Have you ever traveled to a place that made you want to go back over and over again? The kind of place that you simply cannot fathom visiting just once?
Well the older I get, and the more I wander, the more I find myself adding places to my running list of repeat travel destinations. Whether it's the cities rich history, breathtaking scenery, or the positive memories and experiences associated - for one reason or another, these places have been forever placed in the forefront of my mental rolodex of travel locations. Boston, Atlanta, D.C., Lake Winnepesake and Savannah are prime examples of this wanderers' phenomenon.
In my travels to Savannah over the last few years, I have continued to uncover more and more aspects of the city that have kept me so intrigued and wanting more.
I had been to Savannah, GA once before with my friend Mel Monster. We were on our way back to Florida after celebrating our friend Amy's wedding in Maryland. On the drive back, we took a spontaneous and much needed deviation from I-95. This deviation came after countless hours spent chasing pavement and watching as over time the sun moved slowly and succinctly from east to west. My first impression of Savannah was brief, but I cannot deny enjoying the social undertones of the city as Mel and I took a quick look around and spoke to friendly strangers. I was just a bystander watching the pulse of this city beat under the light of the moon. We stayed for only a couple of hours, and then we left - which only left me wanting to know more about this Savannah.
My second visit to Savannah was under somewhat similar conditions. My friend Stephen heroically agreed to caravan with me from Maryland to Florida, this time for my own personal relocation. Now that's a friend! During the road trip from Maryland to Florida, Stephen and I made yet another deviation from I-95 during a 900+ mile journey. This time, the deviation was entirely intentional, and took place under the approving and onlooking sun. We spent the majority of our time exploring, taking pictures, reading signs explaining historical locations within the city and talking to locals about the best places to brunch. Once again, the pulse of Savannah had me intrigued and we drifted through the streets taking pleasure in the smallest and seemingly insignificant observations and discoveries.
The images below are unfiltered bits of memory that I was able to capture with my Canon T5i. I have also included brief explanations with some of these pictures! I truly cherish finding places with layers and layers of history and culture. I had such a pleasant experience in Savannah and I hope that after reading this post you too will want to add Savannah to your list of "must see" and "repeat" destinations.
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Stasia | Rose
The older I get, the more I learn that an important part of living is simply learning how to enjoy life despite the inevitable and unpredictable blows and disappointments that occur.
Life happens. Different people choose to manage these events in different ways. Learning how to snap back from tough times by using these challenges to make you stronger is of the utmost importance.
A little bit about me...
I would strongly consider myself an introvert with extroverted tendencies. I would say I am a solid 65% introverted and 35% extroverted. "Ambivert" is another term for someone with this temperamental combination. It is hard to define the term "ambivert" in a scientific way, but I can certainly share my personal thoughts, behaviors and tendencies in the hope that it will give you a better idea of the term.
Sign #1 - Quality Time
According to Gary Chapman (author of the book The 5 Love Languages) there are five love languages that illustrate how people express and experience love. My primary love language is quality time. I consider it one of the highest compliments if you just want to spent time with me. It is also one of the ways that I love and appreciate others. The need for and love of quality time is both outward and inward focused. In order to truly relax and rejuvenate - I must spend quality time with myself. This is what prompted my retreat to Tilghman Island in the first place, and this is why this trip was so beneficial to my soul.
Sign #2 - Together in Solitude
Last week I left my new home in Florida and took a much needed trek north in search of foliage and family. Roughly two planes and a Dodge Ram 4x4 later, I found myself cruising the coast of Rhode Island in a bright red Ford Fiesta, taking pictures and capturing moments with my awesome brother-in-law!
The mission for the day: To travel around Rhode Island, eating good food and brushing up on our photography!
If you have never been to Rhode Island, you should try your best to make it there. The smallest state in America has some of the richest culture, robust history, and some of the country's best eats!
Begin Side Rant: I always have a hard time taking pictures of food. Not because I am against it in any way! I just love food so much that by the time it is placed in front of me, all hope of remembering to take a picture of it is completely lost. I usually remember that I meant to take a picture roughly halfway through the meal, and the thought of repositioning the remaining food with my fork just mentally exhausts me. So this is my dilemma. End Side Rant.
So, if you too are up for a quick adventure, I would love to share my moments on the Rhode Island coast with you!
First Stop: Brenton State Park: Newport, RI
Last weekend, Baltimore hosted roughly 400,000 or more people during a three day outdoor art exhibit event called Artscape. Attracting hundreds of eclectic artists, Artscape is the modern day artist's Mecca.
