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An Instagram Review of My 2014 Trips

On January 2, 2014 I started my new job working for an airline and set a somewhat crazy goal for myself. I wanted to fly at least once in every month of 2014. I also decided that business trips wouldn’t count. There were so close calls a couple of times but in the end the goal was accomplished! It was an amazing year in many ways but especially so in the travel department. Here’s a recap of the trips I took with an Instagram review of each month. Enjoy!

Instagram Year in Review

January – San Francisco
PHX <–> SFO

I’m pretty sure my visit to San Fran ended up coinciding with some of the best weather ever in San Francisco. It was cool but not too cool, there was barely a cloud in the sky, and there was almost no wind. All of the locals were out and about looking ecstatic. Plus I biked across the Golden Gate Bridge!
Instagram Year in Review

February – Chicago
PHX –> MDW

The whole plan almost fell apart in month two. Since every Saturday was taken up with getting the highschool kids ready for their national competition I wasn’t able to take any weekend trips in February. But luckily I flew to Chicago on the very last day of February for our national competition. Flight accomplished!
Instagram Year in Review

March – Chicago & New Orleans
MDW –> PHX
DFW –> MSY
MSY –> CLT
CLT –> PHX

In March I not only flew back to Phoenix from Chicago (where I experienced my coldest weather of the year!) but I also went on my first business trip with my new company (that’s how I started in Dallas for the flights listed). From that business trip I hopped over to New Orleans to visit my cousin. New Orleans is definitely not on my list of favorite cities but I think that every city deserves at least one visit so I’m glad I was able to cross it off my list.
March

April – Laguna Beach
PHX <–> SNA

I decided to take a quick one night trip to Laguna Beach to visit the city I was born in because it had been years since I’d seen the Pacific ocean. This was also the trip where I discovered my favorite airport – SNA.
Instagram Year in Review

May – San Diego
PHX <–> SAN

My first ever day trip via plane! I flew to San Diego and crossed Petco Park off my list of MLB stadiums and then flew back the same day.
Instagram Year in Review

June – Orange County & Baltimore
PHX <–> SNA
PHX <–> BWI

The trip to Cali was originally supposed to be a trip to Kansas City to join up with a friend who was on a baseball trip. Sadly due to bad weather in Missouri and flight loads not looking good at all I ended up backing out of that trip at the last second. =( Since my bags were already packed I decided to hop on a flight to my favorite airport and cross a different stadium (Angel Stadium) off of my list instead.
And then the end of June included flying to Baltimore for a wedding and then quickly flying back to head up to camp a day late. And somewhere in the middle of all this I turned 27!
Instagram Year in Review

July – Houston
PHX <–> IAH

Another weekend trip involving a baseball stadium! Downtown Houston ended up being a bit of a disappointment but I did get to spend the weekend with my cousin who drove over from New Orleans. And of course I got to add another MLB stadium to my list and it was a good one.
Instagram Year in Review

August – Chicago
PHX –> ORD

Apparently I only squeeze flights in at the end of the month when it involves Chicago – ha! I spent Labor Day weekend exploring the city of Chicago itself since the opportunity to go downtown always alludes me when I’m there with the highschoolers.
Instagram Year in Review

September – Chicago & A Road Trip
ORD –> PHX
PHX –> DFW
DFW –> MSY

My flight home from Chicago was the only flight I paid for in 2014 (not counting the Southwest points I used for the trip with the highschoolers to Chicago). Due to it being a holiday weekend I didn’t want to risk it by non-reving. I’ve completely fallen in love with the city of Chicago and look forward to making another weekend trip out there again.
And this month is the one where I oddly ended up in New Orleans again. This time around it was to meet up with a friend who was driving home to Arizona from the east coast. Another one of our friends had already joined her mid trip so the three of us connected in New Orleans and had a great time driving back to AZ. For some reason I never blogged about that so I’ll have to remedy that soon! And another trend is that apparently I only go to New Orleans when I’m coming from a business trip – ha!
Instagram Year in Review

October – Santa Barbara
PHX <–> SBA

My second ever day trip and probably the only trip I took all year that was solely for the purpose of reaching my goal of flying in every month of 2014. I spent the day biking along the beach and checking out some of the sights in Santa Barbara but my heart just wasn’t in it that day. I never even ended up writing a blog post about it.
Instagram Year in Review

November – Europe!
PHX –> PHL
PHL –> MAN
CDG –> PHL
PHL –> PHX

My big trip of 2014! I flew to England via Philly and spent some time visiting friends in England before hopping over to Wales for a day and then spending two days in London. I finished my trip up with three days in Paris. I landed back on Phoenix on November 30th – one day short of flying in December and completing my goal for that year. Figures, right? ;) I have one post up about the Christmas markets and then a bunch more posts from this trip will be coming in January!
Instagram Year in Review

December
PHX <–> JFK

I completed my goal by taking a weekend trip to NYC and I’m so glad that I ended up needing to squeeze this trip in! I’d forgotten how much I love Manhattan, I discovered Brooklyn, and I got to see the city all lit up for Christmas! It was the perfect trip to end the year. You can check it out here.
Instagram Year in Review

I’ve already have a few trips planned for 2015 including Washington DC, Indianapolis, Italy and of course more baseball stadiums. Onto another great year!

