Married and dog mom of two, the spark for travel was ignited within me when I took my first flight at age 21. After growing up my entire life in Florida, I apparently couldn’t get enough of the Florida heat and attended the University of Central Florida and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor in Pre-Clinical Science. During my time in college, I attended a number of International medical projects in Central America and was able to have some incredible experiences.
I married the love of my life in 2015 and we both share the love of travel - from Oregon to Iceland, we live in the moment and take time to embrace the beauty every destination has to offer. Besides travel I love photography, painting, and yoga. I’ve been told that I always have a smile on my face and in the famous words of Buddy the Elf: “I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite."
I am an expert at adventurous trips mixed with relaxation and good food! I’m a nature fanatic as well so I’m always looking for beautiful viewpoints to hike to at all of my destinations. Being born and raised in Florida, I am also an expert on the best that Central Florida has to offer. When planning trips, I specialize in tailor made itineraries to create the most memorable experience possible.
Best Travel Experience: My best travel experience was being in Ireland on St. Paddy’s Day - the country is beautiful and the atmosphere was electric! We traveled all through the country and we were sure to check out the Guinness brewery, and yes, it does taste way better in Ireland!
Most Recent Trip: My most recent trip was to Iceland with my husband. We went to the Blue Lagoon (twice!) and hiked to a number of waterfalls and glaciers. We also had the best homemade ice-cream on a dairy farm hidden in the Golden Circle.
Where do you want to travel to next? I have so many places I want to go next, the top 3 on my list are Italy, Greece, or New Zealand!
Funny/Unique Travel Stories? Iceland is definitely a place for unique stories. First, my husband and I got to see the Northern Lights on the first night we arrived which is extremely lucky from what we heard! We took a guided northern lights tour to Thingvellir National Park and waited on the lights for about 4 hours. Around midnight, and after no luck, we were told that we would have to head back to the hotel and try again the next night. About 15 minutes after we left the park and were nodding off to sleep, our bus started pulling off to the side of the road - all we could think was that the bus was breaking down. But the tour guide went over the bus speakers and announced that the Northern Lights had come out to dance! We got to watch the sky light up and experience its beauty, and what a site it was.
Also, on the tour we were told about the tales of the trolls in Iceland. My husband and I decided to drive around one evening just before the sun went down and took a short hike in Thingvellir. We were in a crevice with 30 ft rock walls around us and came to a dead end where there were three caves. We were all by ourselves and could only hear the cars passing by on a nearby road when there was a growling noise that echoed through the crevice. We both just looked at each other and after a couple more growls we decided to get out - the tales of the trolls were getting to our heads! We found our way back to the car just as the sun was setting and were so confused on what the noises were and what was in the caves. As we drove back to the city, we went over a bump and heard the same grumbling noise we had heard near the caves. Turns out that cars passing by were going over a cattle grid which was echoing through the crevice! We had a good laugh on the way home that night but my husband is still convinced there may have been some trolls watching us.
As an added bonus, one time I accidentally put an avocado in my suitcase when returning to America from the Dominican Republic. It was my third time on a plane…and apparently that was a big no no, whoops. The lesson here is to check your suitcases before you board! Haha
What do you look for in traveling? I am always looking for an adventure - something to get me moving and get my adrenaline going. I am a photographer as well so I also seek out the most beautiful areas of a country to capture through my lens. I also seek out the best places to relax - you can’t have adventure without a little R&R and some good wine!
Favorite place in the entire world? My favorite place to be is somewhere where my phone no longer works, whether it cannot be charged or there is no service. :)
What is your travel planning motto? My motto is to create the most unique vacation possible and to really allow yourself to open up to new experiences and get a little uncomfortable. Traveling is the best way to learn not only about the place your visiting but also about yourself without the noise of daily life. That’s what travel is all about to me :)
Favorite place to get food in the entire world? I haven’t been there yet, but I’m gonna have to say it’s probably Italy because oh man, do I love pasta!
Favorite souvenir from a trip? My favorite souvenier is a Larimar stone necklace I purchased from the Dominican Republic. It is a beautiful blue stone found in DR and every time I see it, I think about the wonderful people I met on my trip in the local villages.