Ever since the day I saw the ocean for the first time I knew I wanted to see the world. I remember standing there in complete awe of the beauty and the thought of what could be out there. I love to meet new people, learn about new cultures, and experience what this great world has to offer, oh and the food, oh my the FOOD! I am completely fascinated by it all, especially the beauty in the people. I love learning about something I had no idea even existed. They say travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you grow richer and I couldn’t agree more.
I have lived on both coasts and have always said some day I would love to live abroad part of the year. Who knows, maybe that day will come, but for now my passport and traveling shoes are always ready for any adventure the world can offer. This is the place where I’ll share my travels, personal work and all of the things I love. Thanks for stopping by.
“Get to know the locals”
Better yet, make friends with them! This might be the most important one. Sure a hotel can refer you to the best restaurant or the biggest tourist trap in town, but a local will have the best knowledge to guide you off the beaten path. Some of the best meals, and most beautiful sites I have experienced are thanks to locals.
Plain and simple. Don't cram so much stuff into your entire vacation you leave no room for exploring or relaxing.
Spend enough time each place to really enjoy it, not just enough time to say "I've seen that" or "I've been there." Enough time to make a real memory.
“On a budget?”
Splurge on the things you can't live without and cut back on those you can. Also, avoid touristy spots, booking tours through hotels and anything for sale on a main street. Go to the local market to shop and for groceries and again ask the locals where to eat. They will know the best way to get the best bang for your buck.
“Leave the media at home and don’t be afraid”
Yes, there are many dangerous places in the world, just like there are many dangerous places in the US, however try not to get all worked up and worried before you go. Trust your gut and have fun!
“Keep an open heart and mind”
This one can be tough. We are used to our customs, culture and way of life. Traveling is a beautiful way to learn about what else exists in the world. It doesn't have to be like here or your favorite way of doing things, but try to embrace the learning experience that comes with it. Maybe you will even learn something new that you love!
“Be friendly and smile a lot”
People love to be surrounded by good energy. Not only will you meet more locals, but chances are the hotel staff will love you and you will make friends with others vacationing there. I have met some of the most interesting people traveling from all over the world.
“Take photos AND back them up!”
Don't get home and wish you would have snapped a photo of your favorite place or expeience while away, take it while you are there so the memory can live on. Also, back up your digital files. There are many online sites to store your media. Take advantage of these in the chance that something happens or any items are stolen.
Patience goes a long way. Plans not quite as expected? Roll with it and see where it takes you. I can't tell you how many times something has been planned that either communication was completely lost or it just wasn't quite what you expected (pretty much my entire trip to Egypt.) That trip taught me the chaos that happens is part of the adventure. Enjoy it.
“Take a run or walk through town”
One of the best ways to see a place is on foot. You will notice so much more than in a car or on public transportation. One of my favorite ways to explore a new place is to get my butt out of bed and go for a morning run. It is truly amazing what you will find.
“Pack 1/2 of what you think you will need”
Okay, let's be realistic here....I am guilty of this myself, but do we really need to pack an outfit for each day and night? See if you can get everything you need into a backpack or carry on. The less you have to lug with you the easier it is and it leaves more room for any items you may purchase. I also bring a small amount of laundry detergent and shout wipes with me so I can wash if needed.
“Get your butt out of bed”
Well at least a morning or two. Exploring a place in the morning is amazing! There are fewer crowds and less tourists, also places that may seem sketchy at night are typically safer in the morning. The lighting is also beautiful, so don't forget your camera.