Today I am thankful for the places I have been as well as the travel plans I have made. There are so many places to see and explore in this world. I have been lucky enough to go to some amazing places-yet have never been out of this country.
Growing up I would listen to my father talk about his life as an Air Force brat traveling the world and living in different countries. His family moved around a lot which allowed them to see many different parts of the world. (Africa and Australia just to name two of the coolest places he has been.) I envied him. Like any human, I longed to travel.
When I was 13 I had the opportunity to go to California for two weeks for a dance program/competition. I had never been outside of the east coast of the States. I was excited! Two weeks in California consisted of one week in Los Angeles and the other in Palm Springs. Two very different locations but unique experiences to say the least. Cali was a completely different world then what I was used to. We traveled there almost a year after September 11th which made flying nerve-wrecking. However it was one of the greatest trips of my life. (At the time. )That trip opened my eyes to the world I could explore. When we went to the top of a mountain in Palm Springs I felt this sense of wanderlust. Being from Florida mountain tops were a big deal and that was sad!
We headed to New York City in the Winter of 2006 for Thanksgiving. We would be crossing off a bucket list item of mine: attend the Thanksgiving Day Parade. The minute we stepped off the plane I was sick. A trip I had looked forward to for years and I was suffering serious allergy issues. I managed to step outside of my hotel room for 30 minutes of the parade until I felt myself get dizzy. I was heartbroken but the trip was not a bust. We walked through the streets of NYC getting lost often but enjoying every minute of it. It was glorious! We went into CBGB the NYC bar that was famous for punk and new wave movements. It’s doors had been closed a month prior to our visit but you could still walk in a buy a shirt-which I did. We paid a visit to Ground Zero which at the time was still very much a construction site. It was 5 years after 9/11 and it still felt like yesterday being there. It was a moving experience.
In the past 8 years I have kept my traveling to a minimum. Being a poor college kid didn’t help but the places I made it to in the last 8 years still held some amazing experiences. Where have I been?
- Atlanta, GA where I went to a concert at an old warehouse where the floor felt like it was going to cave in…from everyone jumping up and down.
- North Carolina Mountains with my entire extended family staying in one large cabin and sleeping on a blow-up mattress on the floor. This trip also held a disappointing visit to Tony’s Tube World which promised snow and tubing down a mountain which turned out to be a small hill and slush.
- Charleston, SC where I stood on the bow of the U.S.S Yorktown-on two occasions.
- Savannah, GA where I walked hand in hand with my husband down River Street. This was also the trip I realized I was in love with him.
- Philadelphia, PA to visit Judd’s family for New Years. We attended a Greek New Years Eve party where we drank ozo and danced till our feet fell off.
- Saint Petersburg, FL to see the New York Yankees play the Tampa Bay Rays. It was Judd and I’s firstMLB game and we go to see Mariano Rivera pitch in his last season with the Yankees.
- Hilton Head Island, SC for our honeymoon where we rode beach cruisers to the different resorts. I also got to go kayaking for the first time and LOVED it!
As you can see, my travels have been focused on the east coast of the United States. Yes it would have been amazing to do a study aboard trip in college but with student loans it wasn’t an option. That’s why the next few years are about traveling outside of my comfort zone. I’ve been looking forward to these future trips for awhile and finally being able to book then has been amazing!
- Bahamas via a Disney Cruise Spring 2016
- Knoxville, TN for Florida vs. Tennessee at Neyland Stadium.
- Toronto, Canada 2017 sometime preferably not winter!
Where would you like to travel? Any place special? Share with us!