Jess Ann Kirby relaxes under the palm trees on Smathers Beach in Key West, Florida
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Given one of my goals for 2018 is to take at least one trip a month I thought it would help to start writing down where we want to go. Of course I have some dream destinations that we might not get to this year, which is ok, but I also have some places nearby that I want to explore more. In 2017 we traveled to Key West, Ireland, Bermuda, Panama, Tulum, Vermont, San Francisco and Charleston. Funny when I wrote that all out I realized we actually did a lot of traveling last year! We already have a few trips planned, and we’re excited for more exploring and adventuring in 2018. Travel is truly one of the best ways to get inspired, and you honestly don’t have to go far or spend a lot of money, sometimes a 30-45 minute drive is all you need.
Jess Ann Kirby goes Cliff Jumping at Admiralty Park in Bermuda
Jess Ann Kirby wears a one shoulder swimsuit, Levi's cut off shorts and a straw panama hat in Tulum, Mexico

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To start the year off we are headed to New Hampshire for a week this month. We always regret not heading up north during the winter. It’s just so beautiful and peaceful and the perfect place to enjoy winter to the fullest. We love to snowboard so we’re planning on heading to the mountain for a day or two and then doing some cross country skiing and maybe even renting snow mobiles.

In February we are headed to St. Petersburg in Florida for a friend’s wedding. I’m actually really excited about this (for obvious reasons-give me a beach and a marg and I’m set) but we’ve never been to this part of Florida. You guys sent so many great recommendations on Instagram the other day, thank you!

We were supposed to head to Costa Rica this month (the first place Craig and I traveled to together over 10 years ago-we were babies!). That didn’t come together in time so I think we are headed there in March.

As most of you know half of my family lives in California, my Mom and brothers, so we are planning to head to San Francisco for Easter (probably one of our favorite places to visit of all time). Hoping we can hit up Napa and Big Sur while we’re there.

We loved Ireland so much we’re going back! We are planning a trip for July to explore the Ring of Kerry.

I am embarrassed to admit this but I’ve never been to Martha’s Vineyard. In my defense I think a lot of us that grow up in New England, particularly Rhode Island (more specifically Aquidneck Island), get stuck here because in the summer, why would you want to leave? That said, Martha’s Vineyard is a place I really hope we get to explore this year.

A place where the beer flows like wine where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. A little place called Aspen (sorry pretty much fave movie of all time). Excited to head back to Aspen in August for my cousin’s bachelorette party.

We LOVE Block Island and yet, year after year, we don’t make it out there. It’s such an easy trip, seriously a 25 minute ferry ride. Block Island feels like another world, it’s truly magical so that’s high on the list of places to visit this year.

Continuing the close to home theme, Providence is such a great city (seriously only 30 minutes from our driveway) and we NEVER go. We are hoping to spend a proper weekend there to really explore and share our favorites with all of you.

I don’t know if it is going to happen this year but we both REALLY want to visit Portugal. My Dad went a few years ago and hasn’t stopped talking about it.

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Jess Ann Kirby grabs a photo of the beautiful flowers on building fronts in Casco Viejo, Panama City
Jess Kirby wearing a French Connection White Embroidered Maxi Dress in Panama City