Although I don’t get to do it as much as I would like, traveling is a huge part of my life. I crave it. Michael and I have made it our mission to take at least one overseas trip every year. So far we’ve been successful. I was thrilled about today’s linkup because I’ll take any excuse to talk about previous travel experiences; good or bad. My worst and best vacation happen to be on the exact same trip. How can that be? I’ll explain.
It was my first trip to Europe by myself. I’m using that term loosely because I was with Michael and our good friend, but I was sans parents, and everything was planned solely by us. We decided on sort of a whim to go to Tomorrowland, the largest electronic dance music festival in the world, held in Boom, Belgium. We bought tickets and somehow beat out the millions of others trying to get them. Then we settled on traveling to Amsterdam and Paris for a few days each, after.
I have travel anxiety. I’m not afraid to fly by any means, I just always get nervous that I’m going to forget something crucial and there’s no possible way to rectify the situation because you’re on a plane. It’s silly, but it’s true.
Backpacks packed, tickets printed, we were ready to get on the plane. Only there was one problem. My passport still had my maiden name, my ticket said my married last name. It was a big problem. They threatened to not let me board. There were tears. There was shouting. I finally got on the plane, sweating and terrified. But it didn’t end there. I had to keep printing off boarding passes and go back through security at each stop and so it made us miss out next flight. Hours later than we were supposed to arrive, we landed in Belgium. It didn’t end there, as the flight home was complete and utter chaos. I ran through a German airport, arms flailing, trying to get home, and flashing people in the dress I wore the night before in Paris. You can read the full story here. But needless to say, I learned the importance of making sure your passport matches the name on your ticket.
On to my best vacation, which was every part not spent near an airport. If you could see my face for the first year of Tomorrowland, it would look like an open mouthed emoji for 3 straight days. I was in shock. I know some people don’t dig the music festival scene, but I’m telling you, this is unlike any. (I’ve only written about it 100s of times, but it’s incredible.)
Fireworks, lasers, a stage that was made out of fairy tale books and a screen that opened, water falls, people from more countries than at the Olympics, and my favorite music playing all at the same time. It was an experience.
Basking in the glow of the music, it was on to Amsterdam. I assumed it would be all about the weed and the prostitutes in the red light district (that’s all legal there.) But it was one of the most beautiful cities. The people were so kind, there was so much to see and do and eat. Michael and I have talked about even moving there.
But then, we went to Paris. And insert that open faced emoji again. I fell in love. You hear how people fall in love with a city, and that happened to me in Paris. It was like a dream land where everyone had a french accent and onion soup tasted like it was made for a queen. I remember, one night we grabbed cheese, cheap wine, bread, and sat in front of the Eiffel Tower at night. I gazed up at the twinkling tower and thought, yes, this is perfect.
She is an inspirational blogger, both with her passion to see the world
and to share her life on her blog. I had the chance to interview her
and get a glimpse into her world!
Why did you start your blog?
I started The Lifestyle Project in part because I was frustrated and uninspired at my previous office job. When I came home in the evenings I needed something that I could do just because I wanted to, a project that I had complete creative control over and could make my own. I discovered blogland and fell into it hard. I looked at others’ sites and thought, “You know what? I’d love to do this too!” So I did. The Lifestyle Project went live the night before my 25th birthday and it’s been a great outlet ever since.
Tell me one thing that travel has taught you. Have you always wanted to travel?
One major thing that travel has taught me is that I’m stronger, smarter, and more resourceful than I gave myself credit for (check out 3 other ways travel has changed my life). There’s so much to see in the world but it’s easy to get complacent in our comfort zones. Travel lets me explore, learn, and connect in a way that’s challenging and very rewarding.
I’ve been an avid reader since I was a child which is what started everything. I wanted to see all of the different places I was reading about but we didn’t have enough money to travel when I was younger. It wasn’t until I graduated university that I found a way to travel outside the box of “visiting family” for summer vacation. Now I try to take at least one big trip a year and make the most of weekend getaways.
What has starting and maintaining a blog taught you?
Running a blog has taught me that yes, it’s really as time-consuming as people say it is! There’s always something new to learn and I’m not exactly blessed with HTML-magic-coding fingers. Also, I have a huge appreciation for bloggers who find a way to write about life’s everyday things, like Helene does, and make it so entertaining and relatable!
Where do you see yourself (and your blog) in 5 years?
I started freelance writing and editing earlier this year and now I’m ready to ramp it up to 100%. Actually, I don’t feel ready at all but sometimes you just need to jump all in, right? Five years from now I hope that I’m successfully running my own web-based company. I want to design a lifestyle where I can create my own schedule and incorporate travel for at least two months out of the year. Hopefully my husband and I have bought a house by then and added a pup to our family! As for my blog, I’d love for it to develop into a space where readers can connect from all over the world to get their latest travel and fashion fix.
Who would play you in a movie?
Haha this is a fun question! I never know if you’re supposed to pick your favorite actresses or ones that look like you…? Let’s not over think it though (something I’m known to do). Rashida Jones seems fun, a little awkward, and like she knows how to keep it real. She’d make me look way cooler than I am in real life 🙂
Now tell me, what was your worst or best vacation?
Tomorrow’s Prompt: Letter to Yourself in 10 Years
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