2022: Travel

Now with that whole burnout recovery, I traveled. And did that whole summer of writing!

How did you travel in 2022? How and/or where would you like to travel next year?

In 2021, the second year of the pandemic, we stayed locally although did jet to Hawaii. In 2020, in the first year of the pandemic, I stayed local and only went to a few overnight destinations within a few hours of a drive—one before the pandemic (so it doesn’t count) and down to Central California. In 2019, I made a big trip to Japan and many domestic trips to Phoenix, Portland, and New York. In 2018, I traveled very domestically, mostly local for retreats in Ukiah, Scotts Valley, and Big Sur. Then San Diego for a work thing. And a trip to Squaw Valley. And a crazy long adventure through Chicago and New York. In 2017, I traveled to Minnesota for work, LA twice for “fun”, Las Vegas for a not-so-good fun, and Thailand/Myanmar! Also somehow forgot to mention Cincinnati for MidwestUX! And did I forgot to mention Phoenix? In 2016, I traveled to Finland/Sweden for my first big speaking gig, Portland for a “bachelorette” party, road trip to LA for my sister’s wedding, and Minnesota for work. In 2015, I went to Brazil for a conference, multiple work trips, and a midwest trip. In 2014, I went on multiple weekend trips, increased business trips, and found a destination for ice cream and writing. In 2013, I finished off the bulk of the travel for the Ice Cream Travel Guide. In 2012, I started the journey of a life and went to what I thought was unfathomable (in my life) — six domestic destinations and eight international destinations — for professional and personal reasons. In 2011, I went on one international trip, one domestic…and one super local. In 2010, I went on one international trip and multiple domestic trips.

In 2022, I traveled to:

  • Arizona! First to Sedona for vaccay where we actually HIKED and enjoyed it. Partly because it was nice to see Chris tackling things and maybe a part obsession with Instagrammable moments. And how a holiday can be enjoyable if cool. Then to Gilbert (Phoenix Metro) to visit my sister/Jakobé. We were tasked with babysitting Jakobé which taught me exactly what it’s like to parent (it’s hard!) I have to say that masking was like…less than ideal
  • Netherlands. The impetus was giving a talk at UX Insights Festival. Then I essentially built a trip around it. Seems like anything that I wish into the world (get paid for a talk!) can happen. First, Breda and its sleepy town. Then several days in Amsterdam for touristy moments from cycling to museum hopping.
  • Gambier in Ohio, near Columbus. Kenyon Summer Writing Workshop! So amazing (but also it made me super cautious about covid…which is associated with my social anxiety. Also stopped by Columbus to see Lisa.
  • Portland. For Tin House…finally in-person after having done it online in 2020. It was very good re: covid so I was thrilled and safe in some way. But my social anxiety kicked up in the awful ways.
  • Didn’t get a chance to do New York. But did make it to Arizona and most importantly to a summer writing workshop. And somewhere for fun. AND definitely didn’t go anywhere for work.

    Next year? Well I definitely hope New York for a summer writing workshop. Would like to go just for fun, but I can’t justify it. I had thought about going to Seattle for AWP in March, but it just seems…too much? Fortunately with my current job, I don’t have to travel anywhere (yay!) Considering the limited vacation, I don’t know where exactly I can go, but maybe somewhere locally—Tahoe perhaps?

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