I've Been Married for 1 Year. A Reflection of My Last Year of Travels With My #travelpartnerforlife
People always ask: "Does it feel different being married?" and I always answer "no." Signing a piece of paper shouldn't mean that there should be a big change. Part of dating and getting to know someone is that you get to know everything about them...all of their quirks and all of their opinions on life!!
July 25, 2015
We had our first date at 10PM. Yes, 10PM. His sister turned 30 and had her birthday dinner that day, so we met up at 10PM. We started at the RAM and ended at Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery.
September 13, 2017
We got engaged! We were on vacation in Europe. He popped the question at the Edinburgh Castle over looking the city of Edinburgh! A castle was the PERFECT location. The first picture is Michael trying to get me close to him. He said "let me take a selfie", which he NEVER says. The second photo we had moved to another part of the castle. I knew at that point something was up so started just taking photos of the view. The last photo is right after we got engaged!
Being the "bougey" couple we are, we decided to have 2 engagement photo sessions! One in the winter and one in the spring.
September 2, 2018
In front of our closest family and friends, we were married in Seattle, Washington at the University of Washington. Anyone who knows my husband, knows he is a die hard UW Husky fan. SWIPE if you want to check out a small collection of our photos!
AND I am also sharing my wedding video. Only a few people have seen it so far!
Not only have we been a traveling couple since the moment we started dating, but the travel was turned up a notch the last year! We made some of the BEST memories and a bonus, some of those travels included our friends! Here is a recap of our travels as a married couple!
Oh, and guess what? I have blogged about almost all of these locations!
September 4, 2018
This was leg one of our honeymoon. We survived a 14 hour flight from Seattle to Dubai sitting in economy (I did have some serious cankles upon landing though!)
First time in Asia
First time flying Emirates
First time at the tallest building in the world
First time flying longer than 9.5 hours non stop
September 5 - 12, 2018
We threw around about 5 other locations before deciding to travel to the Maldives. Why did we choose the Maldives? We figured 29 hours worth of travel isn't for the faint of heart and that we should do it while we are young(er). I am so glad we did, because the Maldives is al that it is cracked up to be
First time on a sea plane
First time staying in an overwater bungalow
First time eating dragonfruit (that isn't crushed in a Starbucks refresher)
September 13 - 15, 2018
I always encourage people to try and take a few days worth of layovers on your way home, especially if you are overseas! Not only did we get to go through Dubai, but we also got to go through Singapore and London. Singapore exceeded all my expectations. It is one of the only places that went from a third world country to a first world in a century.
First time being in an infinity pool 55 stories up
First time eating salted egg yolk chips (yummmm)
First time in a brewery 33 stories up
First time eating hainan chicken rice (the unofficial dish of Singapore)
September 15 - 16, 2018
We got to have a 17 hour layover in London on the way home from Singapore! We found an amazing hotel right off Strand Street. Since we had already done the touristy things, we spent the evening bar hopping!
First time using a self check in system at a hotel. There was no front desk!
October 25 - 28, 2018
Turning 30 is a big deal, so when it came time to figure out where to go, I chose Denver! Just coming back from our honeymoon, I decided it was probably smart to stay close to home.
First time visiting the Stanley Hotel (the hotel based off Steven King's The Shining)
First time going to a Halloween Party
First time riding a Bird scooter
November 30 - December 2, 2018
Whistler, British Columbia
If you didn't know, I co-own a wedding rental business based in Seattle, Washington. We were in the middle of a transition and decided to have our first retreat to work on a bunch of items. There is nothing better than Whistler, which is just a 4 hour drive from Seattle!
First time visiting the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish.
December 31, 2018 - January 2, 2019
This was a very last minute trip to see the UW Huskies play in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. This was definitely a trip for my husband, but we also had a bunch of friends who went to it was a fun weekend!
First time going to the Rose Bowl
January 17 - 20, 2019
Lake Chelan, Washington
We got to kick off 2019 by spending 3 nights with our friends. It was kinda like the trial before spending 2 weeks with them in Europe!
First time going to a Fire & Ice Festival
First time going to Lake Chelan in the winter
February 12 - 20, 2019
Big Island, Hawaii
What a good excuse to go to Hawaii together! Our cousins got married right in Kona at a super cute coffee house!
First time floating a flume
First time at Green Sand Beach
First time visiting all the breweries on the island
First time at Punaluu Black Sand Beach
May 11 - 12, 2019
I see a trend starting here. We had another overnight layover in London. This time we also bar hopped and had a pretty amazing dinner! I highly recommend staying in the Strand St. area!
First time finding secret bars
First time traveling in Europe with another couple
May 12 - 14, 2019
OMG! Santorini was one for the books. It was our first real stop on the trip and couldn't have been a better first city. Lots of drinking and sun worship.
First time staying at an Airbnb with a private pool
May 14 - 15, 2019
Stop number two on our Europe trip was Athens. We had a love/hate relationship with this city but still managed to find some fun things to do.
First time seeing Acropolis Hill
First time drinking coffee with gelato
May 15 - 18, 2019
Amalfi Coast, Italy
We had so many times in Amalfi Town, Capri, Positano, and Sorrento.
First time eating lemon sorbet out of a lemon rind
First time drinking Peroni
First time at a private beach club
May 18 - 20, 2019
I didn't know what to expect when it came to Rome, but we ended up enjoying it together! There is nothing better than seeing the Trevi Fountain and Colosseum in person!
First time seeing the Trevi Fountain
First time seeing the Colosseum
May 20 - 22, 2019
Not only did we find an Airbnb in an amazing location, but we had an amazing day with two excursions in Tuscany! Overall, we had nothing but fun in Florence!
First time drinking Chianti wine
First time having fresh made olive oil
May 22 - 23, 2019
Venice is one of those places that you can see once and never have to see in your life again. I am so glad I went, but I don’t need to go back.
First time on a gondola
First time drinking bottled a Bellini
First time eating Cicchetti
First time watching glass blowing
First time watching lace being made
May 24 - 26, 2019
What better reason to go back to Medford than to see my long time friend get married! The weather this time vs when we went last year was completely different. However, no one let the rain ruin the party!
June 22 - 24, 2019
Hood River, Oregon
Hood River was such a fun weekend getaway, especially to see a college friend get married. We were able to relax and do what we do best: drink beer!
First time in Northeast Oregon