Yes, seeing new places is fun, but I would like to take the time to reflect on the details and be grateful for the small things that I love about traveling.
I love taking funny photos with my family and friends when traveling. I also like to take good, aesthetic pictures too, but taking silly pictures are always fun to take. Also, when you get home you can look back on them and remind yourself of all the fun you had on your trip!
Making New Friends
Whenever my family travels we love to talk to new people and get new contacts. In this photo my family is posing with my Spanish exchange student, Allegra, and her family. We had the opportunity to visit them in Valencia last summer and now my parents are very good friends with her parents.
Quality Family Time
Life can get pretty crazy. I love vacations because it gives me the time to take a deep breath and spend time with my family and friends. It is a great way to bond with others and create new memories with them.
I love airports, which is a pretty unpopular opinion. Most people hate rushing through their airport trying to find their gate, but I like the extra adrenaline rush. I also love the array of stores and that I have the time to listen to some music, read a book, or catch up on unfinished work.
My family's approach to traveling is pretty unique. We are pretty “go with the flow” and nothing is set in stone. Figuring out what we are going to do that day and where we want to visit is so fun. I love having the freedom to do whatever I want. Going on vacation and traveling with few limitations is a great way to clear your head and make long lasting memories.
Whether it be a toucan or a sea urchin I love to see new animals, plants, or climates that I am not accustomed to in Boston. In Europe we see plenty of sea urchins and sea stars while snorkeling or swimming. Always be mindful of the health of the animals and make sure you are not hurting them!
New Cultures and Languages
I love experiencing new cultures. It is one of my favorite things about travelling. I love being able to share about my travels beyond from the what or where. When I share about my travels I focus on who I meet, what I see, what it feels like. Experiencing the culture and understanding how other people live is so interesting and it makes travel much more meaningful. More so, I like listening to the locals speak in their native tongue and I try to catch on to what they are saying (usually with limited success). I am learning Spanish in school so visiting Spanish speaking countries is very exciting for me as I am able to practice what I already know and learn new phrases or words.
Thank you for reading this blog post. I hope it inspired you to travel and be grateful for the little things. Life is so special and unique, appreciate even the small things. If you enjoyed this, take a look at my post, 15 Lessons I Learned Traveling as a 15 Year Old.