Saying Goodbye to 2017

December 31, 2017

Saying goodbye to 2017 is honestly going to be hard for me! This is the first time I can actually say that I am sad to see the year go. 2017 has been my favorite year yet and has taught me so much about myself. Here are 10 highlights of the year from me and Gavin! I am also sharing my favorite photos of us together from this year.

1. We started the year out by taking a trip around California. This small trip was such a great way to start off a whole year of traveling! We went to Disneyland for the first time together. We drove countless hours up and down the coast. I showed Gavin where I used to live. And we were the only people surfing and laying on the beach because it was so cold! We didn’t care though because we had been freezing to death in the snow for months.

2. Our spring consisted of a LOT of road trips. We went on 5 different road trips to Southern Utah and Las Vegas to go hiking. While in Moab we camped out in the back of my car (it was about 100 degrees outside) and streamed a movie throughout the campsite’s wifi. 

3. Gavin Graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelors degree in Finance. I was so proud of him and so relieved that he FINALLY would be out of school and could spend more time with meeee!😀

4. We celebrated our one year wedding anniversary! We celebrated in Vegas by laying by the pool and eating donuts. How romantic😉

5. We were able to go on a week long family vacation with each of our families this summer before we headed off to live in the UK. It was so fun to spend some personal time with them because a lot will change by the time we go back!

6. Obviously a big highlight of the year for us was moving to England. We have met so many people here that we have loved getting to know, and have enjoyed learning so much about the British culture along with other European cultures too.

7. This year we have had soooo many of our friends getting married, graduate from college, start new careers and do so many other amazing things. It makes me so happy to see all of my friends succeed and following their dreams! I love this stage of life we are in because so much is happening in all of our lives. To all of our friends… We love you and are so proud of you!

A highlight from Gavin:

8. My favorite highlight from our trip to Thailand was watching the sun come up on the beach in Koh Samui while watching the Seahawks game.

9.  Being able to disconnect from the world for 2 months while in Thailand and be able to really spend time with each other without phones, internet, or distractions. Even though we have known each other for years, I feel like this year we have learned so much and been able to grow together as a couple.

10. Being able to travel as much as we did! This year we traveled to 24 cities in 6 different countries and for 2018 we already have plans to go to 10 different countries! We are so excited to see what this next year holds for us. Happy Holidays to all of you, and cheers to the new year!

 

Love,

Kelsey and Gavin

56 Comments

  1. Ken Sayers

    December 31, 2017

    I must admit, I’m a bit jealous. I wish I could travel around like you are able to do. But since I can’t I love hearing your experiences.

  2. Rosa

    December 31, 2017

    Your Pictures look incredibly beautiful and 24 cities is insane! Cheers to 2018!

  3. thane62

    December 31, 2017

    Heartening to see a couple so happy and in love. Don’t know you except through your blog, but your charm comes through the words and pix. Happy New Year! What countries do you have lined up for ’18? Cheers,Mark (Movies Ala Mark)

  4. Simon Lindley

    December 31, 2017

    Amazing photos, amazing couple, amazing 2017. I have a funny feeling 2018 will be as fruitful. Happy New Year!

  5. lauriesstorymusicblog

    December 31, 2017

    Such beautiful memories for you to share! I’m sure that 2018 will bring you even more love, laughter and happiness! Happy New Year! ☀️

  6. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 31, 2017

    Never say never Ken! Happy new year to you and thanks for reading!

  7. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 31, 2017

    Happy New Year to you!

  8. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 31, 2017

    Thanks Mark! Happy New Year to you too! We are headed to Spain this week. Then have Germany, Poland, Austria, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, France, Switzerland, Indonesia, and Australia lined up after that! A busy year ahead!

  9. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 31, 2017

    Yes it will be! Happy New Year to you as well Simon!

  10. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 31, 2017

    Thank you Laurie! Happy New Year to you too!❤️

  11. ardentlyincandescent

    December 31, 2017

    Amazing! I hope 2018 is just as incredible for you two! XD

  12. styleofshah

    December 31, 2017

    What an amazing 2017! I hope your 2018 is even better!!

  13. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 31, 2017

    Thank you! To you as well!

  14. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 31, 2017

    Thank you, you too!😀

  15. Dutch Lion

    December 31, 2017

    I love your posts Kelsey! One question…….who takes all of the photos? Do you have a travelling photographer? Do you get random people to take these pics? Or do you use a tripod? Great post!

  16. 6 Impossible Things Before Breakfast

    December 31, 2017

    Kelsey, I find your blog to be delightful, and I really enjoy reading it. I know so many people who think traveling is difficult or scary. I love seeing your amazing journeys, and understand that many people will read your posts and be inspired (and hopefully moved to adventure farther than they ever imagined). I cannot wait to hear about the places you will explore next year. Keep up the good work.

