Where in the World Will the Rest of 2016 Take Me?

2016 has been and will be one of my best travel years so far and it’s only halfway over! So far I’ve ventured to San Francisco, NYC, and explored Spain, a new country for me.

While this pales in comparison to the destinations of a full-time traveler, I’m proud of myself for fitting in what I can with a full-time job. Thanks nursing for being so flexible with PTO and time off!

I am so excited about my upcoming travel plans and thought I’d share in case anyone out there has any suggestions or tips on making the experiences better!

The Adventuring Texan

A Weekend in Chicago

Ever since Ben and I moved to Dallas and have gotten “real” jobs, we’ve committed to taking frequent weekend getaways in order to keep our sanity! Some of which have included San Francisco (one of my faves) and NYC.

Most of our weekend getaways are unplanned and last minute and I’ve only included it in my list because we’re going next weekend.

Why Chicago? Why not! I’ve always heard such great things about the windy city (except in the wintertime, only horror stories). Oh, and the Texas Rangers are playing the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley so we’ll be going to that since the boyfriend is baseball obsessed.


Wrigley FieldSource

Cheering on the USA in Rio

When Ben told me he’d have some time in August to go anywhere in the world, the possibilities were endless.

Somehow we stumbled on the idea of cheering on the U.S. of A. and going to the Olympics! This had never been on my radar but I am SO glad that we’re going.

Planning this a little last minute, I was nervous we wouldn’t be able to get tickets to any of the events. Luckily (for us) people are a little nervous about Brazil right now (Zika, crime, economy, etc.)  so tickets were plentiful and the whole trip is honestly pretty cheap  as the exchange rate is definitely in our favor. Stay tuned to see which events we get to see! Hint: They’re good ones.

Rio de JaneiroSource


Rio de janeiroSource


Exploring the Amazon

Might as well check out the Amazon while we’re in Brazil, right?

Before heading back to the USA, we’ll be stopping by Manaus and trekking into the jungle for a few days for a little adventure. We’ll put our outdoorsiness to the test with hikes through the jungles and cruises down the Amazon.

The Amazon


Girls Trip in Mexico

When your friends know you love to travel, you sometimes get invited on random girls’ trips. One of my coworkers is planning a beach vacay to the Mayan Riviera with some of her friends and invited me along. Uh, yes?!

I’ll fifth wheel it in Mexico all day long, sign me up!

The Adventuring TexanSource


Two more countries will be added to my list of places I’ve been before the end of the year. And this is only what’s planned.

Who knows what else will pop up. Can’t wait!


  1. July 6, 2016 / 12:29

    I think that you’ll love your time in Chicago! It’s such a beautiful city, especially during the summer. One of our favorite things that we did was the architecture tour on the river! Seriously, you don’t want to miss it! Also try to check our Portillo’s for their chopped beef sandwiches with hot peppers! It was one of our favorites in Chicago. I’m so jealous that you get to go to the Olympics! I can’t wait to see what events you scored tickets too!
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    • July 6, 2016 / 16:22

      Thanks for the Chicago tips! I think we’ll definitely do a river tour, I’ve heard really good things about it. And Portillo’s sounds like a great lunch spot, I’ll have to try it! I’m always up for food recommendations.

  2. August 25, 2016 / 06:40

    You have visited stunning places in 2016 and have so many more beautiful trips lined up! Looking forward to reading all about it!

  3. September 8, 2016 / 17:23

    Hi Katy, looks like this has been an exciting year of travel for you! Olympics in Rio! Wow! I hope you have and are having a blast. Keep us posted on your adventures.

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