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11 Best Travel Adventures of the Year, Plus Baby Pics!

Oooh, it's been quite the year!

Oooh, it’s been an action-packed year!

Oooh Mama, it’s been quite the year!

Here’s a ranking of the best travel adventures of the past 365 days, with links to photos and details of each if you click the blue words.

Accompanying this end-of-year roundup are photos of our awesome new baby, because, well, I cannot resist.

11. New Hampshire. We saw some of the best sunsets of our life above the New Hampshire mountains in July! That state has become one of our favorite mini-vacation spots, as it has so much to offer, and is just a short drive from Boston.

10. Toronto, Canada. Toronto, where I traveled for the giant annual TBEX Travel Bloggers Conference in June, really surprised me. The city has a fascinating mix of sparkling skyscrapers, artsy bohemian neighborhoods, and delicious, diverse food. If the cranes everywhere are any indication, the city is developing rapidly.

9. Vermont. In April, when mayhem was breaking out at the Marathon just blocks from our Boston apartment, Colin and I happened to be in Vermont, which lends an unsettling taste to this trip for me. That said, Vermont is a wonderful place to visit, with nature and food to revitalize the spirit.

8. Blogging Land. This July marked my four year anniversary of running this website. Writing for you all remains one of the great joys of my world!

We love adventures!

We love adventures!

7. Boston Fun. Boston is my home– the place I decided to live permanently, after traveling around the world– and it’s great. This year brought a glittering two feet of snow in February, a yummy food tour of Boston’s Little Italy in September, sunny river Kayaking and rainbow autumn foliage in October, and in November, a funny fashion photo shoot and scrumptious feast at a pan-Asian restaurant opening. This is a good town!

Sweet sleeping...

Sweet sleeping…

6. Pregnancy World. Growing a tiny human in your abdomen is an absolute adventure, replete with some VERY strange effects.

5. Newport, Rhode Island. Newport is the home of old money and mansions, and our January trip to the town made me feel like royalty! Just an hour and a half from Boston, it’s a dreamy weekend getaway to a different era.

4. Hawaii Babymoon. Despite the strangeness of pregnancy, it comes with its perks… including a “Babymoon:” a luxurious getaway to celebrate life before the little one arrives. Staying at the #1 hotel in the world in gorgeous Hawaii definitely did the trick!

3. Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Despite being from New England, I’d never been to famous Cape Cod until this year… and I loved it! We rented a house that we filled with family and food, and spent the days swimming, chatting, eating, and enjoying the scenery and relaxed vibe. A highly recommended destination!

Power on, adventurers!

Power on, adventurers!

2. India. WOW was our trip to India incredible. And intense. And phenomenal. All the rumors about India travel are true, and then some. Just click the link and see. I am so glad we were able to take that epic trip before…

1. Baby World. By far, the most life-changing adventure this year, OBVIOUSLY, is giving birth to our little baby, Devi. Though he keeps us up at night and is a crazy amount of work, he’s the best thing ever. Love!

So what about you? What was your #1 adventure this year? Have YOU been to any of the places listed here? Which was your favorite?

Do share!

 

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Angie Away

Saturday 4th of January 2014

I'm not sure if the haunted house is still in Toronto but that was FREAKY. It's been quite a few years.

Lillie

Saturday 4th of January 2014

Oooh-- I've never heard of it!

Carmen

Wednesday 1st of January 2014

Gorgeous baby photos and what a magical year it was for you! All the best in 2014.

Mary @ Green Global Travel

Monday 30th of December 2013

I really enjoyed looking at your top photos of 2013. I especially loved the ones in Toronto and India. Your little man is adorable. What an exciting year for you! I hope 2014 is just as exciting for you, if not more! Happy New Year!

Koraliz C.

Monday 30th of December 2013

It's Koraliz, from sixie year two years ago! Your baby is so cute ! OMG, just want to squish his cheeks. God bless him, his eyes are precious :)

Lillie

Tuesday 31st of December 2013

Thanks! I squish his cheeks and kiss them so much :)

phyllis

Monday 30th of December 2013

So awesome! I really want to add Korea on my list because I haven't been there in nearly 20 years. I heard it's change a bunch. This year, I really loved visiting Savannah, GA. It was my first time visiting the real South! My other was going to NYC with my daughter via Amtrak. It was AWESOME!

I can't wait to hear your travel adventures with your baby! I loved and still love traveling with my daughter and seeing her delight as she first experiences on different modes of transport. Have a great new year!

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