Saying Amanda ( https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/amanda ) and I like to travel would be a little bit of an understatement. We're essentially living our lives between trips. I wanted to share a few of the photos I've taken from our trips this past year. These are some of my all time favorite pictures.
I didn't start out with this much freedom and flexibility though. I put my time in upfront. I didn't take shortcuts, I took pride in my work, and I never expected something from nothing.
In the end, I'm now getting to live the life I've always wanted. I'm not stuck behind a desk, trapped in a cubicle farm, underneath florescent lighting for the next 40 years of my life.
Here's what our 2015 looked like instead...
January was actually a little slow. (Hell of a way to start of a travelbrag post, yeah?) We were still recovering from the holidays and our biggest trip, of course, was the 2015 WA Affiliate Conference.
Nothing beats getting to press that giant 'Sky Lofts' button and moving to a part of the casino that most people don't even know exist.
February was the real start to our travel year. We were able to take a trip out to San Francisco and drive down the PCH through Big Sur all the way to LA.
In March, we set out for Maui. We were lucky enough to spend two weeks over there. We escaped the harsh cold winter to enjoy the warm Hawaiian sun.
Plus, it's Humpback Whale season. Whales head to Maui to birth their young and teach them all the necessary skills to survive. They breach just off the coast pretty much 24 hours a day. The next picture is by far the best picture I've ever taken.
I don't know if you've ever experienced a 40 ton humpback whale breach 50 feet away from what could only be classified as a raft. Let me tell you, my hands are still shaking from the shot of adrenaline I received.
We spent some time in Washington DC visiting friends and to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom!
April also included our first trip out of the country for the year. A trip to Niagara on the Lake was in order to help a friend celebrate 30. That's Toronto just on the other side of Lake Erie.
May was a busy month. It started with a trip out to West Virginia to meet a red panda.
Followed by a flight down to Puerto Rico.
Then a 7-day cruise around the Caribbean.
This was our quiet month. We needed some time off before the next few months. I did get to partially finish my home office though.
Yosemite was July. I have about 1400 pictures that I could easily share and they're all phenomenal. Instead, I'll stick with the basics and give you Yosemite's iconic tunnel view shot.
Lake Tahoe started out August for us.
Followed by a trip up to Victoria, BC for some poutine.
And we did run into some familiar faces while out there...
And a couple of killer whales.
New England was the target for September. We were able to hit Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island all in one trip.
We had our obligatory lobster roll.
Saw the mansions from the Gilded Age. Here is The Breakers.
And, naturally, went on another whale tour.
And saw a humpback, mouth open wide, gathering some dinner.
Texas was up for October. We flew down to meet Ian. He goes by the username Pribs here at WA and is a familiar face at the affiliate conference each year. The goal of this trip was to watch Texas beat the Sooners. (Success!)
And to absolutely gorge ourselves on every kind of fried food imaginable. (Double success!)
The fall is football season in our house. Every available weekend was spent either on the couch or driving out to catch a game.
And I should be packing for our next trip out to Philadelphia for Thanksgiving, but instead I'm writing this post.
As of right now, our December is wide open. We have no trips planned and it's looking to stay that way as time off from travel is needed at this point. Something may pop-up however and a weekend trip somewhere warm is starting to sound like a good idea now that snow is in the forecast.
Why share all of this?
Outside of wanting to just showcase some of my favorite pictures, I hope this post lends a bit of inspiration your way.
I wasn't in a position to travel like this the first couple years of my business. I pushed through the hard times and worked my ass off. I didn't let failure or even the fear of failure hold me back. I gave myself time to achieve success. I committed to building something that would allow me to live the life I wanted.
And honestly, with the Black Friday deal just around the corner, now is as good a time as any to make that same commitment. Commit to building something great and the life you want.
Here I am, a few years later, with 2016 nearly booked up with exotic travel plans.
I'm quite looking forward to what the future holds.