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CINQUE TERRE, ITALY

Thursday December 22, 2016

Vernazza, Italy www.bucketlistbums.com

Monterosso, Italy www.bucketlistbums.com

Vernazza, Italy www.bucketlistbums.com

Riomaggiore, Italy www.bucketlistbums.com

Monterosso, Italy www.bucketlistbums.com

Cinque Terre was pretty much the reason for our trip to Italy. The string of seaside villages had been on my bucket list since 2009, but other travels kept serving up roadblocks. I’d put off the Italian Riviera a handful of times for UgandaThe PhilippinesBali, etc., and suddenly seven years had passed without a single visit. Recently, I’d seen the colorful Ligurian coast popping up almost daily in my Instagram feed, igniting all kinds of wanderlust for the magical place we kept moving to the back burner. Finally, after years of waiting, Cinque Terre was ours to experience and it was more vibrant and beautiful than I could have imagined …

SEMINYAK, BALI

Sunday December 18, 2016

Seminyak, Bali www.bucketlistbums.com

Seminyak, Bali www.bucketlistbums.com

Seminyak, Bali www.bucketlistbums.com

Seminyak, Bali www.bucketlistbums.com

While Seminyak’s coast was a bit rough for me (I’m a diver, not a surfer), the beaches were bursting with good energy and funky vibes. Bright bean bags, vibey bars and colorful surf boards lined the endless strip of sand that attracted the perfect mix of backpackers, honeymooners and locals. The famous stretch of beach was also home to dozens of gorgeous beachfront resorts, but none more glamorous than the Double-Six Luxury Hotel with its 120-meter lagoon style infinity pool overlooking the ocean. I spent my favorite morning in Seminyak sunbathing poolside with coconut in-hand while soaking in the blinding turquoise sparkles. Island bliss …

FAVORITE TRAVELS OF 2016

Friday December 9, 2016

Jimbaran, Bali www.bucketlistbums.com

Vernazza, Italy www.bucketlistbums.com

Gili Trawangan www.bucketlistbums.com

And so ends another year of wanderlust. We were fortunate to travel to some amazing places in 2016 – a couple old favorites, but mostly entirely new adventures. As I look back on our serendipitous journey this year, my favorite moments abroad are crystal clear, which surprises me because in the last 12 months, we’ve boarded 30 planes; visited 10 countries; swam in three Oceans; and snapped thousands of photos. Everything should be a blur! Similar to 2015, I wanted to end the year by sharing a handful of favorites with you guys. A few of these places haven’t yet posted to the blog – will try to get everything up in the next few months. And I’d love to know where you traveled this year (always looking for travel inspiration!), so please drop me a note. Ciao 2016 …