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What Traveling Means to Me

Traveling makes me feel normal. In a world where I don’t know my place…traveling makes me feel like I belong. Traveling is a life lived in the moment; every moment matters, counts, and as meaning.

After the events of last week, someone talked to me and told me I needed to figure out what my heart’s desires are so I can follow them and trust God to deliver them. I remember telling her how God has delivered/was delivering on one of my heart’s desires, which is to travel. (I wrote about it a few months back). Except, I hadn’t been anywhere since my trip to Crete at the end of September, so I knew when I woke up Saturday morning, I needed to make plans to go somewhere. Prior to what happened Friday, I was on the fence about leaving this weekend but after Friday – I knew I needed to get away.

I’d been looking into going to Vienna for either Thanksgiving or Christmas with a stop to Salzburg on the way, so both locations were fresh on my mind. I wouldn’t be able to make it all the way to Vienna but why not make the leg to Salzburg. With the destination decided, it was extremely easy from there. A quick stop on Booking.Com for a pet friendly hotel room and some Googling into available tours, and a few clicks later, my trip was all planned out.

I hit the road Sunday morning. It didn’t take long for me to feel a sense of peace as I sped along the beautiful German countryside. I posted about it on Facebook – my first post in over a week. The only post prior to that was one from the Pumpkin Festival (local sightseeing). It hit me over the weekend…that’s a trend, I mostly post only when I’m traveling somewhere. I’m stuck in my miserable little world at work but when I’m traveling I feel joyful…connected, open and free.

I don’t have attachments; no kids, no significant other, no strong bonds to anything but the incredible world waiting to be seen. I don’t feel engaged in my day to day life, but I’m consumed when traveling to a new place and discovering new sights, admiring the views, and people watching locals and tourists alike. I want to share what I see, learn, and experience. I want to capture it for those who might never get to experience it.

Traveling makes me feel normal. In a world where I don’t know my place…traveling makes me feel like I belong. Traveling is a life lived in the moment; every moment matters, counts, and as meaning.

This trip certainly made something clear to me I’ll will keep the job I have because it keeps me in Germany. Being stationed in Germany and the opportunity to travel do make it worth doing the job I do, no matter how I feel about it. I must take full advantage of the traveling opportunities. Do NOT let another month go by without taking a trip. PLAN ACCORDINGLY

I’m going to further explore the opportunities traveling could present to me based on the way I feel about it and how it makes me feel. The Travel Channel is searching for their next Travel Channel Star. In order to enter, I just need to submit a two minute video on my special twist on traveling and I know exactly what it is!!

Feeling excited about a project for the first time in a long time!!