The world is my playground! I like to think of myself as somewhat of a lightly seasoned traveler (no food pun intended). I pride myself on crossing my t’s and dotting my i’s when it comes to travelling to a new destination. Having all the resources at my fingertips really gives me a sense of confidence and control and allows me to carefully plan a great trip.
While enroute, the anticipation builds, and the thought of what’s to come is overwhelmingly exhilarating. Will all my hard work and research pay off? Are these destinations and events that were recommended really just what we were looking for? With that said, I believe there’s a big difference between seeing the sites and experiencing a destination.
In years past, every place I visited I would always bring home the perfunctory tchotchke as a remembrance of my visit. Not to say that I still don’t, but I’m a bit more selective. These days, maybe age has something to do with it, but now I find myself always in search of a truly unique experience. Something I can sink my teeth into that will create an everlasting memory. I store it up for those long dreary gray days in winter where I can sit back, sip on a hot cup of cocoa and reminisce about the experience that left chills on my skin, or brought an ear-to-ear grin on my face, or just left me in awe.
Experiences such as hiking the Smoky Mountains and soaking in the incredible views that simply take your breath away, skimming the trees while zip-lining mountain to mountain in Asheville, NC, a mule ride down the side of a mountain in Molokai’s once infamous leper colony, experiencing a culinary sensation after shopping Charleston’s farmer’s market and having some of the top award-winning chefs cook a meal from your purchases, skiing down Mt. Zermatt and being picked up at the end in a horse-drawn carriage and taken to the local pub are memories that I wouldn’t trade for the world.
T-shirts fade and cups break. As for me, I will continue to travel the world and seek out the unknown offbeat experiences that make a destination truly unique and memorable.