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.

Our first trip to San Francisco for a wedding - 10/2015

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!

Engagement Photos

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

Dubai, UAE

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!)


Firsts:

  • 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

Blog Posts:

  1. I Had a 9 Hour Layover in Dubai. Here Are All the Things We Did.


September 5 - 12, 2018

Maldives

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


Firsts:

  • 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)

Blog Posts:

  1. Curious How I picked my resort in the Maldives? Here Are My Tips & Tricks.

  2. I Ate at the World’s Largest All-Glass Undersea Restaurant. Here is My Experience.

  3. Here is Everything You Need to Know About Our Island in the Maldives


September 13 - 15, 2018

Singapore

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.


Firsts:

  • 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)

Blog Posts:

  1. Here is What to do With 48 Hours in Singapore

  2. I Stayed at the Hotel With the Highest Infinity Pool. Here is How it Went.

  3. I Explored the World's Largest Indoor Cloud Forest in Singapore. Here is my Experience!

  4. I Ate at the World's Tallest Urban Microbrewery. Here's My Experience


September 15 - 16, 2018

London, UK

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!


Firsts:

  • First time using a self check in system at a hotel. There was no front desk!

Blog Post:

  1. I Created My Own London Pub Route and Here Are the Places We Went


October 25 - 28, 2018

Denver, Colorado

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.


Firsts:

  • 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

Blog Post:

  1. I Went on a Ghost Tour & Drank Beer in Fort Collins Colorado


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!


Firsts:

  • First time visiting the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish.

Blog Post:

  1. I Walked Across a Canyon in Whistler. Read All About it Here!


December 31, 2018 - January 2, 2019

Pasadena, California

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!


Firsts:

  • 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!


Firsts:

  • First time going to a Fire & Ice Festival

  • First time going to Lake Chelan in the winter

Blog Post:

  1. I Went to a Fire & Ice Festival in My State. Here is My Experience.


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!


Firsts:

  • 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

Blog Posts:

  1. 8 Must Visit Beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii.

  2. The Ultimate Guide to a Day Trip on the Big Island of Hawaii

  3. 15 MUST TRY Places to Eat & Drink on the Big Island of Hawaii

  4. We Tried Floating the Big Island of Hawaii Kohala Flume, Here's How it Went


May 11 - 12, 2019

London, UK

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!


Firsts:

  • First time finding secret bars

  • First time traveling in Europe with another couple

Blog Posts:

  1. I Bar Hopped for 6 Hours in London, Here is Where We Went.

  2. I Found 2 Secret Bars in London. Here is How to Find Them.



May 12 - 14, 2019

Santorini, Greece

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.


Firsts:

  • First time staying at an Airbnb with a private pool

Blog Posts:

  1. I Stayed in a Santorini Airbnb with a Cave Pool and Here is How it Went.

  2. 8 Things To Do if You Only Have 48 Hours in Santorini

  3. The Best Instagram Spots in Santorini

May 14 - 15, 2019

Athens, Greece

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.


Firsts:

  • First time seeing Acropolis Hill

  • First time drinking coffee with gelato

Blog Posts:

  1. This is How I Spent 12 Hours in Athens


May 15 - 18, 2019

Amalfi Coast, Italy

We had so many times in Amalfi Town, Capri, Positano, and Sorrento.


Firsts:

  • First time eating lemon sorbet out of a lemon rind

  • First time drinking Peroni

  • First time at a private beach club


Blog Posts:

  1. 6 Reasons Why I Chose Sorrento as My Home Base on the Amalfi Coast

  2. We Spent a Day at a Remote Beach Club on Capri

  3. The Ultimate Guide to a Day in Capri

  4. The Best Instagram Spots in Capri

  5. The Ultimate Guide to a Day on the Amalfi Coast

  6. The Best Instagram Spots on the Amalfi Coast


May 18 - 20, 2019

Rome, Italy

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!


Firsts:

  • First time seeing the Trevi Fountain

  • First time seeing the Colosseum

Blog Post:

  1. How To Spend 48 Hours in Rome


May 20 - 22, 2019

Florence, Italy

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!


Firsts:

  • First time drinking Chianti wine

  • First time having fresh made olive oil

Blog Posts:

  1. Here are My Picks for the Things to Do in Florence

  2. I Spent a Day in Tuscany; Here is What We Did..


May 22 - 23, 2019

Venice, Italy

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.


Firsts:

  • 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

Medford, Oregon

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!


Firsts:

  • First time in Northeast Oregon

Blog Posts:

  1. 9 Spots in Hood River, Oregon for Food and Beer Lovers

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