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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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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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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Explore. Dream. Discover.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Cres, Croatia. July 2011. Picture taken by my parents.