I recently traveled to Seattle, as you’re probably all aware of. I wanted to recap some of the great things I saw and did while I was there in case any of you are planning your own Seattle adventures. I should preface this post with a note on how things work in Seattle. It’s a pretty big city consisting of neighborhoods. It’s a tough town to drive around and park (but we did it, so it’s not impossible). Public transport is decent but doesn’t go everywhere, so when you’re planning your Seattle adventure you’re going to want to look into the things you want to see and do before you decide whether or not you are going to want to rent a car.
If you have kids, you might be thinking it’s too expensive to fly your entire family somewhere for vacation, but you might also be worried about the prospect of spending extremely long periods of time with your kids cooped up in a car. I get it. I get a little nutty on road trips, too, and I’m in my 30’s!
I’m an American traveler. As somebody who enjoys getting out and seeing the world as much as I possibly can, I’ve met a lot of people along the way who have offered up their opinions and ideas about U.S. travelers, and the U.S. in general. Let’s talk about some specific stereotypes that I’ve heard uttered over the years…
I can be a bit of a heavy packer sometimes. Perhaps it’s my ADD, but I often don’t pay attention to packing until the last minute before I go on a trip and then I just frantically throw a bunch of things in a bag and hope for the best. Lately, however, I’ve been working on changing my ways because, quite frankly, it’s a pain in the butt to lug a heavy bag through airports, on trains, and around town.
Unless you’re one of those lucky people who has been able to create a nomad lifestyle for themselves, then every adventure eventually comes to an end and you’re once again faced with the harsh reality of “real life”. Traveling is amazing and fun and exciting but can also take quite the toll on a person, physically.
I know on many occasions I’ve gone 110% for the duration of a trip, only to come back home and find myself exhausted, disoriented, and 5lbs heavier from all the rich, delicious foods I ate while away.
Thankfully, there are some things we can all do to help get our lives back on track so we can get healthy, get back to work, and start preparing for the next adventure as soon as possible!
I’ve written some posts about my time in Australia before, but I haven’t really delved too much into just how awesome a city Sydney is yet. Allow me to rectify that.
You guys…Sydney is amazing. If you haven’t been there yet, you really should put it on your list of places to travel to. I’ve been to other great cities of the world and I’m here to tell you that Sydney is one of the most beautiful, most exciting cities I’ve ever been to. It’s up there in the top tier of all places I’ve been. I promise.
The other day trip they took us on was to the Blue Mountains, which are just West of Sydney.The day started out with a lovely breakfast in Sydney, and then we were off to enjoy a day of exploration. First stop in the Blue Mountains was to see the famous “Three Sisters”, which is a pretty incredible rock formation with a beautiful mountain backdrop behind it. We first stopped at a lookout point near Katoomba where you can look out on the Three Sisters, and then ventured into a tourist park called Scenic World, which is a sort of cheeky name for what turned out to be a really fun place to hang out.
Life inspiration can come from many places, and movies are no exception. I was thinking today about the movie Joe Versus the Volcano, which stars a young Tom Hanks and came out in 1990. Due to the age of the movie as well as the fact that it was made in a stylistic, offbeat style, the film is a little…odd. However, I’ve always loved it and considered it among my favorites. The reason for that coveted spot on my list of favorite movies is because Joe Versus the Volcano may be a really (really) cheesy movie, but it also explores themes that so many of us are familiar with…that feeling of being stuck in a tough situation that we aren’t necessarily happy with. Joe is given a strange and unique opportunity to live life to the fullest, if even just for a little while.
By now, I’m pretty sure you are aware of the fact that I love food. It’s in the name of my blog even…. Art Travel EAT Repeat.Clearly food is a big part of my life. So, it should come as no surprise to you that when I visited Italy, food played a very central role in the activities I engaged in.
Have you always wished you could be one of those people who traveled the world? Have you had thoughts along the lines of, “must be nice,” or “someday when I have time and money…”?