In case you couldn’t tell, you know, from the title, it’s my first blogiversary with Nightborn Travel!
From our trip to Bisbee. Is it a mine cart? Is it a toilet? NO – IT’S TOILET CART!
Instead of receiving gifts on this most special of occasions, I thought I would give a gift to YOU, dear readers, by sharing some of my learnings over the past year.
1) Open yourself up to traveling more.
GIVE THE GRAND CANYON A HUG. (Safely.)
But you may say, Katie, I’m afraid of flying (well, I kind of am, too) or Katie, traveling costs too much money and even Katie, I don’t have anyone to travel with (I’ll address this in point number two).
Well, what you need to do, my friend, is broaden your definition of “travel”, I know I have. Traveling doesn’t always mean jet-setting across the globe, it doesn’t always have to be big. If you check out some of my other posts, you’ll see that most of them are about exploring my home state of Arizona and how I love every minute of it.
In fact, some of my favorite trips have been just a couple hours outside of my city.
Which brings me to my next nugget of wisdom.
2) Don’t feel weird about solo travel.
When you travel solo, you can wear whatever hat you wanna wear.
I think we’re finally starting to shake off the stigma that doing activities by yourself like going out for a meal, seeing a movie and more recently, traveling, doesn’t make you a loner or anti-social, etc., etc.
Which is great, because it DOESN’T. Every person has a different idea of what makes them happy, especially when it comes to travel. And I don’t know about you, but as much as I enjoy company, I also enjoy me-time.
There are definitely benefits to solo travel too, like choosing what you want to do, when you want to do it. Super beneficial for someone like me who’s going to be stopping every five seconds to take a photo of something. Plus, it pushes you out of your comfort zone – I know I stop and chat with people a lot more when I’m traveling alone, something that I do less of when I’m with a group.
And guess what, solo travelers? People are doing it more, particularly millennial women, inspiring not only more women to travel but for travel-related businesses to think of safer ways for women to travel. A total win!
I mean, there’s still a lot of things that are hard to do alone, like an escape room or a three-legged race so keep those friends around because…
3) A good travel buddy makes any trip worth taking.
Friends that cave together, stay together.
I’m gonna get sappy(ish), but you’ve already come this far so you might as well see it the whole way through.
I’ll spare you the whole “it’s not the destination, it’s the journey” cliche, but if you’re traveling somewhere with folks, isn’t half the fun the people you’re with? Like when I think back to some of my trips with my Nightborn Travel pal, Aireona, a lot of my favorite memories are the goofy things that happened or that we said or did.
And while we’re just going full speed down that sappy road, I’m going to have to thank Aireona for inviting me on this blogging adventure! Without her, I wouldn’t even HAVE a blogiversary to celebrate. Plus, she is an endless supply of travel wisdom and inspiration and I am SO glad to to call her one of my travel buddies.
So thanks for sticking with me for a year, reader dears. I hope you stay stuck, because I have so much more to share!
Travelers gonna travel,