5 Reasons to Travel Solo

kayaking Blue Heart Springs solo
  1. Empowerment– To step out of your comfort zone, make all the decisions, and go into the unknown alone and reliant only on yourself boosts self confidence in a way that nothing else can.
  2. Peace– I love people, but I also know that I require a certain amount of solitude. Solitude at home doing chores isn’t what I mean. There is definitely a peace that comes from not engaging in conversation or day-to-day interactions for a while.
  3. Your way– I’ve heard so many people say they wish they would’ve seen or done this and that on vacation but the person or people they were with didn’t want to. Going solo gives you full reigns on your schedule with no regrets.
  4. New Friends– While you have an option to stay to yourself, you also have the opportunity to meet new people. This may lead to long lasting friendships or one casual conversation that you would not have otherwise had if you were with others.
  5. Save Money– On my recent solo trip I was able to save a lot of money by staying at spare rooms in Airbnbs. This would not have been an option if I was with another person or a group. I also bought myself some groceries and didn’t have to eat out if I didn’t want to. I could spend as little or as much as I wanted to without having to spend money doing things that I wasn’t very excited about.

I recommend everyone traveling solo at least once in their lifetime!

How far from home have you traveled alone? How did it go for you?

5 Reasons Why You Need Vacation

Bruneau Sand Dunes, Idaho

Growing up, going to Wal-Mart was our excitement. My family never took vacations and my parents rarely travel. But, there is a reason why vacation time is a thing. People NEED to and SHOULD go on a getaway at least once or twice a year. Here are 5 benefits to going on vacation:

  1. Reboot your mind– Exposure to new images, sensations, and ideas have a positive impact on the way you think and what you think about. This can improve mental health, work performance, and home life.
  2. Reduce Stress– Vacation can be a beneficial temporary distraction from the daily grind. No matter what you do, at work or at home, you can hit burnout if you go too long without a real break.
  3. Enhance Relationships– A vacation can mean bonding time together. A vacation can also bring color to relationships that aren’t on the trip with you by giving you more to add to conversations and a positive mood to share with others.
  4. Improve Your Health– Stress is bad for your overall wellbeing; a vacation can reduce stress levels. Often vacations include increased physical activity like walking, hiking, or other adventures. Decrease stress. Increase physical activity. It’s a win-win!
  5. Broaden Your Knowledge– There is so much to learn out there from new roads, different cultures, or local histories. You may learn about and experience new foods and flavors. You may make new friends and learn about them and their perspectives. The world is full of interesting and exciting things!

BONUS: You deserve it! Life is full of difficult challenges. The world can be a hard place to live and cope with personal and global struggles. Everyone deserves a good vacation. Where do you want to go?

Life Goal- Visit All 50 States in USA

I had a map of the world on my wall as a kid. I would stare at it and dream. I’m making my dreams come true by traveling to all 50 states in the USA. Here is a list of some of the places I’ve been to, places I recommend, pictures, and thoughts about the states that I’ve visited so far.

