Recently, I received a post card from myself. I know this sounds weird, however when I was in Iceland I had the opportunity to send myself a post card and I figured, why not. I had never done it before and thought it would be cool to do. This week I received that post card. I told my future self that I was proud of her and to keep being brave as a lot of people have told her on this trip. Honestly, I smiled when I got this post card because it honestly just lit my adventurous spirit back up again and had me ready to book a trip. But I have several other things coming up in a few weeks that need my focus. But I want to encourage anyone reading this to always send yourself a message. You don’t have to leave the country to send your self a note. You could simply take a piece of paper and write a note yourself and hide it. I find that when you least expect it and when you need the note the most, it shows up. I honestly needed a reminder of how far I came and that I have more to explore.
Travel Tip: Try to send yourself a note from another country
or hide a note to yourself in your home and let fate help you receive it when
the time is right.
I am here to burst a lot of people’s bubble and say
traveling is not always pretty. You will have moments where things will go
wrong to the point of you crying. I have heard many stories of how people have
unfortunately been picked pocketed or have been scammed out of their money from
tour companies. Or even the tour company bus drivers going on strike in the
middle of the night completely changing your airport shuttle plans (yes this
happened to me). Note: this post is not to discourage anyone from traveling.
Its more to let people know that traveling is more than the photos we see online.
There are many tears in those photos.
is more than a nice photo or going on a “life changing voyage to the depths of
your soul”. Traveling will test you beyond your limits and help you to learn
lessons that you will apply to things latter in life. The journey will also help you to uncover
things about people that you could possibly have not fathom. My most recent
trip to Paris and Iceland has taught me that although unexpected changes happen,
and your suitcase may break, you must find a way to laugh and continue on with
your trip. When you stay in the mindset of things not being pretty, it prevents
you from fully enjoying your trip. So, no matter the hiccups in the path,
always try to enjoy your trip.
Travel Tip: Find the positive and trust it will get better.
Another Travel Tip: Traveling is not always pretty and that’s
Sometimes when I am on social media and I see travel post about
travel being the only way to truly live. This idea made me think because I
honestly had not thought about this. As I looked through my travel photos, I
stumbled across a picture of the sky line in my home town and realized that one
does not have to travel to truly live life. Just simply waking up and taking
advantage of a new day is truly living life. I sometimes blame social media for
having people think that they must go far to truly experience the joys of life,
when honestly the simplest form of truly living life is to enjoy the day and seeing
the beauty in it. I will admit that while traveling one can see one of the many
fortunes of life is to be able to travel freely as many people do not get the
chance to. But please know that having the chance to just wake up and breathe
is truly the best way to live life because many people don’t get that chance. So
see the beauty in the new day, live and smile.
Travel Tip for the week: the only way to truly live life is
to wake up and breathe.
“Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with a
interesting past”- Jack London
I saw an article on social media about travel tattoo’s and it made me think
about possibly getting one. However, like many people who do not have tattoos
yet, I am not too thrilled about a needle going in and out of my arm. Honestly
had no one ever told me that the there was a needle involved then I probably
would have my travel tattoo. Even though the tattoo I want is a compass with a
quote. Then sometimes I think about getting an airplane with the smoke coming
out of it being the quote. I guess I have been hesitant because of the needles,
but then I see some awesome tattoos that travelers have, and it makes me wonder
what if? Even though I do not like to wonder what if, I can honestly say that
this is one of those times. But I do believe that travelers tattoos tell
awesome stories. For example, one girl I met had a tattoo of a kangaroo on her
foot. She got it done in Australia as a souvenir. I love hearing the stories of
peoples tattoos on my travels. It truly does show a glimpse of peoples past. I
want to challenge anyone reading this travel blog to ask someone the stories of
their tattoos. I promise you will hear some interesting stories.
Travel Tip: Ask someone their story. It doesn’t have to be
about tattoos, but when we learn others stories it brings us close together.
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
Travel Tip For the Week: Be in the moment with your
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.
Travel tip: Travel in faith. Even when things seem
like they are going wrong, trust everything will work out for the best.
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?