The last year has been...well, it's been pretty insane. When I signed on as an Alamo Chief Travel Mom in 2014 as part of a sponsored campaign, my resolution for 2015 was to spend more time with my husband during our travels. We took a trip to New Mexico together to spend a white Christmas with his family, we spent a quiet weekend together in Sunny Isles Beach in the Spring, spent a romantic weekend in Jamaica in May, and even planned a trip back to New Mexico to attend his 20 year high school reunion in June - we were well on our way to traveling more together when he asked for a divorce. So while the focus on my end of summer party as an Alamo Chief Travel Mom was supposed to be celebrating accomplishing that resolution - which I did, though it matters little at this point - Angeline and I threw a party to celebrate OUR travels together this past year. Marriages may end, but parenthood is forever. And hopefully, so is our shared love of travel.
While life isn't perfect at the moment, I am so grateful to live the life I have. I love to travel, and I've passed that passion onto my daughter, who accompanies me on many a trip. She's my little traveling buddy!
So where have we gone this year?
The trip that stands out for this year was our Spring Break in South Africa! Angeline had one item on her travel bucket list: a safari in South Africa. I was able to make that dream a reality this year, and that alone is worth celebrating!
We began our South African Bring Break Trip in Cape Town, where we cage dived with Great White Sharks in Shark Alley...because yes, we are insane.
And yes, it was totally awesome and something that we will both remember for the rest of our lives!
Then it was off to Johannesburg, where we spent three days on safari in Pilanesburg National Park. We saw the big five - and even tracked a leopard on our last day there!!
Just that one trip alone was reason enough to throw a party, as we hadn't actually sat down with my family to show them all of our photos prior to this party!
Alamo sent me a great party kit to help me celebrate and we had a blast setting up the house for our get together.
We even had sunglasses, games and Alamo Drive Happy prize packs for our guests!
They were full of an assortment of travel-related goodies - of course they were, it was a party all about travel!
Notice all of those cool Alamo Drive Happy sunglasses? Well, those are totally going to come in handy down here in Miami!
And of course, no party is complete with fun photo props, am I right?!
Photo props provide fun for people of all ages, and really liven up a party, especially for the kids! They have so much fun deciding which prop to use, using more than one prop at a time and posing for selfies!
My cousin thought the mustaches-on-a-stick were hilarious!
And then you have your jokers...there's one in every bunch, isn't there?
I was especially happy that my cousin Nick showed up to our party because he's recently caught the travel bug and is planning his first trip somewhere exciting and new! He's heading to San Francisco and then to Yosemite National Park. As I've been to both places (I've actually been to San Francisco quite a few times), I am extra excited to hear about his adventures! We even spent a little time talking about maybe bringing him on as a contributor to my site during his travels and I gave him some pointers on growing his Instagram following prior to his big adventure.
You know it was a successful party when even Angeline posed for photos...
This get together with my family was just what I needed after a long year of traveling...I'm sending Alamo a HUGE thank you for inviting me to participate as an Alamo Chief Travel Mom for 2014-2015!
Where did you travel this year? If you haven't gone anywhere exciting yet...where do you want to go?