Is anyone else finding it really hard to believe 2016 is almost over? I’m sitting here, totally panicking that I’m planning a road trip back to Virginia in just under a week and then immediately heading back to Indy to ring in the new year, Russian style!
I hope I’m not the only one delving deep into both panic and nostalgia this week because here’s the best of 2016 AKA a year where I only left the state three times and managed to have more fun than anyone ought rightfully have without crossing an international border.
How I’ve Saved for Travel on Any Budget: this was a time when we’d just moved, I’d been working for just under a month, and my husband had yet to find a job. Somehow, we survived and even managed to save. It’s difficult, but possible.
Downtown Indianapolis Street Art Walk: if my memory serves me right, it was an unseasonably warm February which made it perfect for exploring all of Indianapolis’ wonderful public art. Seriously, there’s so much here!
Let’s Love Local Road Trip Resource Guide: as I began gearing up for late spring/early summer road trips (we finally bought a car!), I compiled a list of all of my favorite tips, tricks, and hacks for making the most out of a long drive.
Weekend Escape STL: my visit to Saint Louis represented the furthest west I’d ever been (aside from California) and it was cool to see a new part of the world. Saint Louis really impressed me – not that I had any real expectations – with its gorgeous public areas, great beer, and thriving culinary scene.
Delphi, Indiana: the Abandoned Monon High Bridge: probably one of my favorite adventures of 2016, simply because the bridge was in such a gorgeous location and the existence of an open abandoned, rickety railroad bridge seems like something out of a story. Delphi is definitely worth the drive.
How to Use Social Media to Plan Your Next Trip: I’ve taken my trip-planning to the next level in 2016 thanks to a lot of in-depth research about how to better leverage social media. Check out this post and stay tuned for my other tips and tricks in 2017!
Webster City, Iowa Guide: my first trip to Iowa! Webster City was a great introduction to real Midwestern farm county. In other news, tack that on to the bottom of the ‘Places I Never Thought I’d Go’ list.
Easy $5 Adventures for Broke Travelers: I’ve said it many times – 2016 was not a big year of travel for me. And that’s totally OK! There’s plenty to do nearby (and on the cheap!), you’ve just got to get creative.
Here’s Why Indianapolis is Cool(er Than You Think): imagine any up-and-coming travel/food compilation of 2016 and you’ll probably find Indy or one of its restaurants high on the list. Indy is poised to be a big(ger) tourist destination in 2017 and I’m here to tell you why.
An Easy Weekend Vacation Budget Planner: October heralded the start of a new job which once again confined my travels to long weekends. Still, weekend adventures can be fun and – with a proper budget – super affordable!
How to Spend 36 Hours in Fort Wayne: November’s highlight was a fortuitous invitation from Visit Fort Wayne to head back up north and see the city I almost froze to death in at the start of this year. Check out how exactly to spend 36 hours in this totally underrated city.
17 Must Visit Indiana Towns/Cities in 2017: What better way to end the year than by looking forward to what 2017 has in store?
What was your travel highlight of 2016? Share in the comments below!