As far as I’m concerned, it’s not a good year if I don’t use my passport.
I love to travel. I enjoy learning unexpected quirks about a new place, the sound of a foreign language, getting a deeper sense of a location’s history, or finding an unanticipated gem of nature.
I like the reminder that people are the same everywhere you go, and yet different. Sometimes very different.
The United States is big enough and diverse enough to provide those types of experiences, and I love traveling in my own country, but there’s something extra special about exploring outside the U.S. borders.
Not to mention, it’s great book research!
Of course, travel—especially overseas—is costly. Which is why after my writing expenses are covered, almost all of my (admittedly meager) income goes to help fund our expeditions abroad (and closer to home). It’s the main reason I care about making any money at all.
Last year my husband’s work schedule didn’t cooperate with my boys’ school schedule. My passport was sad, and I went through serious adventure withdrawals. 😉
This year things at The Engineer’s work have calmed down a bit and it’s travel on, baby!
We’re going to hit Niagara Falls and Toronto early in the summer, then take a 12-day tour through the UK later on. Just pretend you can see me doing a little happy dance in front of my MacBook.
Are you a traveler or a homebody? What’s an interesting place that you’ve been or would like to visit?
Photo credit: All photos © Gwen Hernandez.