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Best of the Rest – The Weekly Roundup

by Meg · 6 comments


Happy Holidays from LandingStanding!


Merry Belated Christmas everyone!  I am writing this article a little in advance (Christmas Eve to be exact!) so I can enjoy stuffing my face with baked goods and watching Elf in stretchy pants on Christmas Day, but I wanted to take this time to highlight some of my favorite travel articles from this week:

  • I am so pumped to get on the plane on January 4th and start our RTW trip.  I hope that at this time next year, we can pull together a photo album of all our adventures from 2012.  In the meantime, here is Adventurous Kate’s roundup from 2011.
  • After having left Miami, I am not sure I ever truly loved living there.  But one thing I did love was being able to drive 10 minutes to South Beach to soak up some sun year-round.  As you can imagine, I was a little sad when South Beach didn’t make MJ’s list of Best Florida Beaches… But then again, I haven’t explored any of the ones on her list, so who am I to judge?! 
  • What girl can resist the yummy chocolate samplings in an Advent calendar?  I sure can’t! Daily doses chocolate around the holiday season?  Sign me up!  But for anyone looking to enjoy a more adult version of this Christmas tradition, A Lady in London shares with us the London Andaz Hotel’s  grown-up twist on the Advent calendar… A Cognac and chocolate tasting would get EXTREMELY deadly for me… I’m just sayin’!
  • I am going to need all the advice and help I can get from fellow travel bloggers when I am on the road in a couple weeks travelling the world.  Thankfully, Kim has provided me with a great list of Travel Blogs that I can add to my Google Reader for the new year.  Some I am already following, but many of these blogs came as a great surprise when I was reading her article.  Thanks for sharing Kim!
  • I LOVED the warm weather when I was living down in Miami for the past couple of years, but one thing I missed was snow for the holidays.  As you can imagine, I was wishing for flurries this Christmas season up in Boston before our big RTW trip.  Well, it’s now Christmas Eve and close to 50 degrees out, so I should probably kiss that dream goodbye.  And of course, the Traveling Canucks made matters worse by flaunting their winter wonderland pictures of Whistler Village… Not cool guys!


About Meg
Exhausted from traveling every week as a Business Management Consultant early in my career, I took a year off in 2012 to travel at my own pace. I am a high-energy girl that loves being active, eating food, drinking wine, and exploring the world with my partner-in-crime (and husband), Tony! I now reside in Portland, Oregon and continue to write about travel, food, wine, and the awesome adventures we have in the Pacific NW!

Emily in Chile December 26, 2011 at 10:06 am

Wow, your departure date is really coming up! Safe travels, hope Santiago gets you off to a good start.

Meg January 1, 2012 at 10:13 am

Thanks Emily! Let us know if your going to be in Santiago over the next few weeks – We would love to meet up for drinks or something!

Kim January 1, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Thanks for the mention and BEST WISHES on your RTW trip. It’s so close!!!! I can only imagine how you’re feeling right now :)

Meg January 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Thanks Kim – You must be getting so excited for your RTW in June as well. We leave tomorrow and I can tell you from first-hand experience that time FLIES! Keep us posted as your trip approaches!

Barb January 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Just remember to save a few weeks at the end of your trip for Princeville and Seattle. Let’s also connect periodically via Skype so we can see your lovely little faces :-) Have a fabulous time and be safe.

Meg January 5, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Thanks Momma B! We are already looking forward to the Hawaii and Seattle (Part 2) adventures! Love you!!!

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