My Favorite Travel Photos of 2018
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2018 was an odd year of travel for Eli and I. For the first time, I realized the joy of visiting a place more than once and exploring beyond the list of top recommendations. It was a year of repeat trips.
Eli has been visiting Japan his entire life, spending summers there as a kid. As adults we usually visited in the winter during lulls at work and so neither of us had ever been to Japan for cherry blossom season. To celebrate Eli’s 30th birthday, I fussed over the cherry blossom bloom predictions and arranged a trip for us at the end of March, beginning of April.
It was the year of repeat visits so we went back to Japan in the summer for a wedding. We were there for 3 days. It would have been dizzying and not enough but we had just been so it worked.
I cried taking the photo above. Eli and I stayed 2 nights in this tiny town called Yoshino and it was the kindest place I had ever visited. On our first night, I saw these lanterns lighting the path up to a temple and made a mental note to come back the next evening. When we arrived the following night, the lanterns were off. They only light them occasionally. There were a handful of people at the top of the path. I was a tad disappointed. As we headed back down the slop, the lights flicked on. We were the only ones making our way down. It was so unexpectedly kind and considerate.
Winters in Chicago are not my favorite. For the past year or two, Eli and I have been talking about finding a winter escape but we can’t agree on place. I love New Orleans but Eli isn’t keen on spending winters there. We thought Austin could be it.
We got an airbnb in a cute neighborhood. I took on a bunch of shoots. Eli worked. After 3 days, it was clear that Austin wasn’t going to be our home away from home. My allergies went haywire the moment we landed. Our first day was warm and sunny but all our subsequent days were cold and rainy. I caught a terrible cold.
I shot a WSJ Off Duty piece in Taiwan. It was supposed to just be a stopover on our way to Japan but Eli and I had a long list of places we wanted to try so extended our stay. Thankfully our list of places overlapped almost perfectly with the places I was supposed to photograph and we had enough time for a couple of side adventures.
The first international trip Eli and I took together and solo (sans family) was to Montreal, so it’s a sentimental spot for us. The first time we went was in the winter because it was cheap and we were young and broke. We always wanted to go back during the summer and were finally able to make that happen this year.
A few years back, I had never been to Mexico. Now I seem to go every year. This year I went to Cabo with the Mexican Board of Tourism.
I lived in Los Angeles for 2 and a half years. For a while, Eli and I said we’d move back but then we didn’t. Chicago is an incredible home base. The cost of living is doable. People are nice. Work is good. The one down side is winter but it’s easy enough to hope over to California for a week here and there.