Places I’ve Seen
- Boston, MA // 1
- Charlotte, NC // 1
- Cincinnati, OH // 1
- Ireland // 1 / 2
- Scotland // 1 / 2 / 3
- England // 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7
- Arlington, TX
- East Asia
Places I Want to See
- Everywhere else!
- Mainly New Zealand, Italy, France, and any part of Africa
When I was younger, I never cared very much about traveling. I was pretty content in my tiny universe. I had never flown on a plane and I’d only been to three states until middle school. Looking back, it makes me sad, but I am working on making up for it.
I remember when I was in middle school, my parents had planned a road trip. I was excited to venture out into the unknown, but I wasn’t prepared for the travel bug to bite. We didn’t go far, but I remember every time we saw a new “Welcome to [insert state here]” sign, my mom would pull the car over on the side of the road and make me get out to get my picture made with it. I no longer have those photos (no, Mom, I have no idea how those got burned to a crisp!), but it was pretty fun. We went to several states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. I liked crossing states off my list, knowing that I was by no means a traveler, but I was closer than I’d ever been.
My freshman year in college, a few friends from work started talking about going to Boston. I thought it sounded fun, and I love baseball, so I thought it would be really cool to visit Fenway Stadium. Long story short, we made it happen, and it was a blast. I rode on my very first airplane, read an entire novel waiting for a flight in Washington D.C., and had the time of my life. It was an incredible experience. The travel bug had officially made his move.
My sophomore year in college, a couple of ladies came and spoke to our class about studying abroad. This, of course, sounded amazing, but I knew I could never afford it. Plus, I wasn’t sure if I could spend an entire semester away from home. It seemed pretty scary. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to go, and the more I researched it, the more I realized this could really happen.
I ended up spending June 2010 in Ireland, Scotland, and England, having adventures I never in my wildest dreams thought possible. That summer was such an amazing experience, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I want to go back again so badly, and I so hope it works out. Read more here.
My junior year in college, I was heavily involved with the Baptist Collegiate Ministries at Shorter. After going to a prayer conference in January, David and I both felt God leading us to do summer missions. We filled out the applications (the day before they were due), and headed to interview weekend a few weeks later. I looked at the list of possible destinations over and over again, not sure at all where I wanted to go. I remember thinking the Alaska trip seemed good, but it was for two months, and I really needed a shorter trip so I could still work some that summer. After lots of prayer and interviews, I decided I wanted to go to East Asia. It was a month-long trip, but I thought I could handle it. My second choice was a week-long trip to Mississippi; very different from my first choice. Students from all over Georgia were there, students I knew were better Christians than I was, that probably had a quiet time each morning when I struggled with ever reading my Bible. I had a feeling, deep-down, that I was going to Mississippi (the Mississippi trip was still a great one, and I wouldn’t have been sad at all if that’s where God was leading me). I just knew I wasn’t spiritual enough to go to Asia to be a missionary!
Funnily enough, the next day, I got a call saying I would be spending my July in East Asia. It was amazing. I was so excited and terrified. Sometimes I still can’t believe I actually went there. It was so hot and so different from anything I’m used to in America, but God used my team in some amazing ways that month. Read more here.
I haven’t done very much traveling since that trip, because I was busy graduating college, getting married, and finding a “grown up” job. David and I both love to travel so much, though, and we have already planned many trips for our future. I’ll be sure to keep you updated so you can come along for the ride.