2008: The Travel Year in Review

Looking back seems to be the thing to do this time of year.  So it’s time to take a look back at how I did with all the resolutions that I made for 2008.  How did I do?

Here’s a recap:

  1. Visit two new countries – I can check this one off with my visit to Italy and Vatican City. 
  2. Visit two new states – Ooops, a big zero here.  Some plans fell through at the last minute, and never did get rescheduled.
  3. Visit four new cities in countries or states that I have already visited – I’ve been back to Guadalajara , Mexico, after a 20 year absence so that almost counts as a new city.  But that’s about it.  Lots of good intentions, but not much follow through.
  4. Try a minimum of one new restaurant a month (while traveling), and blog about it – I did better here.  I definitely made it to a new restaurant each month, and posted several reviews both here and at The Seattle Traveler.  I probably didn’t make it to one a month in the review department, but it’s a good start, and I have a lot of material for next year.
  5. Stay at 10 new hotels (inns, resorts, bed & breakfasts, etc.) and blog about it – I did pretty good here as well, posting not only some hotel reviews, and information about hotel services and amenities in general, but I also did a couple of trips late in the year which yielded lots of good info for the next few months.  Not a perfect completion, but pretty credible.

All in all, not a very good job at meeting my travel resolutions!

I’m not discouraged, though!  It just means that I have to make some new resolutions for 2009 and redouble my traveling efforts.

How about you?  How was your year in travel?


Image credit:  SXC


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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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