Top 12 Travel Moments of 2018

Instead of the detailed New Years Resolution list that I typically make, this past year I decided to keep things simple and continue to live boldly, embrace spontaneity, and speak abundance into my life. With these vows in mind, I explored six different countries this year, basked in new and unforgettable experiences, and had reunions with friends all around the globe. Here are my top 12 travel moments from 2018!

7 Romantic Travel Experiences

A large majority of my trips (27/28 countries visited) I've gone without a bae. This was either because I was single at the moment or I was in a relationship and our availabilities didn't align. Fun fact about me: I don't wait for anyone to live my life... I just go! But I have to admit, there are a few experiences I've had with friends that I added to my running "Travel with Bae" list. Here are 7 romantic travel experiences to have with bae:

My Top Travel Moments of 2017

2017 was the year I vowed to myself to live FULLY & BOLDLY, despite unpleasant surprises life threw my way! I promised myself that no matter what, I would be the owner of my own happiness, which is a process and not an outcome. This year, my journey to living intentionally took me to 7 countries across 4 continents. Here's a recap of my most memorable domestic and international travel moments of 2017:

Lessons Learned From My First Year Of Blogging (That Apply to Everyday Life)

It's my one year blogiversary! Every year, during special occasions like my birthday and the new year, I take time to reflect on my growth and lessons learned over the past year. travelJewels was born from my frustration of graduating from a top public health graduate school program, going through 9 months of applying to over 50 jobs, having numerous informational interviews and a lot of close calls, and still not getting an offer! 

Liebster Award 2017

The Liebster Award is an online-only award that bloggers use to applaud their favorite new bloggers. I've been on this blogging journey for 8 months and really pour my heart into my blog, so it was nice to be recognized by the blogging community through a Liebster nomination.

5 Lessons Learned from My Travel Disaster

This past summer I went on an amazing two week road trip throughout Europe. If you kept up with my trip recap series, you would have seen mostly highlight reels of beautiful buildings, historical monuments, selfies, and gorgeous city views. But, the reality is traveling isn't always as glamorous as pictures suggest. While my trip ran relatively seamless, my travel back home was a DISASTER! 

Here's a run-through of my 30+ hour nightmare journey home from Warsaw to North Carolina and the 5 lessons I learned along the way: