It’s hard to believe that 2016 is almost over.  With the holidays just around the corner we can’t help but reflect on the past twelve months.  So much has happened.  And yet, so little, as it feels like the year went by in the blink of an eye.  How did we already celebrate our first anniversary?  How has it been three years in our home?  And how has there been so many changes in such a short amount of time?

The older we get the faster time seems to move.  At the end of every year, I now find myself shocked that we’ve once again flown through 365 days.  This is what reminds me to stop and take in the moment. Because, before you know it, its gone.

Cliche or not, one of my favourite things about a new year is the promise of a fresh start. January is a month of optimism and positivity.  It is an opportunity to learn from the previous year and grow.  We set goals and whether we keep them or not, we move forward with a renewed perspective.

In honour of another year we are sharing our favourite moments from 2016. These are the memories that gave value to our everyday and prepared us to take on 2017.

A Cozy Cabin

What does an impromptu trip to the mountains with six of your closest friends look like?  Imagine a cozy cabin nestled in the woods.  A warm, wood burning fireplace.  Wool socks.  Coffee with baileys.  And enough food and drink to survive a snow in.  Over the course of three days, not only did we consume more bottles of wine then we could count, but we also came home with some of the best memories of the year.  There was no better way to kick off 2016 then travelling with friends.

2016 travel

Iceland

At the start of 2016 we devised a plan to split our time between a spring trip and a fall trip.  This would give us even breaks from ‘real life’ and avoid peak season travel.  We also knew that we wanted at least one of these trips to be to somewhere new.  So, after deliberating on the best up and coming travel destination, Iceland made the top of our list.

Despite knowing very little about this arctic nation, our eight day road trip was an immersive experience into a very unique culture.  There is no exaggeration when we say it is truly a land of fire and ice.  This is however not a trip for the faint of heart.  To those embarking, prepare to bundle up and trek through landscapes like nothing you’ve ever seen before.  Every section of the country that we visited brought about new landscapes with different meanings.  We will most certainly be back!

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Finding Family

Six months married and it was finally time to visit the province where Kevin was born, Saskatchewan. How I had not yet made it here I can’t explain, but it was certainly overdue.  Over the course of three days we traversed the prairies and spent time with more family then we thought possible.  We returned home overwhelmed by all of the kindness we encountered and grateful to everyone who made time to see us. 2016 thank you for helping us reconnect with family!

At the Lake

When I think back to childhood summers there is always a lake.  As an adult, this is one of the hardest parts about living in a land locked city.  When the heat billows up from concrete streets there really is no escape.  So when the opportunity to join friends at their family’s cottage arose we didn’t hesitate. Two blissful days spent by the water were enough to get us through the rest of our summer in the city.

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London to Paris

As summer came to a close we started to consider where we might like to spend our 2016 fall trip.  Multiple destinations made the ever changing list.  Should we venture to San Francisco and enjoy some time in wine country?  Did we want to return to Vancouver and spend a few nights in Whistler?  Would a drive down the Oregon coast peak our interest?  The possibilities were endless, however, nothing was sticking. Until, a last minute flight deal couldn’t be passed up.  After four years, we were on our way back to London and Paris.

It doesn’t matter how many times you visit these two cities, there will always be something new to explore.  Our highlights this time around included a bike tour through the streets of Paris and staying at the Hoxton in Holborn.

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Home

In 2016 we were fortunate enough to embark on a number of travel experiences.  However, this year we have also been grateful for time spent at home.  We are truly lucky to live in Canada, where our backyard is an outdoor enthusiasts dream, and a place where we can sit back and enjoy the calm of the mountains. Where we can breathe freely and embark on new adventures.  It’s easy to take advantage of what you already have but sometimes it’s those things that offer the greatest experiences.

2016 travel

We have one more trip planned before the end of the year so stay tuned to find out more!