Best of 2010: Travel

Best of 2010: Travel

The memories I have made this year while traveling are without a question some of the best of my life. I spent a lot of this year in a city I never thought I would even visit, and learned that two weeks in South America isn’t nearly enough time to see even one country. From 5am parties in LA to river boating in the rain forest this was a good year in travel.

Peru, South America

This was the by far the best trip of the year, and I couldn’t have asked for a better travel partner who made it all that much better.  Two weeks spent traveling throughout Peru and we barely scratched the surface. From Lima to Cusco to Machu Picchu to the Amazon, and from planes to taxis to buses to boats this was a tiring but amazing trip. Peru has some of the most beautiful country and interesting people I have ever scene. I hope to go back someday.

Cleveland, OH
Cleveland isn’t exactly the first place most people think of a travel destination. Over the course of the Summer I spent a few months in Cleveland because Yaya was going to school there. While much of what they say about Cleveland is true, there is also a lot that goes overlooked. There are a ton of good restaurants which were well taken advantage of while I was there. It’s also inspiring to meet people who have lived in Cleveland their entire lives. Watching them overcome the hardships and trying to help build something positive in what many believe to be a dying city. While I probably wouldn’t want to live in Cleveland, I do think it’s important to see what’s going on throughout all parts of our country, not just NYC or LA.

Portland, Oregon
Oregon is one of my favorite states, so when a friend of mine decided to do his “bachelor weekend” in Portland I was pretty excited. I hadn’t spent a whole lot of time in Portland itself, but over just a few days I fell in love with the city. I could definitely see myself living there someday.

Los Angeles, CA
This year I decided to head to LA on a whim to join my friends on their trip to HARD Haunted Mansion. Due to the amount of sleep we got on this trip (or lack there of) I suspect my life was shortened by a few years, but it was worth it.

Pocatello, ID
Not a lot of people have even heard of the small town of Pocatello. This is where I was born and raised, and while I could never live there again it’s always nice to visit. It had been a while since I had been able to spend the holidays with my family, so this year I was happy to be there with them.


Dude Ranch, middle of nowhere UT
What more could be said about good friends getting together to celebrate a friend’s birthday on a dude ranch somewhere in the mountains of Utah? Plenty of beer, whiskey and campfire stories. Good times with good friends.

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