My World Travels

Venice Traveling is a great way to spend your time (and your money). It is a passion of mine and I travel at every opportunity afforded to me. I have made several trips up and down the East coast, spending time in Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York. I love the rolling mountains of North Georgia and the Carolinas, and go there frequently to enjoy the scenery and participate in a variety of outdoor sports. I've made one long, winding trip up the West coast. Beginning in Los Angeles, I took the Pacific Coast Highway up through San Francisco, Carmel, and into the Northern California mountains, ending with a stay on Lake Tahoe. As a life-long Florida resident visiting the Lake Tahoe area, playing in the snow in the middle of June was quite an unusual experience. It was a great trip!

RomeI have also travelled all around Europe. In one trip, I spent a week each in Rome and Paris, and two weeks visiting family in London. Two summers ago, I spent a semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy. When I wasn't studying (and let's be honest – who studies in Italy?), I travelled all across the country – my favorite stops being Venice and Cinque Terre. I also spent time in Barcelona, which is truly a great city, and I can't wait to get back to Spain sometime in the future. While there, I kept up a travel blog (Check it out!).

I have already booked plane tickets for a December trip to Paris. My previous stay there was not nearly long enough, and there are still many great museums to see and adventures to be had.

There are a couple of things I always like to look for while traveling. First, I like to find the smallest, dingiest, most out-of-the-way restaurants. I observe what others are ordering and then I make my move, boldly announcing to the waitress that I would like a “panini lampredotto” or some other foreign-sounding dish. Most of the times, I am delighted with the new experience, trying things I would not have otherwise known about. Other times, like with the panini lampredotto, I find myself eating a sandwich of cow stomach soaked in a murky, brown liquid that I can't (and probably don't want to) identify. You win some, you lose some.

Another staple of any big trip is a stop at a local cemetery or catacomb. I know this sounds grim, and to an extent, it is. However, you can learn a lot about a culture by the way it handles death (and as someone interested in history and anthropology, I just can't resist it). Often some of the most memorable moments from a trip come from these places. Particularly interesting are the small, Civil War era cemeteries of Georgia and the Carolinas, the large veterans cemeteries of the Northeast, and the ancient catacombs of Rome and Paris.

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