I hope that the new year is going well for you so far, and that you’re attacking your goals head on. I didn’t publish my goals for the year on the blog, but one of my major goals this year is to #exploremore.
Now, this might seem strange for me to make a resolution for the year, seeing as I traveled quite a bit in 2017. Let’s recap: I started last year out on a beach in the Bahamas, and then the next month I jetted off to Barcelona for work. That spring, I enjoyed a romantic weekend in Paris and got to spend time in my absolute favorite city Copenhagen! Over the summer I made frequent trips to San Francisco and the Bay Area, and even got to reunite with high school friends in Sonoma Valley for some delicious wine tasting. In the fall I fell in love with Lisbon, and made amazing memories in Malaga. And to wrap up the year, I braced the snow in New York in December, and spent the holidays with my family in Atlanta, Georgia.
In short, I traveled a lot. And every trip filled me more joy, inspiration, and gratefulness than the last. When I am traveling, I always get this incredible sensation that flows through every vein in my body. It’s this strange mixture of equal parts excitement and tranquility – a feeling of complete and utter euphoria. I chase that feeling every chance I get; I’ll pad my business trips with a few days before or after to explore on my own, and I’m constantly researching different places to see where I want to go next (hint: the answer is everywhere).
This year, I’m doubling down and chasing that feeling down with more passion and vigor than I ever have before. I plan to travel to at least one new city every month of the year, and will be documenting it all – the good, the bad and the ugly. I can’t remember exactly when I first read this quote from Saint Augustine, but it has always stuck with me: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”
This simple quote eloquently sums up one of my core beliefs – we are living in such divisive times right now due to intolerance and fear of people that are “different,” and the only way to create a more accepting and understanding society is to travel as much as we can, in order to
interact with people from all walks of life.
This year I will #exploremore, and I invite you to come along for the ride.