My First Travel Companion.

Growing up, I was an only child for six and a half years. My parents would travel around a bit with me, but the real fun began when my younger brother, Thomas, was born. It was then, that I got my very first travel buddy.

Washington D.C.

Washington D.C.

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My Seven Super Shots.

The other day Pola, of Jetting Around, tagged me in the HostelBookers 7 Super Shots game, and I was immediately excited to participate. It was a great way to go through a few of my old pictures and relive some memories.

Here is a photo that…

1) … takes my breath away.

This picture of the sunset in Aruba makes me realize just how incredible the world we live in is. I don’t often have time to stop and watch the sunset, but when I do, it’s hard not to be grateful for each and every moment we have on earth. It’s all the small things we miss on a daily basis that make it such a special place.

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Escape to Eastern Europe.

During my family’s European adventure in 2006, we visited countries in both Western and Eastern Europe: Ireland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, and Italy. But, it was the Eastern Europe countries, Croatia and Slovenia, that left me feeling transported to somewhere completely new and unique.

With family in Croatia.

With family in Croatia.

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Carefree in Croatia.

Europe is a continent that I spent much time exploring during my early travel days. My first big trip out of the country was to Ireland; then I spent several of my college breaks visiting friends abroad. I took each opportunity to visit as many countries as I could. But, the one place I always dreamt of visiting was Croatia.

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A View of the Adriatic.

Day 26: BootsnAll Indie Travel Project

Today’s Prompt: PhotoPost a photo of your favorite place and tell us what you love about it.

Croatia.

On the island of Cres, in tiny town called Štivan, at the end of a long and winding road on a pebbled beach lies the Adriatic Sea. One of my favorite places in the world is this beach in Croatia. It’s secluded and serene, and to me, it is the perfect place to spend a summer morning.
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“Our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.”

Day 22: BootsnAll Indie Travel Project

Today’s prompt: Transit – The word travel comes from a French word meaning “work” and sometimes, getting there is work. Between crowded buses, long airline delays, overnight trains and crazy rickshaw rides, transportation can be stressful, but it can also be a rewarding part of the trip. Tell us about a time when the journey became more important than the destination.

American novelist and poet, Don Williams Jr., once wrote, “The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet, our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.”


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Feasting in Stivan, Croatia.

Day 11: BootsnAll Indie Travel Project

Today’s Topic: FeastFor some of us, food isn’t just a part of our travels, it’s the reason why we travel. Whether you travel the globe to try new foods and use food to form a deeper connection with the culture or just eat to live, food plays a big part in the travel experience. Share a food-related story from your travels or describe your best meal.

I have had some amazing meals while traveling the globe. In Brussels, it was moules and frites by an open fire in chilly December, along with beer, chocolate, and waffles. In Italy, it was a pizza place in Trastevere that served beer in personal kegs, followed by a dessert of gelato. In Ireland, it’s milk and butter with anything or curry cheese chips. Scotland: the meat pies and mulled wine. France: the Nutella crepes sold on the streets. Fiji: anything with curry served in a roti. Maine: lobster. Germany: the beer, pretzels, and spaetzle noodles. Spain: chocolate con churros. I could go on forever.

However, the best meal I’ve had while traveling, didn’t have as much to do with the food, as it did with where I was and who I was with.
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