Los Angeles, CA*
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
*indicates new locations for me
6 Car rentals
6 Months as a teacher
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
- 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!
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