CNN Travel editors choose their best trips of 2018. When you travel as your job, do you start to see it as just another day at the office? That’s an ongoing challenge for the team at CNN Travel as they are tasked with seeing the world while also reporting on it. Here, the members of team travel share their highlights of 2018 and destinations where they hope to get new passport stamps in 2019:

Lilit Marcus, editor, New York City

It’s not just about the where — it’s about the how. In 2018, I traveled by bus, subway, car, ferry, and plane, but the most significant mode of transport was in March when I had my first ride in a helicopter. For 45 minutes, a friendly pilot from Anthelion Helicopters wove us above Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, pointing out landmarks and providing amazing photo ops.