So I’ve been stationary for what, three weeks now?

Stationary meaning my suitcase has been completely unpacked with no immediate travel plans (unless you count our little romantic jaunt to St. Louis last weekend, which when compared to the kind of travel I had been doing since February, St. Louis was the equivalent of going to the grocery store. (I mean, if the grocery store had the most amazing Sunday brunch and thick pillowy beds to laze around in all day with my beloved then yes, totally the same.))

Wanderlust has hit me. “Crave for travel. Ache for distant places.

Swimming with Stingrays in Grand Cayman
Since I was little there has always been this part of me that has daydreamed about the world. Everything I’ve ever seen in a National Geographic or on the Discovery Channel is out there β€” waiting for me. I can remember standing outside in the mountains as a child, taking deep breaths thinking “the only thing between me and the Pyramids is air.” It’s kind of amazing to know that the night sky is the same for everyone everywhere. The only things separating me from the Swiss Alps at this very moment are my living room walls, air, and distance.

I also used to dream about floating above the ground, unaffected by gravity, watching the world turn underneath me. I’m sure some physics major is out there rolling their eyes at me, but when you’re a little kid you can be or do anything, and I wanted to see the world.

Seriously. I have fallen even more in love with her in the last few days.  #AddieInNYC
My mom did an amazing job of taking my sister and me to new places, by the time I was a teenager I had seen almost every mile of Interstate from British Columbia to Southern California as well as the West Coast to Mt. Rushmore. It wasn’t until I was in my 20’s that I made it East of Colorado, and it wasn’t until my 30’s that I made it out of the country. I’ve still never been to Europe. I’d love to see Asia. My biggest dream is Bali or maybe New Zealand. Someday I’ll walk hand and hand with Cody in Italy. Someday I’ll see zebras and elephants in Africa.

Addie has already seen and done more than I had ever done at her age. Travel suits this kid, I hope it’s a curiosity and desire that sticks with her forever.

Dragonfly Zipline
While I love being home, I love knowing there’s so much more out there. I love knowing that my lush green backyard I am so familiar with would be exotic and unimaginable to someone on the other side of the world. I love that just going from Indy to Kentucky feels like an entirely new world with charming accents and rolling hills. I love that places like New York exist, and in less than a day you could be surrounded by perfect peace and tranquility in Southeastern Ohio.

Next month I move from full time toddler blogger, to part time travel blogger on Babble. Some things have already been put into motion. Things that make my heart sing and my wanderlust twirl. I don’t know what’s in store for me in the future, but I am incredibly excited about it.

Β Where’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?


  1. My favorite place to visit for the views are Southern Utah (Zion, Canyonlands, Monument Valley).
    Top getaway of all time? Santa Fe, New Mexico.
    Most beautiful place I’ve ever been? Probably Glacier National Park and the Bitterroot Valley in Montana tie with my own tiny hometown in Utah’s granite-capped mountains.


  2. Ohahu, Hawaii and Big Sur (in northern California) are the two places whose beauty actually brings me to tears. Go. Be amazed.

  3. Heather D says:

    The Masai Mara in Kenya. By far. I just got back about a month ago and it was life changing.

  4. Travel how I love thee. Thanks to my blog we had the opportunity to go on an African safari at cost. I initially didn’t want to go bc I was certain we were going to fly 17 hours around the world in order to be eaten by leopards. But we came back with all of our body parts intact and some amazing memories.

  5. Switzerland was stunningly beautiful. Kauai and Maui, Hawaii are also amazing. Happy travels. πŸ™‚

  6. It’s a three way tie for me: 1. The 1 Highway between San Fran and say Coos Bay, OR. I ADORE the fact that you’re on the coast, but surrounded by HUGE red woods. It’s pure bliss. 2. Crested Butte, CO. Anytime from Mid-May through October. I’m sure it’s gorgeous in the winter…well I know it is. But the trees being in bloom and everything being all green makes it for me. 3. Maui.

