Can you believe my European trip was already TWO YEARS AGO?! I can’t believe how much time has passed, but I’m glad it wasn’t the only adventure I’ve had so far. As you know, one of my favourite things to do is travel. Every year I try to decide early on, where I want to go that year. One of my newest friends, Lynn told me she has a carry on that's always packed and ready to go. I love that! I don't have kids or any major bills of my own right now, so my biggest priority has just been travelling. I value travelling more than anything because the world doesn't exist in a vacuum. There’s so much to learn and I'd rather learn about it first hand than through a book or the TV. I can only travel during school breaks, which means higher rates, unfortunately, so I have to be smart about it. When I pick a destination, there are a few things I look out for:
Picturesque beauty: I love places with beautiful buildings and landscapes. I live somewhere beautiful so it’s a must that my destination is also beautiful. I take a lot of photos while on vacation and tend to garner a lot of inspiration from my surroundings.
Rich history: I'm a story teller, so I’m a sucker for a country/city with a lot of history. Historical landmarks genuinely get me excited. Even if I cant understand a single word the cab driver says, I just love to soak it all in.
Affordable: I cannot vacation somewhere, where it takes practically a life’s savings (I do work in education) just to get there, leaving no money to actually do anything. That's berserk! I want an exotic place with a lot of fun things to do that won’t break the bank.
So where do I want to go this year? First up:
Like I said, I live in a gorgeous country. Did you know that we are made up of over 700 islands and cays? We have a saying here that goes, “Before you see the world, check out your own back yard first”. And they’re right. I never want to be in a position where a foreigner can tell me more about my own country than I knew. I'm thinking of going next month for my best friend’s birthday. There's three of us in February so bring on the birthday celebrations!
I have a best friend who lives in Montreal and I have been trying to visit her for about two years now, but there's just never a good time. Well this year, I'm not making any more excuses. She comes for a visit next month after my birthday, but at some point this year, I will travel to visit her. I’ve heard how beautiful the city is and how many festivals they have, so I can’t wait to see it for myself!
Eleuthera, The Bahamas
We were supposed to go to Eleuthera over the Christmas break because one of my cousins has a house down there, but another cousins plans took over. So we rescheduled for Mother’s Day. So far, this definitely is happening! I’ve been to Harbour Island before and my grandmother is originally from Eleuthera so I’m really excited about this trip!
Need I say more? There's no way I’m doing Cuba by myself so this year, I’m going to need my friends to really step it up! How can you not want to go to Cuba? This history, the cars, the architecture, the food! I’m not expecting anything glamorous . I just want to soak it all in!
Everyone is recommending Santorini Greece as a spot for young adults. I’m not picky. I don’t care which part of Greece it is, it can be Mykonos, whatever! Just take my passport and put me in coach (you didn’t really think I could afford first class did you?) This would be the most expensive trip out of all the destinations on the list, so I don’t mind going by myself. However, a Mediterranean cruise sounds like the perfect way to explore the Greek islands! Even though it may not happen this year, I’m genuinely saving up for this trip!