2016: My Year in Travel

Like most travel bloggers, I am always looking forward to my next trip. The year ahead means an open calendar of new cities to see and more passport stamps to collect. The last few years I have been so lucky to be able to travel to beautiful, amazing places, and 2016 was no different. With the past year came an exciting cross country move, along with the adventure that is traveling with a baby. From South America to mountain towns in my new home state of Colorado, here are my 2016 highlights.

CHILE: I’ve been to Chile many times since I have family there, but this trip marked an important milestone – my daughter’s first international trip. Traveling with a baby is never easy, but thankfully the ride went off without a hitch! I also ventured to Pucon for the first time, a town in the southern Lake District that is an adventure lover’s dream destination. A visit to the Santa Rita winery in the popular Maipo Valley rounded out the trip. flying with a babypucon chile santa rita chile santa rita winery

SAN FRANCISCO: Believe it or not, I’d never been to San Francisco. When friends moved to the Bay Area, it was the perfect excuse to plan a trip! Although the fog ruined a chance at any clear photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, I still loved my first San Fran experience.  Muir woods

VAIL: Since transplanting to Colorado in early 2016, I was eager to explore my new state. I was spoiled to stay not once, but twice, at the town’s lux Four Seasons during the year. The mix of small town charm and alpine architecture has earned Vail the title of #1 mountain town in my book.
Vail Four Seasons

LAS VEGAS: I always love a quick trip to Vegas. This year’s visits were a little different…because our baby came too! We made the most of the pools, great restaurants and of course, gambling. I also stayed at one of my favorite Vegas properties, the Venetian, which is always a wonderful experience.   Venetian pool

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NYC for Free

New York may be one of the most expensive cities in the world, but there are also plenty of things to see and places to visit for little or no cost. Here’s a roundup of the tricks and tips to help experience the city on the cheap.

Wander Through Central Park: Exploring the park on foot will cost you nothing, and is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Check out the Conservatory Garden, lounge on the Great Lawn or people watch in Sheep Meadow.

central park

Ride the Staten Island Ferry: Sure, it’s far from glamorous. But there’s no easier (or cheaper) way to get picturesque views of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.

Take Advantage of Free Days: Many of the best museums and attractions in the city offer free admission on certain days. The Museum of Modern Art opens its doors for free for limited hours on Fridays. The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is free on Tuesdays, and the Bronx Zoo is open to the public at no cost on Wednesdays.

Walk the High Line or Brooklyn Bridge: It’s free to check out the High Line and take in a view of the Hudson River. If you’re feeling ambitious, walk the mile or so across the Brooklyn Bridge. Brooklyn Bridge

Bonus: While not entirely cost-free, certain museums do offer suggested admission prices, essentially allowing you to pay what you wish. You can find this option daily at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and at the Guggenheim and the Frick Collection during select hours. This is a nice perk for students, and I definitely took advantage of this when I was a broke 20-something living in the city.

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