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Where I Traveled in 2018

Most people who have a blog will tell you that a large part of why they enjoy having one is because it serves as as a diary of sorts, helping chronicle life year after year even at times when the days are flying by. I love being able to look back on old posts (even some of the really old, cringeworthy ones) and remember where I was–physically or in life–at that time. It’s no secret that I love to travel and since that’s always a large part of my life, am so happy to have this platform to recap trips + share the highlights (and lowlights)! It was a busy year with three weddings, getting a dog, and me starting a new job, but I’m impressed how much we still managed to prioritize getting out of town. Things are already brewing for 2019 (including a spring trip to London!) and I can’t wait to see what else falls into place.

Here’s where we went in 2018!


This was technically a press trip but one of the best weekends away for J and I! I can’t recommend The Greenbrier more highly and know it’s a place that we’ll be returning to several times in the future. It’s known for being a summer escape but the wintertime is magical–if you’ve considered making a trip, I hope you make it there soon!

The Greenbrier


If you live on the east coast, spending three days in Europe isn’t totally crazy! We got a crazy good deal and hopped on a direct flight to Amsterdam over MLK Day weekend.


Maine had been on my bucket list since I was a little girl (my childhood neighbor and best friend spent her summers there, and I just thought it was this beachy place really far away…) and I’m so glad we finally made it happen this spring! This was definitely the first of many trips.

L.L. Bean Freeport

San Francisco – APRIL

A relatively quick trip out west to see some of my family + explore SF. I hadn’t been to California since midway through high school and this was the best time of year to go back.


Maybeee my favorite trip of the year! J and I booked this trip to celebrate our birthdays and because we’d both been wanting to visit Bermuda before we even met. I still can’t believe how easy it is to get to from the east coast!

Bermuda travel guide featured by popular DC travel blogger, Monica Dutia


Another bucket-list item…I’m so glad my friend decided to plan her wedding to coincide with the Brimfield Antique Show (heh, thanks K) and if we’re within reasonable driving distance when we have a house, I’ll be heading back to furnish the entire thing :)

What to know before going to the Brimfield Flea Market


A wonderful, quick girls trip the weekend before I started my new job!

Weekend in St. Michaels


A long overdue girls trip that finally came together! My friend OKK was born and raised in Des Moines and there was no better way to head to the Hawkeye State for the first time.

Plus, not pictured:

A quick trip up to my alma mater, a ski weekend in Virginia, a bachelorette party in Annapolis, our 5-year college reunion, a couple trips to NYC (the second on which I’ve now discovered that Rubirosa is my favorite restaurant in the city), a weekend in Charlottesville, and three trips to Dallas (two for weddings, one for Thanksgiving). Considering we basically took two full months off from travel when we got Millie, I’m impressed! Bring it on, 2019 :)

P.S. Five of my game-changing travel tips.

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  1. Rubirosa is the BEST! My mouth is watering…

    Published 12.5.18
    • Monica wrote:

      I KNOW RIGHT? It’s going to be a thing every time I visit. Thankfully my friend moved SUPER close ;)

      Published 12.7.18