contact us!

Use the form on the right or send off an e-mail: connect (at) novacationrequired (dot) com

Subscribe to No Vacation Required via email

Media Information

           

123 Street Avenue, City Town, 99999

(123) 555-6789

email@address.com

 

You can set your address, phone number, email and site description in the settings tab.
Link to read me page with more information.

2014 Travel Wrap Up

No Vacation Required Podcast

For fulfillment fanatics interested in traveling deliriously, living deliberately, and working virtually.

2014 Travel Wrap Up

NVR Guys

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.

Tired (but not sick) in Cambodia.

Tired (but not sick) in Cambodia.

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."

Montana for the win!

Montana for the win!

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. 

Oh yes we did.

Oh yes we did.

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.

A fun night of charity in NYC.

A fun night of charity in NYC.

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.

Early morning - pre run.

Early morning - pre run.

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.

Our Storybook video.

Our Storybook video.

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.

Alaska delivers. An upgrade and champagne. Who wouldn't be happy?

Alaska delivers. An upgrade and champagne. Who wouldn't be happy?

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. 

We liked Cambodia but not Angkor Wat.

We liked Cambodia but not Angkor Wat.

Most unusual experience

Caanan: Visiting the set of the HBO show LOOKING in San Francisco. So. Cool.

Checking out one of the LOOKING sets.

Checking out one of the LOOKING sets.

Kent: Spending miles to fly first class on Emeritas. It restored our hope in the future of air travel.

18 hours of awesome flying. Oh the fun.

18 hours of awesome flying. Oh the fun.

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!

Seattle. Duh.

Seattle. Duh.

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.

Our core message.

Our core message.

Here's to a great 2014 and an even better 2015. We wish you the same!

Be sure to check out more of our travel writing over on Expedia. Looking for a travel deal in 2015? Be sure to have a look at their Deals page or inspiration.