Motivation | Why it’s okay to travel solo

Travel as much as you can, as far as you can, as long as you can.  Life’s not meant to be lived in one place.


Paris

Paris, France


I always romanticized travel.  I imagined one day traveling the world with that special someone.  That we would stroll through the streets of Paris, eat gelato in Italy, and experience the monuments of Rome together.  I imagined that one day I would travel the world, and that ‘one day’ it would be with that special someone.  Yet, I find myself in a point in time where that one day has not yet arrived.  So I have to ask the question, does my decision to travel and experience the world really hinge on finding that special someone?

Growing up, I was taught that travel was a luxury.  That travel was something that you got to do when you were well settled in your life.  Perhaps, this is what helped to shape my romanticized idea.  I guess I equated being married with being well settled in my life.  But yet, here I am, without that special someone and I find myself with this longing to experience the world!

So I took a leap of faith.  I mean, what was I really waiting for?  I decided that I let too much of my life pass without experiencing the moments.  I came upon a crux.  Perhaps a quarter life crisis?  I like to think of it more as wise thought.  I took a friend up on an offer to take a trip to Thailand.  Maybe it was a crazy whim, but if I was going to go out of my comfort zone, I was going to go big.  I knew that by taking that trip to Thailand, life was about to happen.  A second thought didn’t even cross my mind.

Don’t think twice about travel.  Make that commitment to take a trip.  Perhaps you are a little hesitant to go outside of your comfort zone.  Or perhaps you feel like me, where you want to share that experience with that special someone.  But just because you experience the world on your own, doesn’t mean you can’t make different memories with that someone later on.  Whatever it may be, take my advice and travel as much as you can, as far as you can.  Make memories.  Indulge in different cultures.  Experience the moments. Don’t let a longing desire eat you up inside.  You don’t know what is out there until you experience it for yourself.

Travel the world while you are able.  Live and be free.  Let life happen.


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4 Worthwhile Bars to Discover in Downtown Disney (Disney Springs) Orlando, Florida

When you think about Downtown Disney (aka Disney Springs), you probably don’t think about going there for the bars. If I was a local, that thought wouldn’t cross my mind either; but since I frequent Orlando for business, I love the convenience of it.  Yes, I would have to say it is mainly a tourist destination. Because of all of the restaurants, shops, and entertainment options, it is a great place for every traveler type: solo, groups, and families.

I mainly enjoy going for the people watching.  There is never a dull moment.  The following is a list of bars that are worth discovering if you are ever in the area.  Enjoy!
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LAVA LOUNGE

Attached to the rainforest cafe, the Lava Lounge is a perfect spot for winding down.  It is an outdoor lounge located on the lake offering a great location to view the sunset.  If you are lucky, you might even get to experience the volcano erupting or see the water Cadillacs go by.

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RAGLAN ROAD IRISH PUB

While hosting live entertainment, the Raglan Road offers good drink and food options with both   indoor and outdoor seating available.  Make sure to check the entertainment schedule before you go, you may be able to catch the river dancers perform.

Paradiso 37

PARADISO 37

Paradiso 37 is great for people watching.  It is a Latin fusion restaurant with a lively atmosphere.  The restaurant hosts live music after 6pm and is a great spot for groups or even solo travelers.

Hangar Bar

HANGAR BAR

Set in the 1940s, the Hangar Bar is an Indiana Jone’s themed bar which offers knick knacks and nostalgic decorations everywhere you look. The bar offers both outdoor and indoor seating options. If you opt for outside, depending on the hour, you may be able to enjoy the live entertainment that plays right next door.

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