From New York to Nashville, I've been traveling quite a bit lately and my travel schedule is becoming increasingly packed over the next few months...and I could not be more excited. Ever since I was little, my passion for travel has always been at an ultimate high.
When growing up, my parents always planned a yearly vacation for our family. We traveled to places like Mt. Rushmore, the Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone where we enjoyed hikes (Mom, Dad, and Jason, "I'm Okay!"), horseback riding (Dad, four words: Blackie the Bucking Horse), 10-mile walks to find ice cream (nobody can say that my brother and I aren't determined), moose sightings, bear sightings, and white water rafting...just to name a few activities.
During my high school years, my parents planned the ultimate trip to visit my great aunt and uncle in Ireland. If the dark hair, pale skin, and freckles don't tell you I'm Irish, well then, I'm not sure what will. During the stay with them, we encountered so many wonderful Irish men and women, ate amazing food, kissed the Blarney Stone, drove the Ring of Kerry (aka to my family, the ring of terror...yes, we drove on it during a torrential downpour), met "Molly the Moth" (Jason, do you miss her at all?), and embraced our drinking genes by drinking Irish whiskey...with no ice (yes, I just turned 18 so I was of the legal age).
When I flew the coop and attended college, I was introduced to the idea of study abroad. After getting accepted into the program, I packed my bags and camera, hopped on a plane, found myself in London, met so many amazing friends, and traveled all throughout the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic as I studied photojournalism.
Now that I'm in the working world, my job requires that I travel to meet with team members, bloggers, and clients. I'm so thankful for the opportunities that are presented to me through my job, especially because I get to meet so many inspirational people who brighten my days while on the road. I have to pinch myself as I think about all of the time I have spent getting to know such amazing people, learning all sorts of tips and tricks, and turning online relationships into real life friendships.
Even though it's nice to be on the road experiencing a lot of what the world has to offer, it's also nice to return to the comforts of my home, husband, and dogs. After hugging my husband and cuddling with the pups, I head into the kitchen where my husband and I get to work preparing a dinner together over a bottle of wine.
Tasting food from all over is quite an experience, but to me, there's nothing quite like a home-cooked meal to make me feel balanced and at home. For this home-cooked recipe and more, please be sure to stop by the Mom It Forward website where I guest posted today about this recipe!
Where is your favorite travel destination?