Why I Travel and Things I Have Learned

I’m so excited for next week because I will be going on my first trip of 2018! Traveling is something that has become part of my life and I love it. I’m excited to share some photos with you this next week, also, so stay tuned to the blog and my Instagram account.

Today I’m talking about some reasons why I travel so much and things that I have learned from those travels. I hope you find this post fun and interesting!

Home is where my people are

As I have grown older and life has gone on, a lot of my family and friends now live out of state. Home feels less and less like it’s in one place because I truly feel that wherever the people are that I love–that’s home to me. I tend to miss people pretty easily and so any time I can get with my people is always something that I try to make happen.

There is so much more out there than just my little world

I used to be such a home-body and didn’t really have the desire to travel for the longest time. Boy, was I missing out. There is so much more life, culture, people to meet, and places to see than just the little bubble we surround ourselves with. I want to experience and see the world! I think it’s one of the best ways to learn about life when you see it through the lens of other cultures.

Traveling has made me bolder

I am much more confident when traveling and really don’t mind it too much when I have to travel by myself. I think that I have a greater awareness of my surroundings, I can talk to people much more easily to ask for help or directions, and I have learned from the cultural faux pas that I have made.

Once you start traveling it’s hard to stop

Yes! The travel bug is a real thing and so addictive. I’m always planning something next! I’m so thankful for the people in my life who urged me to travel and helped me to become obsessed with seeing new places.

Traveling is more fun when you go with others

I think it’s so cool that I have family and friends who love to travel and are always looking for people to go on adventures with. If you are wanting to start traveling, the first thing I would recommend (aside from getting your passport) is to find friends who will go with you! Some of the best trips of my life have been with family and friends.

I would love to hear about your thoughts on travel and your favorite places you’ve been! img_6702-3

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Packing List for Winter Travels | Including PDF

Happy December! Today I’m on my way to see family in Chicago, for a long weekend, and I can’t wait to get there! Traveling around the holidays is always fun for me because I get to go on an adventure and see people I love. I think that I have stream-lined my packing process, over the years, and there are a few packing lists that I use depending on the time of the year/weather/destination. Today I have a packing list for you to view and use if you are traveling over the holidays or in the winter months to come. Feel free to download this list for your future use–I have the attachment linked below.

This packing list can be modified depending on your mode of transportation–but for the most part, here are the basics that you might need when traveling.

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**Download My Winter Packing List**

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Flashback Friday Travels: Spain

Some days I just feel like I would rather be traveling. Does anyone else feel that way? I have had the travel bug a lot lately because I’m starting to think about where I want to go next year and make plans in my head. I’ve enjoyed writing about my previous travels in the Flashback Friday Travels posts and today I’m sharing some photos of when I went to Spain. I visited Spain in 2013, after spending a week in Portugal, and traveled with family and friends. The trip to Spain was so fun because we road tripped from Portugal and visited mainly Seville and Madrid. I hope you enjoy these photos–it is times like this that I wish I would have taken more!

Seville

My obsession of unique doors continues…

Seville Cathedral

The Alcazar of Seville

Cafe Con Leche…had so many of these!

Road tripping!

Madrid

Of course we went to a gluten-free bakery!

Royal Palace of Madrid

Alhambra in Granada, Spain

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George : Coffee + Provisions

When I was in Dallas last week, I spent quite a bit of time working and drinking coffee at George : Coffee + Provisions in Coppell, TX. This coffee-house was opened this summer and since then it has become a hub of activity and place of gathering. George is such a warm, welcoming, and inviting environment for meetings, studying, or just for an awesome cup of coffee. The owners, Christian and Laura, put their heart into everything that represents George and in turn it has becoming the heart of the Coppell community. I was able to take some photos of the coffee-house and couldn’t wait to share them with you. If you are ever in the Dallas Fort Worth area of Texas–please go by George and support this local business!

Welcome to George

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I think I may have had most of the different latte flavors, cold brew, and house coffee and they are all amazing. The coffee is very rich and full-bodied–so it’s sure to give you the caffeine fix that you need.

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I love the clean, bright, and fresh aesthetic of George! Don’t you just want to hang out there all day?

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There is also plenty of stall seating and a large room in the back, although it was so busy that I couldn’t get any photos without disturbing others. I hope you get the chance to visit George soon and that you love it as much as so many others do!

Flashback Friday Travels: France

I hope you’ve enjoyed the Flashback Friday Travels posts that I’ve written, because today I’m going to tell you about the trip that started it all–France. My first trip overseas was in the Spring of 2013 and it was to Paris, France. I went with my mom, a few sisters, my brother-in-law, nephew, and niece and had the best time. The getting-to-Paris-part was definitely interesting/memorable/stressful because we were all on different flights, we flew into different cities, and our international phone plan decided to not work. However, looking back, I wouldn’t have changed any part of that experience because it taught me that sometimes you have to be flexible when traveling, that you really have no control, and to remember the experience. I hope you enjoy these photos!

Sacré-Cœur Basilica

View of Paris from Sacré-Cœur

Arc de Triomphe on Champs-Élysées

Versailles–Château de Versailles

One day we took the train to Versailles and spent the day walking the palace gardens. So beautiful!

The Louvre Museum

We didn’t go into the museum but we walked past it every day because our Airbnb apartment was close by.

The Eiffel Tower on Champ de Mars

I love these teal doors! I tried to take a photo each time I saw a unique door.

We loved walking through markets every day–look at all the cheese! There were so many fromageries (cheese shops) and boulangeries (bakeries) that we would buy groceries from, instead of eating out each meal.

 

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