Why I Love Travel

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It’s  hard to put into words the feeling I get when I step out of a plane into a completely new place. The adventure of travel is something I love with all my heart. I get such a rush from seeing somewhere new.  I am able to stop, close my eyes, take in a deep breath and relax to the sounds of my new surroundings. I get pure joy in seeing a well known monument for the first time with my own eyes. I love waking up in my hotel and looking out the window to a new scene. I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes after months of organizing, researching, and planning out trips. I love seeing other cultures and how different people live. I adore the adventure of tasting new foods. I love travel whether it is to somewhere across the world or a few hours drive. I love travel.

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Looking forward to 2016

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A new year and new plans to travel. I love to be able to look forward to an upcoming trip and this year I have several. Here is my tentative plan so far for 2016. I need your opinions so please help!

First week of April: I am planning a trip that will include my husband and myself as well as a close friend and his wife. They have never really been out of the country and have given us the honor of taking them on their first get away. This has proven to be hard. I can’t decide where to go! We only have about 10 days so I don’t want to go too far and take up too much time on the airplane. I also want to take price in consideration and go somewhere I can get great airfare. Here’s where I have been looking in to. Please if you have suggestions I would love to hear them!

Barbados
Trinidad and Tobago
Aruba
Iceland

This summer we have a wedding to attend in Utah and while there I think we will make a side trip to  to visit a few of Utah’s well know National Parks.

This fall I plan to take a trip with the girls in my family to Prince Edward Island, Canada. We are Anne of Green Gables fans and of course anyone who has seen any pictures of PEI is dying to go.

This fall I want to take another 10 trip with just Ryan and I. I’m not sure where but here’s whats on my possibility list so far and again suggestions are welcome:

Morocco
Rio De Janeiro
Thailand
Peru
Galapagos

Then throughout the year I have a couple of work trips. On these I have limited time to explore but I still get to see the cities. I will be heading to Portland and Colorado Springs.

Finally I need to find time to go to Disneyland this year. We have free tickets that expire by the end of the year. I think we will go in October since crowds can be smaller then.

If you have been to any of these locations I want to hear your opinions or “must do” lists. Or if I am leaving anywhere important of my list of possibilities I want to know!

Reflecting on 2015 Travels

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Looking back at this past year I realize how lucky I am to have traveled the places I traveled and had the adventures I had. My new locations this year were:
Curacao
Austin, TX
United Kingdom
Greece
France
I have to say I loved each location, a lot. There were definitely ups like the surprise of how clear the water in Curacao was and the downs like getting in to a serious ATV accident in Greece, and I would do it all again for the experiences I had. So less writing and more pictures. Here are my favorite pictures of my 2015 travels:

And I want to finish by saying THANK YOU for taking the time to read my blog. Happy New Year!

 

My Bucket List

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Everyone has a list of the places they really want to go. I always find myself when talking to someone about a country saying.. oh that’s in my top 5 of where I want to go next. There are so many places I want to go it feels overwhelming. Like Susan Sontag said “I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list”

I’ve been working on my bucket list and want your help. Where are some amazing places you’ve been that I’m missing? Where is it you have always dreamed of going? Tell me so I can add it to my list.

Here is my current bucket list in no particular order:
Galapagos Islands
Iceland
Antarctic Cruise
Argentina
Brazil
Australia
New Zealand
Panama
Thailand
St. Kitts
St. John
St. Thomas
Curacao  
Indonesia
Fiji
Peru
Puerto Rico
Maldives
French Polynesia
China
Japan
Vietnam
Prince Edward Island
South Africa
Kenya
Tanzania
Egypt
Jamaica
UK
France
Russia
Croatia
Turkey
Greece
Germany
Spain
Nicaragua
Italy
Mexico

Portugal
Easter Island
Zambia
Switzerland
India
Nepal
Canada
Cambodia
Bahamas
Turks and Caicos 
Austria
Hungry
Ireland
Bonaire
St. Lucia

Where am I missing?

World Wide PedroL

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I got the great opportunity to do a traveler chat with with PedroL, a world citizen who speaks three plus languages! It was a joy to connect with him and read his website. He has some great content in multiple languages and if you haven’t checked his adventures out before make sure to do so. You can read my chat with him and poke around his website here.

Liebster Award

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It’s so exciting when you find out there are people out there reading your words. I feel honored to have been nominated by Sadie’s Been There for the Liebster award. Sadie’s an avid and passionate travel blogger who noticed me and I thank you for that, Sadie!

I am not a huge fan of the social media chain questionaire’s but I find this one different. As a relatively new blogger I find this exciting to get to know other bloggers and a great opportunity to grow.

1 Currently reading? Game of Thrones. I. Can’t. Stop.

2 Eye color? Blue

3 Chocolate, or vanilla? Vanilla

4 Favorite place visited? At the moment, Vietnam.

5 Top spot on list of places to travel? Egypt

6 Spirit animal? Giraffe

7 Ocean, lake, forest, small town, or city? City

8 Favorite cuisine? Asian

9 Travel alone or with others? With others

10 Karaoke tune? Britney Spears

11 Nickname? Kook of the Munga

I nominate…
1. Living with Benji

2. JohnandDebbieRTWadventure

3. The Trading Travelers

4. Fottles Travels

5. Globe Trotting

My questions to others

1. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

2. How did you get your favorite scar?

3. Any tattoos?

4. Any pets?

5. Favorite place you’ve lived?

6. Favorite vegetable?

7. Favorite restaurant?

8. Where did you attend High School?

9. Cats or Dogs?

10. Most adventurous thing you’ve done?

11. Favorite Hotel/Hostel/B&B you’ve stayed?

Rules:

1 Thank the blogger who nominated you with a link back to his/her blog.

2 Answer the questions asked by the nominator.

3 Nominate 5 – 11 bloggers with under 500 followers.

4 List 11 facts about yourself.

5 Create 11 questions for the nominees.