When Hiking Trillium Gap to Grotto Falls, Don’t Skip Brushy Mountain!

Grotto Falls is pretty popular. First, it’s the only waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that you can walk behind. Bam. Instant appeal. Second, it’s a short hike. Only 1.4 miles from the Trillium Gap trailhead to the falls. Minimal effort for maximum beauty. Ironically, Grotto Falls’ popularity and the short trek to …

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I Waited Three Years to Go Skydiving Again… and I Blame My Bucket List

Friends, I have a confession. I almost didn’t go skydiving a second time. Okay, that’s dramatic. But, I did put it off way, way, wayyyyyyy longer than I should have. And not because I was afraid. Or didn't have the money. Or because I had a mediocre experience the first time. I actually loved it …

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Queenstown, NZ is the Ultimate Adventure Travel Destination

The moment I booked a flight to Sydney, I knew I’d wind up booking a flight to New Zealand, too. No way, José, was I gonna fly to the other side of the world and not visit both countries. I mean, who knows when I’ll be in that hemisphere again. It’s not exactly a quick …

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The Anticipation of a Trip: Part II

A while back, I wrote a blog post on The Anticipation of a Trip. (Go read that first, if ya haven’t already.) And now, I want to add to it. The other day while reading this John Piper devotional, it hit me that the even greater key to living for today and not living for …

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How to Visit Four Countries in a Week

If you’ve ever thought: Gee, I’d like to visit several countries in a week! – this post is for you. One thing I’ve learned from my solo travels is how much I can see in just one day. All it takes is an eagerness to explore and the stamina to stay in GO mode. Multiply …

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Travel Blooper Stories

If you’ve ever looked at my travel photos (or anyone’s travel photos) and thought, "Wow. Traveling is easy, exciting, glamorous, living your best life…" well, that’s not wrong. It’s also not the whole truth. Travel can absolutely be easy when you’ve put the work into planning the trip. Travel can obviously be exciting when you’re …

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A Year of Abundantly More

2018 exceeded my expectations. After three solo trips to Europe in 2017, I hoped to at least match that level of travel in 2018. And God gave me MORE. He went beyond my dreams. I’m learning, more and more, He tends to do that when we surrender to Him. Now, God knows I love travel …

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Adventure with me!

**UPDATE** Due to an insufficient number of enrollees, this trip will not be taking place. Stay tuned for future opportunities to travel with me!   Friends. I'm going to Scotland, and you're invited! But first, here's how it happened... Ten years ago, I visited Scotland. Well, I visited Edinburgh. And it was magical. Old town. …

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Confessions of a Solo Traveler

After four solo trips to Europe since January 2017, I guess it’s about time I spilled my guts on what it’s like to travel with me, myself, and I. As an introvert, I rarely mind being alone. I’m also fiercely independent, good with navigation, and a cross between MacGyver and Nancy Drew when it comes …

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