And just like that another 3 months has passed us by, and it’s time for another check in for my 101 in 1001 with Macy! And this isn’t just any check in, it’s officially been one full year since we came up with our lists, and I still can’t believe that it’s already been that long! While I’ve made some progress in some areas, there’s definitely some room to improve in other areas! Let’s take a look at how I’m dong so far!
1. Visit 5 Countries that I’ve never been to before (4/5)
With our trip to Europe in September, checking off 4 out of the 5 new countries for this item was super easy! I still need to get around to actually writing posts about our Europe trip, but our basic itinerary for our trip was a day and a half in Venice, 2 days in Prague, 3 days in Salzburg and ending with 3 days in Munich, so I visited Italy, The Czech Republic, Austria, and Germany. During our trip to Seattle we did take a day trip to Canada, but technically I’ve already visited Canada when we visited our friends when they were stationed in Minot, so I guess that I’ll just have to figure out a way to visit a new country some other time!
2. Visit 10 cities that I’ve never been to before (12/10)
At the last check in I had only visited 2 new cities (Charleston and Portland), but in the last 3 months, I was actually able to complete that goal! In August we took a long trip to Seattle and even took a day trip to Vancouver, so that’s two new cities, bringing my total to 4. Then we took our Europe trip, and I pretty much knocked this out of the ballpark! In Italy we visited Venice, but we also got to explore the town that our friends live in, Vicenza, so Italy added 2 more cities, bringing my total to 6. Then we went to The Czech Republic and visited Prague, so my total is now 7. Our next stop was Salzburg, but we also took a day trip to visit The Eagle’s Nest which is actually located in Berchtesgaden, Germany, so that’s another 2 bringing my total to 9. Our last stop on our trip was Munich, but we also took a day trip to Füssen to visit Neuschwanstein and to Dachau, which brings adds 3 more cities to my list, for a total of 12 new cities! Woohoo! I’m so excited to cross this one off my list!
3. Visit Disney World during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival.
When we had to reschedule our trips around earlier this year, I was bummed that we were going to have to miss the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival this year, but that also meant that we got to move our Disney trip around so that we could not only go during Food & Wine, but also attend one of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties. We seriously had such a blast eating and drinking our way around the world at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival, and I loved the fact that we got to see some of the countries that we had just visited!
4. Visit Disney World during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
See above, but we got to go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party while we were at Disney World earlier this year! Everybody kept on telling us how much more fun it was than the Christmas Party, and while I do love me some Christmas lights and music, Magic Kingdom couldn’t have been more beautiful all decked out for Halloween! Plus it was fun to have all of the spooky music playing, to see all the villains running around the park, and to see all of the characters dressed up for Halloween. If you have the option to visit Disney during Halloween, you definitely can’t miss out on this party!
6. Visit a real life castle
I already mentioned it above, but during our trip to Europe, one of our day trips from Munich was to Füssen to visit Mad King Ludwig’s famous castle, Neuschwanstein. Most people know of Neuschwanstein because it’s the fairytale castle that Walt Disney used for Cinderella’s castle, and it was so cool to visit it in real life. The only part that sucked about the trip was the fact that we couldn’t actually take pictures inside, but it was still a wonderful experience!
13. Visit 3 National Parks (1/3)
One of the things that I loved about the Pacific Northwest was how beautiful it was, so it shouldn’t be any surprise that there’s quite a few National Parks up in that area! One of our day trips from Seattle was to Mt. Rainier National Park, and oh my goodness was it gorgeous and spectacular! The timing of our visit was pretty perfect too, the day right before the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service! I’m glad that we missed all the crowds going the day before!
20. Go on a trip once a month for a year.
After our Napa trip this past weekend, we’ve officially been on a trip a month for an entire year! We started back in December of last year with a trip to NYC, January- Harry Potter World, February- Los Angeles, March- Charleston, April- Fredericksburg, May- Portland, June- San Diego, July- Denver, August- Seattle, September- Europe, October- Disney World, and ending in November for our trip to Napa. To say that it’s been a whirlwind of a year would probably be an understatement.
21. Book a trip using only points.
This is another thing that our trip to Napa checks off, everything about this trip travel wise we booked using only points, and I’m so proud of that! Obviously our flights were free, we used points to book Chris’s flight and then mine was free through Companion Pass. For our hotel we stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn in Napa, and we used some of the points that we had from our Hilton credit card to stay there for free. Finally, Chris used the points that he’d accumulated through work trips to get our car that we had for the weekend completely free as well (we had to drive from San Francisco to Napa for the weekend). So while the wine was most definitely not free, everything else was, and it felt so good to have that aspect of our trip paid for!
44. Organize all of the seasonal decorations.
Pretty much nothing has been going on with our house since we last talked, except that I did get our decorations that we store in our guest bedroom closet organized! I have a few different place settings that we set have out during the different seasons that were completely unorganized, so I bought some handy dandy plate holders for them! Now we can actually walk into our guest closet, which means that our guests can too…
61. Read 100 books (58/100)
I really give all of the reading challenges that I’ve been participating in and all of the book clubs that I’m a part of all the credit for this goal continuing on! Since my 101 in 1001 started I’ve read 7 books in 2015 and 51 books in 2016. My goal for 2016 originally was to read 45, and I’ve already blown that out of the water!
62. Complete 3 reading challenges (3/3).
Done and done! I’m really surprised that I was able to complete this one so fast, but I think that I’m like Erin in the fact that I’ve become addicted to reading challenges and list making! I’ve completed the SCWBC15, Erin’s Book Challenge 4.0, and Erin’s Book Challenge 5.0. I’ve already made a dent in the SCWBC16, and Erin’s list for her next challenge comes out December 1st, and I know that I’ll definitely be making my list that day! So many books and challenges, so little time!
84. Order a dish in another language
This happened in Italy, and while it’s technically not a meal, it is a dish! I ordered gelato a couple of times, and it was awesome! I even had to get the right change in Euro and everything!
85. Eat at 3 Bravo-lebrity restaurants (3/3)
So this might be cheating a little bit, but during our trip to Napa, we ate at restaurants that are owned by Top Chef Masters participants, Bottega and Ad Hoc. So while they technically are Bravo-lebrities, they aren’t Bravo-lebrities to the extreme like Lisa Vanderpump. Hopefully we’ll get to eat at some other Bravo-lebrity restaurants during some of our other trips!
Health, Fitness & Beauty- (3/10)
Health, Fitness & Beauty- (4/10)
I’m really proud of myself for these past 3 months. I feel like I was really able to knock off some things from my travel list, and that’s actually almost completed, but it seems like everything else has kind of fallen by the wayside. I need to get back on track with my life and house stuff, and maybe I’ll have the time to do that one of these days!
Do you have a 101 in 1001 list? If so, how are you doing with your list?