Don't Ovethink, Just Travel
There’s an exhilirating feeling not knowing what lies ahead of you...

I travel as a mean of learning something. Whether this something is as simple as a new restaurant to try in Phoenix or a glass-shattering moment about the realization that I cannot control anything in this crazy thing called life. There's an exhilirating feeling not knowing what lies ahead of you and I believe traveling exemplifies this feeling full force.

I'm a person who loves to follow my gut and who is open to new possibilities and awakenings. I am not a fan of visiting a new place and there is an itinerary of every second, of every hour, of every day I will be in this enchanting place. How will one truly have an escape when it's simply planned to the nth degree? Don't get me wrong, I definitely have a check list of must-see places and eateries I need to visit before I leave, but I'm not tied down to just that. I love getting into an Uber and picking the brain of the driver who essentially becomes--without their knowledge--my tour guide for the time I'm there.

I enjoy going off-course and venturing off into the unknown....

I understand people (particularly my mother) would disagree with this logic, however, it hasn't failed me yet and my gut is pretty accurate…well 90% of the time that is! With this crazy logic I have eaten sushi in Japan, visited a wonder of the world in Mexico, kayaked in a bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico, mastered the Metro in Chicago, hung out with some sea lions in San Francisco, roamed the streets of New York City, witnessed other twenty-somethings become little kids again at Disneyland and that's just to name a few.

As cliché as it may be, we really have no idea how long we are going to be living and I don't want to waste my time just by sitting idly by, I choose to feel ALIVE (even if it makes a dent in my budget)! Traveling makes me feel light and full at the same time. I want to be rich with culture and knowledge. I want to indulge in delicious food and beer without regret. I want to have stories to inspire others to just let loose and go to the unchartered territory.

I encourage you-- yes, you! --to invest in a world map and/or globe, close your eyes and point to your next adventure. Be a go-getter and seize those endless experiences! Enjoy.

Stephanie is a twenty-something vinyl record junkie that vibes to the beats of the valley of Phoenix, Arizona. She revels in traveling like a local and submerging herself in the culture of her destination - especially when it involves delicious eats and craft beers!