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Travel Down Memory Lane –Take a look at some of our contributor’s top 2017 trips!

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Your “Take a Trip Down Memory Lane” entries inspired our writers to share their favorite trips from the year. Check out where they recommend you go in 2018.


2017 Trip Down Memory Lane: My Oregon Trail

By JamieCattanach



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Even with exotic destinations like Barcelona and Athens in my 2017 travel log -- and not to mention a Charleston totality view of the solar eclipse -- my first-ever trip to Oregon sticks with me. I spent two weeks ping-ponging between Portland, wine country, and the boulder-brushed beaches of towns like Yachats, reconnecting with old friends and making a few new ones, too.


One particularly lucky leg of the trip found me traipsing around the prestigious Ribbon Ridge AVA of the Willamette Valley with a mind-blowing home base: a rustic private cottage on a working equine therapy farm, staffed by WWOOFers and complete with its very own vineyard. My Airbnb host gifted me some duck eggs to fry up for breakfast, stunning me even before I tasted them with their pristine brown-and-blue shells. When she told me there was magic in the forest we could see on the horizon, I believed her -- and not just because all the wine I'd tasted had gone to my head.


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How a Mountain View Changed Our Perspective

By Rebecca_Lake



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Over the last few years, I've gotten more interested in travel but my kids have been more reluctant to leave home. I've been getting them used to traveling by taking them to different places around our home state of North Carolina.


This past fall, we headed to the western part of the state to check out the mountain views. Living along the coast, we're used to beach scenery, trees that stay green year-round and fall temperatures in the 80s. Seeing the mix of reds and yellows and oranges against the backdrop of blue skies and spending time prowling around the woods was a completely new experience for my kids, and one that they loved. We're already planning our next trip back and have even talked about saying goodbye to the beach life for good in favor of cool mountain breezes.


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Must-Do Dominican

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I went on a trip to the Dominican Republic in December to escape winter’s frosty arrival. I’d expected endless sun and inviting beaches and I was not disappointed. But what surprised me was just how much more the friendly country has to offer than surf and sand.


Horseback riding to el Limon waterfall, surf lessons at Macao beach and a hot air balloon ride over Punta Cana are just some of the activities worthy of sacrificing sun tanning-time for. And did I mention a boat tour of secluded Los Haitises National Park (which was chosen as a 2018 top destination by Lonely Planet)? The diving pelicans, lush islets and ancient cave art is not to be missed.


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San Juan de Gaztelugatxe -- A Tiny Island With Big Views

By: AndyShuman


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San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is a small chapel built on top of a hill on a tiny island located between Bilbao and Bermeo in northern Spain. It means Castle Rock in Basque.


The chapel is cute, but nothing to write home about, and it’s not the reason to embark on this journey. But the breathtaking views from the top of the cliff (and along the way) will captivate you and make climbing those 241 medieval steps totally worth it.


The rugged beauty of this island and the surrounding area is hard to imagine and convey in photographs. If you are in Bilbao or anywhere in Basque country, you owe it to yourself to visit this magical place. You won’t regret it!

The walk is tiring, but not exceedingly hard. Do yourself a favor, though, and wear comfortable shoes. No flip-flops or you’ll rue the day. Seriously!


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