Sunday, January 11, 2015

2014 Travel

If there is one thing I love to do, it's travel.

Discovering new places, relaxing, trying new foods, cocktails by the pool, spending time with people I love, flying, the anticipation, the packing (def, not the unpacking)...I just love everything about it.

Fortunately Mr. Mango does as well and traveling is something we love to do together (and lucky me because he's quite the travel planner), but it's also something we love to do apart. It's good for both of us to get some time with our friends on great trips away.

I was reminiscing this weekend and going through old photo albums and it made me think of just how fortunate I've been to take some amazing trips and 2014 definitely was one of the best years for travel as far as I'm concerned.

So I figured if I liked looking at all the pics, then surely you would, right? Sure.

In January, three of my favorite gal pals and I headed for our somewhat annual trip to of my favorite places to get away to. Champagne was the name of the game that weekend and we made sure to consume as much of it as possible. Just a relaxing weekend catching up with girlfriends who no longer live in Omaha was a great way to kick off the new year.

(Check it out here)

In March, the hubs and I took somewhat of a last minute beach vacay to Play del Carmen.  Just us. An early five year anniversary celebration. It was seriously one of the best - if not THE best - vacation we've had.  We golfed, we rode ATVs & ziplined through the jungle, we drank loads of cocktails by the pool, we had couples massages on the beach, we dove into a cenote, we people watched on the streets of Playa's famous 5th avenue and I slept/napped more than I ever have in my life. It was just what we needed.

(Read more about it here & here)

{Bahamas Cruise}
We found out last minute that I was taking a group of customers on a cruise in April, so of course I had to invite my best guy along. He has great perks, doesn't he? It was our first cruise and, while I can't say we are big cruise fans, it was still amazing. Three nights/four days in and out of the Bahamas. We definitely managed to have some fun...and reinvigorate our tans from our Mexico trip.

(A short recap here)

{Las Vegas}
Work called once again and drug us to Vegas. Well it was originally just a work trip, but we tacked on a couple of days so Nick and I could sneak in a little personal time. We finally got to see the new Linq and High Roller - I actually got a really great tour via a break out group from one of our meetings that week. And then we had a cocktail reception at the newly open Giada at The Cromwell as well as dinner there the following night where I was lucky enough to stalk meet her.

The best part, though, about a long week away? Coming home to this guy. And this sign he was holding for me at the airport.

{Kansas City}
The following weekend, we planned a little family getaway to KC for Father's Day. Swimming at the hotel pool, a day at Schliterbahn Water Park, a trip to Lego Land and spending some time at the Plaza was a perfectly packed weekend.

{Virginia Beach}
In July we took an amazing beach vacay with our Manganaro-Gardner side of the family. Major blogging fail because I have yet to recap this one, but I'm going to. We rented a house right on the beach and had no agenda. It was such a great time away...and all I can say is that I got pretty lucky on the in-law side of things and for a group this size to get along as well as we all do is pretty impressive. Plus, it was little man's first time in the ocean. He wasn't a fan at first (there may have been some girly screaming) but he got the hang of things and totally wowed us with his swimming skills in our pool at the house....especially his "canyon" ball. =)

{Austin - Part One}
In September, I headed to Austin to meet my bestie for a million years and all of her friends from Houston for a weekend of debauchery for her bachelorette party. Although, I'm not sure you can count being in by 11pm the first night and not even leaving the apartment the second night, following a day full of drinking on a wine tour through the Dripping Springs Wine Trail, a debauchery though. Who knew Texas grapes were so delish.

