I didn’t travel much internationally until my mid-20s…I know, shocking! My biggest regret in college was not studying abroad – I feel like I really missed a huge opportunity to explore during a time where life was more simple and carefree. I’ve been trying to catch up on all the missed travel time the last few years.
Just a couple months after Leo and I started dating, he insisted we do a quick Euro trip for my 25th birthday. It was our first trip together, so it could have gone TERRIBLY. Luckily, sh*t didn’t hit the fan. I mean, here we are 5 years later! Ha. We flew to London for a long weekend – I believe our trip was 5 days – and managed to squeeze in 24 hours in Paris on my actual birthday. I’ll never forget coming up the stairs of the Parisian subway and seeing the streets of Paris for the first time. I was completely mind blown. As jet lagged as I was that entire trip, my adrenaline kept me going!
My 25th birthday trip was one of many international trips to come. I’m so grateful that over the last five years, I’ve been able to travel internationally at least twice a year. I’ve been to Greece (from Athens to Mykonos, Milos, Crete & so many other islands) several times, Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Dubai, Cusco (where I hiked the Inca trail).
Here’s what’s next on my list, both national & international! If you have been to any of these places, I’d love to hear your recommendations! Please share in the comments 🙂This one has been on my list for a couple of years now. I have yet to go to Asia – my mom did an Asia tour a few years back and she really inspired me to go. We’ve had a few friends visit Tokyo recently, and I’ve only heard amazing things. The food is supposed to be spectacular, and there is so much to see and do. I’m hoping to go for about 10 days, and (maybe) even make time for a side trip to Kyoto.
You may not know this about me, but I’m into hiking. Not like full blown camping for two weeks in the wilderness level, but I do dig a day hike here and there! There is something to be said about disconnecting from the world and being one with nature. You feel this sense of purpose and energy coming out of it. There’s nothing like it. I did Zion National Park with my mom about four years ago, and have been itching to go back to see the other parks in Utah & Arizona. Particularly places like Grand Staircase-Escalante and the Grand Canyon (Leo’s never been!). We’d do a quick pit stop in Phoenix, which is one of Leo’s favorite places to eat (he’s big on Tex-Mex!).
Ahhhh Italy. I got a taste of it when we went to Rome about three years ago. We went around Christmastime and stayed for four days after Amsterdam. I think it’s one of the most beautiful cities I’ve been to. They’ve done such an incredible job preserving the historical buildings and streets, it’s the perfect mix of new & old. And…the FOOD. We look back at pics from that trip and both of us look so puffy from loading up on carbs and wine – too funny. Bloated with huge smiles on our faces. I’ve been pushing for a summer Italy trip, fingers crossed it happens soon! I’m hoping to go along the Amalfi Coast & do a couple of side trips – Capri is definitely on the list!
Roads trips are so nostalgic for me. We used to do them all the time growing up, and I haven’t done a proper one in YEARS. It’s so relaxing to drive for hours on end when the scenery is right. When I was about 10, we drove down the California coast from San Francisco to LA, making stops along the way. We had our little minivan (I got dibs on the backseat) – where by brother and I made makeshift beds and loaded up on books and music for hours on end. That trip holds a special place in my heart, and I’d love to do it again now that I’m all grown up.