In 2012 traveling became my addiction – first destination: New York City.
Growing up I came to terms I was not going to travel and most likely live out my days in Phoenix. That was until 2012 when I had the opportunity to travel to New York City – alone. That was the first ticket I booked by myself, the first flight longer than two hours I had been on, and the first BIG CITY I had ever been to.
The rush I got when the plane flew over NYC was true bliss.
Upon returning home from NYC I was bit by a bug – the Travel Bug. Soon after, I found myself traveling to cities near and far almost any opportunity I had. Anywhere from small town day trips like Flagstaff, Tucson, and Sedona, to big cities on the weekends such as Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas.
Traveling changed me.
1. Experience New Culture: We all hear about how “the culture was just so different”. In fact it is true! The culture difference from Scottsdale to Sedona is impressive. Scottsdale (where I currently reside) is known for the Downtown scene – patio brunch, unique bars, steak restaurants, all around healthy and well dressed individuals. Whereas Sedona offers the artistic outdoors scene; art galleries, vegan eats, hiking trails galore and happy hiker friendly individuals (or Granola’s, as I like to call them).
2. Learn About Yourself: I have learned I am a planner. I love researching it all; restaurants, hotels, nightlife, and attractions. Ill spend hours creating the perfect itinerary! I have also learned I don’t go over well with complications; late plane, missed flight, mostly airport issues. Though I am learning to take it all in a positive way. Every moment has its reason and soon enough Ill find out exactly why my flight was cancelled or why the restaurant I was so set on going to was closed.
I have learned that traveling is an opportunity we all have – its the people who take advantage of it that become the true intellectuals.
3. The most obvious, FOOD!: My eyes have been opened wide – not only to the beauty in travelling but also the delicious amounts of unique dishes I get to indulgent in!
Barcelona; slimy spiced Octopus. Tortilla De Patata.
Costa Rica; fresh from the tree Coconut. Alien-like fruit called Granadilla.
Texas; Cheesy Grits, Chicken and Waffles.
Every State, Country, small town, whatever it is has something magnificent to offer. Do not be afraid to try just a nibble of new food, regardless of what it looks like. Trust me, you (most of the time) wont regret it!
Fun fact: I will sample almost everything you put on my plate. Try me (;
There are many more reasons why travelling is a must. Now it is up to you to find those out ♥ xoxo