Another year has sped by and we won’t be taking a moment to catch our breath as we spend the holidays exploring Central America. While we are off adventuring, here are the highlights of our 2018 travel in review. This year marked our second big Caribbean adventure in Jamaica, more of North America and some South Pacific fun in Fiji. In celebration of this year in travel, here I share a pictorial of our 2018 global roaming including some never-before-published pics. Clicking the photos in this post will take you to the best posts about each destination.
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If you’re new to Duende, you might not know that our goal is to travel once per month if only for a weekend. The last three years we’ve made this happen, and you can find some of our past destinations on our Year in Travel Reviews for 2016 and 2017. We hope to continue kicking globetrotting goals in 2019! If you want to travel more, I documented our planning process in a step-by-step FREE challenge that you can sign up to at 15×15 Travel More Challenge.
Expats at home in Australia
Our last few years have begun and ended with time at home in Australia. We are Aussie expats living in the Midwest U.S., and the holidays have drawn us back onto home soil to be with our families and friends. This year I spent some of that time getting reacquainted with the cities I’ve lived – Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Melbourne – so I could share my local knowledge with an international perspective. Living in Southeast Asia and North America have given me a very different angle to look back on my homeland and native culture, and I hope you will benefit from these Duende City Guides.
Road trippin’ in Jamaica
After much research, we decided that we were going to tackle a self-drive road trip around Jamaica. We got most of it right, and a few things wrong – I wrote up our findings and mishaps in 5 Things to Know Before Planning a Jamaica Road Trip for anyone wanting to follow suit. Jamaica is a friendly place with a lot of natural assets and incredible cuisine.
A long weekend in Toronto, Canada
We took in Niagara Falls for a second time, this time passing through on our way to Toronto. There was plenty of great food, public art, street art, museums and attractions to keep us on our toes for three days.
New York City 3×3
That’s right, I made three, three-day visits to NYC this year for various reasons – namely meeting visitors from Australia. I managed to polish off most of the remainder of my NYC wish list including seeing the NYC Ballet and taking a Birth of Hip Hop tour through Harlem and the Bronx. Though there’s always something new to do in the Big Apple right? Here is a list of my recommendations for second, third, fourth etc time visitors.
New England summer road trip
From historic sights to foodie delights (lobster rolls, yum!) we covered a lot of ground in a week’s drive through Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Not to mention, finishing up with a visit to the Museum at Bethel Woods aka Woodstock music festival museum in New York State. You can find our New England itinerary here.
A family wedding in October took us to Fiji, followed by a flying trip back to Sydney, Australia to be with my grandmother in her final days. We spent a week catching up with loved ones and chilling on a small island resort in the Mamanuca Islands. The underwater wonders it had in store for us were incredible! See more of our Fiji trip and up to the minute travels over on Instagram.
Just enough time at home to repack, and recover from jetlag before it was Thanksgiving week and we took off to warmer climates down in Mexico. I share what we learnt about trying to cram Mexico City’s best sights into 3-days here, and more about Chapultepec Castle and Frida Kahlo’s La Casa Azul. There’s more coming on our Oaxaca City leg of the adventure, so stay tuned – maybe even sign up to our monthly newsletter that delivers our latest posts to your inbox.
What are your 2019 travel plans? Tell us in the comments below. If you want to know the exact planning process we use to research and book our trips, why not sign up to our FREE 15×15 Travel More Challenge, to help you get more travel out of the new year?
Peace, love and happy holidays,