Being in the Moment

As I am writing this, I can’t help to be a tad bit reflective about being in the moment. As my trip is upcoming, I couldn’t help but to think about my life. Every time I travel something always disrupts a perfect plan. I want to make a disclaimer I am not hoping for anything bad to happen, however I will not pretend that nothing bad has ever happened on my trips. The disruptions on my trip have always helped me grow in more ways than one. However, whenever those disruptions happen I never let myself feel the emotions of being upset rather I try to rush through those feelings. For this trip I am going to allow my emotions to process before I make a decision.  I remember once while I was traveling, that I got incredibly emotional and made a rash decision. Had I allowed myself to fully think through and allow myself to process what was going on, I probably would have saved over a $100.  I want to encourage everyone to be in the moment, allow your emotions to process and smile.

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Travel Tip For the Week: Be in the moment with your emotions.

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Travel in Faith

I have a confession to make. I have always been afraid of heights. Yet I enjoy traveling and taking a plane. However, considering recent events I wanted to talk about airplane troubles. I know that people fear planes especially since it is not an easy evacuation because you are too high up. As I continue to pray for the families of those affected, something is telling me to encourage people to still travel. Continue to research on the air crafts, buses and trains and decide with what ever you are comfortable with. However, please do not let an accident prevent you from living out your dreams. I remember recently I went to go spend time with a friend in Florida and me and so many others felt the plane just drop. We never got an explanation about what’s going on. I know that it can truly be discouraging to see stories like that and continue to either travel or pursue your dreams, however if we are always afraid, we will never do the things we want. Honestly when I load an airplane I still worry about things happening, however I just must trust everything will work out. I encourage you to travel or even pursue your dreams in faith and smile.

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Travel tip: Travel in faith. Even when things seem like they are going wrong, trust everything will work out for the best.

Counting Down

Its March! And for me that is when I take my solo trip for the year. This year I am going somewhere I have not been yet. I am going to two new places. One place I had the opportunity to have a lay over there but not much time to go explore. At the time of this being published I have about thirteen days left and I am excited. I finally booked the rest of my lodging. As for my excursions, usually I just wing it except for one or two things I really want to do. I think I am excited about this count down because a lot has happened since the beginning of the year and traveling helps me at times to put things in to perspective. I realized that certain people who claimed to be there actually aren’t. But this trip I am going to celebrate everything that has happened thus far this year. I am excited to celebrate the highs and the lows. Even though at this point it has only been ¼ of the year a lot of great opportunities have come my way and the best way for me to celebrate them is to travel and smile. So, cheers to the countdown to Iceland and Paris. Honestly counting down is one of the best parts of preparing for a trip because no matter what bad things may occur, you keep remembering that it will all be over soon. Just keep smiling and start packing because an adventure awaits.

Travel Tip: Enjoy the time counting down, because the trip it self will go by fast!

P.S: What are somethings you do while count down the trip?

Losing Excitement Leading Up to a Trip

The topic this week is a little bit different because it is a feeling that I have experienced. That feeling is not being interested in the trip anymore. I know many people will gasp at the thought of that happening, but I have had this feeling many times. However, when I get on the plane, I get more excited about me getting to the location. I wanted to talk about this topic because I have not seen any videos or many blog entries about this topic. Am I the only one who gets this feeling? Don’t get me wrong I enjoy traveling. But for some reason, I have lost my excitement leading up to the trip. I feel like I have a lot to do or I worry about. I worry about am I making the right decision by going or even am I ready to handle how much work I will have to do when I return. But whenever I am in that new country, I tend to leave all of those concerns back in my home country. I don’t know how to counter those feelings. Even when I look at photos of my destination, I get excited a little bit more but then I am get to my mellow mood. I am excited about the trip, however I am not jumping for joy (yet).

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            Honestly, I think leading up to a trip, everyone goes through their own process and have their own moods to process. To that I say process them the best way that you can and don’t be afraid to let yourself feel those emotions and enjoy your journey. Just be sure to smile during the process.

Travel Tip for the Week: Allow yourself to feel your emotions before the trip. Honestly they can make the trip that much sweeter.

Falling in Love Abroad

Since its February and it is considered the love month (among many things), I wanted to talk about falling in love abroad. Is it possible? Yes. Has it happened to me? No. But I have fallen in deep like with several guys but have not fallen in love. Honestly, I think its pretty beautiful when people fall in love abroad.  It shows that people can find love anywhere, which is beautiful. To me, I always liked hearing how people fall in love. How they met and how they handled a long-distance relationship. Sometimes listening to how they even had to deal with their different cultures is always interesting. I’m not sure why I decided to write about this topic this week. Lately I have been been thinking about if my future partner is in another state. I’m not sure, but I can wait. Plus, it was during my time in Spain when I listened to a singer named Tori Kelly and her song “Dear Nobody”. The song is about waiting on the right person. Looking back on it, it was interesting that I discovered that song while abroad. That maybe why I thought this topic. Love anywhere is always beautiful. As long as all parties smile, that’s all that matters.

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Travel Tip: Fall in Love when your time is right no matter where you are.

Planning a Trip

I have seen many post and videos about how to plan trips and all of the travel hacks. Some sites may say to book plane tickets on Tuesday or Thursdays because its cheaper and book a hotel on a Friday since you get better rooms at cheaper rates. Honestly for me I have at times have found these tips helpful and then other times not so much. I remember that when I was booking my first flight out the country and someone told me that if I book it on Tuesday it would be cheaper. One that particular Tuesday the travel gods must have been mad at me because that was the highest price that I had scene for that destination. That was when I soon learned that sometimes you have to allow for your planning stage to go with the flow. I know that the point of planning is be ahead, but sometimes the best experiences on the trip come from not planning at all. It can be good to have a certain level of uncertainty during a trip because it allows you to explore new possibilities. My personal rule of thumb is to pick one specific activity to do each day, then allow for the day to unfold. Honestly, doing this has allowed me to experience new things that are not often talked about in the tour books or blogs.  As long as you smile during your trip that is all that matters.

Sometimes the best places are not on a defined path
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Travel tip: Be ok with the unexpected even during your planning stage, great things can happen.

Travel Shamers

People in society will often wonder why people don’t travel. Reasons can vary from finances because travel on the surface is not cheap, some do not know how to look up trips, some have no desire to even to travel as well as other reasons. But my problem is with travel shamers. Yes, they are real and yes, its true, people often shame others for not traveling or for not going outside the country. To people who travel shame I say stop. Just stop.

No one should be shamed into doing something or even for wanting to travel differently. One day I was in a group and one woman who was older said that she did not want to travel outside of the country. She expressed that she had no desire to leave the country and would rather spend her time traveling to all parts of the country. I personally thought that going to every part of the country was pretty good. However, people were shaming her for not wanting to travel out the country.

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My moto for people wanting to travel shame is either buy me the ticket and pay my ENTIRE way (including food excursions and tips) then you Might be able to tell me what to do. Never let anyone travel shame you. If the extinct of the travel you want to do is travel to every museum in Minnesota, that works for me. As long as you smile and enjoy yourself.

Travel thought: Shape your travel experience to make you happy.