Local (Travel)

You’ve heard it once and you’ve heard it again – stay local, buy local, keep it local, local local. Sometimes, you think it’s a little loco.

Here’s the deal, lots of people don’t like where they are in life. Don’t agree? Consider yourself and your friends lucky. Throughout the years people start to question what they really want. Before I get into something that’s a little too existential for this post let me get to the actual point I want to make in this write up. Local can be a word that’s a bit overkill, but I would like to politely remind you that traveling local can be pretty neat – much like nature.

I spent the last two weeks or so taking friends out and showing them around some local Colorado spots. I realize every day when I step outside how lucky I am to live here, but taking friends around make me a beaming bright proud Coloradan (that is what we’re called, right?). What’s interesting to me was not my newfound obsession with my surroundings, but my fascination with finding areas that were unique throughout the entirety of my life thus far.

When I had friends in Iowa who would visit me in Indiana, or friends who visited when I lived in Ohio or near Chicago – it was all the same. I would get all giddy about showing off hidden treasures and local spots I had held near and dear to my heart. Foodie spots, parks and trails, lakes and water features of sorts, and even local areas that were considered haunted. So, with all this out in the open, I invite you to find the local travel spots that YOU like best. Maybe they’re not the ones that appear on the Travel Channel or where headlining bands come to play, but that doesn’t mean they cannot bring immense joy.

We’re all part of this great world, and every bit of it is worth exploring. I hope you find bliss, and if it’s not that intense maybe a good spot for a mini photoshoot on your phone just for the memories.

Cheers if you got my nature reference above, by the way.

Keep trailblazing,

CS

Past Travels: Egypt at Night

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I was lucky enough to visit Egypt long ago and from the moment I left I was heartbroken. The culture, the sights, the obligatory monuments to visited, and the people I conversed with along the way were amazing. I realize that I was younger and a lot of the times was in unsafe areas or situations. However, I won’t lie when I say I made friends with a guard who carried around an AK47 on the bus when I traveled. A simple head nod and a smile and I knew everything was going to be fine. Whether that be naive or not that was my mindset many years ago.

One of the memories I constantly come back to is not seeing The Pyramids or The Sphinx, although they were wonderful and even more glorious than I expected, but I miss the night when we left port. I left the room, when down a hall, and found a spot to sit while I watched Egypt disappear into the night. The sounds of the mosques were echoing and it was perhaps one of the most peaceful moments of my life.

The lights were golden and the breeze was light. Even with all the chaos inside the city of Alexandria everything seemed so serene. I was sad to see this country off but hoped that someday I might see it again.

If not, I’m happy for the memories regardless.

CS

More New York? (Video)

A month later and I’m still catching up with all my New York work. These videos are not only quite a process but they are little memorabilia- if you will. I love looking back through all my footage and putting it together to share with all of you.

Enough of the sappy bits here let’s get to it! If you would like to catch New York Torque – Day 3 click here. I would greatly appreciate a thumbs up and as always if you’d like to stay tuned for more adventures subscribe.

Hope you all enjoy and have a good week!

CS

Finding a Quiet Place

    

Traveling can get overwhelming for some – and usually I fall into that category on occasions when trips get pretty hectic. Whether you’re going for business or pleasure there is one thing that I hope everyone gets time for and that’s finding moments for yourself.

In the Bahamas I kept my schedule pretty flexible but packed in as much as I could regardless. It was only for a few days and there were things that I really wanted to get done. However, one night while I was attending an island party out on the Blue Lagoon I was feeling a little smothered by all of the events. That’s when I wondered off to find this beauty of a beach.

It was a small area and it was actually closed due to the hide tide and rough waves that were going to come in. Yes, I managed to sneak a few touches of water but I kept (mostly) dry knowing I had to return to the main island later. Others ended up coming around to light some lanterns off in the ocean. Suddenly, I found myself in the company of those making wishes and the sounds of the waves. Everything slowed down. No longer was I lost in the hectic energy, but rather finding a new kind of calm in the company of strangers and the water.

I hope you all find peace. If not today, sometime this week.

CS

Insider Info – Atlantis Poolside Edition

Something every traveler knows, or at least is aware of, is that there are numerous hints and tips that select locations keep to themselves. Perhaps no destination will admit these and only utter certain facts to “rewards members” but nonetheless there always seems to be more than what the generic guidebooks offer.

If you’re nodding along but also thinking “Obviously, Courtney” well I don’t blame you. What’s the best way to get this information though? I have found that today just simply talking to a local near the pool gave me some insider information.

This local, who happened to work on the resort grounds as well, told me all kinds of bits including how they set up the pool in the morning. What was most entertaining were the stories of people who actually came down hours before the pool even opened just to fight with others about chairs, seating, etc. Some people pick the strangest battles.

Other information included when the lines of the slides are down and how to skip other unnecessary steps (like showing your room card at certain areas) were helpful. Granted, I didn’t seek out this information in other ways but it was still nice to gather it from someone who knew what they were talking about.

So here’s to finding out information through one of the best mediums – communication.

