My Traveling Roads: My Best 2020
After I was encouraged to post #mybest2020 on social media by a fellow travel blogger, I first told her, “mine might be boring.” She immediately reminded me of a few things I DID DO. So, instead of thinking about what I didn’t get to do or the traveling, I didn’t get to do, I’m going to be happy grateful for the things I DID get to do.
Despite all of the challenges of this crazy year, I am super proud of what MTR accomplished.
I encourage you to do the same.
Before The Pandemic
January and February were a little slow for My Traveling Roads. My blog was still called Forever Green Mom, but I did become the Chapter Director for Wanderful Fort Worth – an all women’s travel group on Facebook and I did make homemade bath soap, which I’m darn proud of. I sold a few to friends and gave a few as gifts, and my family used the rest.
After becoming Chapter Director, I was just about to get started, and Covid-19 came along and ruined my group’s start-up fun. But that’s okay, we managed, and the group is still going and growing.
My Traveling Roads: My Best 2020 – March
As the pandemic was unfolding in March, My Traveling Roads took me, my mother, and my son to Natchez Trace Campgrounds in Natchez, TN, then on to my childhood friends’ house in Tullahoma, TN. Though we cut our road trip one day short to get home before anything else happened, we enjoyed that part of the US immensely. Getting to visit and reminisce with friends you have so much in common is unforgettable and memorable. Even my mother remembered my childhood friend enough to weigh in on our conversations.
It wasn’t until I changed my blog to My Traveling Roads that I decided I would start traveling more. So, around the middle of 2020 is when I finally decided to change courses. Meanwhile, I was still writing and posting about healthy food and green living and not much traveling. Now, it seems that’s all I write about…that and my dogs.
My Traveling Roads: My Best 2020 – June
I discovered Getaway – a company that builds tiny cabin rentals in the woods, so I took a much-needed camping trip to East Texas, and my mom and son came along.
My Traveling Roads: My Best 2020 – August
I decided I needed a vacation just for me, so I booked a solo road trip and made reservations at a BnB in Jefferson, TX. A very quaint town with lots of outdoor adventures to do — I even went horseback riding in Marshall. It was an enjoyable weekend trip, even though it rained. Wierd though, no one wore masks in Jefferson.
Travel Writer For TravelAwaits
August 2020 was a pretty good month for me. It’s when I became a travel writer for TravelAwaits – an online magazine for 50+ Travelers. Since then, I’ve written 13 articles, mostly on road trips I’ve taken in Texas. Keep up with me there as I’m in the process of writing more about Texas road trips.
September was busy. My son and I took another road trip to another Getaway tiny cabin, this time in the Prairies and Lakes Region of Texas. We also visited Brenham and got to enjoy Blue Bell Ice Cream!
Brody and I also took a spontaneous day trip to Turner Falls. When was the last time you visited there? It had been a very long time for me, and things have definitely changed. Brody met a friend, and I about fell on my butt, and some nice guy helped me walk across the slippery path! We, I mean Brody, went inside a few ancient caves. I was not about to get on my knees to crawl inside that cave!!
My Traveling Roads: Top 10 Posts of 2020
Because my blog was once Forever Green Mom, I get pageviews from posts I wrote about being green. I’m still green, but I love traveling more!
10. Healthy Brownie Bites with Medjool Dates
9. Gaylord Texans New Holiday Theme
8. DIY Natural Toothpaste with doTerra
7. Egg Carton Alligator Craft
6. Fall Activities in Fort Worth and Beyond
5. How to Grow Perfect Carrots
4. Bob Ross Free Activity Printables
3. CopyCat doTerra DIY Bubble Bath
2. The Correct Way to Plant Flowers in Wooden Boxes
1. Tips and Tricks to Growing Zucchini
My Traveling Roads: A Girls Guide To Cars Writer
Some time towards the end of the year, I became a writer for A Girls Guide to Cars – writing both lifestyle articles and car reviews. Looking forward to our 2021 partnership and driving cool cars!
My Traveling Roads: My Best 2020 – October
2020 was definitely a year of road trips not only for us but for many. Early in October, my son and I took to the Texas Hill Country and stayed in an adorable bunkhouse that I found on Airbnb. Marble Falls is a place I will go back to. Brody and I made our own scarecrow, and I picked gorgeous zinnias at Sweet Berry Farms. Put this place on your bucket list for the fall.
Staycation at Gaylord Texan, And I Love Christmas! – November 2020
I love an awesome staycation, and every year, we enjoy a staycation at Gaylord Texan. This year their Lone Star Christmas had to change up a bit because of the pandemic, but it didn’t stop people from coming. The I Love Christmas theme was adorable and quite quaint. However, I am ready for ICE! to return, and they say it will return in 2021.
I also put together the first meeting for our Wanderful Fort Worth Travel Group in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Though there were only five of us, we had fun and got to see the cattle herd roll in.
My Traveling Roads: My Best 2020 – December
And, here we are in the last month of 2020. This month was and always will be quite rememberable. I got to do another staycation, this time at the newest hotel in Southlake. Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Southlake welcomed me with open arms so I could get some writing done.
Also, another get-together with my travel group in The Christmas Capital of Texas — Grapevine
One more road trip for 2020.
My last road trip of the year was to Georgetown, TX. Brody and I had so much fun, and he even asked to try a drink that he’d never had before. Eating our way around Georgetown was super delightful, and their downtown during Christmastime was out of this world. What a great way to end the year!
Now, I’m at my mother’s, trying to get all my writing down before returning home.
So, as you can see, my best 2020 was not that bad at all. Thanks again to my friend for encouraging me to see what fun I did have and not focus on the trips I missed out on.