Solo Traveling

I don’t know how much travel you do by yourself but if this isn’t something you do . . . you should. Solo travel allows you to experience only the things you want to experience. The best part is you don’t have to convince others to partake! With that being said, I do enjoy traveling with others. It is nice to share memories. I recently just came back from a trip that I took by myself. It was an off-grid trip, meaning I couldn’t reach out to others if I was bored or lonely. That time gave me the opportunity to reconnect with myself and what is important to me. So here are 5 tips when traveling alone no matter where you are in the world.

  1. Have a general outline of what your trip should look like and let others know before you go that outline just as a precaution. BUT leave a ton of room for adaptation once you are there and in the thick of what is going on around you.
  2. Pick a destination that speaks to what you are needing. Are you needing some quiet relaxation after a two-month work project? Do you need some excitement to get you out of your routine? Do need to go for an experience-driven trip because you don’t feel connected with life?
  3. Spend time with the locals in their local lives. Go ahead and go to their grocery store, walk in their parks, and visit their local favorite diners. Mingling with the locals gives you a better sense of life in that area and opens up other opportunities for you. On one such trip for me, I made the decision to move to the location.
  4. Take a class. Much like point 3, this one gives you the opportunity to develop a new skill with new friends. I love taking cooking classes in the new locations that I find myself in. I develop a new skill and I always make new friends that I end up keeping long after the trip has ended.
  5. Go with the intent that the souvenirs you will bring home are the memories that are made. Those are the trips that stay with us LONG after it has ended.


Feeling Joy

We have made it to the end of 2020 and I am sure everyone is ready to start the new year in the hopes that it will be a little more like 2019 before COVID came into our lives. I have to admit. the pandemic disrupted my usual endeavors but it also made things better for me. I found happiness and joy where others might have found discouragement, fear and perhaps anger. I learned to cling to the things that bring happiness in my life and to disassociate with the things that only create frustration.

So what is it that brings you happiness and joy into your life? Here are 5 things that bring my joy and I celebrate them at the end of this year.

  1. Animals
  2. Family
  3. Good Food
  4. Travel
  5. My Savior

Thankful for the Gift of Travel

I have been blessed in my life to travel to many places near and far. Every time I hop in the car or on a plane, I get thrilled. I am so excited about where my next adventure will take me, what I will see and who I will meet. Even in the year of COVID, I have been able to take 11 trips (most very close to home) but I have discovered new things and new places I want to go back to.

Get out there and discover even if it is something close by. Take that Saturday to do go explore that town you have always been meaning to get to. Then start planning for future longer trips. Wanderlust really is a thing and it is wonderful once the travel bug has finally bit you.

Here are 5 destinations that I have loved (since I cannot list all of my destinations).

  1. Archipelago of Gothenburg Sweden
  2. Blarney Castle & Gardens Ireland
  3. Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park Hawaii
  4. Grand Teton National Park * Jackson Hole Wyoming
  5. Deception Pass * Whidbey Island Washington

Dreaming of Places (Far Away)

I used to be excited when I would have the off occasion to stay home for a weekend and just hang out. Not anymore. Now I am dreaming of all the places I want to wake up in beside my own room. Is anyone else feeling like this?

Here are 5 places that my dreams are taking me to right now. I can’t wait to explore once the world opens up again!