- Live in the moment as much as possible.
- Put down the technology.
- People are generally helpful across the globe.
- Communication happens with more than words.
- Make an attempt to use the local language.
- You can survive with less than you think.
- Respecting the culture comes first.
- Money is money. Memories are everything.
- Travel inspires creativity and reinvigorates your soul.
- Don’t drink the water unless you know it is safe.
- Less is more when it comes to packing.
- Be flexible and take deep breaths.
- Confidence speaks volumes.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Enjoy the journey.
- Falling in love with a place, a culture, and/or a person is inevitable.
- Take lots of pictures.
- You cannot prepare for everything.
- Always carry tissues.
- Protect your passport.
I am a big fan of visiting the same place many times. To me it is like reading the same book more than once and each time finding a new idea or meaning within the same text previously read. I read many books more than once since I love to read and I visit many places more than once since I love to travel. This practice keeps my brain sharp and I am open to many experiences. I am grateful to see a place for the first time, but feel blessed to experience it more than once. No two trips are ever the same. A traveler is always in a different state of mind and emotion and that reflects in what you encounter on your travels. I think about many places, but recently I have been yearning for Italy and in particular Sicily.
I love southern Italy and Sicily has a variety of greatness to offer any traveler. It is the largest island in the Mediterranean and is a top tourist destination. It is easy to fly into Sicily or take a ferry from Naples. Sicily has a strong cultural heritage that includes a variety of sites to visit especially if you are a lover of history or architecture. Some of my favorite spots in Sicily include Palermo, Mondello, Taormina, Corleone, Syracuse, Ortigia, Ragusa, and Agrigento. Sicily houses the most active volcano in Europe- Mount Etna. The hike up takes about two hours and is a must do if you are physically capable. You can reward yourself after with a delicious gelato! The views are spectacular and the thrill is exhilarating. You have different views as the scenery changes to include green fields, orchards, vineyards and rough lava deserts.
Cicero called Syracuse, “the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all.” In modern day it has one of the best collections of ancient ruins dating back to the eighth century. It includes on site a Greek theater and a Roman amphitheater. The Greek Theater is one of the most important examples of ancient theater architecture anywhere. It was designed in the fifth century by the Greek architect Damacopos and highlighted many famous Greek playwrights such as Aeschylus. It is a great sight to visit in the morning and then spend your afternoon on the glorious island of Ortigia. You can enjoy the views of the Temple of Apollo as you enter and there is a great outdoor market nearby that is open every morning except for Sundays and there is a feast for the eyes. You can find a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and the best part is to observe the Sicilian people in action. I love to listen to the people speak, well actually shout in the case of Sicilians, but either way it is exciting and I cannot wait to repeat this vacation very soon.
I am a high school Social Studies teacher and have been teaching since 2002. My passion in life is to teach, travel and be happy. I feel that I am married to the world and my passport is my baby. Education is essential in life, but there is an abundance of knowledge that is unattainable in a classroom and some that you can only receive from experiencing the world around you. I believe the more you wander the more you wonder. Everytime I have been to another country I come back home a slightly different and better version of myself. I feel that when I travel I come alive. I gain a greater understanding of the culture and history I am involved with during my travels that builds a deeper appreciation in my heart for what I have and where I live.