My Year in Review and Holiday Greetings

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My Year in Review and Holiday Greetings

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Happy Holidays! I can’t believe it’s my 12th year of doing these holiday videos!  I’m not a video person mainly because I hate editing videos.  It takes me a full 10 to 12-hour day to get this video done.  So every year I don’t think I’ll make the video and then tradition (and guilt) wins out.

I traveled more than ever in 2018! One of the things I have come to realize since having a home base, I spend a lot more time on planes than I used to.  Each time I go on a trip I now have a home to come back to – so I find myself on more long-distance flights than ever going back and forth rather than just going from one place to the next.

After a slow travel start due to knee surgery, I ended up traveling a lot in Europe this year; Norway, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and 6 weeks in Spain! I even added new countries to my map this year! That has become harder and harder as each travel year goes by.  I find myself going back to the same places more often than new places any longer.  However, Portugal, Iceland, and Greenland were all new to me!

Embracing Home

Even though I’ve been on the road about 50% of the year, I’ve also worked really hard to learn about and explore my new home – Denver and Colorado! I’ve been welcoming friends and family and starting to understand this awesome town in addition to exploring new mountain towns outside of Denver!

Embracing the Cold

year in review

Maybe it’s all of those frequent hot flashes that make me love traveling in the cold these days.  Whatever the reason is, I love to travel to cold environments.  This year I traveled to Alaska in the heart of winter, Iceland, and Greenland. With the cold comes the northern lights, sled dogs, and snowshoeing adventures.

Embracing Adventure

Saint olav Ways

2018 was the year I finally took a biking tour!  Since I’ve been having knee issues, I was told that biking was a great thing for me to do.  Thanks to that I also learned that biking is a great way to travel! As soon as my knee healed I was also hitting the hiking and snowshoe trails!

I was lucky enough to be introduced to a new Pilgrimage route in Norway this summer, the Saint Olav Ways.  It was a spectacular long-distance hike through the middle of the country.  In addition, I fell in love with Maine’s Hut system this fall.

Embrace Food and Drink


This year I was able to meet and spend time with one of the best chefs in the world, Juan Roca in Costa Brava Spain.  It was like meeting food royalty! In addition, I also met at the Faroe Islands one and only Michelin Star Chef.  But my favorite food experience in 2018 was meeting and cooking with the Grandmothers of Sils.  This is a group of grandmothers who have a goal to share their old recipes and traditions with the younger generation.

And when it comes to drink – Gin of course won out this year for me.

Embracing the Last Niece Project

niece project

2018 also marked the last Niece Project.  I can hardly believe that I started the process back in 2012 and now it’s over. In fact, one of my nieces even got married this year! This was Erin’s first big trip and I was so impressed by her ability to handle and accept India.  I’m still digesting the fact that the Niece Project has wrapped up.

Best gifts for friends going traveling

My Christmas Gift to You…Some Advice

My gift to you is travel advice. During my long-haul flight to India, I contracted blood clots that moved into 3 pulmonary embolisms in my lungs. This was a near-death experience – I was lucky. This could have easily been prevented if I had got up and walked every 2 hours on the flight, hadn’t drunk alcohol, and wore compression socks. So – I say that each of you should go out and buy a pair of compression socks for any traveler in your life right now!

Compression Socks I Recommend

I have a few gear brands I love for travel and luckily they also make compression socks.

Sockwell Women’s Chevron Graduated Compression Socks
Point6 Compression Socks
Exofficio BugsAway Compression Socks


Enjoy my 2018 Year in Review!

2018 was an exciting year full of great adventures, time with family, healing, and some close calls. The blood clots – and essentially travel – could have killed me. I can only believe that I am still here for a reason…I’m still trying to figure out why.

But while I ponder that – I hope you and your family have an incredible holiday season!

Go ahead and enjoy ALL of my holiday videos.  It’s like going back in a time machine!

Holidays 2017

Holidays 2016

Holidays 2015

Holidays 2014

Holidays 2013

Holidays 2012

Holidays 2011

Holidays 2010

Holidays 2009


Holidays 2007

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