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Our Favorite 2019 Trips

Our Favorite 2019 Trips

It’s hard to believe that we’re less than 48 hours away from a new year. This year has been full of a lot of firsts, plenty of great trips and time spent with family. To celebrate the end of this year, we’re rounding up our favorite 2019 trips (in order, of course).

Panama City

Panama City sunset

We stopped in Panama City on our way to Costa Rica in January. We arrived mid-afternoon, and had just enough time to do some quick sight-seeing in the city before it got dark and we turned in for our early morning flight. 24 hours (or less) isn’t a ton of time to spend in Panama City, but it is enough time to see a few sights. Find the full details here.

Costa Rica

arenal

We spent a week in Costa Rica at the end of January, with the majority of our time spent in the vicinity of San Jose. This was a “relax by the pool, escape the cold and de-stress” kind of trip. So we don’t have a list of the top things you need to see or do in Costa Rica. But if you are planning to visit Costa Rica,  we do have some great tips for packing and building your itinerary. Read the full post.

Barcelona

Park Güell Panorama

On the way to a family wedding in Germany this May, we spent a few days in Spain. We started out in Barcelona, and found it to be both beautiful and insanely crowded. Check out our tips for how to best avoid the crowds in Barcelona here.

Madrid

Palacio de Cristal_El Retiro Park Madrid

After Barcelona, we headed to Madrid — which is decidedly more our speed. Madrid is easy to navigate, and home to a variety of sights for any type of interest, from a royal palace to a beautiful park and some amazing eats. Read more about the city’s highlights.

Munich

Things to do in Munich

Munich, the capital of Bavaria and home to 1.5 million people, is known for many things–but above all, tourists tend to associate the city with its annual Oktoberfest celebration held every September on the enormous fairground, Theresienwiese. But there’s so, so much more to this city. We’ve been lucky enough to visit several times since we have family that lives nearby. Here are our 8 favorite things to do in Munich.

London

Sky Gardens Tower Bridge

We’ve visited London a few times, and while we do recommend checking out the typical tourist attractions if you’re a first time visitor (we’ll write a post about those someday), for this particular visit we were looking for some more low-key attractions that wouldn’t lighten our pockets. Here are three free things to do in London.

New York City

Brooklyn Bridge

We’ve had the opportunity to visit New York City many, many times over the years — for work, for fun, for a stopover on the way to another destination. Since it’s only a short train ride away from Boston, it’s not difficult to plan a quick trip for the weekend or a few days. That said, between transit, hotels, food, and attractions, the cost of even a short visit to NYC can really start to add up. That’s we’re always looking for new free things to do in NYC — and we’ve compiled a list of our favorite free attractions

Helsinki

things to do in Helsinki

Thanks to Finnair’s stopover program, we spent time in Helsinki this past Summer on our way to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, and had a great time. So we’ve put together this list of things to do in Helsinki, in case you find yourself with the opportunity to spend a few days there. 

Singapore

national orchid garden

Singapore is an exciting place to visit with no shortage of things to see, do, and eat. And although the heat and humidity was downright overwhelming at times, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit there this year. It’s a clean and generally inviting place that’s home to some of the best attractions we’ve seen on any of our travels. If you’re looking to plan a trip, check out this list we’ve assembled with some of the best attractions in Singapore.

More Favorite 2019 Trips

We also managed to fit in a few local trips to places like Rhode Island to hike the Newport Cliffwalk and New Hampshire to visit one of our favorite cities, Portsmouth.

We also visited a few other domestic cities, like Indianapolis and Philadelphia, and a few more international destinations such as Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. Check back soon to see our new posts about these trips!

Happy New Year everyone! Where did you travel to this year? What were your favorite 2019 trips?

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