2014 has been a year full of unexpected twists. December is no exception. We were to be in South America well into January but have returned to Seattle early (don't worry, we're OK!). We'll write about that in January.
For now, we want to wrap up 2014.
Most every year, we try to do some kind of travel-themed best-of list. Here's our 2014 take on that exercise – mostly wins with a couple clunkers thrown in.
Best travel surprise
Caanan: Not getting sick the entire time we traveled this year. Especially during our massive jaunt early in the year. Thank you, especially, Dubai, India, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
Kent: Falling even deeper in love with Montana. We saw some new things during our visit this year. Oh, and we went on our first helicopter ride over Glacier National Park. Let's just say we "had a moment."
Best travel decision
Caanan: I think that part of the reason we didn't get sick is because we decided to travel as well as we could across Asia. We pushed hard and squeezed in a lot of activities and destinations. Pampering ourselves in the hotel category was money well spent.
Kent: I always love when we combine our love of travel with our commitment to give back. For instance, even though we were stretching an already long string of travel, we tacked on a trip to New York City early this summer. In addition to having a business meeting and doing a project for a travel client, we made a big splash around Broadway Cares' signature charity event. It was a blast.
Best travel high
Caanan: Running the Honolulu half-marathon and *killing* it. Because we get treated to so much great food during many of our adventures, it's easy to put on a few pounds. However, our dedication to fitness is steadfast. It was very gratifying to pump out 7:45-ish minute miles for that entire 13+ mile race.
Kent: I have to go with our journey to Costa Brava for our Expedia Storybook Adventure. At that point in the year (April), we were already exhausted. I remember questioning my energy level the day before leaving. Upon arrival, we were treated to a magical 2+ weeks of new adventures. It was also a real treat to travel with our pals Chris and Tawny. The talks we had were the most transformational part of that journey.
Biggest travel disappointment
Caanan: I am sick of Elite programs that are often a let down. Aside from being Gold with Alaska (we actually get upgraded!), I can't think of another program that's truly worth it. We'll be reevaluating all of that in 2015.
Kent: I am picking two. #1 = Angkor Wat. When we visited, it was totally overrun and horribly managed. It was that experience that made us reevaluate how we'll treat those "hyped" destinations going forward. #2 = Hotel prices. It's gotten way out of control. Period.
Most unusual experience
Caanan: Visiting the set of the HBO show LOOKING in San Francisco. So. Cool.
Kent: Spending miles to fly first class on Emeritas. It restored our hope in the future of air travel.
Hope for travel in 2015
Kent: As travel writers, we get treated well pretty much wherever we go. We don't do a lot of formal press/media trips, opting instead to make our own arrangements. I want to continue to influence the travel sphere so that every day travelers have equally high-quality experiences. As travel gets more expensive and complicated, it's a definite pain point.
And more Seattle in 2015. We love our home turf and have been gone too much in 2013 and 2014!
Caanan: Even more travel that finds our many NVR worlds colliding. Like the conference we went to early in February that was primarily for our consulting work but ended up inspiring our travels and further shaping our values.