Travel is an investment. I have learned more from traveling and experiencing other cultures than I did in my 16 years of education. There is just something about hearing someone else’s story, traditions, and struggles that brings an element of appreciation to ones life. Being able to go somewhere new and experience a new normal is a learning experience in itself. Nothing will ever be able to compare. Below I have listed my favorite places I’ve ever visited. Where should I go next?
1. Paris, France
Ever since I was a little girl I always loved Claude Monet and Degas. My mom would read me children’s books about them and I was just fascinated by their art. When my grandmother took my family to Paris for the first time at 8 years old I fell in love. We stayed at the Jolly Hotel Lotti and would walk next door to the Godiva Chocolate Store every afternoon. She took me to Monet’s house where he would paint water lilies and I even got to stand on the green bridge that he painted in the majority of his pieces. We went to the Lourve, Rode around the Arc De Triomphe in a double decker bus, visited Versailles, and so much more. I remember the whole trip like it was yesterday. Paris is just a magical place full of life, love, and culture. I can’t wait to go back some day.
2. Moorea & Bora Bora, French Polynesia
If you’re in need of a tropical vacation then Moorea and Bora Bora are the place for you. These islands are so beautiful they look like a desktop screen saver. No filter needed! I went to Tahiti in 2014 with my family and stayed at the Pearl Beach Resort in both Moorea as well as Bora Bora. Truly the most beautiful and relaxing place I’ve ever been. It’s a great place to disconnect from all the stresses in life and enjoy a tropical drink overlooking crystal clear water.
3. New York City, United States
When I was 15 I lived in New York for 6 weeks and had the most amazing time. It’s a city that never sleeps. There is something going on every night of the week. I enjoy the fast paced city and how everyone is always working towards a goal. Nothing compares to the busy excitement that occurs on the streets of New York City.
4. Venice, Italy
Venice is such an incredible place. My grandparents lived in Pallazo on the Grande Canal. I would look over the balcony at the water taxis and gondolas passing by. It’s a magical city on the water. I would recommend visiting at some point in your life. There is no place like it.
In 2016 I visited the country of Belize and learned so much about the culture and the people. They have the most beautiful ruins and caves you can explore. I also went zip lining, cave tubing, snorkeling with sharks, and so much more. There is really a lot to do for an outdoorsy individual. This trip was more of a learning experience for me than anything. There is a lot of poverty in Belize and it really put things into perspective. It opens your eyes to what really matters and the things we all take for granted.
*Photo Credits: Pinterest, Google Images, and Heather Robinson*