Overall, I have really enjoyed my experience blogging. The WordPress site is very easy to navigate and figure out. I didn’t experience any problems with any of the tools and felt they were all super useful and effective. The most useful tool for me was being able to set a certain day to publish your blog. Something I’d like to include in my blog in the future would be more diversity on the page, such as adding a lifestyle or health column. The tools I’ve learned throughout this experience have taught me how to easily communicate the things I’ve done and how they’ve impacted me.
The week of March 6th was my most popular week, I had 14 views and 8 different visitors. My post about my trip to Big Bend National Park was my most popular post from this year with 4 views. I think that was my most popular post because it had the most pictures on it. Out of all the site states none of them were really surprising to me, I didn’t expect to have very many views on any of my post since I just started my blog within the past couple months.
This was my favorite project I’ve done throughout my college career. It was not only enjoyable but really useful. I will most likely continue updating my blog with my future travel adventures.
Ever since I was born I have been around horses, I practically grew up on their backs. At 5 years old I started playing Polocrosse with the rest of my family. Polocrosse is a sport similar to polo but instead of a mallet you have a racquet. It is kind of like lacrosse on horseback. It’s a family based, competitive sport. Polocrosse is not just a hobby of mine, it also has allowed me to compete over seas.
In 2012 I got the opportunity to travel to Queensland, Australia on an U.S. Under 16 Developmental team with 5 other players. Australia is where polocrosse originated and is home to some of the best players and horses in the world. We competed against and played with Australian teams while being hosted by different families. We were there for two weeks and played one tournament each weekend and stayed with two different families during the week. I’ve always felt like the trips were you get to experience other peoples lives hands on are the best. During the week we got to experience what it was like living on a farm on the outskirts of Australia. To this day this one of my most memorable experiences. It blew my mind how different their day-to-day lives were in comparison to mine. Both the families I stayed with were wonderful, I felt like part of the family the whole time I was there.
I’m hoping to follow in my mothers footsteps and make the 2019 U.S. World Cup team and travel to Australia again to compete against some of the best players and teams in the world. Polocrosse has given me endless connections around the world. I am forever grateful for all the things polocrosse has given to me.
Long flights have always been something I have struggled with. I find myself getting really anxious and bored. Over my past experiences with long haul flights I have come up with a list of things I bring in my carry on to make the flight a little easier.
Sleeping mask – If your anything like me you have a hard time falling asleep, a sleeping mask really helps cancel out everything else around you making it easier to fall asleep.
Headphones – I take my headphones with me everywhere. Not only do they help cancel out things around me, but who doesn’t like listening to music all the time?
Facial spray – Facial spray is a great pick me up after a long flight to help make you feel more awake and clean. I have Maura Bedescu rose water and love it!
Dry shampoo – Dry shampoo is an essential to me, I use it almost every day. It’s a great thing to keep to help clean you up after a long flight.
Toothbrush – Always a good idea to keep your toothbrush with you while traveling.
Book – A book is always nice to have for when you need something to do!
A change of clothes – Sometimes luggage gets lost and you are out of clothes until they can get it to you, which is why it’s important to bring a extra change of clothes with you.
Planning things out is super helpful while traveling, figuring out what you need before you pack and making lists is always a good idea.I hope my list helped you out with what you want to pack in your carry on!
I recently had to make a movie interview for my Fundamentals of Online Media class and I did mine about traveling, here is the link if anyone wants to check it out!
If you’re anything like me you’re on a constant search for your next adventure. A couple of months ago I stumbled upon a program called Bamboo. Bamboo is a volunteer abroad program, that allows you to volunteer doing a variety of different services around the world. Volunteering has always been something I’ve wanted to do but have never found a program that is both affordable and fits in with my schedule. I’ve also been wanting to go to Thailand for a while, and it just so happened that this program had an amazing trip you could sign up for.
Bamboo has a program in Thailand they do called the Elephant Village Tour, which is the one I signed up to do. The tour is 2 weeks long and is located in Surin, a town 450kms from Bangkok. During the duration of the tour we will be working with two communities, these two communities have kept and cared for elephants for generations. While at the elephant refugee volunteers will have daily interactions with the elephants and help out with their day to day care. After spending a couple of days at the elephant refugee we will go to two surrounding islands for the remainder of the trip. Our group will have a tour guide with us the whole time.
