2018 Superlatives

In 2018 I took 28 flights to visit 8 states and 12 countries, spending 113 days away from home in 45 different beds. I climbed at 9 different rock gyms, and visited 18 distilleries. And apparently to survive this I drink insane amounts of coffee at 111 different coffee shops. Here are some superlatives to sum up the year:

Food

Best Meal: Cebiche at La Mar in Lima, Peru; Tuna Steak at Tierra de Fuego in Vina del Mar, Chile; and Shrimp and Sushi at Anchor and Den in Georgetown, Grand Cayman

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Best Breakfast(s): Eggs on Toast at Loyal Coffee in Colorado Springs, Co; Green Chile Breakfast Burrito at Zendo in Albuquerque, NM; and Stuffed Fench Toast from Nuckleweed in Alamogordo, NM

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Best Food Chain Food: Pokeworks in El Paso, Texas followed closely by Nandos in Bury St. Edmunds, England

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Best Donut: Merrit’s Bakery in Tulsa, OK

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Best Dessert: Chocolate and Dulce de Leche Bon Bon at Cabana Veronica in Montevideo, Uruguay

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Best Ice Cream: Dulce de Leche Gelato at Cadore in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Best Grocery Store: Whole Foods in El Paso, TX

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Drink

Best Cup of Coffee: Three Africans by Blue Bottle in San Francisco, CA

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Best Coffee Roaster: Double Shot in Tulsa, OK

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Prettiest Coffee Shop: La Farmacia Cafe in Montevideo, Uruguay

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Best Coffee Shop Experience: Rebel Dog in Plainville, CT

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Best Tea: Chocolate Tea at Chaqchao in Arequipa, Peru

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Best Craft Beer: Heirloom in Tulsa, OK

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Best Brewery Tour: Greene King in Bury St Edmunds, England

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Best Wine: Castel Mimi in Moldova

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Best Wine Tour: Bodegas RE in Casablanca, Chile

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Prettiest Winery: Tempus Alba in Mendoza, Argentina

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Best Craft Spirit: Barrel-Proof Bourbon from Distillery 291 in Colorado Springs, CO

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Best Distillery: 291 in Colorado Springs, CO

Best Distillery Tour: Cayman Spirit Co in Georgetown, Grand Cayman

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Prettiest Distillery: Glencoe Distillery in Glencoe, NM

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Best Bar: Harrison Speakeasy in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Best Craft Cocktail: Money Food from Anchor and Den in Georgetown, Grand Cayman; and Pedro Mandinga Rum Bar in Panama, City Panama

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Activities

Best Overall Activities: Rock Climbing Hike in Rio de Janiero, Brazil (an experience through Airbnb) and SCUBA certification in Georgetown, Grand Cayman

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Best Typical Tourist Activity: Sandboarding and Off-Roading in Huacachina, Peru; and the Boat Trip in Iguazu, Argentina

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Best Walking Tour: La Boca in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Best Rock Gym: City Rock in Colorado Spring, CO

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Best Free Activity: Snorkeling in Georgetown, Grand Cayman

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Best Museum: Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janiero, Brazil

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Best Hike: Monserrate in Bogota, Colombia and El Morro in New Mexico

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Best Spa: Termas Cachueta in Mendoza, Argentina

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Transportation

Best Airport Lounge: Iguazu, Argentina (not the most impressive but it was the one I appreciated the most)

Best Airline: Southwest Airlines

Best Uber Drivers: Panama City, Panama

Worst Uber Drivers: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Best Public Transportation: La Paz, Bolivia

State With the Worst Drivers: Oklahoma 

Easiest to Navigate City: Montevideo, Uruguay

Best Travel Upgrade: Getting Priority Pass

Accommodation

Best Airbnb: Chisinau, Moldova

Best Airbnb Host: Mendoza, Argentina

Worst Bed: Camp in Moldova (bar across my back, super old leopard print mattress with stuffing coming out, and over stuffed pillow)

Best Hotel: Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, CO

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Random

Most Beautiful Nature: Iguazu Falls National Park, Argentina

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Weirdest Nature: Bisti Badlands, NM

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Favorite City: Rio de Janiero, Brazil

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Nicest Locals: Bogota, Colombia and Panama City, Panama

Best Free Deal: Crafts and Drafts Passport by Visit Colorado Springs

Best Financial Discovery: Learning to use credit card points for travel!

What are some of your 2018 superlatives? Let me know in the comments section!