Traveling Goals

Traveling around the country and the world is a luxury I am fortunate enough to partake in.  While I am definitely not a “jet setter,” I do have the opportunity to travel to Europe once a year (thanks to a father-in-law and stepmother-in-law who live in Switzerland) and a handful of states throughout the year (thanks to weddings and conferences).  My travel goal is to see as many places as I can in my lifetime, as I believe that through putting yourself in new situations helps you learn more about yourself than laying on the couch watching Lost will ever.

Prior to my honeymoon, I had only been out of the country once: Cancun, Mexico for spring break my freshman year of college.  Real classy stuff, I know.  For our honeymoon, we flew to Switzerland to spend a few days with Brody’s dad and stepmom and then went on to Greece for our REAL honeymoon.  We stayed on the island of Santorini in the village of Oia.  It was incredibly beautiful and a perfect romantic location.

The following summer (2010), we again traveled to Switzerland but made plans to visit Paris for five days.  Having lived in Paris for a year while in high school, Brody was excited to show me around the most romantic city in the world.  I am not a tourist-y person, but I loved going up to the top of the Eiffel Tower and walking through the Louvre.  There is so much to see; I hope I’m able to visit this city again in my lifetime.

The summer of 2011 involved another trip starting in Switzerland.  This time we brought friends: JP and Bridget!  For this trip, instead of exploring another country, we decided to stay in Switzerland and explore other areas including Lauterbrunnen and Zermatt (which Brody and I had been to before).  JP and Bridget were awesome travel companions; so great that we traveled with them again the following summer.

In July of 2012, the four of us set off from another European adventure.  This time we stayed in Switzerland with Brody’s dad and stepmom for three days and then went to Croatia for seven days.  We spent three days in Dubrovnik and four days sailing the Adriatic Sea, visiting the islands of Korcula, Vis, and Hvar.  For more details about this vacation, check out this, this, and this.

Traveling abroad is fantastic, but it is also expensive and wearing (physically and mentally).  There are lots of states in our country I have yet to visit.  When the opportunity to travel arises, Brody and I jump at it.  Weddings have brought us to Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Ohio and Maryland.  Work conferences have brought Brody to San Diego and Arizona, and I was able to fly out for long weekends to explore with him.  These mini-vacays give us something to look forward to, especially when they involve visiting warm states during the cold, Wisconsin winters.

Again, my travel goal is to keep seeing the country and the world!  I’m excited to now have a place (this blog) to document my adventures.

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