Coming Soon!

Through reading some of the travel blogs on this website, it dawned on me. While I want this blog to be about places I personally go and experience, I also want to share the adventure of my friends and family. 

I have asked some of my friends and family to write a post about a place they have been that all of you may be interested in! I am really excited about this as not only will I be learning from my own blog but it will also give my readers more to read! 

I still have most of the world to explore so while I do that, the stories from my friends will help all of us! 

If you would like to be featured on my blog, please let me know! 

Xoxo,

Amy

Friends in All Places

I am a planner. I love to experience new things and meet new people (if that is not obvious with the fact that I have a travel blog). If someone asks for a little help, I like to that ask and turn it into something so much bigger. 

I’m part of an all-women travel group on Facebook and it’s incredible. There is such a wide range of travel-related topics and it really has so much to offer. 

Whether it’s advice from locals, general travel advice, or city meet-ups.

I had the privledge of meeting up with two girls (I have never met before) from the group and it was so much fun. In a way, we all stepped out of our comfort zones and just jumped right in to meet each other.

It started with one of girls (who is from San Francisco and in Boston with her husband who is on business) posting on the group wall looking for ideas and even a mini get-together during her visit. I had free time and thought…why not? 

We met at Drink in the Seaport District in Boston and talked for 2 hours over tasty drinks. It was really nice to be able to not only talk about life but to talk about the common love and passion for travel. 

So, thank you ladies! I had a blast! 

  
The point of this post is not to talk about the friends I am meeting through thisFacebook  group but just to remind all of you that by stepping out of your comfort zone, so much greatness can happen. You can meet a new friend, you can learn about a new city, you can give and take advice. 

Don’t be afraid to create a little more sunshine in your life by surrounding yourself with people who love something just as much as you do. 

Also, just a Boston tip:

A great place to go with ANYONE is Drink. It’s a small bar located on Congress St where you can’t order typical cocktails but they give you drinks based on a liquor or taste you are looking for. The atmosphere is fantastic and the staff is witty and pretty incredible. Just be warned, the wait can be tough, especially on a Friday. Also, the drinks range from $12-$15 so just be prepared! 

Xoxo,

Amy

Never Stop Traveling…Ever

I woke up Tuesday morning to a text from a co-worker telling me about the attacks on Brussels. At that point in time it was still unraveling and the death and injury count was continuing to climb. I first felt saddened and then I felt angry.

It’s not just Belgium that is being threatened and attacked, it’s all over the globe. You have Paris, the Ivory Coast, Turkey, Beirut, Baghdad, California…the list could go on forever. The entire world is living in a constant state of fear thinking, “Who is next? Will I be a victim of one of these attacks?”

With these questions comes the question that I want to touch on: “Should I be traveling with everything that is going on?” 

Let me answer that question for you…YES!

These attacks can happen anywhere, anytime, to anyone. Every time they occur, we feel a sense of concern and sadness for the victims of these events. We question how do the families deal with this type of situation? What did these people do to deserve this? How could people be so cruel in a world that is naturally beautiful and so full of hope and wonder? When all of that concern goes away, another feeling or two kicks in; fear and anger.

We fear that we may potentially be in harm’s way due to recent events and have an instinct to just stay in our house. We fear that if we do anything out of the ordinary, we can be killed because we just happened to be enjoying the one life we have to live. We worry about our safety to the point where stepping out of the house is a risk.

For people like myself, I feel the fear but I also feel the anger. What motivates people to think its okay to take the lives of innocent and vulnerable people? What makes your life so awful that you attack cities for attention?

Traveling is one of the brightest lights in my life. It exposes me to everything new. I feel if people traveled more, there would not be so much hate. Each culture and country has their differences but we are all human. If we took a moment to really experience and absorb the differences in the world, there would be a bigger sense of understanding and equality.

Being so involved in the travel industry (I work for a tour operator based in Boston), I see the thought processes of all types of travelers. The adventurous ones, the scared ones, the cranky ones, the thankful ones. You name it, I have talked to them. What surprises me most is when people cancel the trip of a lifetime due to terrorism. By not traveling, you are letting the terrorists win. They want you to be afraid. They want you to stay home. They are looking for the power that you give them. I am not saying you are wrong for being fearful but do not let that stop you from living the life that you dream of. Keep your head up and your eyes open. The media will do everything in their power to make a bad story even worse. You need to follow your instincts. Do not ignore travel warning, we aware of them. Most importantly, do not just hop on a plane because you feel like it. Do your research. Read the news but take it lightly. Use locals as a resource and talk to them!

While there is so much hate and violence in this world, just think of all the greatness and love that is also present. Think of feelings you get when you step off the plane in a city you have never been or a place you love. It is one of the greatest feelings of all time. A feeling of wanderlust. There are people in every inch of this world who want to do, be, and see great things. Just think about the people who have helped you through your journeys whether it’s giving you a place to stay or directions to a great cafe. Think about the friends you have made in the places you have visited. At the local pubs, on the streets, even on the subway. These people allow us to really experience what it is we live for.

