You may not be hearing from me much the next few days. There’s no need to be alarmed, I am not going on hiatus or disappearing for very long. I’m just running away to the Keys for a couple of days. My best friend lives there and I am beyond excited to get the chance to celebrate my birthday with her. By the time you’re reading this, I may even be on the beach already with a margarita in my hand. 😉
Speaking of traveling, I’ve been bitten by the travel bug. After last summer’s trip to Canada I began to lament the fact that I’m going to be 30 and I still haven’t been anywhere. Sure, I’ve been on a handful of vacations in my life – Mexico when I was 13, a few places in the Caribbean, and Disney world – but nowhere else. Don’t get me wrong, these places are lovely to visit (Especially Disney! Who doesn’t love Disney?!), but that’s not something I want to do all the time. As I get older, I’m finding that there are places I enjoy far more than the beach, places that are more me. I’ve taken short trips to Asheville, Raleigh, and New York City this past year. And you know what I found each time? How much I enjoyed getting out and exploring new places. I don’t know about all of you, but I grow bored and restless quite easily, especially when I am stuck at home. Getting to escape, even if it’s just for a day or two, really does wonders for my mental health.
I know I’ve already talked about it a few times, but I had such an incredible time in New York at the beginning of June. Not only was BookCon a blast, but I loved everything about that trip, as well. I loved staying in the little apartment I rented, trying a bunch of new restaurants, going to the museum, walking around Central Park, and simply navigating my way through new territory. All by myself, I might add! Truthfully, it was by far the best thing I’ve done for myself this past year.
There are so many places in this world that I want to visit. I realize that the only way I’ll get to travel more and see all those places is if I make it happen on my own. Sadly, I spent most of my 20’s waiting for other people to get the travel ball rolling, which didn’t work out in my favor. I’m not going to do that anymore! It’s time I make shit happen. I won’t be able to just hop on a plane and visit Europe next month. Big trips like that will require a lot of planning and saving. But, in the mean time, I do have some closer places in mind.
Stay tuned for future posts about some of the places I hope to visit in the not-too-far future.