Top Stories: The Best from Junkets & Jaunts in 2018

The Top 5 "Favorite" and "Most-Read" pieces from the first year of J&J

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TOP STORIES: Pacific Hideaway's mural wall, inside the Kimpton Shorebreak Huntington Beach Resort.

Whatever your opinion of 2018, I’ll treasure it as the year JunketsAndJaunts.com got off the ground. My start-up site is filled with “street-level travel stories.” The content covers destinations, as well as the people who inhabit those destinations. J&J has also served up travel tips, roundups and best-of lists. And I’m resolved to provide much more in 2019.

As the calendar changes, here’s one last look back at My Top 5 “Favorite Stories” and the “Most-Read Stories” published in J&J from 2018:

My Top 5 Favorite Stories on J&J in 2018

Avalon Harbor on Catalina
Avalon Harbor on Catalina Island.

5. Austin Found

I’d never been to the Texas capital. It’s hip to be hot and sweaty.

4. Sailing Away to Santa Barbara

We were able to sneak in a catamaran ride along the American Riviera just before the clouds unloaded. 

3. NFL Road Trip: My Ravens Jolt the Chargers in Carson

Where in California is Carson? It’s where my hometown Baltimore Ravens put a whooping on the transplanted Los Angeles Chargers.

2. Catalina Island Every Two Years

My wife and I honeymooned on Catalina, and two years later we took our blended family back to check out this laid-back island getaway.

And my favorite story to write for J&J in 2018 was:

1. Huntington Beach Bartender Pours His Heart Out

A chat with a creative, crafty bartender turned into a life-altering conversation about living in the moment.

Top 5 Most-Read Stories on J&J in 2018

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Anthony Bourdain. (CNN/Parts Unknown)

5. Straight Talk From A Prostate Cancer Survivor

4. At Your Gate: The Airport Food Delivery App

3. Parts Unknown: Anthony Bourdain’s final season is winding down

2. Viejas Casino And Resort: A Slice of Las Vegas in San Diego

And the most-read story on J&J in 2018 was:

1. Huntington Beach Bartender Pours His Heart Out