2010 was a fantastic year of travel for me, with a two-week trip to Alaska as the clear highlight. Like last year, choosing my top 10 travel moments wasn’t easy but it did make me feel very thankful for such an exciting opportunities. I feel like every trip I took deserved its own top 10, but I finally narrowed it down… Without further ado, my top 10 travel moments for 2010 in chronological order.
1. I kicked off 2010 the perfect way — I was still on a trip that started in 2009! I was finishing up a weeklong trip in Park City, Utah. We spent the first day of 2010 skiing at Deer Valley and then took the funicular to the ultra-posh, brand new St. Regis for hot chocolate.
2. Did Robin Hood really exist? Well, you’ll have to read this post to find out. But needless to say, my tour of Nottingham led by “Robin Hood” was one of my top 10 travel moments this year. And getting to go inside the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest wasn’t too shabby either.
3. With the abominable Gulf oil spill, I was worried that beautiful Siesta Key, which lies just off of Florida’s central Gulf Coast, would be affected. I was ecstatic that it remained unscathed and oil-free, and even happier that I spent a few blissful days there in May. Siesta Key’s white sand and calm turquoise water give the Caribbean some serious competition!
4. My trip to Alaska with Princess Cruises needs its own top 10 travel moments — or maybe its own top 25 travel moments. But I’ll never forget my arrival at Fairbanks airport. I disembarked the plane at 9:37 pm and it was so bright and sunny I was positive it was 9:37 am. Even more amazing than the sun that never seemed to set? Before the cruise started, I took a helicopter ride outside Denali National Park and landed on a glacier! I was terrified before the flight, but it was absolutely incredible.
5. I saw so much beautiful scenery in Alaska, yet choosing my favorite sight is easy. Our day of “scenic cruising” around Glacier Bay National Park was unrivaled. I really can’t imagine anywhere more dramatic, but I’ll keep looking!
6. OK, I didn’t exactly have to travel far (about two miles) to get to NYC’s famous Plaza Hotel, but I’m still putting it on the list. Growing up, Eloise was my favorite book and so I leapt at the chance to visit the unveiling of the Eloise Suite at the Plaza Hotel. Plus, I got to meet the suite’s designer (and one of my favorite clothing designers) Betsey Johnson.
7. For years I’ve wanted to attend the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and I couldn’t believe my luck when I realized that I could attend it this year. I only had time for one show so I really had to do my research. Luckily, hit the jackpot with Soap! The Musical. Performed at the famous Assembly Rooms, this critically acclaimed musical comedy took place in bathtubs, yes, bathtubs. Just the kind of Fringe show I was looking for!
8. I loved going to the castles in England and Scotland in August. We hit Alnwick Castle, which starred as Hogwarts in Harry Potter, in England and then Edinburgh Castle, St. Andrew’s Castle, Hollyrood Palace and Scone Palace in Scotland. But it was only at Scone Palace that a friendly Highland cow licked my husband.
9. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a sports fan. Yet even I get excited when I have the chance to watch Manchester United win a game at its home stadium in Old Trafford. But I’m still wondering if, as an American, I’m allowed to call it “football”?
10. Ever wish for one more summer weekend? Well, I got one at the very end of September, when I lucked out with hot and sunny weather in Montauk, the former anti-Hamptons that now just might be the most happening town on the East End. It was great weekend of lounging on the beach and eating lobster rolls.
Well, 2010 was a great year. But then so was 2009…