I didn’t wake up this morning intending to write this article. But in light of recent events I felt compelled to write something, to get out what I was feeling. I’m not an emotional person, some may even call me a robot, but once in a while I feel something (I think it’s called emotions). Since, this is my blog I feel that this is a great outlet for me and hopefully this helps someone reading it.
Death has a way of making you see life in a different light. I remember losing my aunt to cancer and that was one of the worst moments in my life. It was also one of the driving forces in making my decision to leave my job and travel the world for 6 months. I think she’d be proud of my decision. She told me life is short, live it. And so I did. Laurie and I took off and explored the world. It was the most amazing experience of my life. And then we returned home. It’s so easy to get caught up in the rat race, in the northeastern mentality of more money, more things. You almost tend to forget what you learned and swore to hold onto from traveling overseas. Then life hits you again. You experience another death, this time of someone younger than you, someone full of life and you’re stuck standing there just thinking, “What the fuck?”. How? Why? And those words come back to me “Life is short, live it”.
So here is my advice to anyone reading this: Travel While You’re Young.
As a person who loves to travel, I'm always looking for inspiration on where to go next, what to see or things to do around the world. There are tons of travel quotes out there but when I've needed some real inspiration these are the ones that have really woken up my inner wanderlust. I hope they can do the same for you. Enjoy!
Yes, traveling the globe together is romantic. Gorgeous sunsets, beautiful mountain ranges, crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches are the perfect settings for a romantic getaway. However, just because you're in paradise doesn’t mean things will always go smoothly; especially when traveling long-term. Not everyday was peachy for us but we worked on some areas of our relationship and we are stronger for it. Here are our 3 tips for making sure your next trip together goes as smoothly as possible.
I can still picture it, the sun shining through the clouds as we took off from the airport. Waves hitting of the coast of San Juan. Beautiful hues of orange, yellow and red reflecting off the clouds and ocean. We were heading home. We had completed our 6 month journey around the world. We traveled over 40,000 miles, visited 25 countries and saw 5 of the 7 Wonders of the World. We met so many great people throughout our travels and did so many great things. Now it was over.
When we used to go on vacation prior to our backpacking trip, all bets were off when it came to what we ate and drank. I'd come back bloated and dehydrated. I might have worked out or gone for a run once or twice but didn't make it an everyday habit. I believe this is normal for most people. Most people go on vacation to relax and indulge themselves because normally they can't on a regular basis. One comment I kept on hearing on my return back, especially from my fellow crossfitters, was "Wow, you're not fat!". Well, thank goodness for that. Even though I'm not where I was physically before I left I did not let my body go completely to the crapper. Let me tell you how.