My full year in review post will be coming next week including all the geeky stats that I love. But for today…I’m co-hosting with Beth from Oak + Oats for her Week’s End link-up! It’s a great opportunity to find some other fun blogs to follow along with! Enjoy!

And let me know what trips you’re planning for 2015 by leaving me a comment below!

LINK UP:

Every Monday I host a link up called Week’s End! It is a place for you to link up your favorite post from the week and meet new bloggers. I love community and think that we can all learn something from each other! This week Mandy of Mandy Living Life is my co-host!

RULES!!!!!
1. Link up ANY POST from last week!
2. Make sure it is a POST and not your BLOG URL. We love your blog but we want you to share a post.
3. Click on one, two, three, or more posts and LEAVE ENCOURAGING COMMENTS. The whole point of this is to find new blogs, make new friends, and all that good stuff! You MUST read the post right before yours and comment.
4. Follow Oak + Oats and Mandy Living Life


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  • I’m kind of feeling jealous over here. I would LOVE to be able to travel that much! It looks like you had a great time. Hope the next year brings lots of fun experiences as well. :)

    • Thanks S’ambrosia! I hope that next year brings lots of travel opportunities for you!

  • That’s a busy, busy year! I don’t think I like planes enough to ever want to fly quite that often. :) But roadtrips, I would totally go on a roadtrip once a month!

    • Until I took the roadtrip this year I’d completely forgotten how much I love them! It’s always amusing what random things you end up finding when you’re on the road

  • That sounds like a fun resolution.

    • It was indeed! It’s not one I plan to do every year but I’m glad I accomplished it at least once =)

  • That is so exciting that you completed your goal of traveling once a month! You are so lucky, these trips look like so much fun! I would love to travel more in 2015. I’ll definitely be going to Indianapolis, though! :D

    • I’m so stinking excited to get to hang out with you in Indianapolis! =D

  • WOAH!! How cool is this?! Man, you make me really wish I didn’t quit my job at the airlines after only a month. What airline do you work for? And what more specifically, what is your job with said airlines?

    Sounds like a great year and like you have an even more exciting 2015 ahead of you!

    Cheers from your newest bloglovin follower,
    Alyson

    • I work for US Airways (the new American Airlines) as a software engineer. Most people think I’m a flight attendant when I say I work for an airline – lol! What airline did you work for a month at?
      And thanks for following me on Bloglovin – that means a lot to me! =)

  • I love this! So many places!

    • It was a pretty crazy year but I loved it too! =D

  • You got to visit so many amazing places!!! I’m pretty stinking jealous! :-)

    • I’m definitely making the most of the opportunities while I have them. =) I hope you end up with lots of fun opportunities to travel in 2015 as well!

  • Oh my goodness! That’s amazing! So many amazing places. I thought we traveled a lot, but you definitely have us beat. :) Keep going, it’s so fun!

  • ashley

    what an awesome year!

  • What an awesome accomplishment! So jealous you get to travel so much! The next time you’re in Houston, I can recommend some places! Our downtown is pretty much dead at night unlike most cities but there are cool areas nearby!

    • I would absolutely love some recommendations for Houston! I feel like I didn’t get the real feel for Houston and I’d like to remedy that in the future

  • Such a great goal for the year and achievement! Happy New Year

    • Happy New Year to you too Vicky!

  • Looks like you had an amazing year in travel! I hope you have a great year of travel in 2015!

    • Thanks Jamie! I hope yours is great as well =)

  • This is an awesome post. :) I’m catching up after being absent from the internet world for a long time! I’m excited that you are going to DC! Too bad I just moved…. Would love to meet you one day!

    • I’m so glad you’re back in the internet world! I’ve missed your blog posts. And I was really bummed when the DC trip plans started coming together and then I realized that I’d just miss you being there. But I do want to visit Austin someday so maybe you can show me around when I do! =)

  • What an amazing goal you accomplished! Congrats!

  • What a fun travel year especially in the U.S.! Too bad you didn’t like NOLA…we loved it so much that we got married there in 2010. The food, the music and the architecture – I love it all!

  • Such a cool goal to fly every month in 2014 and congrats on accomplishing it! I definitely wouldn’t be able to do that if I didn’t count work trips!

    • It was fun to do in 2014 but I’m not sure I’ll repeat it in 2015. And working for an airline and flying for free makes it a lot easier to accomplish! =)

  • Hey Morielle! Sorry that I missed this comment from last week. I do have both Pinterest and Instagram:
    http://www.pinterest.com/mandymalmgren/
    http://instagram.com/mandymalmgren