As is no secret by now, I absolutely love to travel. ♡
I love the fun and adventure and magic of it all. I love how it gets me out of comfort zones I didn’t even know I had. I love getting to meet new people from new places, and learning about how they see the world. I love squeezing my way through bustling markets and lingering around café tables, getting to know the nuances of new cultures through their food. I love navigating bike rentals and squeezing onto crowded busses and sitting atop ferry decks and logging tens of thousands of steps a day to reach new destinations. But more than anything, I just love travel because I’m convinced that it’s one of life’s greatest teachers.
This planet we get to live on is simply — as we say in Spanish — una maravilla. And while I’m naturally a total hygge-loving homebody who really (really) loves cozying up and staying put, I have to say that I have never once regretted investing the time and money and energy to travel someplace new. This beautiful world of ours just has too many good places to explore, and more, too many good people in it with things to teach us. So whenever I have the chance to travel, I try to take it!
Which is why you may have noticed that we’ve been traveling more than ever lately. ♡ Both Barclay and I are keenly aware that this particular season of life that we’re in (good health, sans kids, living abroad, with flexible work hours, outrageously cheap airline tickets at our fingertips, and endless bucket list destinations just a short flight away) is probably the most flexible window of time we will ever have in our lives when it comes to travel…probably times ten. So for however long this season lasts, we’re excited to make the absolute most of it, with crazy-deep gratitude all along the way. It’s been a blast.
That said, we’ve definitely learned a lot these past few years especially about how to budget for, book, plan, document and navigate our way around our adventures. We’ve also come to understand our own unique travel vibe as a couple, and what feels good and meaningful and fun to the two of us. (And by contrast, what traveling “shoulds” we can kick to the curb!)
So today, I’m really excited to be chatting all about how we do travel! You guys sent in a record number of questions for this month’s “Ask Ali”, and I’ve done my best to answer as many as I could below and will also tune in to Instagram stories this weekend to answer some more. As always, just take whatever rings helpful and true to you, and disregard anything that’s not your style. Because when it comes to travel, what’s most important is that you do you. And of course, if you have any great tips or recommendations or suggestions to the questions below, please chime in because I want to know what you know! Always so much to learn when it comes to travel.
Alright, without further ado, here’s this month’s Q&A!