2019 Year of Travel in Photos
2019 was an incredible year of travel. I spent the most days traveling of any year of my life. Below is a photo journal of my year of seeing the world.
I rang in the New Year on the Big Island of Hawaii. On January 1, I took in the sunset from the Royal Kona. A great start to 2019.
Later that month I jumped a flight on JetBlue Mint across the country and the Caribbean to the small island country of Trinidad.
I got a fantastic deal on the Presidential Suite at the Hyatt Regency with a living room big enough to entertain more than a few guests.
February brought large amounts of snow to Seattle which shutdown my work and school and left grocery store shelves bare.
I was lucky enough to escape the cold with a trip to the Andaz Scottsdale in Arizona.
I am fascinated by the way hotels design restrooms. The Andaz had a fantastic all gender restroom off their lobby.
From Scottsdale I hopped over to LAX for a flight to Australia and the world’s second most remote large city.
Perth was celebrating their fringe arts festival during my hot summer (February) visit. I was able to catch a cabaret show.
I was traveling with a friend in Western Australia. We decided to rent a car for a day to head down to the Busselton pier and Eagle Bay with some of the best beaches in the world.
After a couple of days in Lisbon I explored the the Algarve with it’s natural beaches that seem yet to be discovered by the rest of the world.
I managed to squeeze one night at the Conrad Algarve which is a beautiful property but lacking in any view. The breakfast was top notch.
Seville, with the ornate Alcázar, is worth a visit (even if you aren’t a member of House Martell).
Driving across Spain, one of the best detours was having lunch in the small hill town of Trujillo.
In May I finally got the chance to fly out of the new Seattle area passenger terminal at Paine Field. The entire place feels like an exclusive lounge.
In June I graduated with my Master’s degree and celebrated with family by being a tourist in my own backyard at the Space Needle. They have recently completely renovated the facilities though the views are still as fantastic as always.
At the end of June I set off on my six week trip that brought me to 14+ countries throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East. I traveled over 40,000 miles by airplane in addition to various buses, taxis, trains, ships, rental cars and a good amount of walking. I loved the old street cars in Riga, Latvia.
I got to fly on a ghost plane that was standing in for the grounded 737-Max.
I flew new airlines including airBaltic, Wizz, and Ukraine International.
While some of my flights were on budget airlines, I also got to experience luxury on China Airlines and Cathay Pacific.
The ferries of Scandinavia are upscale cruise ships. I spent two nights but could have spent a lot more.
The natural beauty across the world never stopped amazing me. The highlight was taking a train above the tree line in Norway before dropping into the fjords during my Norway in a Nutshell day trip.
But the islands of Sweden, fields of sunflowers in Hungary, and ports at the Île de Ré were all quite impressive.
I took in the architecture of cities including Oslo, Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Budapest, Krakow, Kiev, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Jerusalem, Antwerp and the Hague.
I experienced the stories of the Jewish people at Auschwitz and Yad Vashem in Israel.
I spent time exploring Palestine.
I got a taste of the former USSR in Budapest, Bratislava, and the Chernobyl museum in Kiev.
I ate and drank well in unique bars and restaurants including vodka tasting in Krakow, ruin bars in Budapest, a restaurant celebrating revolutionaries in Ukraine and a chocolate factory in Belgium.
I appreciated the decor of the Nofo Hotel in Stockholm.
I even managed to squeeze in some (hot) Disney.
I started a new job in August which limited my travels but I managed to get away for a few weekends.
In September I was finally able to visit the new Alaska Lounge in SeaTac.
I came in 6th place at a blackjack tournament in Vegas.
No trips in October for me, but I did get to go to a travel related event. Delta set up a pop-up lounge in Seattle and gave away free flights.
At LAX I checked out the updated Alaska Lounge.
I also got to visit the impressively immersive Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland.
I finished off the year with a few days at The Cromwell in Las Vegas before Christmas before ringing in 2020 in Hawaii where I started the year.
Happy New Year and thank you for reading!