2015 Recap | 40 Planes, 5 Countries and One Husband

You’ll be happy to know that at the ripe age of 34, I’ve finally accepted that my best plans and intentions for the new year often go out the window around mid-February.

I had a vision of how 2015 would turn out, and my word, did it go off the rails! Between crazy, varied work projects and the nightmare that was wedding planning, I stayed closer to Angie Away Base Camp than ever before. For the first time since 2008, I didn’t leave my own continent! Instead, I spent all my time exploring the Caribbean, Canada and parts of the U.S.

Here’s a quick photographic recap of my year in adventures.

  • Miles flown in 2015: 26,023
  • Flights taken: 40 planes; 1 seaplane
  • Countries visited: Canada, The Bahamas, Aruba, Bonaire
  • New countries:3
  • States visited: Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, Nevada, Texas, New York
  • Husband acquired: 1

January

Alex in Wanderland came to visit me in Florida. We spent a little time at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, explored the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and froze our butts off at Angie Away Base Camp.

Disney Animal Kingdom Resort

Animal Kingdom Lodge

Then I drove up to St. Simons Island for a couple days of exploring on assignment.

The King and Prince Beach Resort on St. Simons Island

The King and Prince Beach Resort on St. Simons Island

February

We popped up to Amelia Island and he popped the question. Let the wedding planning begin!

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March

We traveled to Treasure Cay in The Bahamas to research wedding venues, and after a gorgeous visit and lots of research, we chose Bahama Beach Club.

Treasure Cay Bahamas Angie Away

Happy and newly engaged on Treasure Cay

Snorkeling with Brendal

Snorkeling with Brendal

I flew to Dallas for a speaking engagement and was scheduled to stay the weekend with BFF Lauren, but I was called back to Jacksonville at the last minute to cover the red carpet at the annual Tim Tebow Foundation Gala. It was so much fun!

I love my job!

I love my job!

Interviewing some of my favorites

Interviewing some of my favorites

After a crazy month, we celebrated Mom’s birthday with a group photo in St. Augustine.

St. Augustine

St. Augustine

April

I popped up to Knoxville, Tenn., for a few days to explore the Smoky Mountains with Travel Mindset.

Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains

I went whitewater rafting with a reality TV celebrity.

USA Raft

USA Raft

I loved the mountains so much, the next week I flew to Vancouver and hopped onboard the Rocky Mountaineer for an epic train trek through Canada.

En route to Vancouver

En route to Vancouver

All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer!

All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer!

Making friends with the Canadians

Making friends with the Canadians

I almost didn’t make it back from Canada in time for our engagement party… but after some cancelled flights, tears and one tornado, I was home in the nick of time!

Engagement party rainbow

Engagement party rainbow

I started hanging around on The Chat.

Chatting on The Chat

Chatting on The Chat

May

In May, we had our annual family campout at Ginnie Springs and explored some of its famous underwater caves.

Ginnie Springs

Ginnie Springs

Next, I flew to Puerto Rico with my little sister for a Jockey media experience at El Conquistador Resort. We hiked in El Yunque, did yoga on a picturesque hillside and kayaked around a private island. Not a bad weekend.

En route to San Juan, Puerto Rico

En route to San Juan, Puerto Rico

El Conquistador Resort

El Conquistador Resort

SUP?

SUP?

Chatting it up again.

My favorite afternoon pastime

My favorite afternoon pastime

June

I popped up to NYC for 24 hours for a press conference. It wasn’t enough time in the city, but it was a bit like coming up for air.

One night in NYC

One night in NYC

The next week, my husband-to-be got baptized, a very emotional moment! Then we took a week off of work to participate in a local mission trip with our church. We painted, built, landscaped and spent some quality time with a couple of veterans in a Jacksonville neighborhood.

Volunteering with hubby-to-be

Volunteering with hubby-to-be

After that, I made my way to Orlando to film for a Destination America behind-the-scenes special about Universal Orlando Resort.

Quiet on the set!

Quiet on the set!

