TL;DR: We’ve crossed items off of our bucket lists and added new ones, learning that happy memories come in all kinds of forms. We’re looking forward to more adventures and exploration in 2019.
For a company that has deep roots in the travel industry, it only makes sense that its employees would have a strong sense of wanderlust. This year alone, we’ve visited more than twenty countries and half of the states. From personal vacations to working with clients around the globe, we’ve collected some of our favorite stories of 2018 to share with you. Here is what we learned this year:
We don’t have to go far to have fun…
“My husband and I took a mini baby-moon road trip to Savannah, Georgia, before telling anyone that we were pregnant. My first time to the city, and it was like a mini New Orleans. Two words: Shrimp. Cone.” - Elizabeth, Social Media Strategist
“My favorite memory this year? Driving in a VW van around Maui while camping in the rain, drinking beer, playing cards, eating roadside pineapple, and meeting locals with my boyfriend.” - Kate, Producer
“I went to Nashville for my 30th birthday for six days with ten of my mates from Australia and new mates from Oregon. We ate chicken, we drank Budweiser and we shook our booties to country music (and then ate more chicken and drank more Budweiser).” - Charles, Account Manager
“Going to my first Red Sox game in Boston.” - Gio, Director of Social Media Services
We love exploring the world outside of the country too…
“When I was in Tulum, Mexico, I paid $3 to go scuba-diving in cenotes, which are underwater caverns. Getting to swim with baby turtles made it the best three dollars I have ever spent in my life.” - Olga, Project Coordinator
“During a discovery trip to Costa Rica, I was attacked by an iguana for my bacon cheeseburger... apparently iguanas do like meat!” - Kristin, Accounting Manager
“Night before one of our day walks, our guide told us about a yogurt factory that we'd encounter in the middle of a national park. We thought he was joking. We had been hiking that day for about 6-7 miles, dead exhausted, walking through the forest, and came upon a unicorn yogurt factory. We got there with 10 minutes to spare before their retail store closed. It was the best yogurt we had ever had. Thank you forest yogurt fairies.” - John, Director of Business Development
“Cruising through Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Kruger National Park in a two-week timeframe? Insane but completely life-changing.” - Kate, Producer
We still have other countries we want to visit…
Japan remains the top of people’s lists three years running and with its strong influence to Portland, that comes as no surprise.
Other countries that we’re looking forward to exploring are Denmark, Tanzania, Morocco, Fiji, and Italy.
Here is our travel advice for you…
“When flying international, always order an adult beverage when they cart comes around, even if you're not drinking. The minis make really nice stocking stuffers.” - Elizabeth, Social Media Strategist
“Try one new thing every time you travel. Put down your itinerary and just be in the place.” - Rachel, Sr. Social Media Strategist
“Sign up for flight alerts months in advance and keep your options open for a few destinations; Let fate decide and when cheap flights pop up, pull the trigger!” - Alex, Social Media Strategist
“If you, like me, prioritize hotel pools with waterslides then Instagram is the best hotel search engine around. See the pool and its amenities before you book.” - Arianna, Vice President of Client Services
“Arrange your trip to get out of the big cities and tourist traps. It’s far more fulfilling to get to know the people that live in the area.” - John, Director of Business Development
“Pack snacks (and a refillable water bottle). You'll save so much cash that you can then spend at your destination.” - Charles, Account Manager