2015: My Six-Continent Year in Review

Looking back at all my photos from this year, I can't believe where I went and what I've accomplished. I traveled to six continents (someday I'll see you, Antarctica), wrote countless stories for a variety of outlets, including my continued work with National Geographic Travel, and increased my number of speaking gigs as a keynoter and panelist talking travel, media, and trends. I met many of my career goals and have many more I want to accomplish in the next 12-18 months. There were significant personal challenges in this year of transition, like all of us face. But I'll remember the great love and fun of this year (and hope for a little less craziness next year).

May 2016 bring you great adventure, incredible love, and major highlights for your work and personal life.

I am headed to Thailand and Myanmar for Christmas & New Year's and can't wait to be back in Southeast Asia - have a wonderful holiday!

Celebrating New Year's in L.A.

Celebrating New Year's in L.A.

Beautiful hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona

Beautiful hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona

A staycation at The Pierre

A staycation at The Pierre

Skiing in Arosa, Switzerland

Skiing in Arosa, Switzerland

St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz, Switzerland

Back to L.A. & Shutters on the Beach, one of my favorite sunset spots

Back to L.A. & Shutters on the Beach, one of my favorite sunset spots

Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

Victoria Falls, Zambia

Victoria Falls, Zambia

Stellenbosch wine region, South Africa

Stellenbosch wine region, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia

Speaking in Daugavpils, Latvia

Speaking in Daugavpils, Latvia

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Saigon, Vietnam

Saigon, Vietnam

Cruising on the Aqua Mekong in Vietnam & Cambodia

Cruising on the Aqua Mekong in Vietnam & Cambodia

The Raffles Phnom Penh

The Raffles Phnom Penh

Naples, Florida

Naples, Florida

Flying home to NYC

Flying home to NYC

Quebec City

Quebec City

Speaking at the Ritz-Carlton annual meeting in Bachelor Gulch, Colorado

Speaking at the Ritz-Carlton annual meeting in Bachelor Gulch, Colorado

Silver Lake, PA

Silver Lake, PA

July Fourth in the Hamptons

July Fourth in the Hamptons

Newport, RI

Newport, RI

Back to Switzerland

Back to Switzerland

All five Fitzsimmons siblings in Berlin

All five Fitzsimmons siblings in Berlin

Deer Valley, Utah

Deer Valley, Utah

Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Mexico

Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Mexico

Puerto Varas, Chile

Puerto Varas, Chile

Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

Victoria, Australia - 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road

Victoria, Australia - 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road

Cannes for one of my favorite conferences of the year, ILTM

Cannes for one of my favorite conferences of the year, ILTM

The most wonderful two days in Paris

The most wonderful two days in Paris