2015 Traverse Blog Travel Recap

I have been pretty damn proud of myself in 2015.  I exceeded my goal of 12 trips in 12 months, purchased my first home, got a promotion at an amazing job that I love, and continued to flourish in my strong relationship with Sam. This year has been an exciting one, full of adventures, transitions and big life decisions. Here is a quick review of my year!

I started the year with a trip to Kansas City to visit my close friend Jess. The weather was unseasonably warm, making for an enjoyable 3 days exploring the city! January also marked my 1 month anniversary of starting at Greenheart Travel and moving to Chicago.

February is normally my least favorite month of the year. While that remained true this year, a long weekend in Colorado certainly helped improve my mood. I also completely relaunched my blog in February, which was an exciting (and slightly nerve-wrecking) learning experience. I also started my house-hunting process in February, and was pumped to start looking at condos.


At the beginning of 2016, I was really excited for the Women in Travel Summit in Boston. By March, I was even more pumped to meet inspiring women and spend a weekend talking about travel. I learned so much at WITS and met lots of great people, getting me excited for this March when I’ll attend the conference again! Plus, I ate some really awesome food.

Austin and Florida were both trips on the agenda for April, along with making an offer on my first home purchase. This was a really busy month!


Closing on my condo was in full swing all May, so it was a stressful few weeks. The sellers were a huge pain in the ass, so there was a lot of back and forth with my Realtor. Thankfully, a bachelorette trip to Nashville was a much needed relief, where I had tons of fun with some girlfriends, eating, drinking and laughing our way through the Music City.

I finally closed on my condo and got moved in! I rewarded myself by building my dream closet, complete with a separate shoe wardrobe. I also had three weddings to attend in June, and my work schedule was pretty jammed packed with participants leaving for their programs. Another pretty busy month!

I didn’t have any trips planned for July, and after nearly 12 weeks of chaotic workplace, moving in and trips around the US, I was ready for a break. I spent lots of time with family and friends in July, and it was just what I needed! Plus, I got to try a bunch of restaurants in my new neighborhood.

A pretty quiet month, Sam & I spent August reconnecting with visits to the Logan Square Farmer’s Market, snuggling with our cats, and a weekend trip to Michigan.

Back to the grind, September was a busy month. I had something going on every weekend, including a pedal tavern in Milwaukee and a work trip to Toronto. But at least football season had started again!

I think October was my favorite month of the year, starting with a food-filled trip to Portland and ending with a trip to Dallas. All of the fall colors, cool sunny weather and time spent with friends made it so enjoyable.

Similar to July, November was pretty quiet. I didn’t really plan anything for my weekends aside from Thanksgiving, so I spent most of my time with Sam & the kitties.

Leading up to our big trip in Central America, December was crazy chaotic. A big change at work, a last minute trip to Colorado and Sam moving to Chicago made for stressful weeks and jam-packed weekends. Leaving for Central America felt surreal, but it was exactly what I wanted (and needed) to close out 2015.


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Author: Megan Arz

I am a travel and food obsessed Midwesterner living in Chicago and dreaming of the world. I work as a full-time program manager for Greenheart Travel, but I am also committed to integrating the travel lifestyle into my every day routines. I am passionate about ethical travel, meeting new people, creating unique memories and eating local cuisine!

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