Part of travel is figuring out what you like and seeking out those things in the world. Thanks to Adera Causey of Hunter Museum of American Art for an inspiring adult art camp session that I’m still thinking about one year later.
We set out on a cross-country journey several years ago with the intention of seeing America. We wanted the boys to experience the splendor of the national parks and spend some time swimming, hiking, and playing the way we did as kids.
Part of the journey was returning to my birthplace, which I hadn’t visited since I was a toddler. My father was stationed in San Diego, California, with the U.S. Navy at that time, and I was born in Balboa Naval Hospital. I grew up hearing stories of beach time in La Jolla, drives across the bridge to Coronado and the Hotel Del, and afternoons at the San Diego Zoo. I wanted to experience all of those things as an adult and share them with Mike and the boys as well.
We are traveling around the world! Won’t you come with us?
In looking for our next home, it must be a place that inspires stories. Our globetrotting friends have so many wonderful stories of their own, and this guest post from Jackie Stanfield shares her adventures as a single woman traveling in Muenster, Germany.
While walking in downtown Chattanooga the other day, we ran into some good friends who began joking about us actually being in the country.
They are avid travelers as well, so it was all good natured, and we shared laughs. But then they asked, in all earnestness, “Seriously, how do you guys afford to travel so much?”
It’s a question we are asked often, and the frequency is increasing as we begin planning and talking about our trip around the world. While the answer is pretty simple, it’s not something that is easily explained in a casual conversation on the street.
While Morocco had long been the primary destination for this anniversary adventure, Spain certainly held its own when it came to beautiful scenery and amazing adventures. And what began as an exotic engagement request led to a turning point in our relationship.
When Mike and I were engaged, I told him I wanted an exotic adventure to look forward to for our fifth wedding anniversary. I’d traveled quite a bit, but it was all what I considered to be “domestic” travel — lots of trips around the United States, Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean. Yes, there were other countries involved, but it’s all so easy for Americans to access. At the time, it didn’t even require a passport. The most exotic place I could imagine was Morocco. Kasbahs and camels. It was Africa, for heaven’s sake! He happily promised to take me there, and we spend the next half decade saving our money and dreaming of the desert. And I was terrified.
In looking for our next home, it must be a place that inspires stories. Our globetrotting friends have so many wonderful stories of their own, and this guest post from Jackie Stanfield shares her adventures as a single woman traveling in Cappadocia, Turkey.
One would be hard pressed to create a comprehensive bucket list for world travel without including Egypt and its Pyramids of Giza. Learn why this was number one on Angela’s bucket list in our latest post on We Married Adventure!
I have to make a confession about this road trip. Apparently, I have trouble judging both linear distances and the height of mountains.
Yes, we were on our way to Angela’s childhood home in San Diego. Yes, we were all excited about visiting ten national parks during the journey. Yes, we eagerly anticipated the hiking, swimming, and camping in some of the world’s most beautiful locations.
But, as I’ve said before, I’m all about the journey itself. Especially when that journey involves some kind of epic crossing or transition from one thing to another, very different thing.
And, on this trip, I just wanted to watch the Rockies rise out of the horizon as we rolled west across the Great Plains. I had this romantic notion that something so tall and imposing as the Rocky Mountains would loom over the surrounding land and be visible from a hundred miles away.