18 Reasons I Love Traveling and 2 Reasons I Hate It

Hot air ballooning in South Africa.
Hot air ballooning in Limpopo Province, South Africa.

1. Seeing the world from a different perspective.

the Venetian, Las Vegas
The Venetian in Las Vegas

2. Discovering beauty in unexpected places.

Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

3. Being in places where you feel the hand of God.

A bison in Yellowstone
A bison at sunrise, Yellowstone National Park

4. Being in nature in all it’s awesome glory.

Disbursed camping in the Alabama Hills, California
Free range camping in the Alabama Hills

5. Feeling small in an oh-so-beautiful world.

Sisu in the Alabama Hills, California
Sisu in the Alabama Hills near Lone Pine, California

6. Ending up in places you could never imagine!

Lantern release.
Lantern release

7. Feeling the hush of thousands of people in a magical moment.

Yosemite Valley Chapel in the snow.
Yosemite Chapel in winter

8. Returning to a special place again and again, remembering the joy spent there.

Christmas market in Salzburg, Austria.
Christmas market in Salzburg, Austria

9. Experiencing different cultures and learning a way of life different than our own.

Safari at Mabula Game Lodge, South Africa.
On safari with rhino in the distance, Mabula Game Lodge, Africa

10. Spending time and making memories with family in incredible destinations.

Sitting in the shadow of Half Dome, Yosemite.
Relaxing in the shadow of Yosemite’s Half Dome

11. Being in the wilderness all alone, feeling the heartbeat of the earth.

Arts and crafts in South Africa.
Trinket shop in Stellrnbosch, South Africa

12. Different art, music, and surroundings! Experiencing the world with the senses fills my soul.

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa.
Table Mountain Tram, South Africa

14. The people you meet along the way, some become lifelong friends.

Delta Lake, Grand Teton National Park.
Delta Lake, Grand Teton National Park

15. Appreciating beauty in every place.

Blacktail Slot Canyon, Grand Canyon, Arizona
Blacktail Slot Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park

16. Feeling how small we are in God’s beautiful creations.

Sunrise at Jenny Lake, Grand Teton National Park
Jenny Lake at sunrise, Grand Teton National Park

17. Waking at sunrise to watch the world rise.

Sunrise through the oaks, Chico, California
Upper Bidwell Park, Chico, California

18. Returning to the comforting place we call home.

Black labs matter!  Ft Bragg, California
My two black labs, Lucy and Cinder, in Fort Bragg, California.

And the two things I hate? Leaving my favorite four-leggers, Cinder and Lucy. They are also the two best reasons for coming home!


I'm an only child who grew up on a sailboat, a lover of adventure, a mom, wife, an RN, and a friend of all dogs.


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