CS

Slightly Facing Fears

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Day two and I finally got to see what everyone was talking about – the slides. Although they had only been a few steps away the previous night I got to see them in all their glory today in the sunshine.

This photo is not facing them at all, but rather from the base of the “Leap of Faith” and above the underground one. I have to be honest in saying that the line for them was extremely long throughout the day and the shouts didn’t seem too positive. I saw one little girl practically take flight and an older gentleman pass the speed of sound. Ok I may be exaggerating but it was very entertaining nonetheless.

What I’m perhaps most afraid of in this world as far as physical things are sharks. Today I stood next to the glass as they swam by and that was enough for me. Personally, they are the biggest creeps on this earth and their eyes and teeth are just the icing on the cake. If cake was terrifying and ominous in water.

It’s hard telling what all tomorrow will bring for activities and adventures. One thing I know for sure is I’m heading to the ocean again (swimming out there doesn’t phase me – strange isn’t it?). Hope you all are having a fantastic week and going out with a bang!

Cheers!

CS

Hello Bahamas!

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It’s my first time in the Bahamas and I have to be honest – I’m disoriented.

Not only did I sleep for just an hour and a half before leaving my house at approximately 4:07am to catch my flight but the days leading up to my departure were filled with rushing to finish school papers, projects, and presentations. Alright enough whining because really – with this view how hard can life be?

I have yet to fully figure out what Atlantis is all about. So far I loved the drive through town and have already been planning my escape from the resort. Does anyone have any suggestions? Feel free to let me know any tips you may have. I’ve looked into a few things but what I’ve gathered is that I should conquer the slides.

We’ll see about that.

CS

The “Real” Day One

As anyone who travels probably knows there is a fine line between your travel days and the time you spend at your destination. A fine line meaning it’s not really that “fine” at all and travel days can completely throw off your mojo…and no not like Austin Powers.

In any case, I think it’s important to really take care of yourself while you take that first day (or days) to get to wherever you may be going. Long flights can take a toll on your hygiene, attitude, and overall gusto if you’re not careful. Having plenty of water is essential (and a pretty good life tip in general) but also washing your hands and face can help. Doing some kind of skincare is also a favorite among many, although face wipes alone usually do the trick for me.

Walking around, stretching, eating healthy snacks and not going overboard on the flight beverages can also help. What if you’re in a car you ask? Same rules apply. Junk food from gas stations and not getting some fresh air can put a damper on your trip and your guests’ moods as well. Doing things “down and dirty” can be fun if you don’t have the supplies with you and want to cool off in a river (I imagine this occurring over a road trip out west) but for those of you who are a bit more dainty there are ways to make it more “glam” – aka stopping at a nice hotel for one night, fine dining, shopping, etc.

What are your thoughts on the original “Day One”? How do you get through the travel? Personally I both adore and avoid it and lately Afrin is the only thing that helps the pain in my ears from flying.

We all love reaching our favorite/new locations so don’t forget to start off on the right foot!

CS

Observe vs. Record

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This spring break I took a trip to the east side of the country and I can say that I genuinely have been missing it since I’d seen it last. New York was my final destination and I had seen it long ago through the eyes of a fifth grader. I remember (most) everything about that trip and was ecstatic to get the chance to see it again. How wondrous is it that you can fall in love with a place and think that someday you will see it again? Like a lost puppy returning to a buzzing home of lights and sound I could barely contain myself.

I had made a mental note to myself that going into this trip I would keep everything updated; social medias, my friends, my family, my fellow bloggers and youtubers altogether. However, as it sometimes turns out I did not keep up with all of my activities and devices at the same time. This is not to say that I wasn’t savvy enough or driven enough to do so, but the fact of the matter was that I wanted to observe, record, and then later update everyone. I knew it from the first night of exhaustion. My mother came with me and this was a time to really soak up the experiences we had planned along with the culture of New York as a whole.

One can imagine where I am going with this post and yes – essentially these next few writings will be about my time in New York but have no fear! I took many photographs, notes, and videos to make sure I kept it all straight. This city is not one to waste a single moment on and while I was walking over ten miles a day to see everything I wanted (and to save change on cab rides) it was a trip I’ll never forget..but aren’t they all??

I hope you all enjoy these experiences and share some of your own ideas/thoughts if you so choose. I realize some of the things I did were cliche but let’s be straight with each other – there are just certain things that need to be done and seeing Balto in Central Park was on the top of my list.

I love NY.

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CS

Tom’s Thumb (Video)

For those of you who were interested in my Tom’s Thumb post I am happy to announce that my video is up on my channel – and I think it turned out well! I had a lot of fun on this hike so hopefully while you all watch it you have some fun too. It was a beautiful sunset paired with a challenge to get to the top.

If you would like to go to my channel to check out all of my videos and adventures click here. If you want to go straight to the Tom’s Thumb video click here. Please don’t forget to subscribe for future adventures – there are some really exciting things happening in the next few weeks! Thumbs up for Tom!

Hope you all are having a lovely Sunday.

Don’t forget to change those clocks…

CS