Where I’ve Been
Places I’ve been:
Though my official world travel date has not begun yet, it doesn’t mean that I haven’t travelled before now. Below is a list of places that I’ve been. This list will constantly be updated.
Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, California, Nevada, Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Maryland, Washington DC, Georgia, Tennessee, Colorado, Ohio
Jamaica, Bahamas, Haiti, Grand Cayman, Disney’s private beach (does that even count?!)
My Favorite Cities:
Asheville, NC – I can’t say enough good things about Asheville. Located in the mountains, this small town has such a great vibe. Between the views, outdoor activities, waterfalls, and artsy fartsy hipsters, it is hand’s down my favorite city in NC- and one of my favorite cities of all time.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica- Can we say Dunn River Falls! My first experience cliff jumping and it was amazing. I won’t lie, at the last jump I almost shit my pants and my top came off when I hit the water; but I would do it again in a heart beat.
Chicago, IL- Is it cheating if I put my hometown on here? I don’t love it because it’s home, I love it because of the FOOD!!! Chicago is the best place for food. With it being a giant melting pot, you have your pick of the litter. Also, if you have gone to the Taste, go ahead and start planning now. Growing up it was my single favorite event, however, in recent years they have scaled it down ☹ If you aren’t afraid of gun shots, I say go for it lol.
Aspen, Colorado- It’s a bit highfalutin, but I loved it. The fire pits donning the sidewalks, snowmobiling on the side of a mountain, skiing for my first time. I would go back in a heart beat—but maybe try a less expensive town since this time I’d have 3 kids in tow. I loved the St.Regis, but Hell No to the prices. A bish is on a budget 😃
Outer Banks, NC- All of it!! We stayed in Nags Head, road our bikes to Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk, went to Manteo, headed down to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton where surprisingly we had some of the best Mexican food ever, and enjoyed the sand dunes at Jockey’s Ridge. It was truly amazing and I can’t wait to go back.
My least favorite places:
Bahamas- Not knocking the people that live there, but this place felt like an extension of Miami, Florida. It is so overrun with tourist bullshit. If I wanted to visit an extension of the US I wouldn’t spend the additional dollars to come to the Bahamas. With that said, my oldest did love the place and enjoyed her swordfish that she ate. In the area I was in, it just felt very inauthentic.
West Virginia- Any and everywhere in WV. I once had a dream back in 2011 that I was kidnapped and tortured by some hillbilly mountain folks of WV. Ever since, I’ve been biased against them lol. Sorry if you are from WV but I’ve always considered it to be the armpit of America. With that being said, they do have a really cool capital building with a roof made of GOLD! And apparently some good hiking trails. I haven’t tried them yet, but I would like to go back and give it a chance. – I still remember that dream like it was yesterday though—
Richmond, VA- I recently stopped in Richmond on my way back from meeting my mom to drop my kids off. We were headed to one of my new favorite spots (Outer Banks, NC) and boy oh boy did I despise Richmond. To be fair, I truly want to go back. They have a lot of history there and I’d love to visit Thomas Jefferson’s home. I didn’t see much of it except downtown (got lost in the hood) and my hotel room. The main reason I hated Richmond so much was because of the WORST hotel experience ever. The floors were sticky, it smelled like mold, and the shower didn’t have hot water. I switched rooms, and the next room still smelled like shit, had nasty feeling floors, but it did have hot water. The hotel worker was very kind, and I don’t blame her for the room. However, this Hilton was crap and should be ashamed of themselves for charging 100/night.
I can’t wait to grow this list! Come December of 2017, my family and I will be living in Punta de Mita for a month. It isn’t our official leave date, just a little somethin’ to get our feet wet. During that time, I’ll be able to add Mexico City, Sayulita, Puerto Vallerta, San Pancho, and of course Punta de Mita to the list. Literally CAN.NOT.WAIT!!