(More about this trip here)

{New Orleans}
Yet again, I had a trip for work and this time it took me to NoLa in October. I had never been and was hoping for some free time to check out the city. We had some amazing work dinners at Palace Cafe, Restaurant Revolution and attended the opening of Johnny Sanchez, where we got to meet both John Besh and Aaron Sanchez. If you are Food Network fans, as I am, you might recognize them from the Next Iron Chef. The food didn't stop there - one of our meeting break out groups was a cooking class at Langlois, which was phenomenal. And someone might have forced me to Bourbon Street to take the obligatory jello a massive syringe. At least I didn't bring home beads. =)


{Austin - Part Two}
In October, our little fam and my mom headed back to Austin for the wedding of the year. My bestie since 6th grade was getting married and I got to stand next to her on her special day. The wedding and reception were held at Duchman Winery and it was a gorgeous backdrop for an even more gorgeous couple. was beautiful.

(More on the wedding here)

In December, we rounded out yet another one of my work trips with a little weekend getaway for just Nick and I. We had a great weekend eating and drinking our way through the city - we took in a Bulls game, went to a Second City performance and did loads of shopping. I even got to eat a deep dish pizza in bed. Mmmm pizza and red wine in bed, how can you beat that??

(Check out the recap here)

There you have it, a year of travel for the Mangos. Seeing this all typed out, I'm feeling pretty lucky to have gotten to hit up so many great places this year and check some new locations off my bucket list.

Ok, so it's almost embarrassing (not really because who cares?) but I think this tank made it into almost all of our vacation pics this year. It's so versatile and I guess you could say I like it. And obviously bought it in almost every color. =)

And sorry for the quality of some of these iPhone pics. It's vacay...I wasn't going to pulling out the fancy DSLR in the middle of all of our fun.

Now looking at where we need to travel in 2015 - any recommendations of places we need to visit?

Linking up with Miss Biana.


  1. I love traveling too, it's so fun experiencing a new place! Totally jealous of all the places you go to go recently! I need to travel more this year for sure! Especially some place with a nice beach :)

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  2. Oh my goodness you guys have been a ton of places this year!!! Were you ever at home?? haha Love all of the places that you've visited and some I need to visit more than just flying through the airports! Loved all of the pics....makes me want to jet set off someplace nice and warm!

  3. you are giving me a serious case of wanderlust over here!!! i need to book a trip!!

  4. Such a great year of travel for you - so what are you adding to the list this year?! Boston right?! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  5. Oh, I love this! What an awesome year of travel. :) How great Nick is able to accompany you on several of your work trips ... and meeting 3 Food Network stars in one year? Lucky!

  6. You went a lot of places! That is so exciting!! I love traveling too.

  7. LOVE all the recap photos! Looks like you had a great year!

    Would love for you linkup this post on my Weekend Recap too :) XO

    -Lisa @ Showered With Design

  8. wow you really did have quite the year! so many great memories to look back on. and hell if you find a tank you love you rock that with no regrets!

  9. Oh my goodness! What an extremely fun and busy year of travel! My goal this year is to travel some more... we'll see!

  10. What a year!! SO many fun destinations! Can't wait to see where you guys head to in 2015 :) And I love that tank, I need it in every color too!

  11. Your trips look like so much fun!! I hope this year we can take Lily Jane more places and be able to have a little time with my hubby free of a baby!! I have always wanted to go to Chicago :) Can't wait to see where you guys go this year

  12. You had some fabulous trips in 2014! I've never been to Scottsdale (well, AZ in general), but I'm hoping to change that SOON!

  13. That tank is awesome and I need to order every color just in case it ever gets warm again. You travel so much, I am SO jeal - especially coming home to that sweet sign! Also, can you please make my teeth as white as yours??

  14. Umm, hi, can I have your job??? If my job paid me to travel, I would never leave it! How fun!!! I didn't realize how much you traveled last year but seeing the recap reminded me of all the fun you had. Oh and that I want you to plan a trip for me to go to Mexico to that place you went to. AMAZING.

  15. Look at you GO! This was fun to read! Where to next world traveler???

    1. Oh! And I too have that top. But in just one color. :)

  16. My husband and I just got back from Playa del Carmen. I mean, how much was it? We seriously thought the same thing about it being our favorite trip together. Between the drinks, the naps and the excursions.. I could do that every couple of months for sure!


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