2013 Travel Favorites: Biggest Travel Wins

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To closeout the year, AOL Travel asked our colleagues at MapQuest about their 2013 travel and plans for next year. Despite being busy with the releases of critically acclaimed major updates to their iPhone and Android apps, MapQuest employes took some killer trips in 2013. Responses are in no particular order. We've shared our own, too. Readers, feel free to do likewise in the comments.

Q. In 10 words or less, what was your biggest travel win (#EverydayVictories) of 2013?

Andrew Biviano, Audience Development: Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin

David Kenna, Director of PMO: A Red Sox fan's daughter's Boston College visit ending up at Fenway baby!

Jeff Keil, Product Designer: PA Plane ride with a rock star 1 year old

Sarai Hopfe, Contracts Manger: Finally hiking! Foot injuries = no trails for 4 years.

Jess Moss, Senior Editor: Made it onto missed flight after $100 Florida airport race.

Jake Thiewes, Editor: Three-classes-higher rental car, cheapest price, after grueling flight

Elizabeth McIlhany, Sr. Product Manager: Amazing VRBO townhouse in Santa Fe for Thanksgiving.

Tim Baldwin, Account Director, Central Region: Rental car in Nashville: Ford Focus ST (fantastically fun to drive)

Tiffany Herrick, Business Planning, B2B and Customer Support: International travel with two kids under 4 (11-hour flights)

Andy McMahon, Director, Product Management -- Search and Local Data: Four new provinces, one new state, even more in 2014

Zach Everson, Travel news/travel buzz editor: Two kids under 4 years old who are wonderful travelers. Usually.

Justin Paluch, UX Lead: Historic Route 66 in my new car

TaraLynn Morana, West Region Sales: Getting a spot on the Jurassic park helicopter tour! #everydayvictory

Gregory Bourcher, Product Manager: Sea kayaking in Miller Bay (Peninsula side of Puget Sound)

SuAnne Hall, Designer: Swimming with the entire cast of "Finding Nemo" in the Indian Ocean

David Ciaburro, East Region Sales: Driving to Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island

Laura Maxwell, Marketing Manager: Great progress on my international bucket list :)

Beth Warner, Senior Software QA Engineer: Three fabulous days exploring Yosemite. Want to go back!

Natty Zola, Director of Product: Honeymoon to Greece and Turkey = culture, history, protests, food, adventure, sun, sand

Michael Yessis, Editor in Chief: Recognized at favorite San Francisco restaurant seven years after last visit.

Austin Brown, UX Lead: Getting the new mobile apps launched!
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