It's another link up with Karli for 10 on Tuesday. This week I am bringing you my 10 Favorite Places I Have Traveled.
I love traveling, and with my job, I have seen some pretty amazing places. Now onto my 10 Favorite Places I Have Traveled in no particular order.
In 2012, Rory and I went to Guanacaste, Costa Rica (for fun). I had always heard amazing things about Costa Rica and after some research, we decided that Guanacaste had more outdoorsy things to do instead of San Jose which is more busy and touristy.
We spent 11 amazing days right outside of Tamarindo. We rented a car so we could travel the whole upper area. We went to see the volcanoes, hike to a waterfall, horseback riding, walks on the beach, plenty of drinking, beach time, snorkeling off a catamaran and so much more.
Lola's, a favorite restaurant that you walk to in the middle of nowhere.
In 2009, I went on a cruise to Alaska. We started off in Seattle and made our way through Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau and Prince Rupert, Canada. It was my first and only cruise I have ever been on, but it was amazing. We went over the week of my birthday, so I was able to be spoiled just a bit more. We did excursions on each of our stops except Prince Rupert. We went zip lining (highly recommend in Alaska), to a lumberjack tournament, a huge crab feed and lots of shopping. Definitely take a cruise to Alaska.
I went to Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, Australia for work. It has always been on my bucket list and it did not disappoint. The food is just ok, but the sights and beauty can't be beat. When you visit Sydney, take a bus to Bondi Beach. They have amazing graffiti art, cute shops and lots of surfers. Plus there are a ton of people in the water, so less likely you will be bitten by a shark. Yes, I constantly think of sharks when in the ocean. So afraid.
New York City
Another place I had always wanted to visit was New York City. I have had a love for NYC since watching Friends and Sex and the City. I have been several times for work now, and it never disappoints. It makes me want to visit over and over again. My sister-in-law used to live there, so she would show me all the best places to eat and visit. There is so much to do in NYC that I always have jam packed evenings there. My first visit was during Christmas time and this is a must on any travelers list. Macy's, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Times Square, and the list goes on for the typical touristy things to do.
For our honeymoon, we went to Kauai. We were told that it was a beautiful green island full of outdoorsy things to do. We went golfing twice, hiking, driving the entire island, atv riding, Waimea Canyon, swimming in a waterfall, shopping and eating our way through the island. You can read about my trip here, here and here.
Back in 2008, I went to London for work. I went with one other co-worker and traveled all around England on the train. We went to Birmingham, Cambridge, Nottingham, Manchester and a few other places. We saw so many castles and the beauty of England. You must do all the normal touristy things (Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Big Ben, etc.), but I would skip the London Eye. It was too expensive for the 30 minute ride.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
It's no secret that I love PV. We have been going for years. My husband's great aunt lives in PV and she has an extra condo that she rents out on VRBO. We try to go every other year in March or April. PV is clean, beautiful, not dangerous like other Mexico cities and full of adventure. We have gone on the atvs, zip lining, on a catamaran, to other islands (Yelapa), bus rides up north to other cities and so much more. You can spend an entire day walking the Malecon, visiting shops, going into historic buildings and swimming in the ocean. I wrote about our last trip here.
I went to Miami for work and loved it. Well most of it. I stayed in the South Beach Miami area and Ft. Lauderdale. Every morning I was able to get up and take a run on the beach. Heaven and not something I experience everyday. The weather was perfect, the ocean was crisp and I can definitely see the appeal in living in Florida.
Atlanta, Savannah and Saint Simons Island, Georgia
I have been to Georgia a few times for work and I love it there. From fast paced Atlanta to the sweet country feel in Savannah, it is a great state. I was first introduced to Macallan 25 in Atlanta, had one of the best meals of my life at the Pink House and amazing bbq at Southern Soul Barbecue in Saint Simons Island.
Seriously the best sauce ever for bbq.
New Orleans, Louisiana
In 2014, I took a trip to New Orleans for work. I was pregnant and it was one of my last work travel trips. I made the most of it and ate my way through New Orleans. I loved the culture there. So many voodoo shops, Bourbon Street, LSU (a short drive away), Cafe Du Monde, cajun food and seafood. New Orleans stole my heart from the beginning and I can't wait to return. I may have went to Cafe Du Monde twice in one day and again the next morning. My pregnant self couldn't get enough of the the beignets. Heaven.