During the second day of the festival, I was able to venture out with a few friends to enjoy the sites and tastes Artscape had to offer. It was an extremely humid day, and the city of Baltimore took great measures to provide festival goers with plenty of water and cool air. There was even a city bus parked in the street strictly for providing guests with a place to sit down and cool off in the A/C. As hot as it was, we didn't let the temperature stop us from exploring everything Artscape had to offer.
Our first stop was a seat on this colorful ferris wheel. It gave us a fantastic view of the festival, and showed us just how HUGE the festival was - spanning along large sections of Charles St. and Mt. Royal Avenue. After my ride, I snagged a shot of my friends Olivia and Mike taking the ferris wheel for a spin!
I love to travel. Exploring old places with a new and fresh perspective is more than exhilarating, it's life changing!
I remember my trip to Italy like it was yesterday. I miss the cobblestone streets, the sea filled air, and coffee chats with my bestie. We found a great deal on Groupon, which included round trip airfare, car rental, hotel stays and quite a few complimentary breakfasts for one low price. Gotta love Groupon!
After landing in Rome, we hopped into our little Fiat rental, and headed for the Amalfi Coast. It was an amazing journey, and here are some tips that I learned along the way:
1. Save $$$ and learn to drive a manual car.
In Europe, stick shifts are the most common cars on the road. Our Groupon deal included a manual automobile, which posed some initial difficulty. We did have an option for selecting an automatic car rental; however, that change would have cost us an additional $1,000 USD. Not happening. So, I learned how to drive a manual instead (easier said than done.)
2. If you travel in March, bring an umbrella...and a jacket.
My friend and I chose to visit Italy just before tourist season. We wanted to get to know the beautiful country void of its large number of seasonal tourists. While there were virtually no tourists in Sorrento during that time, there was a lot of rain. In fact, it rained everyday. Neither of us were prepared for the rain, and the chilly temperatures that followed in the evenings also took us a bit by surprise.
3. Plan your schedule around the locals' - riposo
The riposo is the Italian version of "siesta." Each day, anywhere from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., local businesses close down for a midday break. If you are the kind of traveler that loves a packed schedule, keep the riposo in mind and plan your meals and activities accordingly.
4. Bus tickets - buy them early.
When visiting Italy, I recommend buying bus or ferry tickets early. None of the buses or ferries have assigned seating. If there are multiple people in your party, purchasing tickets and boarding early can give you a better chance of staying in a group. It can also give you a better view!
5. Ferry tickets - buy them one way at a time.
This advice may seem as a contridiction to #4, but hear me out! Buying round trip ferry tickets is more expensive than purchasing one way tickets at each port. For example, buying a round trip ticket in Sorrento costs more than buying a one way ticket in Sorrento and then a one-way ticket in Capri. Secondly, you do not know how much time you will want to explore the island. Trips between ports are pretty well staggered (keep in mind tip #3) so you shouldn't have a problem finding an adequate return time.
So there you have it, 5 useful tips for visiting the Amalfi Coast. All based on my personal experiences. If you have any more useful tips, definitely mention them in the comments below!
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Let's face it, deciding what clothes to pack for vacation is not easy. On one hand, no one likes overpacking and toting a bunch of heavy luggage through the airport. On the other hand, no one likes limiting their wardrobe and leaving out items they love to wear.
What if I told you that you don't have to choose? That there is a way to pack lightly AND pack clothes that you absolutely love?!
WELL IT'S TRUE! For a full two week stay in Trinidad and Tobago, I packed one carry-on item and one personal item. Keep reading and I will teach you exactly how I did it!
I have more of a classic style. I love wearing neutral tones (black, white, beige, denim and grey) with gold accent jewelry. Before my trip to Trinidad & Tobago, I was convinced that packing lightly meant compromising my personal style - but it doesn't mean that at all!
Before my trip, I decided to be very intentional about packing lightly and bringing outfits that were both comfortable and true to my personal style. I tried not to overcomplicate the situation by sifting through every piece of clothing I owned. Instead, I broke the process down into four simple steps!
A few of you may already know, but I recently returned from Trinidad & Tobago on a two week vacation. Tickets were booked months in advance, and time flew by! Next thing you know, it was time to board the plane. Time had finally come!
I am so blessed to have people in my life who genuinely want to know more about my trip to Trinidad & Tobago. So, I decided to write a blog post about my visit there. It is such a beautiful country, and over the two week period I had the opportunity to meet some amazing people, visit some amazing beaches and each some amazing food!
I had so much fun during my time in Trinidad & Tobago. My only regret is - I wish I would have taken more pictures! However, I have a good feeling that I will be back there again soon <3
Stay tuned for my next post in the series. I have to tell you about the journey to T&T and the craziness that ensued! From bus rides, to taxis, to navigating the streets and subways of NYC. It felt like one thing after another and you don't want to miss it!
See you soon!