**This is going to be a long post.**
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always made traveling a top priority. Traveling is the main reason why, despite my ability to afford more, I prefer to live in a living room where I only pay $350 a month for rent and utilities, which I’ve been doing since August 2012. Below is a simple reminder to myself on why I travel.
JANUARY: Nashville / Chattanooga / Huntsville
Eating a “Hot Chicken” Sandwich in Nashville.
Visiting the Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, TN.
Walking along the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, TN.
Visiting the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL.
FEBRUARY: Zurich / Delhi / Jaipur / Agra / Mumbai
Exploring Zurich on a day-long layover en route to India.
Having High Tea in the Imperial Hotel in Delhi.
Overlooking Rajasthan atop Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur.
Gazing at the Taj Mahal in Agra.
Walking along the “Pearl’s Necklace” in Mumbai.
April: New York City / Shenandoah
Chilling with friends during a weekend in NYC.
Hiking in Shenandoah, VA.
Feasting on Maryland Crab in Annapolis
June: New York / Philadelphia
Celebrating my first NYC Pride Week.
Participating in my first Triathlon Relay (swimming).
July: Portland / Seattle / New York
Getting inspired at my very first World Domination Summit in Portland.
Taking in the Seattle city skyline during my off hours.
Discovering a new side of Manhattan. Walking the HighLine
August: Richmond / New York / Orlando
Exploring the James River on a day trip to Richmond, VA.
Catching up with a great high school friend during her visit to NYC. Took her to watch a show!
Discovering the magical world of Disney during my first visit to Disney World!
September: Hawaii / Southern California
Hanging out at Airport Beach on Maui.
Walking the pier in Seal Beach, CA.
November: Cross Country Train Trip / Southern California
Taking in the Chicago Skyline during our stop over in Chicago aboard the California Zephyr.
View of the Colorado River aboard the California Zephyr en route to Emeryville, California.
Taking in the view of the Downtown LA Skyline from Griffith Observatory.
December: Boston / San Francisco
Eating this delicious lobster roll in Boston.
Roadtripping up to NorCal and looking out onto San Francisco from Treasure Island.
2014 TRAVEL EXPENSES
If you’ve made it this far, thank you! Earlier this year, I began tracking how much I’m spending on traveling. The table below includes information for flights, accommodations and transportation. It doesn’t include the cost of activities. Surprisingly, it’s a lot less than I had initially thought. A big part of that is due to the glitch fare I picked up for my trip to Delhi (only $330 for a round trip flight!) and redeeming my frequent flyer points for several trips.
|January||Nashville||US Airways DCA – BNA||$5.00|
|United Airlines IAD – BOM||$321.62|
|UA Economy Plus Upgrade||$153.00|
|Jet Airways BOM – DEL||$292.64|
|Residency Hotel Fort||$123.98|
|July||Portland / Seattle||Delta DCA – PDX||$5.00|
|Orlando||Disney Tickets / Hotel||$400.00|
|JetBlue DCA – MCO||$283.00|
|September||Hawaii||US Airways DCA – OGG||$887.90|
|Los Angeles||US Airways DCA – LAX||$372.70|
|November||Cross Country Train Trip||US Airways OAK – BWI||$167.00|
|Los Angeles||US Airways DCA – LAX||$189.00|
|Delta LAX – IAD||$157.50|
|Amtrak LAX – SBA||$60.00|
|December||Boston||US Airways DCA – BOS||$180.20|
|Los Angeles||United Airlines LAX – IAD||$392.00|
2014 was an incredibly amazing and memorable year of travel for me. Looking forward to more discoveries and experiences in the upcoming year!