Traveling is something I love which is obvious, but it is something that everyone should love. You do not have to have any special powers to travel. All you need is an open mind and an open heart and maybe a credit card. If you have these few items you can go anywhere. There is no waiting to travel- just get out there and do it! I speak with people all of the time who say, “it must be nice to travel all of the time” and “I wish I could travel like you.” My response is the same, “Yes, it is nice to travel. I am grateful and you can do it too- just book a trip. ”
I have not left the country since October when I traveled to Lisbon, Portugal for Columbus Day Weekend. It was a great trip- short and sweet! I was able to see terrific sights, meet new people, eat new food and learn more about myself. Now that is the beginning of December I am anxiously awaiting another journey in the near future to Chile and Argentina. Just like many kids are counting down the days until Christmas I am in the midst of the same countdown plus one. I will be headed to South America after Christmas. I am very excited as I am with any adventure. I am looking forward to visiting two destinations that I have never traveled to before and also to see some close friends that I met last year in Brazil at the same time. It is even more of a blessing to find people who value travel as much as you do. Rio de Janeiro is a city that knows how to party. It was the best New Year’s Eve of my life and I am hopeful that Mendoza will not disappoint me this year as I anticipate the upcoming year of 2016.
I think it is safe to say that I have caught the travel bug and it is not going away anytime soon. As I think about one year coming to a close and a new one about to begin I realize how grateful I am that I will be in Chile & Argentina, followed by Costa Rica in February and Tanzania in July. And I still have a whole month in August to book more trips! I recently launched a tour to Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands for February 2017 with my students. Any other free time to travel has yet to be planned but I am hopeful something spectacular will catch my eye and I will be on another trip again soon. The intense feelings I get from travel are astonishing. It is hard to describe, but it feels awesome! If you are a traveler you totally know what I am talking about and if you are not yet a traveler- start moving!