Best of Kaleidoscopic Wandering 2011

drinking from a coconutWith 2012 knocking on my back door, I figured it would be appropriate to take a journey through the last 365 days of Kaleidoscopic Wandering. This travel blog has been going strong for two-and-a-half years now with a variety of narratives, advice, interviews and insights into tripping around the globe.

This year I started my travels with a trip to Baja California, Mexico, where I went whale watching in Magdalena Bay. Shortly thereafter, I met my dad in Costa Rica for a trip packed with hiking excursions. In March, I visited the Cook Islands for the first time. Though I don’t care for the word “paradise,” if I had to pinpoint it on a map, it might be located here.

Early in the summer, I took a trip to Vancouver, Canada, for a conference, then made it home just in time to hop into the car with my husband for an epic 35-day road trip that took us through 19 states and two Canadian provinces. Highlights of our trip included visiting the Distillery District in Toronto, wine tasting near Niagara Falls, catching a Washington Nationals baseball game and watching fireworks in Washington D.C. on the 4th of July.

Upon returning home, I enjoyed a whirlwind of trips beginning with one in the Riviera Maya focused on environmental issues. Then I popped up to northern Nevada where I got to ride in a hot air balloon for the very first time. This was followed by a super inspirational weekend at the Mighty Summit near San Francisco and a trip to Oklahoma City for the Travel Media Showcase.

Except for a brief trip to Los Angeles for another conference, I spent the vast majority of the fall at home, catching up on current projects and preparing for new projects. This month, however, I enjoyed nearly a week in Naples, Florida, with my parents. A day after arriving home, I was back on a plane, this time for a totally and completely relaxing vacation at an all-inclusive resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

costa rica waterfallEven with my busy travel schedule, I’ve managed to squeeze in three posts a week on Kaleidoscopic Wandering. The most popular three of the year were:

In addition to these three popular pieces, I published several others that I’m particularly proud of. They may not have gotten the love of the masses, but these four pieces are among my favorites from 2011:

As always, thank you for reading Kaleidoscopic Wandering. This blog would not exist without you. Stay tuned in 2012 for new trips (insider tip: Iceland is on the horizon), new content and tons of travel inspiration!

11 Responses to “Best of Kaleidoscopic Wandering 2011”

  1. Laura

    Love the retrospection! Sounds like you had a year of travel to diverse places. Can’t wait to hear about Iceland!

  2. Cam

    Did I fall asleep and miss your 35-day road trip?!?
    Looks like you had an amazing year of travel that you should be very proud of. All the best for 2012!

    • JoAnna

      Not sure where you were during the road trip … though, admittedly, I spent a lot of time focused on the trip and less to the online world. We were gone the later half of June and a good portion of July. I’m looking forward to 2012!

  3. Abby

    What a wonderful year, JoAnna! Cheers to 2012!!

  4. Spencer Spellman

    Great connecting this year JoAnna! Look forward to what 2012 holds for you. Onward and upward!

    • JoAnna

      Thanks Spence! Same to you!

    • JoAnna

      It has been a busy year! Can’t wait to see what 2012 holds for me!


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