This organization is really useful for people who want to travel and volunteer at the same time. What makes this organization different from most volunteer abroad programs is that you have off time where you can go and visit the country your in with a tour guide.
During spring break, two of my friends and two of our dogs and I took a road trip to Big Bend National Park. None of us had ever been and figured it would be a fun experience to drive there and camp for two days. Camping at the park is primitive, which we knew before hand but were not nearly prepared for.
We woke up at 4 am on Monday morning to start our adventure. Once our car was packed to the brim and three girls and two dogs were stuffed into one car we were off. We planned that it would take us about 8ish hours to get there, 8ish hours quickly turned into about 13. If you haven’t done the drive to Big Bend then you should know that you only have phone service less than 1/3 of the time which made using our phones for directions there a little difficult. After endless snacking, countless bathroom breaks, one speeding ticket and a whole lotta laughs we finally arrived to the park.
We thought that the drive to the park was going to be the hardest part, and boy were we wrong. What we did not know was once you get to the entrance of the park, depending on what camping site you chose you have at least an hour drive into the park. The park ranger that checked us in told us we had a 2 hour drive to our camp site. Before entering the park you have very little phone service but once in the park your phone is useless. The roads in the park were made of loose gravel and plants with a speed limit of 20 which made driving extremely tedious. After being given a paper map and getting brief directions from the park ranger we took off on our trek. Luckily I was with two girls that semi knew how to read a paper map because I’ve always relied on my phone for directions and had no clue how to read the map we were given. The first hour we did fine because all we had to do was drive straight, but once we had to start making turns and going down smaller roads was when things started getting a bit confusing. We turned down the wrong roads twice but eventually made it to what we thought was our campsite.
When pulling up to our campsite we noticed another group of people’s tent and things already set up. Each campsite is made for one group and are spread out miles from each other, so we knew something wasn’t right but after the long day we had and the fact that the sun was abut to go down we decided to set up camp there anyways. We figured we would just talk to the group of people when they got there and figure out why we both got sent to the same campsite. After unpacking all of our things we went on a short hike, the scenery that surrounded us made all the difficulties we had experienced worth it.
The next day we woke up as the sun was coming up and let me tell you, it was one of the most serene moments I’ve ever experienced getting to sit with a nice cup of coffee watching the sun rise in such a beautiful place. What was not so serene was the sleeping situation, we did not expect it to be so cold there. Each of us had one sleeping bad and a small throw which was definitely not enough. Luckily for me I had my dog sharing my sleeping bag with me that kept me warmer. Since our sleeping situation was so miserable and our lack of food and water due to our poor planning skills we decided to hike for a couple of hours and then pack up and drive home.
Despite all the negative things that happened to us, I am glad we decided to go. If you take anything from this story, it should be to always spend a little extra time planning.
Everyone who has traveled has at least one of those experiences that make you wish you could stop time and stay in that moment forever.
One of my favorite memories was in 2015 when I was in Greece. On my second morning there we woke up early to get on a ferry that was taking us to several different islands off the coast of Athens. We went to three islands – Hydra, Patmos, and Mykonos. We stopped at Mykonos last. When we stopped their we immediately got onto another smaller boat that took us to a private beach. Now don’t get me wrong, the other two islands where beautiful, but when we got off the boat and onto the beach the view was so amazing it didn’t look real. The water was crystal clear, soft sand covered the beach, and magnificent mountains surrounded us. Not to mention the weather was nearly perfect.I remember standing in water looking around convinced it wasn’t real because nothing this beautiful could possibly be real.
The other memory was one from this past summer while I was studying abroad in Barcelona. While I was there my group and I traveled to Montserrat, a town about an our out of the city.
Montserrat was a small town located on a mountain. In order to get to the actual town you had to take a lift up the side of the mountain. Once we got to the town we took another lift to where you could hike to the top of the mountain. It was about a 45 minute hike, but it wasn’t easy the trail was very steep. At one point on the trail you have to hold onto a rope that’s on the path so you wouldn’t fall over. The view from the top of the mountain was literally breathtaking. You could city everything from there, the cities, the beaches, and all the incredible landscape. It was one of those views that I’ll never be able to get out of my head.
What made both of those experiences even more special was the people I got to share them with. The memories you get to share with people important to you will always be the best memories.