise town with Meyer!
I can by no means get sufficient of all of the twinkling lights…and bundling up for a correct winter (it should be the Southern California lady in me—give me all of the coats, scarves, and beanies!).
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