  7. I’m a lot like you…I am able to find beauty in every new place, but some of my favorites are: Flying into or out of the tiny airport in Asheville, NC at sunrise. Driving I-77 over Fancy Gap, Va on a clear day. Walking the blue cobblestone roads in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I hope to be able to tell you about The Gambia, West Africa in the late fall. I’m just starting my fund raising efforts to go on a medical mission trip. I will be traveling there with my new 3yo buddy that is here with his mom while he gets his club feet fixed by The Greenville Shriner’s Hospital.

  8. Congrats! What a fun new gig for you. Can’t wait to live vicariously through your photos. Most beautiful place I’ve been to? It’s a tie: the Alhambra in Spain and my home, when my family is in it.

  9. congrats on the travel blogger job!

    I’ve had the travel bug ever since I was a little girl. Moved out of the house when I was 18, joined the church at 21, and moved to Utah. For me Utah was my first “exotic” place to see…loved those mountains.

    We loved Vancouver, B.C. on the west side, and Montreal on the east.

    The Outer Banks in North Carolina, and swimming in the keys in Florida were our biggest adventures living down in the southeast.

    New york is our favorite City for action, good food, jazz, and sightseeing, and Mystic, Connecticut, and Maine are our places for relaxation.

    We’ve never been out of the country except for Canada, but we have the bahamas, Europe, Italy, Belize, Spain, Hawaii, & Indonesia, & Africa (because we love animals) on our bucket list.

    Good luck with everything!

  10. Southern Africa – I dream of going back every day ahhh

  11. In 2010 my husband and I took a cruise and my favorite stop was Belieze. It was beautiful. We got to travel through most of the country to visit a ruins.
    Second on my list would be St Thomas. We took our honeymoon cruise there and had an amazing time kayaking and snorkeling

  12. What’s a travel blogger?!? That’s so exciting! Congratulations!

    Bermuda is the most beautiful place. The sand is pink. PINK!

  13. Rarotonga and Aitutaki. They are part of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. We went there on our honeymoon. So isolated and relaxing. Very very romantic.

  14. I love to go to water. And the desert. Too extremes. I haven’t spent much time in the mountains considering how close we live to the Blue Ridge chain. I need to find some more change in my pockets to travel more. How fun re your new blogging gig.

  15. Wanderluster2 says:

    The most beautiful place I’ve visited thus far would be Turks & Caicos and my recent trip to Curacao. Can’t wait for your travel blog! I can relate to your wanderlust!!

  16. Oh, totally jealz on your travel blogger gig!

    That’s awesome. How I wish I could score something like that, but I can be okay with living vicariously through you.

    Favorite trip? Hawaii, was there about 2 months ago. I can still close my eyes and see the beaches in my mind. I blogged about it here:

  17. Heather says:

    I love to travel and have been blessed to visit quite a few places, but there are still many more to see. One place that just blew me away was the Grand Canyon. I must have taken hundreds of pictures to try to capture it’s beauty, but nothing compares to standing at the edge and seeing it for yourself.

    PS – How does one become a travel blogger? Me wants. πŸ™‚

    Heather Reply:

    “its beauty” not it’s (grr, i hate that; i should know better)

  18. After traveling all over with my military husband, it’s really really hard to choose. Turks and Caicos is amazing in a beachy way. I love the Alps whichever country they happen to be in. Many places in America whisper sweet nothings in my ear. But I think Provence has my heart. πŸ™‚

  19. I remember being in sixth grade, seeing the ocean for the first time and thinking “I’m on the EDGE of the continent!” Two decades later I still think that same exact thought every time I’m on a beach.

    The idea that there is literally ONLY air separating me from Greece is beautiful. Thank you for reminding me of that; I need to keep it in mind more often.

  20. blessed-with-3 says:

    If you’ve never been, you must see Crater Lake Natl. Park in Oregon. Another favorite location is Maui. We lived in Oregon for several years and Maui’s coastline reminded us so much of the Oregon coast.