6 Lessons from Travel Reflections

Reflection.

At the beginning of 2018, I set my word of the year to be reflection. I feel the entire year could actually be summed up by that word—truly looking at and thinking about what I do and why I do it. Looking back over all my travels and adventures, I have had the opportunity to reflect on how we travel as a family and what we enjoy in our travels.

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7 Types of Places to Stay When Traveling

Where you can stay has evolved thanks to the internet and people wanting more options when traveling. Honestly, people travel differently than they used to. It is more about simply visiting a place, but some have started to long to delve into the culture in their stay. If you have ever looked beyond a traditional hotel, the options now include igloos, tree houses, huts, and more! What I wanted to give you is a list of the general options for places to stay and the pros and cons for families.

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Deciding Where to Stay based on Price

We went to Disney World on our honeymoon. It truly was magical. We decided we wanted to go back on our five-year wedding anniversary.

Five years and three kids later, we went to Disney World. Yes, we were a little crazy, but we were so excited to take the kids! We knew it would be a completely different experience, AND IT WAS! We had a blast, but in a whole new way. Somehow taking children made it a different kind of magical. We definitely want to go back.

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Where You Stay Depends on Your Location

We walked into the only hotel in the city. I was thoroughly surprised at how “normal” the hotel seemed to me. The dusty dirt roads and mud brick buildings surrounding the hotel made me wonder what I would see when I went in. While traveling in West Africa, camel rides and markets were on the docket, but I was looking forward to meeting locals and seeing what life was like! I was in college, and my desire to wander was strong! Read more

Deciding where to Stay when Traveling

We were being led by close friends down what looked like an alley way. It was late afternoon, and we had made it to the big city we would be staying at for the next two weeks. Being from Alabama, the island of Java had more people in one city than I had seen my entire life living in the United States! (At least that is what it felt like!)

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The Future is Bright

Americans love looking forward into the future. Things get better from here, and there is always room for improvement. In the future, we can build and grow, and those are very good things.

As we continue looking at aspects of American culture, it will actually get harder to understand just how we are different because these concepts are so ingrained into our worldview. Not only may they be hard to understand, but to think that other cultures do not think the way we do may even make us think they are wrong. I hope to challenge that gut reaction and take a look at the beauty in the differences. Read more

Change in Perspective

Slowly peering into the room, I dreaded what I had to do. Everything in my being was saying, “This is wrong!” I thought there is no way my body works like this. I had heard other travelers speak of this difference in this culture, but it did not hit me until that moment that I would have to partake in this particular aspect of this culture. I was set in my perspective. Read more

Taste Buds can Journey too!

I grew up with parents who made me try every food. I don’t mean that they forced me to eat everything in front of me, but more that they instilled in me the idea that you cannot judge what food tastes like until you have tried it. My dad loved to try new foods, and I am so thankful he passed that down to me! Read more