2015 was a trip.
We went to Mexico, Nicaragua, Indonesia, and Costa Rica (twice). We also went to Portland, Miami, Seattle, Chicago, Paris, Cannes, Charleston, Milwaukee, Orlando, Vermont, the Catskills, the Finger Lakes, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Sarasota (twice). We flew from New York City to Lake Muskoka, Ontario in a tiny four-seat Cessna crammed with four people and three dogs; we drove a scooter through the rice paddies of southern Bali; we rode a quad down the dusty jungle roads of the Nicoya Peninsula. We surfed Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Bali, New York, and New Jersey; and SUPed in the Gulf of Mexico. We also took a few sail boats, speed boats, cruise ships, catamarans along the way. In between it all, we both went freelance and launched this site — both incredible adventures in themselves.
But perhaps the biggest, wildest trip of 2015? It was our first year of marriage. So, even without all the crazy adventures, it's safe to say that this was a damn fine year.
Thanks for sharing it with us.
The best places we stayed:
Maderas Village (Playa Maderas in Nicaragua)
The Zero George (Charleston, South Carolina)
The Ritz Carlton Sarasota (Sarasota, Florida)
Coqui Coqui (Valladolid, Mexico)
Firelight Camps (Ithaca, New York)
Casa Laha (Tulum, Mexico)
The best things we ate:
Peas Please at Crate Cafe (Canggu, Bali)
Green curry and corn fritters at Green Ginger (Canggu, Bali)
Wood-fired pizzas on the beach at La Luna (Playa Pelada, Costa Rica)
Veggie burgers and hibiscus beers at Burgers & Beer (Playa Guiones, Costa Rica)
Fancy nachos at River Styx (Brooklyn, New York)
Ceviche at the gas station (Nosara, Costa Rica)
Kad Pa Prow and Okonomiyaki at Xiao Bao Biscuit (Charleston, North Carolina)
A few of our favorite other discoveries:
This four-day Ayurvedic cleanse, which we did after a week of non-stop over-indulging in Charleston, South Carolina. It's easy to follow and quickly transformative; So much so that we ended up adopting many of the rituals into our regular daily routines as well.
The book Vagabonding, An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel. A life-changing read — and not just because writer Rolf Potts makes a compelling case for taking time off to travel now; His philosophy also inspired us to rethink our entire approach to life and work.
This new camera. Compact enough to travel with and packed with enough professional-grade features to satisfy even the pickiest shooter (ahem, Thomas).
This workout. Unexpectedly good for surf training and also surprisingly butt-firming.
Our new neighborhood! After six frenzied years of living in Manhattan's East Village, the quiets streets and chilled out vibe of Greenpoint, Brooklyn are like a vacation onto themselves.