As I sit here writing my very first Girl’s Going Places blog post, the rain is beating down outside on the window next to me. Despite the overcast sky, I feel so insanely happy and excited. I’ve been thinking about starting this little travel blog of mine for a long time now, and the fact that I’m finally doing it brings a very, very big smile to my face.
This isn’t my first blog. While I was trying to hustle and make it as a writer and editor in New York City when I was fresh out of grad school, I started a fashion blog. I kept it going for a few years, mostly to just add it to my resume, but my heart was never really in it. I felt pretty awkward about having my photos taken and “posing” in outfits (and usually took off the heels .2 seconds after the photos were taken to put my cons back on). Don’t get me wrong — I love fashion, but it’s not what I like to write about. Seeing the world is what makes my soul happiest, and when I found almost every daydream of mine being about travel, I knew I needed to turn it into something.
I feel so incredibly lucky to have been to the places I have, but my bucket list is never-ending. I want to see every corner of the world, no matter how small. That means places like Norway and Japan are on my list, but so are small towns in Wisconsin and Florida. I truly believe that you can learn something new from every single place you visit, if you try hard enough. It may sound silly, but I love being in restaurants or walking down a main street, looking around, and thinking, “I might never see this very spot in the world again, so I better soak it up.”
I’m not claiming to be a travel expert, but I feel really knowledgeable about where I’ve been (and where I’m going). I do an insane amount of research ahead of each trip (even though one of my favorite things to do when traveling is get lost). I scour the internet to find not only the main attractions in each place, but to also find the hidden gems off the beaten path. These things are usually never in the same place (think the best pubs in Galway, Ireland, and the best road trip route through Connemara), so that’s what I’ll try and do here. I always wish someone could pick my brain and create travel content catered to me and what I want to see, and since I’m sure there are a lot of other people like that out there, hopefully I can fill that void.
So whether you’re a big traveler, just starting to spread your wings, or want to know more about the midwest (midwest is best!), I hope you can find something here that will enrich your travels in some way. And if you’re on the fence about taking those vacation days and wondering whether or not you should book that ticket, I hope to inspire you to do it. As one of my favorite Pinterest quotes from someone I don’t know says, “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I can’t wait to start this adventure and bring you with me.