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I remember riding on the school bus traveling through Detroit for a class field trip and seeing the abandoned homes, eclectic art, and in the distance I spotted a bridge, the Ambassador Bridge.
Could you imagine being a kid again and imagining all the endless adventures and possibilities once we reached the other side of the river that day?!
Spoiler Alert: we went to a museum down the road where I counted down the minutes until the trip was over.
I had to know more about the bridge so I played the 21-question game with my teacher that ended with, you may have to ask your parents. You can only guess how many more I asked my parents that later that evening...
For me, seeing a extraordinary city (Detroit) with so much potential, heart, and beauty within the ashes ignited a fire in my belly - I HAD to do something.
Meet to faces. Travel. Wanderlust until my heart could no longer wander anymore.
But where to begin...
When I started dating/soon-married my husband, we started a tradition of visiting a new place every year. (Highly recommend this for newlyweds and spur the moment weekend getaways!)
A first-time family experience. Somewhere neither one of us have visited.
Leave us exhausted at the end of the day. (Our first family vacation was to Florida (in the car from Michigan I might add)! We were so eager to explore every corner of that city and plan the next our next adventure!
Plan a spur-the-moment trip. Ok for all my Type-A planners, BREATHE, and listen up. Some of our favorite memories have been the unplanned trip, the messy, exhilarating and having the slightest clue where we are but in that time, we come together and meet some of the sweetest souls life can offer. Now THAT'S a memory.
Find a book that'll ignite things to do or visit. With the help of the book, 2,001 Things to Do Before You Die by Dane Sherwood, I curated a list for myself and the family to accomplish below:
Visit a drive-in movie
Learn a new word every day
Go on an unplanned weekend vacation
Travel Route 66 (or similar highway)
Visit the beach
Spend a week at the lake house
Study a language
Watch fireworks off the lake
Read a new book at least once a month
Take a self-defense course
Master a dish
....one day, visit Greece :)
And a few from the book:
Become a _____ of the month member (flower, wine, chocolate)
Send dozens of postcards for no particular reason
Pay a stranger's subway fare (or taxi or coffee)
Turn off the television or power down your phone and go look at the stars
Bowl a 300
Share the wealth
Call a radio station and dedicate a song to ______
Research a subject you've always wanted to know about
Take pride in your offspring
Leave the place in better shape than you found it
Live without a phone/internet for ____ days
Leave work early and take your family to a dinner and movie
Anyone else swooning over this list?! I hope set a blaze your inner wanderlust and you'll join us by plane, boat or automobile; because, there is a world waiting to be discovered!
READY, SET, GO!
I'd love to read all about your favorite places to visit, travel tips, and everything in between! Tell me below...