2013 travel update

So far in 2013, I’ve been to 8 countries. Some of them – hi, Argentina – multiple times. I’ve spent more hours than I care to add on planes, and I’ve lost track of how many beds it’s been (get your minds out of the gutter!).

Please don’t hear this as a complaint. I’ve explored Moscow, met up with friends in Boston and New York and attended a family birthday party in England – all on the company’s dime.

Saint Basil's Cathedral

The downside is that in spite of all this travel, I’m spending less time than ever travel blogging. Part of it is that I don’t think you really want to hear about the Holiday Inn Montevideo (a little run down, the one in Bogota is nicer) or my dinner at a chain restaurant. But part of it is that I don’t feel particularly creative after days packed with meetings and nights spent on planes.

Right now, I’ve got Athens and England in the backlog, and I want to do them justice. So instead of a half-hearted post with poorly chosen photos of the Acropolis, I figured I’d check in on a more personal level.

Conwy castle

Life is good! I love my work, travel and all. Lola is adorable as ever, and Rodolfo’s not too far behind her. When we’re actually in Santiago, we’re going out as usual, but the camera has been staying home. Much as I enjoy touting the best of Santiago, I also enjoy a night off.

I’m hoping to take a real vacation later this year – and I know how spoiled I am to have to distinguish between travel and vacation. I’m not sure anything will top Cuba, but if Rodolfo and I can sort our schedules out long enough to pin down a free week, we’ll certainly try! There are a couple spots we’re thinking of, but I’m always open to a good travel daydream, so tell me…

where are you going (or hoping to go) in 2013?

10 Responses to “2013 travel update”

  1. Andrea says:

    I feel the same way right now – been laying off the blogging. With all that’s going on, I am in need of a recharge. We have three trips coming up, and I know I really should get out there and write about our new home, but I’m so t-i-r-e-d…..

  2. Laura says:

    I’ve more than doubled my business travel this year with a new position and I totally get what you’re going through. It’s hard to keep up with all the things outside of work, especially blogging. I usually try to work in at least one day of leisure everywhere I go to at least do something on my own, take photos and have some fun. But I have yet to take a personal trip this year that’s more than a weekend. I’m catching up with reading blogs from the plane coming back from a business trip right now!

    • Emily in Chile says:

      I always think I’ll catch up on blogs when I’m alone in my hotel at night, but somehow after writing up reports from the day, preparing for the next day and dealing with work emails, it ends up being bedtime. I feel your pain!

  3. Girl, I hear ya! Blogging (and commenting) has definitely taken a major backseat for me. It’s great to unplug for a bit though. :-)

    • Emily in Chile says:

      I feel like I really needed a break and might finally be rejuvenated. Athens pictures here I come!

  4. Jemma says:

    You’re lucky that your work allows you to travel. I think my life is more boring because I work in an office.

    Hope we’ll both get real vacations this year! :)

    • Emily in Chile says:

      I am very lucky! I am definitely not complaining about my business travel, and it’s allowed me to have some fun little side trips. Just doesn’t allow much time for blogging.

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