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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Packing for a Tropical Destination

In just a few hours, I will head to Aruba for the sun, the sand, and the sea, along with some much needed relaxation. After months of teaching and grading papers, there is nothing I’m looking forward to as much as lounging on the beach with a drink in my hand.

What I love most about beach vacations is just how easy they are to pack for. Although, often they are too easy, which means I wait until the very last minute. Regardless, here are a few essentials that I always bring along.

Lounging in Fiji.

Lounging in Fiji.

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Just to Get Away.

Normally, I travel for adventure. I travel for cultural experiences. I travel to meet new people from all over the world. This is what I am most passionate about, and what has made me fall so deeply in love with travel and the world. But, sometimes, even the traveler just needs to get away from it all.

Bahamas

Bahamas

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