2016 Recap

Hello there! Welcome to The Traveling Vet Girl. It’s a little late in the year to be doing an overview of 2016, but what better way to kick off a new website than to reminisce over the past year. 2016 was full of amazing new experiences, places, and people that I could have never imagined.  And as always when I travel, I feel I grew more as a person.  Now more than ever, travel is a way to broaden horizons, be more open minded, and learn how to walk in someone else’s shoes.  Which brings me to the purpose of this site. I want to inspire people to dream beyond their wildest imagination of destinations they long to explore. But most importantly, more than just dream, I want people to GO. To not let the ‘what if’s’ hold them back. To show people they CAN get around the insecurities and fears that hold so many people back. Fears of not enough money, enough time, safety, being alone… the list could go on and on. The world is a beautiful place and life is short. I want to inspire people to get out of their comfort zones, and GO EXPLORE!

Here’s a look back at what 2016 was like for me.


I rang in the New Year in Chicago!


Starved Rock State Park satiated my need for some nature outside of the big city.


I made a road trip to visit my family in Paris, Texas.


Lake Geneva is a short drive from Chicago, and a nice little weekend getaway.


Summer isn’t complete without a camping trip – so a trip up to Wisconsin’s Lake Superior was perfect! I kayaked for the first time at Apostle Islands National Seashore!


For the past few years I’ve visited a new city for my birthday and this year was no different.  Montreal was a quick flight from Chicago, but with a great European vibe.


My family reunion is held annually at Beaver’s Bend State Park in Oklahoma. It was so great to catch up with everyone!


Spontaneous international flight? Check! I got this flight 2 weeks prior, so I could visit my boyfriend while he was in France. Paris in the fall is magical!


Another spontaneous flight but with more time to plan (I found a $400 round trip flight deal to Beijing back in February – who could pass that up?!).  My first trip to Asia was incredible!


I’ve wanted to spend New Year’s Eve in New York City since I was a little kid watching Times Square on TV. And I finally made it happen! It was a great kick off to 2017!

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