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?
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).
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
Travel Tip for the
Week: Allow yourself to feel your emotions before the trip. Honestly they can
make the trip that much sweeter.
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.
Travel Tip: Fall in Love when your time is right no
matter where you are.
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.
Travel tip: Be ok with the unexpected even during your
planning stage, great things can happen.
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.
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
insurance is not one of the things that is not always highlighted when it comes
to traveling. Honestly, when I first began traveling I knew nothing about it.
But I always believed that when you know better you do better. Travel insurance
is essential because it protects you and your trip. There are a variety of
companies that offer a variety of insurance as well as airlines, cruise lines,
buses and trains. I advise anyone and everyone to get it. Travelers insurance
covers everything from the trip, delays, emergency evacuations, medical,
canceled flights, and (I know some don’t want to admit this) death. Yes,
unfortunately people have died while traveling and I am not wishing this on
anyone, but an informed traveler is a good traveler. Here are four reasons why
you should get travelers insurance.
you could get hurt: just like in your normal day to day life you could get hurt
walking down the street, you can get hurt traveling. I have read stories of
people’s ear drums popping while diving and people have chipped their tooth
while traveling. Travelers insurance was able to cover the bill.
you cannot take a trip: Life happens. Sometimes you have to cancel a trip due
to health reasons, or a death in the family. Most travelers insurance will
refund the amount of the trip. Also some insurance carriers have cancel for any
reason. It is usually a little bit higher, but it may be worth it to some.
may already have it: Some credit cards, if you book your trip with the card, they
may have some insurance to protect your trip. However, please check with your individual
credit card company. If the insurance is not sufficient for you. The flight and
hotel maybe insured but not your health. So please look.
Health care is not always free: Many people
believe that since most of the countries in the world have free health care,
most of the time it is not free to travelers.
Bonus: It’s not that
expensive. Some polices are even $20! Most of us spend more than that in a day
on food. Spend the money to save your life and peace of mind. You just have to
find the right fit for you.
These reasons are not in any specific order. This post
is not sponsored. I just wanted to encourage travelers to get insured. Most
travelers do not have $100,000 sitting around for travel emergencies. There are
many websites that one can compare policies and I advise you do. Please be
informed and pick the policy that fits you best.
Happy planning, safe travels and smile.
Question to think about: Why haven’t you purchased travelers insurance?