The Truth about Travel

Travel is such a hot topic these days. Everyone’s encouraged to pack a bag, jump on a flight, and take off on a new adventure. I’ve read articles on how to go abroad on a budget, luxury vacation spots, and how to pack more efficiently. I’ve seen every college student I know going to study abroad, apply to teach English in another country, or go on an amazing graduation trip abroad.

Traveling is a magical experience. When you go somewhere new with an open mind, it changes you. It makes you see that the world is so much bigger than just you. It reminds us all that more often than not, we live in our own little bubbles with little regard for the millions of people all over the world. Different cultures, different languages, different manners and customs.

So, I encourage you to travel. To travel as much and as often as you can.

But not for the highlight reel of pictures or the insane location check-ins, but to able to experience a really new experience. You see, travel isn’t the pretty pictures online or a collection of perfect moments; travel is real.

Travel is using a curling wand as an iron to unwrinkle your clothes. Travel is cancelled ferries and stalled trains. Travel is closing your eyes as you ride 6 inches away from the edge of a cliff on a packed bus swaying side to side. Travel is wearing wet shorts because you were lucky enough to be able to wash them, but not dry them.

Travel is the spray tan melting off your feet and clumping around your blisters in a spotted leopard pattern.

Travel is about the highs and the lows, and how you handle them outside of your comfort zone.

And that’s why traveling is so great- because it’s real and it’s really living. It’s not sitting behind a screen trolling for likes and comments- it’s sharing real moments and real life with the people that matter. It’s not just learning about a new place, it’s learning about yourself too.

When you travel, you sit on buses with people that you’ll never see again but that you’ll never forget. You listen in on conversations in restaurants to try to figure out where other people are from. You turn the corner onto streets and avenues you’ve never been before. You depend on complete strangers to point you in the right direction.

You meet new people, make friends, and end up going to dinner with them. You discover that as much as we are different, we are all very much alike.

You get lost and you get found. You feel, you taste, you smell, you hear, and you see the world with new eyes. You learn quickly that different doesn’t mean bad, it just means not what you’re used to.

Travel is throwing your printed binder of plans out the window and just going with the flow.

It’s the unplanned moments, unexpected twists, and failed attempts that take us to the coolest of places and allow us to experience something we totally would’ve missed if our travel had gone exactly according to our plan.

And just like travel, life is like that too. It’s the unexpected that often leads us to the greatest journeys we would’ve never been able to plan on our own. It’s the messed up plans, the missed ferry, or the overbooked restaurant that lead us to something that was actually meant for us to find all along.

So travel, as much and as often as you can; and let the travel take you places you never would’ve imagined. Travel is life, and we could all use a little more living.

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The Best Gelato in Italy

If you’re going to travel to Italy, you’re going to eat A LOT of Gelato! After a week there, here are my top 3 picks for Italian Gelato!

#3-  Puro Gelato in Sorrento, Italy

 

Via Luigi de Maio, 19, 80067 Sorrento NA, Italy

puro-gelatoPuro is a must see and must eat in Sorrento! It is by far the cutest Gelato shop in all of Italy with tons of selections of not only Gelato, but popsicles, cake pops, and mini ice cream sandwiches! There was so much to choose from and the gelato was delicious! I especially loved hanging out on the swings in the store!

(Photo via Puro Gelato website)

 

 

#2- Il Gelatone in Rome, Italy

Via dei Serpenti, 130, 00184 Roma, Italy

This shop takes the cake for truly offering something for everyone! They have VEGAN gelato! Lots of traditional options, soy based options, and dairy free fruit flavored options! We actually went here 2 nights in a row because it was so delicious!

#1- Gelataro Buonocore in Capri, Italy

Via Vittorio Emanuele, 35, 80076 Capri NA, Italy

The best Gelato in all of Italy can be found on the island of Capri. As we approached, we notice a long line outside the small shop and knew it had to be good! It was the most delicious Gelato of the trip and well worth the wait!

 

 

Mount Vesuvius 

Mount Vesuvius is an amazing experience and must see if you’re in Sorrento!

You take the train to Pompei, then take a bus to the bottom of Mt. Vesuvius – THEN you take a “super” bus up the mountain (very bumpy and a bit scary- be wary if you get motion/car sick) and then get dropped off 2-3km below the top.

The hike is a HIKE but it is worth it. The views are incredible- you can literally see the entire city below!