2016 Travel Recap + 2017 Travel Goals

I cannot believe another travel year has come to a close! For my 2016 travel Recap, i want to share my travels so far this year with you and also share my 2017 travel goals as well.

By now, you know that my heart longs for travel and adventure. I have a burning desire to explore the world  and experience new cultures and places and meet new beautiful people. My mantra is to visit at least one new place a year be it domestically or internationally.

This year i visited 6 cities that includes 1 international destination and 5 domestic destinations :Austin Tx, San diego CA, Philadelphia PA, London Uk , Dallas Tx and San Antonio Tx.

I love creating travel memories with my husband and children. It was an amazing year of travel for us 🙂

February 2016 : My husband and i and our girls took a weekend trip to Austin for Valentine’s weekend. We  wanted to do something different with the kids and Austin seemed like the perfect destination. It’s only a couple of hours drive from Houston so it was painless. We stayed at the downtown Marriott and visited the Austin zoo, did some site seeing and ate great food. We had a great time.

At the Austin Zoo in Feb 2016


June 2016: My girls and i took a trip to San Diego to celebrate my birthday. This was my our first time there so we were every excited. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in National city. We visited the famous San Diego Zoo, Sea World, LegoLand, Birch Aquarium, Mission Beach, Gaslamp district etc. San diego is absolutely beautiful, kid friendly and has lots of great food options.


At the San Diego Zoo in June 2016


August 2016: My husband worked in Harrisburg, PA at the time. When i went to visit him, we took a 2 -hr road trip to Philadelphia because i had never been. We visited Penn’s Landing where you can listen to live music, take a boat cruise and also have some yummy Philly cheese steak.


In Philadelphia in August 2016


September 2016: My Husband’s cousin got married so we went to attend the wedding. We visited trafalgar square, Buckingham palace, london eye and some museums.I love London for its easy public transportation system, culture, accent and the people.


At the Trafalgar Square in London in Sept 2016


October 2016: My girls and i visited my best friend in Dallas for Columbus day weekend. We went to the biggest state fair in the US and had a lot of greasy but good food 🙂 turkey leg and funnel cake. We also spent one night at the Great wolf Lodge in Grapevine. Read up on my review here Great Wolf Lodge Get-a-way Review



At the Dallas State Fair in Oct 2016


Lastly, My husband and i took a relaxing trip to San Antonio for his birthday at the end of October. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency hill country resort. Read up on what we did here Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa San Antonio Review


I hope you enjoyed my 2016 travel recap and most importantly, i hope it has inspired you to visit some of these places and much more. 


So whats in store for my travels in 2017? My Travel destination goals for 2017 are as follows : Atlanta GA, Chicago IL, New Orleans LA, Bangkok Thailand, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun Mexico, A cruise, Minneapolis MN, Baltimore MD , somewhere in Jamaica and Nigeria. I am very excited for these trips and i look forward to what 2017 has to offer and much more 🙂




Remember to travel wisely so that you have peace of mind while on your trips. Check out my last post:

Tips on How To Travel On a Budget



What was your favorite 2016 trip and what travel plans do you have for 2017 ? share below 🙂


Live Inexpensively Always,

Francisca O.

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