After that, more Chat.

More chatting on The Chat

More chatting on The Chat

Up next, my first shark experience of the year during Shark Week.

Not quite as authentic as cage diving in South Africa, but it's all I could manage!

Not quite as authentic as cage diving in South Africa, but it’s all I could manage!

June

In July, I traveled to Virginia Beach with Travel Mindset. I ate everything.

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach

I talked about solo travel on The Chat…

Solo travel tips

Solo travel tips

Wedding invitations went out…

IMG_0590And the trip I’d been planning with Alex in Wanderland and Camels and Chocolate for months finally began – Bonaire!

Scuba diving on Bonaire

Scuba diving on Bonaire

We laughed our heads off in between seven dives, eating all the delicious cuisine on the island. and exploring above the water.

Buoyant blonde babes in Bonaire

Buoyant blonde babes in Bonaire

And they threw me the most epic shark-themed bachelorette party on our last night!

Surprise!

Surprise!

August

After that late night, we were up early to fly to Aruba for a relaxing couple of days at the Divi Tamarijn Aruba.

Shenanigans

Shenanigans

Up next, yet another girls’ only adventure, this time with Jamie and Lauren in Atlanta. We didn’t do anything but eat, and I was really, really ok with that.

Eating all the Southern food in Atlanta

Eating all the Southern food in Atlanta

Um, another girls’ weekend/bachelorette party – this time with my Maid of Honor in Las Vegas. What can I say? I enjoyed this part of the engagement process!

Welcome to Las Vegas!

Welcome to Las Vegas!

Special guest appearance by Alex in Wanderland!

Special guest appearance by Alex in Wanderland!

Cosmopolitan and Redbook featured my article 15 Lessons I Learned from Traveling Around the World. Woohoo!

September

Wedding crunch time. Everything’s a blur. I half remember coordinating a press trip to Universal Orlando this month… here’s the one photo I took!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, my second home

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, my second home

And I did wind up on The Chat to talk about our scuba adventures on Bonaire…

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October

Wedding month arrived and everything was chaotic. Packing, planning, a million phone calls and drama with the resort. We hoped it would be a relaxing week once we finally arrived in The Bahamas, but you know how that went...

Wedding / vacation in The Bahamas. The beautiful sights and sounds of construction.

Wedding / vacation in The Bahamas. The beautiful sights and sounds of construction.

We did have some memorable and happy moments though…

rftr-5-years-5Just before I walked down the aisle – hysteria with my maid of honor!

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My superhero husband | Photo courtesy of The Lilypad Agency
Blessed to have this group of super troopers with us to help make a terrible wedding week manageable

Blessed to have this group of super troopers with us to help make a terrible wedding week manageable. Via The Lilypad Agency

And when it was all over, we honeymooned on Exuma

Happy Honeymooners

Happy Honeymooners

And spent a night exploring Miami on the way back.

Drinks and tapas at the Aloft South Beach restaurant

November

And then my new husband moved in with me. We opened all our sweet wedding gifts and started the hilarious process of living together.

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We celebrated a very low-key birthday.

Happy birthday to me!

Happy birthday to me!

A few more trips to Orlando…

Home sweet home - Hogwarts!

Home sweet home – Hogwarts!

Thanksgiving with this hunk… (p.s. I really got into Snapchat this year. I’m AngieAway over there if you’d like to connect!)

Jacksonville

Jacksonville Thanksgiving.

December

One more visit to The Chat to talk about our wedding disaster and some of my favorite romantic destinations...

One last Chat for 2015

One last Chat for 2015

One last trip to Orlando…

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We might need a bigger tree…

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Christmas came and went SO FAST and now here we are at the end of the year – a year I thought would be “pretty mellow” and involve a smooth, easy destination wedding and maybe a couple simple trips in Florida. Life is wild, isn’t it?

Where to next? Check out my 25th edition of Reflections from the Road for an update!

My most memorable adventure this year was getting married! Tell me: what was your most memorable adventure of 2015?

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