A big part of this blog is supposed to be my traveling experiences, but since I started the blog a few weeks ago, I haven't been anywhere. I have been to SO many places in my life, though, and I felt that it was necessary to do a post to compile some of the experiences I've had around the country and the world...
Traveling is so important to me. The places I've been and the things that I've seen are the memories that I hold closest to my heart. While I am a Type-A, anxiety-ridden planner, I do also love to have a spontaneous get-in-the-car-and-go adventure. Here are some of the memories that I want to share with you...
I've been to New York City more times than I could ever count. Several times a year, I jump on the Megabus and take a 4 hour bus ride from Baltimore to Manhattan. Some of my favorite memories in New York are...being there for the Fourth of July this summer with my best friend from college, Amber, in Brooklyn...dancing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade my junior year of high school...going back for this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with some of my best friends from high school, and all of the years my mom has taken me to experience the Christmas season the right way...with pictures in front of the tree in Rockefeller Center and tickets to see the Rockettes. I've been to the top of the Empire State Building many times, seen tons of Broadway plays, and spent hours strolling in Central Park. Not to mention...this place is heaven on earth for the pizza addict. This is my favorite city in the world.
Traveling is so important to me. Nothing feels more exhilarating than visiting a place I've never visited, and nothing feels more comforting than visiting one of my favorite places over and over again. I love to check things off of my bucket list and do adventurous things that scare me and make me laugh.
Traveling allows us to appreciate other cultures, meet new people, and experience living in ways we didn't know existed. It makes you more worldly.
It's also important for me to live in many places in my life. I grew up in Maryland, now I live 900 miles away in Mississippi. I have always planned on living in New York in my young life, and I've always planned on living in another country, too. Lately, I've even been thinking about Southern California -- I've never been west. To submerge yourself in a new environment is the best thing you can do for yourself...it's respecting yourself enough to trust that you are independent and open to new things. When it's all said and done, I will have lived many places in my life. Life is too short to stay put.
I still have a ways to go with crossing off everywhere I want to see! My two top places on my bucket list: Morocco and Thailand.
Where are your favorite places? What's at the top of your bucket list?