Travel

Travel

So I was getting ready for work this morning and it occurred to me, I have never traveled outside of the U.S.  After reflecting on many friends and family that have traveled abroad recently, I started thinking of where I would go if I ever left the U. S. of A.  I mean, I’ve been to some pretty amazing places in our own country, some places many people have never been to, like: Hawaii, Las Vegas, Yosemite, Sequoia National Forest, Smokey Mountains, Outer Banks and Wilmington, N.C., Black Water Falls, WV, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County, CA, and Florida, to name a few, but I have never stepped foot in another country and it made me feel like I was missing out on something really special.

Chicago, IL and Wilmington, NC
Central Park skating rink, Black Water Falls, WV, Smoky Mountains and Ft. Myers, FL

I feel like traveling abroad has a lot to offer to an individual.  Not only are you educating yourself on other countries and cultures but you are opening yourself up to embrace them.  Obviously, if are wanting to travel you want to embrace these new cultures or return to a place that struck a chord with you.  My main reasons for wanting to travel abroad are food, history and sociology.

I absolutely love food!!  Pretty much anything that can be eaten will go in my mouth. hahaha  I am not biased on the types of food I eat they just have to taste good, and they usually do. 😉 My main weakness is sugar and anything baked.  Give me a danish, scone, doughnut or muffin with a coffee and I’ll be your best friend for life!

History has always been one of my favorite subjects in school.  At one point, I wanted to be a history teacher but I didn’t think I would do well with middle school or high school aged kids so I reverted back to elementary teacher.  Even though my future as a history teacher probably won’t work out in this lifetime, I still love learning about things that have happened all over the world and just seeing how people lived and how we’ve grown since these different events.

In college I was drawn to sociology and anthropology classes.  Studying people and why they do things and what influences their actions and why and what they do was fascinating to me.  Just think of the channel TLC but more educational. 🙂  I just love knowing why people do the things they do and have always wanted to go somewhere and just “watch people,” as weird as that sounds.  My anthropology professor lived in India for 6 weeks and studied one of the groups of people there.  Her pictures and stories were incredible and I always thought to myself that was a job I could do. I believe that traveling, in general, opens your eyes to how you do things and how others do things and how neither is wrong or right.

Anyway, there are plenty more places for me to explore in my own backyard but it got me thinking of where I would go if I were to travel abroad.  So I have compiled a list of my top 5 countries I want to visit………..at some point and in no particular order.

  1. Ireland-I have always been in love with Ireland and how green everything is there.  I, also, used to Irish Dance competitively when I was younger so I feel like I have strong connection to the country.  I love the music, the Celtic language and obviously the dancing but I would love to go to a traditional Irish pub and eat some shepherd’s pie.  Yum!!  Pretty much any trip I take will revolve around food. hahaha
  2. Great Britain– I would love to go to England and Wales.  I am part English and Welsh and would love to explore these countries and get a feel for where my ancestors came from.  Plus they have amazing food and drinks!
  3. Germany–  I want to get lost in an old cobblestone village with cute gingerbread architecture that is located near some hills.  This is how I picture most of Germany, hahaha, although I know that is incorrect, I  can dream though.  I love history, a love I inherited from my dad who was a history teacher, and would  be in extreme awe and wonder if I got to walk around a concentration camp.  I am, also, part German and have been interested in the holocaust and things that happened during WWI so just being able to experience something like that first hand would be unbelievable.
  4. Amsterdam–  I remember in high school, one of the foreign exchange students was from Amsterdam and I thought “how cool” but also “why are you here in Sanger?” hahaha  I immediately started looking up pictures and fell in love with the architecture, the fact everyone rides bikes everywhere and the river canals.  I have always thought it would be an amazing experience to have a boat house.  Have you ever watched those HGTV shows about crazy houses?  I have and they have had some boat houses and they were pretty cool.
  5. Greece– Last, but certainly not least.  I love beaches and since none of the other places on my list are beachy, warm locations I had to add Greece.  If not for the beautiful, crystal clear blue waters and warm sand but for the large amounts of history.  Plus, Greek food is unbelievable!!

So those are my top places to travel to first.  Tell me if you’ve been to any of them and what you thought or where are your top 5 places to go to.  I might have to extend my list if there’s some good ones on your list. 🙂

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