Happy 2nd Birthday to Us! On December 5th, 2016 the first Golden Age Trips Instagram Post went live (Click Here to Follow Us!), and on January 10, 2017, our first blog post was published. This last year was one full of growth, lessons, and opportunities. Keep reading to see (or remember) where 2018 took us, and what are our plans for 2019.
Golden Age Trips 2018 Roundup
We started 2018 by focusing on local content. From ‘The Most Romantic Things to do in Sarasota‘, to ‘What to Pack to Siesta Key‘ and its handy PDF checklist. Then, at the end of January, we traveled to New York (for the first time!) to participate in the New York Times Travel Show. Traveling to NYC and the NYT Travel Show was an unforgettable experience, and I can’t wait to go back. I didn’t have high hopes for NYC, but thankfully I was wrong. I truly enjoyed it, which helped give birth to this post about the ‘10 Things That Really Surprised Me About New York‘.
After returning from NYC, our articles focused on senior travelers. We shared one of my favorite posts of the year, titled Traveling With Senior Parents: 3 Amazing Stories. There were also tips about protecting your data online on Traveling Seniors: Don’t Forget to Protect Your Data Online, which these days not only seniors need to worry about.
March arrived, and with it our annual international trip. At this point its already a tradition. We also like to travel when the majority of people doesn’t (even if the weather is not the best), to avoid crowds. In 2018 we went to Ireland, and aside from its roads, it was a spectacular trip. I checked two things off my bucket list (Cliffs of Moher and Guinness Brewery), and my husband was able to go to the Jameson Distillery to let them know in person that Jack Daniel’s Whiskey tastes better.
For Memorial Weekend I had the opportunity, thanks to Visit Clarksville TN, to touch ground in Tennessee and explore the city of Clarksville. It was a busy weekend, with exciting and fun things to do. The city also has great food and is investing in its culture and arts, not only for visitors but for its people. For a quick look, check out the 6 of the Most Instagrammable Places in Clarksville, TN.
The rest of the year the blog was focused on local content (including the most popular post of the year – 20 Things to Do in Lakewood Ranch), roundup and holiday posts (such as the monster post about Black Friday deals for Travelers), and even a hotel review.
We did travel during the second part of the year. Places included the Tri-state area of D.C./Maryland/Virginia, including Charlottesville and Shenandoah National Park. We made our annual pilgrimage to Atlanta, and also visited Puerto Rico (where we are from) for our best friend’s wedding and to spend time with our family.
Finally, Golden Age Trips was also featured on various websites and blogs, where we shared travel tips and knowledge. It felt like a busy year, but I’m ready to devote more time to the blog and share more travel tips and stories with all of you.
Where is 2019 taking Golden Age Trips?
The following is a non-comprehensive list of what we have planned for next year, but the calendar is starting to look like this.
January – Tri-state area of D.C./Maryland/Virginia.
March – Belgium (Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges) & Germany (Cologne)
April – Orlando (Star Wars Half Marathon – Rival Run Weekend) – We’re only doing the 10K though.
We can’t wait to explore new places and share our travels with you! Happy New Year!