Thursday, September 27, 2012

Oh, The Places You'll Go (Part 1)

Nope this is not a Doctor Suess post.
It's about my love for travel.

This will be the first post in my 'mini series' on traveling. 
Thursdays will mark a day that I tell you guys about a trip I've been on (be it domestic or international) what I did, and a funny story to go along with it.
Because goodness knows there's a story from every vacation.


Yes, I've lived locally my whole life, as I am sure you read about here, but I have been to my fair share of cities, countries, and states.

My Mom works in the airline industry (apparently it used to be much more fun and glamorous) but post 9/11 that aspect of the job went out the window, or so Mom says.

I have to say that her job is AWESOME!
When I was little we would go on trips all the time.  MYSTERY trips that is, she'd (Mom) tell us (the brother and I) to back our bags, and off we'd go.
I've seen roughly 30 of the fifty states, and started my international travels at 15 when I spent the summer studying in Germany.


Mom probably regrets sending me abroad so young, because the trip left me wanting more. 
Don't we All.
But my first day back from my study abroad trip, I hung a list of countries I wanted to visit on the family calendar.
And I started to knock them off one by one.

I'd work all year, and blow my annual income on one long international summer vacation.
I will say to me my travels were worth every.single.last.penny, and every sip of beer, piece of chocolate, or home made pasta.

The only country on the list 15 year old me made, is Greece, which will hopefully be checked off this coming summer, fingers crossed :)


Back on Topic.
Eight years and nine international trips later, I'm the luckiest girl in the world.
 I've seen this much of the world.
Places I have been a tourist in visited:
Check Republic
United Kingdom
New Zealand


My favorite part of travel is probably the food, just call me a fattie.
But to me, it's interesting to see what culture eat, when, and why.
I also enjoy watching their social structures and daily life (read: creepily sitting at a cafe watching people for extended periods of time).


1. Cairo, I spent two weeks over there, and probably experienced the most culture shock there, but as a blonde female I doubt you find that surprising.
2. Stonehenge. The rocks are just as random as you might think. You're driving on an empty freeway to no where (on the wrong side of the road) and all of a sudden you hit traffic, and see rocks!
3. London Eye. I've done it three times now, it never gets old.
4. Coldest Winter day of my life (excluding ski days). In Berlin posing near the infamous 'Fernseher Tower'.
5. Bungee Jumping in Queenstown New Zealand. Best adventure city ever, we also went jet boating.
6. With a 12 hour evening layover in Paris, this is what you do!!!
7. Remember my most recent international travel from when I first started blogging, here???


I have stories from my travel, all of which I don't want to bore you with, right now anyway.
Plus, by saving them you'll have something to look forward too!
Like when you found out why the police picked me up in Florence, when I slept next to a homeless man on a international border, and how I got kicked out of the Vatican.

Yup, all these stories are true.
 Just you wait, I'll share reveal them all sooner or later.


Where do you Want to go?

P.S. If you want any personal advice on any of these places, let me know. 
I'd be happy to chat your ear off about any of the above listed places.


  1. I really really want to go to England. The only thing holding me back is the plane ride...I get so antsy on planes if they are over 2 hours. Worth it?! ( I somehow know what your answer will be) :-)

    1. I would say go, medication can solve your problem :) Highly recommended, I LOVED England (and their accents)

  2. I used to be a flight attendant for Pan Am (that should tell you how old I am) in a former life. Your mom is right, it was glamorous and I loved every minute of it. I am excited to read about your stories. It will hopefully help me remember (my aging brain and all) some of mine.

    1. Right, used to be wayyy more glamorous, but the flying perks are just the BEST!!!! And stay tuned, Thursdays are the day you can read about a crazy story.

  3. Oh my gosh! You are so lucky! =) I would love to go to any of those places!


    1. Just make a list and cross one off every year, or every other. No better gift to yourself than travel!!!

  4. Looove this idea, of post-blogging about the all the travel adventures. I was travelling a lot for the last past years (not as much as you), and now I`m not able to do that in that amount, cause I`m equipping my apartment. Not a bad thing, too :) I hope you wouldn`t mind me start posting about my past travel experience - the idea is great to keep all those memories alive! Greece is very near my country (Serbia), so we travel there A LOT. This summer I went to one of the most beautiful islands there, and if you need any information about this country, feel free to ask.

    You have a great blog, glad to have found you.

    All the best,

    1. No, I don't mind you should totally write about your travel memories, etc. I would love to live in a country where we were close to others, but the US doesn't have the luxury. Stay tuned for more stories, and I'll read about yours. And we might do a cruise this summer through Greece, fingers crossed!!!


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