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

Flashback Friday Travels: Hawaii

Aloha, happy Friday! September will be here in a few weeks and I’m so excited because it is my favorite month of the year! In preparing for September, I was reminded of a trip I took to Hawaii in 2 years ago in September, actually it happened to be on my 25th birthday, and I wanted to share some of those photos with you. I had the opportunity to travel to Hawaii with one of my sisters, brother-in-law, and youngest niece, at the time, and it will forever be one of my most memorable experiences. Not only was it so special to have some rest, relaxation, and down time, but it was just breathtakingly beautiful! I had always wanted to go to Hawaii because I am a beach/ocean girl at heart, so I felt almost paralyzed by my excitement to finally be able to go. We went to The Big Island and spent about a week there just relaxing, snorkeling, hanging out at the beaches, eating giant avocados and papayas, going to the farmers market, and driving all over the island. My sister and brother-in-law had rented a house with an ocean view and, because it was off-season and the rates were so much lower, the house was way larger than we needed for 3 adults but still so fun to stay in a big house. There was no air conditioner system in the house so we just kept the windows and sliding doors open at night, and you could hear nothing but the ocean. It was so cool and relaxing to fall asleep and wake up to the sound of the ocean everyday! I would go back in a heartbeat and you should too if you want a trip for nothing but rest and relaxation.

The views from my bedroom every morning!

Geckos everywhere!

Lava stone beaches