What better way to welcome the crazy 100F summer heat, other than a post about a place where the sun just does NOT play… The DESERT.
Joshua Tree National Park is one of the most photogenic desert oases I’ve been to!
Known for its whimsical trees and fascinating boulders, Visiting Joshua Tree is like jumping into a page of a Dr. Seuss book!... Literally! These trees inspired the Truffula Trees in Dr. Seuss' The Lorax.
Spanning about 800,000 acres, Joshua Tree National Park is where two desert ecosystems meet—the Mojave and the Colorado.
The Mojave is considered the high desert, sitting at above 3,000ft in elevation, this is where you can it’s iconic giant Joshua trees and massive rock piles that are just absolutely photogenic to say the least.
The Colorado, on the other hand, is the “low desert” which thrives at 1,000ft. Much less vegetated than the Mojave, it is flatlands than are in sparsely forested. With temperatures being at higher ranges, it is much less forgiving to vegetation, other than the occasional cactus garden.
And driving through this national park, you will be surprised of the abrupt transition between the two dessert ecosystems. It was pretty cool to see this, if you ask me :)
As much as I love to travel, one thing people don’t really know, is that I actually dread it as well. Yup. The traveler has travel anxiety.
Statistically, we know that flying is the safest form on transportation. Hence the reason as to why there is such much taboo about this topic. And it is something I’ve been quite hesitant to write about, but then I thought to myself “Heck, you experience this EVERY TIME you travel, why not talk about it?”
It’s something that, no matter how many times I do it, how well each flight goes, there’s this one little trigger in my mind that tells me that shit MIGHT just go wrong.
I, for one, have been told that “you’re fine. It’s all in your head.”
Take note people: this is the WORST thing you can say to someone having a full-blown panic attack 10,000 feet in the air.
So I am here to break those barriers for those who do experience this, just like I do. Or if you don’t, hopefully to help open your mind in ways to understand those who do experience this fear and how to help.
Italy, the Tuscan region, specifically, has a special place in my heart. Not only was it the place where we got married, but it was also my first mini solo trip!
As the capital city of the Tuscan region, Florence cannot be any better situated as the center of dreamiest rolling hills on earth.
Florence, Italy, the birthplace and symbol of the Renaissance. There's nothing short of things to do in Florence. Home to some of the world’s greatest pieces of art and architecture, Florence itself is a large piece of artwork; and it is just a treat walking down the streets of this walking city!
Withstanding several hundred years of history, this city has done a superb job in wonderfully preserving its finest art and rich culture for all of us to experience and become part of...and I am so happy to finally be sharing my experience of it :)
They say traveling is the only thing you can buy that will make you richer (that, and an education. But that’s another story)
I, hands down, agree with this in all ways possible. Thinking back at all my memories, most of the most special moments had nothing to do with anything materialistic. And I have to remind myself of this from time to time.
I feel like James and I are pretty frugal when it comes to how we are to spend our money, with a strict budget when we are at home, and putting money away every paycheck for traveling. We usually will save on several aspects of the trip, and then select a certain experience to spend a little more on.
Now, picking the one thing we will splurge on when traveling is always the debate. Luxury traveling is subjective, yes. Some of us may think that luxury traveling is flying away in a private jet to stay in a multimillion dollar mansion, cruising on a 30 foot yacht, while some of us may just mean that we are able to stay in a proper hotel that provides a good daily breakfast. And , I understand that traveling itself is a luxury, but there are also certain things to it that allow the experience even MORE SPECIAL. What that would be is based on our perception of what is relevant in our purpose of travel.
As James and I have grown older, we realize that luxury has become more about self enrichment than materialism. Experiences, food, or sometimes accommodations, by large, are much much more satisfying to us. But we also have to remind ourselves to do so sparingly when we are away, being careful to not get carried away. Looking at the big picture, we feel that it takes the meaningfulness away when all are just at an excess.