I’ll be the first one to raise my eyebrows at somebody who has visited somewhere one time and throws around words like “perfect.” But you guys. I’m pretty convinced I spent the perfect day in the Arenal Volcano area in Costa Rica.
I’m not saying it’s not a good idea. I firmly believe that everybody should travel more, in any capacity that they’re capable of. But sticking “travel more” on a list and hoping it’ll stick isn’t the best way to go about doing this.
So, maybe you’ve heard of SMART goals. Goals are more likely to be achieved if they are Specific, Measurable, Attainable (although, I like Action-oriented), Realistic, and Timely. You’ll see that just saying “travel more” doesn’t really hit all of these adjectives. But! If you say you’re going to Take 12 Trips in 12 Months?Well, now we’re talking!
As students gear up to head off to study abroad, I can’t help but reflect on my study abroad experience. This year officially marks five years since I studied abroad. Five years! I can’t believe it. I thought it would be fun to share my thoughts on the study abroad advice I'd share - via a letter I write to myself back then. So join on in this reflection party.
I am a girl who likes to get out of her comfort zone - after all, they say that’s where the most growth happens! It’s no surprise that travel has the ability to catapult you out of your comfort zone. And while it may be uncomfortable sometimes, I love to embrace that. Here’s a story of a recent venture outside of my comfort zone!
Remember back six months ago when everybody was talking about how they wanted to travel more in 2016? Can you believe we are in June already? For those of you that had travel resolutions, now is the time to check-in. Or at least, I’m making it so! If you’re new to the scene, I made a travel resolution to take one trip a month in 2016. So let’s have a little recap of the year so far.
I’m here today to attempt to explain why I love San Francisco. I visited San Francisco in July of 2013 back when Paul graduated from college and I was stuck being a fifth year senior. It was one of the tougher mental points in my life and this was the first trip I took that made me realize travel is a fabulous way to get through those tough times. I insist to this day, even though the trip was almost three years ago, that San Francisco just had a certain feel to it. I love this feeling so much that just being in the airport for a layover (pre cross country road trip) was enough to make me happy, I kid you not. So I thought it would be fun to take you through my five senses of San Francisco.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Denver has been voted time and time again as one of the best places to live in the United States. I’d by lying to you if I haven’t been on the bandwagon for the past couple of years, waxing poetic about this Colorado dreamland that I might someday move to. Then my grad school officemate from the very first day set about convincing me to move to Denver. Since that day, I’ve stayed at her family’s place twice (Hi, Becca!). So recently, I’ve been doing quite a bit of thinking about whether to put it on “the list” or not. I’ve written in the past that when I visit a place, my brain goes right to analyzing whether or not I would want to live there. Call it a case of itchy feet, a case of graduating in one month (exactly!), or a combination of the two…but that’s been the case for all of my travels in the past year. At least. So I thought it would be fun today to share what kind of questions I ask myself and see how Denver rank on the list.