This is almost exactly what my first blog post looked like in January 2014. I have edited almost everything written after this, but I decided to keep almost the entirety of this original post for sentimental value. And to remember where my travel writing started.
Away We Go!
When we originally booked our flight it left Denver at 7:55 am, which felt like a reasonable time to be up and in the world on New Years Day. However, our flight time changed not one, not two, but FOUR times, with the final result being a flight that left DIA at 5:48 am!!
Our original plan of being good environmentalists and good friends and taking the bus to the airport went out the window as we began to scramble to figure out how we were going to make it to Denver International Airport at 3:45 am on New Years Day. Luckily, we have some amazing people in our lives and both my mom and my best friend offered to drive us. In the end it made the most sense for my friend to make the sacrifice, so we pulled an all-nighter at her house and went to the airport early (late?) in the morning.
So… where exactly did we go on our first long-term travel adventure? Starting January 1st, 2014, until July 9th, 2014, we traveled around Central America and then Europe. We were in Central America for 9 weeks (Jan. 1st to March 5th), then we were home for 3 weeks (March 5th to March 23rd), and then we were off to Europe for spring and summer (March 24th to July 9th).
Our Europe itinerary was pretty set in stone, due to high costs of travel and accommodation, but our Central America itinerary was pretty loose (as in no reservations, but desired amounts of times we expected to spend at each destination).
We celebrated Christmas by packing up our apartment and spent the rest of the week waiting for the 1st to come. December 2013 was one of the craziest months we have ever had, and that is saying something considering we had gotten married 6 short months before. We graduated, I finished my student teaching, and Logan finished up his research. We were also in the process of becoming homeless/ transient, packing up all our belongings, to not be seen again until moving in August or September to wherever we ended up moving. Super exciting! (Super stressful too…)
In the spirit of the holidays, as well as in the spirit of goodbyes, here is a list I wrote of special shout outs we had for people/ things in our lives that have helped get us to where we are and prepared us for what was coming next.
Our family has been very supportive of this path we have chosen to take. My (Heather’s) grandparents were avid travelers and from them I have learned how travel can truly enrich a person’s life. Our parents have all supported us and allowed us to be ourselves throughout our whole lives and helping feed the travel bug has been no different. We are so thankful to have been raised by open-minded people who taught us to challenge the conventional and see life as something to be experienced, not simply lived. Thank you Ardis, Andy, Dan, Christy, Gordy and Justin!
We have so many wonderful friends, both new and old, and we would not be the people we are without you guys!
What is there to say that hasn’t been written in a card, or yearbook or letter over the years? You are my (and kinda our) best friend. We love you and we (literally) could not have gone to Central America without you (since you drove us to the airport).
Wedding Gift Givers and Check Writers
We could not have possibly become world travelers this young without the generous gifts we received at our wedding. We have so many cool gadgets we would have not otherwise have (Eno hammocks, travel towels, the COOLEST tent, REI gift cards etc.). Plus our bank account is not as sad as it would be had it not been for everyone’s kindness. Thank you all!
My 10 Gray Hairs
Much to my dismay, I pulled 10 gray hairs out of my head Christmas 2013 . Well technically Logan and my mother-in-law pulled them out. While I am NOT happy about this new aspect of my body I have to say it really reminded me of a couple important facts of life.
- You can’t fight time. This is why we are starting to travel now. We don’t want to look back and think, “Well we always planned on traveling.”
- You can’t fight genetics. (Not really important… but it proved helpful as I stared at my 10 gray hairs.
- I am ONLY 23. I feel like I have done so much and seen so much. We are already married for goodness sake! But really, I am ONLY 23. As those hairs got yanked out of my head, all I can think was “I’m ONLY 23! Why is this happening?” I have decided to turn that thought around. I AM only 23 and I have so much more to see and do and learn. Luckily, I have an abnormal amount of hair so even when I have to start regularly pulling out gray hairs, which will probably be soon based on my genetics, I will have plenty of brown hair left.
Away we go!!!