  17. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 31, 2017

    Haha Thank you! We have given up on other people taking pictures for us (they usually cut off our heads or cut out the Eiffel Tower) so we have mastered the tripod! We get plenty of funny looks but its worth it!

  18. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 31, 2017

    Thank you! I can only hope a few people will be inspired to travel themselves. We have exciting things planned for next year already. Cheers to you and happy new year!

  19. Dutch Lion

    December 31, 2017

    Awesome! Yeah, there are so many AWFUL photographers it’s amazing. We had one the other day who gave us half the ceiling in a room around thed Christmas tree. It was like…waaaaaa?

  20. Kinga K.

    January 1, 2018

    Beautiful photos ♥ Happy new year !

  21. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 1, 2018

    Haha! I know right😂 After about a year of that we went 100% tripod

  22. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 1, 2018

    Thank you! Happy New Year to you too!😀

  23. writsomniac

    January 1, 2018

    It’s cool how you guys show the ways a new place lights you up and how enthusiastic you are about travel. Cool photos too. Enjoy discovering Europe in particular and Happy New Year!

  24. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 1, 2018

    Thank you! Happy New year to you too!😊

  25. Vanessa Gregoria

    January 1, 2018

    Happy New year!

  26. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 2, 2018

    Happy new year to you too!😊

  27. 270daysaroundtheworld

    January 2, 2018

    Very sweet post. Happy 2018!

  28. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 2, 2018

    Thank you! Happy New Year to you!

  29. Lloyd The Great

    January 3, 2018

    How could 2018 be anything but great after your 2017 year! It’s only the beginning.

  30. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 3, 2018

    I think it’ll be a good one! Happy new year to you.

  31. durquhar

    January 3, 2018

    What a wonderful year for you and Gavin, Kelsey! Wishing you all the best in 2018.

  32. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 4, 2018

    Thank you! To you as well! Happy new year!😊

  33. Debbie L

    January 4, 2018

    What a fabulous year!!! Maybe next year, I can limit my year end round up in such an amazing way!!!

  34. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 4, 2018

    It was amazing! You should definitely do it! Happy traveling!

  35. Gracie

    January 5, 2018

    Kelsey, which tripod do you use?

  36. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 5, 2018

    http://amzn.to/2CYUarJ
    I use this one from Amazon! I have had it for 2 years and it hasn’t had any issues with being in the ocean, sand, snow, or anything. Every feature you could think of is in it. I love it!

  37. Gracie

    January 6, 2018

    Wow that’s awesome! Thank you 🙂

  38. daviboypullin

    January 8, 2018

    Love this blog post, amazing blog site 🙂

  39. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 8, 2018

    Thank you!

  40. daviboypullin

    January 8, 2018

    No problem 🙂

  41. joshpesin

    January 10, 2018

    Wow, what traveling adventures you’ve had!

  42. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 10, 2018

    It was a great year!😀

  43. claireboh

    January 11, 2018

    Love your blog! All of your photos are beautiful & it looks like you guys are living and loving life to the fullest!

  44. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 11, 2018

    Thank you, we are!😊

  45. Rapti B

    January 11, 2018

    Wow Wow and more Wow! Love the photographs and the amazing travelling that you’ve been doing. Kudos!

  46. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 11, 2018

    Thanks so much!

  47. mdhoffmannphoto

    January 12, 2018

    Thanks for sharing the stories about your year of adventure together – what a great way to begin your marriage! I love all the photos! My favourite is the one of you kissing Gavin with the Grand? Canyon backdrop!

  48. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 12, 2018

    Haha thank you! That picture is at the top of angels landing in Zion’s National Park. Our favorite hike we have done in the whole world!

  49. mdhoffmannphoto

    January 12, 2018

    Wow! Have to put that one on my bucket list!

  50. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 12, 2018

    You should! Definitely beat out London and Paris for me!

  51. dreambigtravelwide1

    January 13, 2018

    It sounds like 2017 was good to you! Cheers to new adventures!

  52. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 13, 2018

    It was! Happy new year and adventures to you too!

  53. nerdeconomist

    January 15, 2018

    The pic in no 8 is astonishingly beautiful. WOW! You guys are so lucky.

  54. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 15, 2018

    Thank you!

  55. Sam Valladares

    January 18, 2018

    Congrats on your 1 year anniversary! I’m happy that you MADE 2017 be good. It seems like at the end of every year there is a lot of concentration on how the year was terrible, but you shed light on the positives, and I think that’s refreshing!

  56. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 19, 2018

    I think making it positivity ins important! So many terrible things happened last year that everyone was forgetting the good. Thanks for reading!😀

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