2018 In Review

by Caitlin
NYC Street Art

Countries Visited:



The Bahamas*


States Visited:





New York






Cities Visited:

Buffalo, NY*

Chicago, IL*

Havana, Cuba*

Los Angeles, CA*

Nassau, Bahamas*

New York, NY

Portland, OR*

San Francisco, CA

Seattle, WA*

Vancouver, BC*

Victoria, BC*

Washington D.C.


*indicates new locations for me


Horseback rides:

Seattle, Washington

San Francisco, California

Trinidad, Cuba


Taxes Falls Hancock Vermont Autumn


Some numbers:

13 Flights

11 Airbnbs

11 Beaches

8 Hostels

6 Car rentals

6 Months as a teacher

6 Islands

4 Hotels

4 Long distance bus rides

2 Ferry rides

2 House sits

2 Road trips

2 Weeks as a student

1 Long distance train ride

1 Great lake


Some Favorites:

  • This year I acquired a new favorite country; Cuba, though difficult beyond imagine, stole another piece of my heart. I now have to decide whether I maintain a top 6 list or if I boot a different country off and keep it steady at 5. I’ve written about Cuba already, and have more to come.


  • By far my favorite hostel was Bahasea hostel in Nassau, Bahamas. The hostel is located outside of the main downtown but realistically you never, ever have to leave. With access to two pools private only to those at the hostel, along with private beach access, you’ll want for nothing but another bottle of rum (easily bought at one of the two liquor stores across the road). The French manager and part owner is friendly and accommodating, guests are not inundated with rules and are quite left to their own devices to enjoy all the property has to offer.


  • Of the large cities I visited, many of them were new and It’s a close contest on which was my favorite of the year but I have to give that medal to Vancouver, British Columbia. I loved the vibrancy of the city as well as how incredibly accessible it is. I’m also always happy to be by the water, and though there aren’t any stellar beaches (that I found) directly in the city, there is plenty of access to water.


  • In the final month of the year I found what I now consider to be the best beach on this side of the world. Though I have other favorites over in Asia, Varadero, a peninsula resort area that stretches north east off the mainland of Cuba is an absolutely spectacular beach and undoubtedly the best I’ve been to in these parts. The water is crystal clear, warm enough for a wimp like me to hang out in, and the waves are generally calm and easy for a weak swimmer to get through. The beach itself stretches on for XX miles with unlimited access, nothing is privately owned, any spot of sand is up for grabs (as it ought to be!). My only beef, the prevalence of plastic straws sticking up from the sand.


I can’t wait to see all that 2019 has in store for me and for The Country Jumper. I have a long list of travels coming up. I hope you come along, subscribe to be sure you don’t miss a moment!


Hearst Castle Swimming Pool

Hearst Castle Swimming Pool

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Cristina - Memories of the Pacific January 6, 2019 - 1:37 pm

You’ve visited some amazing places in 2018! Hearst Castle is actually one of my favorite sites in the world 🙂

Caitlin January 6, 2019 - 1:52 pm

The Cristina 🙂 It was a fun year! And I agree, Hearst Castle is a very unique place, I was so impressed by it!

Jim Ferri January 17, 2019 - 2:50 pm

I always fond it interesting reading these year-end roundups since it gives me so many ideas. It’s good to be able to see soemone’s experience before you jet off somewhere. I agree with you that Cuba is a special place.

Caitlin January 17, 2019 - 3:04 pm

Agreed! I also find that they can be much more unique than the big ‘best of’ lists that come from the travel media giants. Thanks for reading Jim!

jennaemmons January 17, 2019 - 3:16 pm

Sounds like you had some great adventures this year. I want to dive right into that pool!

Caitlin January 17, 2019 - 3:19 pm

Oh my gosh it was so tempting! It’s the very last room at the castle and all I could think was, well if I get kicked out I was leaving anyways! HAH

Nicole Hunter January 17, 2019 - 9:49 pm

I am from Vancouver and I can assure you that there are some beautiful beaches here. In fact, I wrote a blog about
them https://gofargrowclose.com/2018/06/01/five-favourite-vancouver-beaches/. Beyond that, you have quite an impressive list of places that you visited. Lucky you!!

Caitlin January 17, 2019 - 10:19 pm

Thanks Nicole! I did get to some of the awesome city beaches, but didn’t get too much further afield. But I looooved your city!!

The Travel Bunny January 18, 2019 - 6:14 am

2018 seems to have been a very good year for you! Good luck in 2019 and I hope you also cross the Ocean to Europe. Or Asia, in the other direction 🙂

Caitlin January 18, 2019 - 9:41 am

Thanks so much, it was a fun year! And yes, I will actually be doing both of those things this year 🙂

jordinjordinsjourneyscom January 18, 2019 - 6:47 pm

I traveled to Seattle this year too! When did you go & what were your favorite things from your trip? I went in the fall and had perfect beautiful weather that was strange for the time.

Caitlin January 18, 2019 - 8:14 pm

Awesome! It was a cool city but I really liked the nature that was surrounding it more than the city itself. But it’s in such a beautiful setting!

tayaramuse January 18, 2019 - 8:31 pm

So happy to see that Cuba has made it into someone else’s heart! Love the list of cities and places you’ve visited – definitely gives me a better plan for things to see this coming year!

Caitlin January 18, 2019 - 9:11 pm

Oh it absolutely has, it was such a great experience visiting Cuba. And I do hope I’ve given you some inspiration for your coming travels!

Medha Verma January 20, 2019 - 6:33 am

Those are some pretty impressive numbers! I really want to visit Cuba soon. Planning to take a cruise there end of 2019, let’s see how that goes. You’ve got a fewf posts on your blog, will look through them all when I plan, thanks!

Caitlin January 20, 2019 - 2:55 pm

Awesome! You’ll love it in Cuba, I did. Let me know if you have any ore specific questions once you start planning!

Epepa Travel Blog January 21, 2019 - 10:04 am

A great idea with such a summary of the whole year. You have visited very interesting places and I see that your 2018 was good. Happy New Year! I wish you many travels and successes in writing a blog.

Caitlin January 21, 2019 - 10:28 pm

Thank you so much! It was a fun year for sure. Happy 2019 to you!


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