So there I was March 2007, my first adult trip and first flight ever at the age of 21. I had recently broken up with a long term boyfriend about 6 months prior and badly needed to get out to have fun. Plus I was graduating from college in just 8 weeks. So many things to celebrate and so much hope for the perfect vacation was ahead.
Was the destination. I swear to God I cannot recall how I landed on South Beach Miami as my final destination with my measly Hooter’s girl budget but I was clearly lead there and I’m so glad I went.
I borrowed luggage from my dad and packed all the cute club clothes and sunglasses I stashed away for that very moment.
Here was my list of Miami packing essentials:
> swim suit
> party clothes, chill clothes
> flip flops
> beach towel
> hygiene/health items (lotion, soap,vitamins, etc.)
> bikini wax
> swim suit
I made an appointment and had my first full Brazilian wax ever. That changed my life! So it’s safe to say travel changed my life before the trip even began. (Sidenote: I never felt more confident in a bikini.)
Packed, cute and ready to roll I headed to the airport bright & early.
Arriving at the airport was so intimidating but I knew it wasn’t impossible. I had printed out a list of airport must do’s and checked them all. Luggage weight, ID, more airport things to follow here.
Though I had never took a flight I’ve always been an expectation setter and follower so I left nothing to chance… follow your airline rules it’s not worth the stress!
Ok back to my trip. So I went through TSA without a hitch. The plane was exactly how I pictured it and the ride was smoother than I imagined.
We arrived and the main thing I remembered were the palm trees so beautiful, so scenic and so Miami.
The welcome to Miami sign made my whole life in that moment. It was so late when we arrived but Miami was just getting started. The Cuban cafe downstairs from our hotel was bumping. We did what any 21 year olds would do and checked in, then immediately went to the liquor store to pregame.
We got dressed then headed out on the night. We partied sensibly every night and beached out daily. It was exactly what the doctor ordered.
Then my life was changed. Forever.
My friend was addressed in a pretty flamboyant manner by a young man and I awaited her completion of this exaggerated encounter. While doing so the friend of the young man or his wingman as they’re called addressed me.
I will forever remember the place and date. It was in front of the beautiful Lowe Hotel on March 5, 2007. Where I met my now husband of nearly 8 years and father of my 2 daughters.
The encounter was boldly candid we had nothing to lose so nothing was exaggerated. We were 2 people trying to get to our next destination while being nice to our friends and God willing we found more conversation later that night, the next day and the day after that. I don’t believe there’s been a day we haven’t spoke since.
I say all that to say. You never know where travel can take you. My first flight EVER literally landed me on a flight every week from Michigan to Florida for 6 months while dating long-distance. So essentially my first flight took me to meet an amazing husband, 2 beautiful girls and a life I now lead in Boca Raton, FL.
Due to how my husband and I met we have an element of spontaneity and a hunger for travel that’s woven into the fabric of our relationship.
Your travel can find you love or return you home to reconnect with a love that’s lost, or even better it may lead you to a greater love of self.
Here’s one of my favorite quotes that reminds we that there is so much more to see, so many people to meet and so much love to give.
I’m in love with cities I’ve never been– Melody Truong
and people I’ve never met.
Point is… when you travel you open your life up to endless possibilities. You open your mind up to new ideas and you free your dreams of boundaries.
Changing your life can really be that simple.
Step #1 take more trips.
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