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Wanderlust | My Favorite Places I've Traveled

Saturday, October 14, 2017

I need a vacation.” How many times a year do we all say this? For me personally, it’s usually at least once a month because if there is one thing I don’t mind spending money on, it's travel.

I’m not sure why it is, but this time of year in particular always gets me itching to plan a new trip. I am constantly battling my travel bug (not because I don’t appreciate it, but because my lack of heiress-level funds does not allow for unlimited vacas, sadly). That doesn’t mean my wanderlust ever subsides, though. So today I want to share with you a few of my favorite places I’ve traveled to in the past, and hopefully get all of our travel bugs reignited to experience our beautiful world!

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Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece is by far my favorite place in the world I’ve ever been - Oia in particular. The whole island is beyond stunning, but the whitewashed views of Oia are what most people think of when they fantasize about this Greek Island — and for good reason. Aside from the gorgeous views (check out a bit of what I'm talking about here and here) that are unlike anywhere else in the world, the culture, food, and people were just perfect. The bites were DELICIOUS everywhere we went. Everyone we encountered was extremely warm and welcoming. (Oh, and did I mention our mode of transportation to get around the island was by rented ATV? Now that detail made for an extra fun trip.)

Venice, Italy 

Italy is world-renowned for being a must-see place for many, and that's a reputation I totally agree with. On our trip back in 2014, Matt and I went to Venice, Florence, and Rome. While all three cities had so much to offer and were, of course, full of culture, my personal favorite was Venice (see why for yourself here). I loved seeing the canals I grew up reading about in real life, and man, their beauty is unlike anything else. The pastel buildings lining the sparkling water and the winding sidewalks were perfect to pop in and out of throughout the day. (Most of the places Matt and I were poppin’ into were restaurants, because ITALIAN FOOD FOREVER.) 


As much as I love international travel, my budget doesn’t always allow for it. Thankfully though, the United States offers plenty of amazing places to visit, as well. Domestic trips are also great because they tend to be more affordable, and it’s always fun to see how other people live in cities different from our own. One of my very best friends used to live in Denver so Matt and I went to visit her. (Check out a couple posts from Colorado here and here.) Denver was so fun, but the views driving into the area were what really made the trip in my opinion! We went during October so the leaves were changing the entire way, and we even saw some far-off snow-capped mountains! 

Tokyo, Japan 

Prior to Japan, the only international travel I had ever experienced were quick trips to the Bahamas, Canada, and Mexico when I was growing up. While I love all of those places too, Japan was an exhilarating place to travel for my first “big trip”! It was so different from anywhere I had ever — and still have ever — been to. It was such an adventure from the minute we arrived until the minute we left! We stayed mostly near Tokyo, which was such a neat opportunity. We checked out Tokyo Tower, Mount Fuji, and the surrounding areas of the big city. It was a trip I’ll never forget because it jump-started my need for international travel. (The next time I head to Asia, I’m hoping it’ll be to Vietnam! I am always looking to find air tickets online that are as cheap as possible, such as with Malindo Air Malaysia.) 

Sedona, Arizona 

As I mentioned before, domestic trips are generally a lot easier on the ol’ wallet. This is the case especially for road trips, which is why I love living out west so much. Back when Matt and I lived in Arizona we took multiple trips up to Sedona, both for overnight getaways, as well as for day trips to hike with the dogs. (See some of my past posts featuring Sedona here, here, here, and here!) The red rock views are one-of-a-kind, and I highly recommend anyone who is planning on traveling in the Southwestern region of the U.S. to check out this desert dream! 

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There’s a reason why there are thousands of famous quotes about the beauty, need, and desire for travel. No matter where you go, and no matter what your experience, you’ll have your eyes opened to something new. And that sure is fantastic, eh?

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  1. Aww you two have gone on a lot of great trips together!

  2. You guys have been to a lot of great places! Greece is one of my favorites as well - my maiden name is Papadopoulos so I have lots and lots of family over there too ;) looking forward to the day that my husband and I take our first international trip together though - super jealous you guys got to go to all those lovely places together!


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