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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Lunch at The Culinary Institute of America.

Now, that summer has officially arrived, I have more time to do some exploring close to home. Today, after finishing up my classroom at school, I wasted no time and headed upstate to Poughkeepsie, New York. I had an appointment to get fitted for a bridesmaid dress for my cousin’s wedding, but I dragged my Mom along with me, and she suggested that we have lunch at The Culinary Institute of America. Even though she had been there before, I was excited to experience the school for the first time. Immediately, it exceeded my expectations. Just an hour and a half north of New York City, the campus, which is set on the Hudson River, feels a million miles away.

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Spring Break Playlist.

Depending on where you live, spring break is either here or quickly approaching, and even with a mild winter, many are planning to escape to a tropical location. As always, with travel, I believe that bringing along good music is absolutely crucial.

Miami.

Miami.

Music has many purposes and brings the journey to life. So, here are a few tunes to download before you head off on your next big adventure.

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Bucket List.

Just this weekend, I was out to dinner with a friend, who was telling me about the bucket list he created. While he was talking about checking off his, I realized that I didn’t have one. I mean, I always had one in my head, an endless list of places to go and things to do, but I did not have one that was tangible.

In college, a professor told me that writing down your goals was the best way to reach them. If I wasn’t writing down my goals, I couldn’t keep track of them, and then how could I ensure that they would become a reality? And so, this weekend, I set out to create my own bucket list.

While creating it, I realized that I’ve already reached many goals – elephant trekking, driving on the other side of the road, white-water rafting, swimming with dolphins, seeing the Sistine Chapel, riding in a gondola in Venice…that list goes on too. But, this is not about the bucket list items that have already been checked off. Instead, it is about what my future holds.

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We’re Not Lost, We’re on an Adventure.

Day 25: BootsnAll Indie Travel Project

Today’s Prompt: FamilyFamily shapes who we are, but sometimes the family we create plays a bigger role in our lives than the one we were born into. Tell a story about how either of your “families” have impacted your life and your travels.

1984.


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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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