At just a few days old, I did the cross country journey with my family. I like to think this provided the foundation of my love for traveling. My mother traveled for work and before I graduated high school, I had traveled all over the country with her.
My first out of country experience came the summer before I senior year in high school. It is on this trip I came to have a new found love for traveling, people, culture and life experiences. Family and friends say I came back a different person; for the better, of course. I visited in Belize City, Belize, Central America for 3 weeks the summer of 2000. Ever since, I've had the travel bug and have no intentions of kicking it to the curb.
I am a fan of: God, my family, Eastern NC, handwritten notes, fresh flowers, going to the movies, unique jewelry, lip gloss, my freckles in the summertime, piano music, jeans, listening to my Mother sing in the Messiah at Christmas, the beach, boating, manners, kindness, being outside, fresh flowers, traveling, road trips, getting dolled up, t-shirts, good vino, bourbons, shoes, pellet ice, people watching, artwork, that smell when you are almost to the beach, clean sheets on Sunday night, lamp light, sleeping with windows open when it is chilly outside, brushing my teeth, the cool side of the pillow, going places & they know your "usual" and the smell of: Old Spice Original deodorant, fresh linens and pine... not all together of course.
I am forever thankful to my parents and the family that helped my mother raise my brother and I. They taught us great life lessons and instilled in us an appreciation for family. Because of these lessons learned I feel confident in my decisions to travel near and far and I thrive on the comfort of knowing I have a solid foundation of love & support to fall back on should I ever need it. I am beyond grateful to have seen as much of this world has I have and hope to never stop exploring it. I am also never forgetting that I have the most loving friends that support my longing desire to discover more of this amazing space we live in and how they encourage me to do it as often as possible. I'm proud I've always financially, emotionally and logically figured out a way to make my travels happen and mostly on my own. Most of all, I am overwhelmed that after all these years of traveling I can still be humbled by the sights, cultures and people I meet along the way.