I have had the beautiful opportunity to do a fair amount of traveling in my life so far and for that I am eternally grateful. To be able to travel is to open your eyes to so many new people, places, cultures, experiences; it is a place that never fails to push you, inspire you and sometimes can even render you speechless. Lately, Jeremy and I have been pretty focused on our home and our projects (though it also seems like there is never enough time for that either!) and for the last year and a half that has been our priority. Some days I feel like we have accomplished nothing and other days I realize that we have done a lot (it is just spread out), but that is a discussion for another day.
While we do travel here and there, I still feel that I am suppressing my little travel bug to stay focused on our house. This spring we have a couple of fun trips planned (Guatemala and Hawaii) which we are super stoked for, but I have been feeling lately like I need more. Silly problem to have, but I have been thinking that maybe I need to re-frame my thought-process around travel. When I started contemplating my ridiculous conundrum, I realized that every time I want to talk Jeremy into doing something I want to do, I always ask “Can we go on a little adventure?” as though he might just say “Yes, of course” without needing the details. Never happens! I don’t use it to talk him into going to the grocery store, but rather to visit little places around town that are on my ever growing list of things I need to do and places I need to visit! So I thought, why can’t I just think of the small trips or “adventures” every day or every weekend as traveling – perhaps that could satiate my starving travel bug.
In addition to changing my mindset, I have started doing a lot of research about my little state of Florida and I am finding more and more that there are some pretty cool spots that deserve my wandering attention. I have this need to use my passport to count it as travel (Hawaii is on the borderline), but perhaps all I need to do is spend some time finding those places that make Florida special and truly unique. Those places that are not Disney or the spring break over-run beaches (though I am sure they are nice as well) and show off this pretty sweet state we grew up in. I was blessed to grow up outside of seemingly never-ending gated communities that dot Florida’s coast (and now interiors) on 5 acres where I could run free, climb trees, explore and enjoy nature. As I got a little older, I thought nature in Florida was an oxymoron and that the only space I had to enjoy it was the Jupiter beach and Riverbend Park (also in Jupiter), but lately I have become aware of all of the state parks, county parks and natural areas and I feel much more excited to get out and see it all. Yep, all of it – buckle up Jeremy!
So here I go on my journey to make every day an adventure and find the off-the-beaten-path places around this state we call Florida in hopes that Florida might be known for something other than the infamous Florida man. I also hope to inspire you to seek out places near you that are worth exploring and sharing! Let me know in the comments below if you know of any places in Florida that I just cannot miss!