2014 Gluten-Free Globetrotter Year in Review

Gluten-Free Globetrotter, that's me!

Gluten-Free Globetrotter, that’s me!

Even though 2014 was a calmer travel year than in years past, I still managed to have some pretty great trips this year. I didn’t hop on a plane to Asia like I did in 2013, but I did add Costa Rica to my list of countries that I have been to and also went to my favorite cottage town in Canada. I traveled up and down the East Coast a few times this year, visiting cities I hadn’t been to in many years such as Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, DC. I also explored New York State and stayed local in New York City and Long Island. I left my job that brought me to Portland every six weeks and launched my own new business. All in all, 2014 has been a big success.

Here were some of my personal Gluten-Free Globetrotter highlights of 2014:

  • January: Gluten-Free Globetrotter™ became an officially registered trademark of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This was a huge milestone for me and this website and my first Portland, Oregon business trip of the year and
  • February: My first trip to Madison, Wisconsin to visit my sister and her family. New state!
  • March: My 2nd work trip of the year to Portland, OR and a guest speaking engagement with the Celiac Disease Foundation Hudson Valley (NY) chapter in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Rainbows in Portland, Oregon

Rainbows in Portland, Oregon

  • April: My 3rd work trip of the year to Portland, OR; A birthday trip to Atlantic City, New Jersey; a blogging opportunity with United Airlines; and my first Spain-based interview about New York City, “Sin Gluten en Nueva York.”
Gluten-Free Globetrotter in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Erin Smith, aka Gluten-Free Globetrotter, in Atlantic City, New Jersey

  • May: Gluten-Free Globetrotter turned three years old; a second trip to Madison, Wisconsin; and Gluten-Free Globetrotter now on Pinterest; and a staycation exploration day in Brooklyn.
Chilly spring day in Madison, Wisconsin

Chilly spring day in Madison, Wisconsin with my nieces, nephew, and mom!

  • June: My 4th work trip of the year to Portland, OR; My first time in COSTA RICA!!!! with a fabulous week at Arenas del Mar; and a weekend getaway to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Flying through the air like Supergirl

Flying through the air like Supergirl in Costa Rica

Cheering on Mexico during FIFA World Cup in Philadelphia, PA

Cheering on Mexico during FIFA World Cup in Philadelphia, PA

  • July: A friend reunion in Jersey City, NJ; My 4th work trip of the year to Portland, OR; and the beginning of my social media work with Pasta Flyer.
  • August: My 5th and FINAL work trip to Portland, OR; A trip to London, Ontario, and Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada via Detroit, Michigan.
Stand-Up Paddle Board in Lake Erie, Canada

Stand-Up Paddle Board in Lake Erie, Canada

  • September: A webinar with the Gluten Intolerance Group of Orange County, California; a trip to Seacaucus, New Jersey for the GFAF Expo; a trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts with Pasta Flyer; a gluten-free travel writing project for LARABAR; and a weekend getaway to the New Jersey Shore for my cousin’s wedding.
Erin Smith (Gluten-Free Globetrotter) with Chef Mark Ladner of Del Posto and Pasta Flyer

Erin Smith (Gluten-Free Globetrotter) with Chef Mark Ladner of Del Posto and Pasta Flyer

  • October: An overnight trip to New Haven, Connecticut with Pasta Flyer; an overnight with a friend in Jersey City, NJ; and a day trip to Cold Spring, New York. Oh, and I quit my job and launched GlutenFreelancer.com!!!
  • November: A two-day trip to Washington, DC with Pasta Flyer and my third trip of the year to Madison, Wisconsin.
The White House in Washington, DC!

The White House in Washington, DC!

  • December: A friend holiday gathering in Milford, Connecticut and a staycation of sorts in Amityville, Long Island, NY.
Late afternoon in Amity Harbor, NY

Late afternoon in Amity Harbor, NY

WOW, as I type this all out I realize that I have traveled much more than originally planned for 2014. I added a new country (Costa Rica) and a new state (Wisconsin), bringing my grand total up to 18 countries and 27 states! I love that I started the year with a only few trips planned and ended 2014 with even more travel than I expected and a new job. Funny how life works, huh? I cannot wait to see what 2015 brings to Gluten-Free Globetrotter!

Happy New Year!

 

 

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About Erin Smith

Living with celiac disease since 1981 and eating gluten-free long before it was "trendy", Erin Smith has a unique perspective of growing up in the gluten-free community; Founded Gluten-Free Fun in 2007; Founded Gluten-Free Globetrotter® in 2011; Founded GlutenFreelancer® in 2014. Erin was the lead organizer of the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup group, a social community of more than 2,000 members for over a decade and has recently started a support group in Northern California.
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One Response to 2014 Gluten-Free Globetrotter Year in Review

  1. Erica Feld says:

    Hello Erin,
    Wishing you a Happy New Year. Good luck in your new work and travel endeavors.

    Regards,

    Erica

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