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2010 was a year of many changes. Many transitions. Many days of doubt and others figuring things out. 2010 took me to new places both mentally and physically – from my honeymoon in San Francisco and Napa Valley to my first trip to NYC, to an 80s style airport in Tallahassee. In 2010 I was bitten by the travel bug. Hard.

Traveling. Seeing new places. Experiencing things for the first time. It’s an incredibly freeing experience. It makes you feel alive. And above all, it’s addicting as hell. There’s nothing worse than getting on that long fight back home after an amazing getaway – and from all the traveling I did in 2010, it only makes me want to do much more of it in 2011.

In March, I spoke at my first major event in San Antoinio - sitting on a panel with other Gen Y innovators, being looked to as an “expert” in a field that, quite honestly, I knew very little about, aside from you know, actually being part of the generation myself.

In May I spent a week in San Francisco and Napa valley. Seeing the sights, eating the eats, and drinking (a lot) of the drinks with my wife. It was the perfect honeymoon. No plan. No itinerary. Just a week of complete relaxation – not thinking about work, not stressing about what needed to get done, and not worrying about what was waiting for me when I got back home. It was a true “escape” in every sense of the word – and it proved to me the value of REALLY unplugging and getting away.

In September I traveled to Tallahasse, Florida – flying into one of the smallest airports I’ve ever seen (complete with an OLD SCHOOL arcade – like super old school). Invited to speak at the Florida Public Relations Association’s Capital Chapter – I chatted with nearly 100 people about my short tenure as an entrepreneur, and motivating others to pursue what matters most (to them). Kudos to everyone who put me up and showed me a great time in Florida – it was by far one of my highlights of the year.

In October I traveled to Silicon Valley, attending the Rise of Social Commerce conference put on by the Altimeter Group. It was a pleasure developing the website for the conference, and being the “voice” of the event on Twitter and through their blog. Above all, I met true marketing and digital innovators (and admittedly felt a little out of my league out on the West Coast).

In November I took my first trip (ever) to New York City as a speaker at the Pivot Conference - again, surrounded my incredible people doing amazing things. Not to mention, I got to meet folks like Teresa Cantwell, Sam Karol, and Monique Johnson – who made my first trip to the “concrete jungle” one I’ll never forget (though I would never stay in Times Square again).

Only a few of the highlights – but all in all, an incredible year. One of my “resolutions” will be, again, to travel more. If it’s not on your list, it should be. Even if it’s only for a day, hop in the car and go somewhere new. You’ll be glad you did.

Where did 2010 take you? Where do you want to go in 2011?

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  1. I’m such a traveler by nature but barely traveled at all in 2010. That makes me sad, but resolved to do a lot more in 2011. Growing up, I traveled a LOT and miss it terribly.

    • 2010 was the first year that I actually got away and was able to travel – thankfully the work I do gave me a lot of opportunities I wouldn’t have had otherwise. Here’s to both of us doing more traveling next year…

  2. I spent the New Year 2010 in Hong Kong, and went to Shanghai and surrounding area afterwards for a week. It was incredibly rewarding to step foot in China and learn a bit more of my culture firsthand. It was weird though, being surrounded by people who looked just like me, but I couldn’t communicate with them! (I speak Cantonese at home, whereas the main langauge in China is Mandarin.)

    Then came the ultimate trip, which was my trip out to San Francisco. I went for 6 days in July and immediately fell in love. I’d been all over the map my whole life (family trips, blah blah) but I had never felt such a connection to a place as I did with SF. I went back over the Canadian long weekend in October – it only strengthened my love for the place even more. It’s like a home away from home for me.

    The biggest difference between my previous trips and my trip out to San Francisco though was that I made genuine connections with people in SF. My previous travels, though great, did not lead to newfound friendships, and I’m of the belief that people are what makes a place a home. Maybe if I had made connections with people in my previous travels, I would have fell in love with those places in the same way. But maybe, perhaps the fact that I did NOT make connections with people in all those places, it’s an indication that SF is special in my heart. Who knows! Only more travelling will help discern that ;)

    • The question is – are you going to move out to San Fran? It IS a great place – we honeymooned there and loved every minute of it. So culturally diverse and you can feel all of the creative inspiration flowing through you as you walk through the streets. A great place, indeed. Can’t wait to make it back there myself.

  3. 2010 saw me finish the second half of my one year RTW. Awesome! 2011 will see me move from my hometown to continue challenging myself and to keep taking steps towards living abroad in the near future. 2011 is the year of goal setting, of stretching and reaching, and living life rather than having it live me! Cheers!

  4. Hey Matt,
    Loving your blog. Unfortunatly in 2010 I only went to Mexico (Mayan) to a resort I had been to the year before. Ironically, the resort was huuuuge (many buildings) and the villa I stayed in exploded 2 weeks after I left. You’d think an all inclusive vacay is fairly risk free. I’m very thankful about timing.

    I had wanted to travel to europe, but due to a lack of boyfriend and scheduling conflicts with friends + poor planning, I didn’t make it happen. So in 2011, I vow to go to europe, even if it is alone (something I find a bit scary to be honest) and visit either: Switzerland, Portugal, Croatia or Morocco (I know that one isnt in Europe). I need to plan it in advance and book it without looking back. I’m also dying to see the west coast of the States so either or would be lovely.

    • I can see why a trip abroad would be a little scary to go at it alone – but then again, it could be one of the best experiences of your life. Just you and wherever you end up…I’ve always had the desire to just pick up and go – abroad or within the country – without much of a plan, and just see where things take me. We’ll see if I can actually make that a reality. Cheers!

  5. Tell me on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best how was SF and Napa? I’ve lived there for 10 years, and I still appreciate it every single day! I’m actually in Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe now for a couple days and it’s just a 3 hr drive away. It’s hard to leave the Bay Area!

  6. As a native Tallahassee Lassie (you know, from the 70s song – which you probably don’t know, now that I think about it), I will admit we have a tiny airport. u00a0As a former road warrior, I’ve never been to another airport where I can show up 28 minutes before my flight and still park, check luggage, clear security & have time for a last minute trip to the bathroom before boarding. u00a0However, if you want to see a small airport – try Flint, Michigan or Baltra in the Galapagos. u00a0The latter doesn’t even have walls.