Those people and those experiences is why we cannot stop traveling. Do not let them win. Live out your dreams as we are only given one life. You do not know what tomorrow will bring so live your life the way you WANT to, not the way you are expected to. We need to continue to meet new people and experience their cultures and lifestyles.

My goal is to continue to understand other cultures as much as possible. In a way, it is kind of like a responsibility more than a hobby to know the world we are apart of. It is evident in everyday life there are so many different cultures throughout the world and the only way to understand them is to be curious and adventurous. To get on that plane and just go. To have the patience to interact with the locals, to be open-minded, and to be there for those that are there for us.

Traveling is the only way for us to really understand the world we live in. We cannot live in fear or the world will never change. Be cautious but if you have a dream, just live it. Do not cancel your flights, your train, your rental car. You would rather live a life full of excitement, fear, and learning experiences than not live at all. In a world full of hatred, find love, compassion, and kindness. Those things go a long way when reflecting on your travels. They are the things you remember most. Traveling right now, in this moment in time, may be one of the most important life decisions you will ever make.

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” -Anonymous

xoxo,

Amy

 

A Day Trip to Portland, Maine

This past weekend I had the opportunity to take my first trip to Porland, Maine! You would think living only 2 hours away I would have made this trip long ago…wrong. 

Let me start by saying this: I can’t wait to go back. Being March, while it was the first day of Spring, it was cold. However, with the short amount of time I spent in the city (even with the colder temperatures), I fell in love with the capital of the Pine Tree State. 

Portland is that city you escape to. It’s cute, small, young…kinda perfect. I left Boston later than I wanted to (12pm to be exact) but I still got the taste of Portland I needed to write this post. 

There are 3 things you must do in Portland:

1. Eat a potato donut. I recommend going to Holy Donut on Park Ave as the donuts I had from there are delicious but they also are famous! Read this article by CNN Eatocracy: http://theholydonut.com/maine-residents-manic-for-potato-donuts/ and I promise the drooling will start.  If you love sweet and salty, the dark chocolate sea salt would be the perfect choice.

 Photo Credit: StarChefs 

2. Visit Portland Head Light Lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth. This is pretty much a given considering it’s the most photographed lighthouse in the nation. They have a cliff walk so you can really get some great photographs and also get a little bit of exercise.

Fun Fact: I’m a NY Giants fan!
  
This is where most famous photographs of the lighthouse are taken
       

3. Walk around downtown Portland. You can find tons of small family-owned shops and boutiques. You can go cheese tasting at Cabot or grab a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, tea, a cappuccino, (you name it!) at Bard Coffee. I had a cappuccino and it was delicious!     

    Keep in mind I was super limited with my time in Portland but if you just want to roam around, this is the place to do it. I will be visiting again in the summer and can give you more ideas and tips on what to do when the weather is warmer! 

    Before I bring my first travel post to an end, let me make a couple more recommendations. 

    1. Find a way to fit The Green Elephant Restaurant into your time in Portland. It is a vegetarian restaurant and it was AMAZING. I’m not vegetarian, in fact I love meat but this place was incredible. I don’t like brusel sprouts but theirs were so delicious. For my main course I had the local mushroom bowl and I would eat this everyday. So many amazing flavors.

    Brusel Sprouts!
      
    Local Mushroom Bowl
     

    2. See a show/concert at the State Theatre. It’s an old fashioned venue with tons of character and an awesome atmosphere. Not to mention for being a venue that old; their light and sound technologies are really advanced. I went to see Mayday Parade and The Maine with some friends and had a blast.  

    The Maine…in Maine!
     

    3. Portland has a ton of breweries so if you are into beer, do some brewery-hoppying (pun intended)! 

    Short and sweet but this makes the perfect day trip in Portland. Great food. Great Beer. Great Shopping. Great Times.

    Xoxo,

    Amy

    I Finally Did It!

    Hello Everyone!

    I finally started a travel blog that will encompass all things travel-related. My posts will range from day trips in New England (where I currently live) to international trips all over the world.

    My goal is to share all my new adventures with all of you in hopes that I can inspire some of you to travel OR if you are like me and already have the travel bug, give you some insight to help you on your own journeys.

    But wait! There is more!

    I love planning my adventures from start to finish. I rarely rely on a tour operator to arrange everything for me as I like to make sure I am utilizing my time with things that I would like to do. I will be available to help you, your friends, your family  (or even a complete stranger) arrange your next adventure that will encompass everything that you want to do based on YOUR budget and YOUR vacation time.

    This blog has been a dream of mine for quite some time and now is as good a time as any to start!

    Stay tuned, my first post will be about my day trip to Porland, Maine this past weekend. I will also be incorporating some of my posts from studying abroad to give you some insight to a few countries in Europe.

    xoxo,

    Amy