I’ve got a couple of exciting travel announcements to make today! Although August has been a mostly travel-free month, the same cannot be said for the rest of the year. I guess I just can’t sit still for very long! Now, if you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my post from Tuesday announcing a trip I have coming up in September. Drum roll, please…
I will be headed to the beautiful island of Nevis from September 8-11 to participate in and cover the events of the Nevis Marathon! Nevis is part of the twin-island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis and is located in the eastern Caribbean. It’s pretty tiny and features a big volcano right in the center, beautiful lush landscapes, and of course, gorgeous beaches and crystal clear water!
Now, where exactly is Nevis? It’s time for my favorite thing – a geography lesson! The islands of St Kitts and Nevis are actually located very close to Antigua and Barbuda, where I visited in May for the Run in Paradise Half Marathon (PS – I’m going back in 2017 and you need to come with me! Visit their website to learn more!) In fact, you can see the islands from Antigua on a clear day!
I’ll be participating in the 5k on Thursday, September 8 and the half marathon on September 10, plus a host of other fun and adventurous activities in between! I’m so excited to explore Nevis and learn more about this beautiful island. I remember flying over it on the way to Antigua and marveling over how beautiful it was, so I’m grateful for this opportunity. I’ll be traveling and experiencing the island thanks to Nevis Naturally and the Nevis Marathon and looking forward to sharing my adventures (and pictures!) with you here on the blog!
Now, you also know that I’m going to Nepal in October for my dream trip, but that’s a trip I’m taking with a couple of friends. So AJ and I wanted to go somewhere together before the year was out, too! He started a new job a few months ago, and unfortunately, he doesn’t get much vacation time. However, his company closes for the week between Christmas and New Year’s, so we decided to take advantage of that and go on a trip! The name of the game was finding somewhere we could visit for a very cheap flight, that wouldn’t take too long to travel to, and that would be a fun place to visit on New Year’s. Although we thought that might be the Caribbean or somewhere warm, we ended up deciding on Vienna…and Bratislava…and Budapest!
We got direct flights to Vienna, Austria using frequent flyer miles for the day after Christmas, and upon arrival, we are heading straight to Bratislava, Slovakia to spend a day exploring the city. It’s only an hour away from Vienna by train, so we wanted to head there since that’s not an opportunity we’ll have often! Plus, it will give us some insight into a previous communist bloc country, which we have never visited before.
We will be staying in Airbnbs and hostels on our trip, so we should get a pretty interesting local experience as compared to staying in hotels, as well as saving a ton of money. After Bratislava, we head to Budapest, Hungary by train – again, just a couple hours away. Gotta love the European train system! I have heard amazing things about Budapest and am really looking forward to exploring the city and checking out the winter markets.
After Budapest, it will be back to Vienna to explore there and then ring in 2017! We are pretty pumped about experiencing a New Year’s celebration in another country and it should be a lot of fun. We haven’t spent too much time in Europe yet, so we’re excited to explore what central Europe has to offer – even if just for a week!
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