  • Alabama– My dad took my daughter, brother, and I to Florabama beach.
  • Alaska-Stayed in a dry cabin and saw the Aurora Borealis.
  • Arizona-Antelope Canyon and Horseshow Bend.
  • Arkansas– Hot Springs, AK. Bathhouse. Mammoth Cave!
  • California-I want to be a snowbird in Palm Springs for every winter. It’s a beautiful valley with lovely people.
  • Colorado-Tried snowboarding in JNCOS (super wide legged jeans). It was the 90s and I was a silly teen.
  • Connecticut– It’s on the bucket list.
  • Delaware– Dewey Beach in the early morning. Try scrapple.
  • Florida– Did you know that there is a Christianity based amusement park here? The Holy Land Experience. It’s Vacation Bible School on steroids.
  • Georgia– The Rawls Hotel- their shrimp and grits, YUM.
  • Hawaii-Island: Oahu. Best Entertainment: Polynesian Culture Center.
  • Idaho– Going this summer 2022!
  • Illinois– Passed through, stopped for gas.
  • Indiana– Stayed the night in Indiana on a road trip.
  • Iowa– Took picture with state sign.
  • Kansas– Original Mater truck on Route 66 in Galena, KS.
  • Kentucky– Creation Museum and Ark Encounter.
  • Louisiana- Visit below I10 for Cajun country. Go hungry and bring tums. Don’t just visit New Orleans though it’s a once in a life time must…check out Lafayette, my birth town.
at Lagniappes’ Restaurant
  • Maine– I plan eat a lobster roll and look at lighthouses.
  • Maryland– Drove the Chesapeake Bay Bridge several times while working in Lewes, DE.
  • Massachusetts– On the to do list.
  • Michigan– On the to do list; I plan to visit Mackinac Island.
  • Minnesota– I rode the Rip Cord at Valley Fair and totally recommend it!
  • Mississippi-Hard Rock CafĂ© Casino- the room definitely had some Austin Powers vibes.
  • Missouri– Promised Land Zoo- BEST ZOO EVER for the animal interactions.
  • Montana– Glacier National park. They are proud of their huckleberry concoctions so if you go there- try some huckleberry pie, jam, lemonade, or a milkshake.
Glacier National Park in Montana.
  • Nebraska– Drove through on my way to work in North Dakota, not knowing yet that ND would be my forever home. Pretty country.
  • Nevada– Viva Las Vegas. Stayed in the Circus Circus hotel and managed to not even touch a slot machine. Hoover Dam. Red Rock Canyon. Cirque de Soleil’s O show.
  • New Hampshire– On the list.
  • New Jersey– I stayed at hotel here on a school trip to NYC.
  • New Mexico– Roswell. Do do do do do do do do.
  • New York– Wicked Broadway Musical, Central Park, Niagara Falls, Times Square, Long Island. Long Island was my fave over Niagara and NYC.
  • North Carolina– Biltmore Mansion. Stayed at Indigo Hotel- very chic.
  • North Dakota– I’ve lived here since 2018. It’s a beautiful, clean, and safe state. Half the year is winter but the warm hearts make up for the cold weather.
Winter in Mandan, ND
  • Ohio– Mainly, I want to to see all the silly giant roadside attractions like the Longaberger basket.
  • Oklahoma– Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum- very sobering experience.
  • Oregon– Crater Lake is divine. I also did an air bnb experience of milking a cow and tasting fresh unpasteurized milk.
Crater Lake
  • Pennsylvania– Liberty Bell, saw The Lion King Broadway production.
  • Rhode Island– Hopefully next spring or summer.
  • South Carolina– Stayed in a yurt in a beautiful area.
  • South Dakota– Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore, Needles Hwy.
Petrified Rock Park in Lemmon, SD.
  • Tennessee– Graceland. Smoky Mountains.
  • Texas– Best Sea Creature Experience: Sea World in San Antonio, 1/2 day behind the scenes tours to swim with beluga whales and so much more!
  • Utah-I’ve only been to 4 corners. Would like to go to Zion National Park, Arches National Park, and Bryce Canyon one day.
4 Corners Monument- in New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, and Arizona.
  • Vermont– Will hit up this tiny state in one trip/one sweep through the top northeast corner of our great country.
  • Virginia-Luray Caverns, Kings Dominion Amusement Park, Busch Gardens. Worked in Farmville.
  • Washington– Voodoo Donuts are very unique and flavorful. The Rainforest was a wonder of wonders, so beautiful.
Olympic National Park in Washington
  • Washington D.C.– Before I went, I thought their was one Smithsonian museum. There are so many and they are all worth a visit.
  • West Virginia– Best Gas Station Food- Try their pepperoni rolls if you pass through this state.
  • Wisconsin– I can now correlate the scenic views of passing by their dairy farms of their roads to their cheese.
  • Wyoming– Yellowstone National Park. Coolest natural sight: the Grand Prismatic Spring.

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