How Did I Get into Travel?

Updated: Dec 23, 2019

Well...I guess I would need to start at the very beginning. I've always had a great fear of heights ever since I can remember. Sport's stadiums, concert venues, carnival rides, you name would never catch me venturing into any of these activities because of my fear. I took my first flight when I was 18 to Houston, Texas for a Boys & Girls Club Conference. I remember being scared but not as fearful as I have been in my adult years. In 2006, I flew to Atlanta to visit my brother (I was actually meeting him for the first time in my life! That's a story for another time) and I remember being petrified. Take off, turbulence, those tiny little windows, small creepy bathrooms and a whole list of other things just freaked me out! Fast forward to New Year's 2016...I reflected on things that I had yet to accomplish, ways to celebrate my recent accomplishments and things I'd hope to do one day. I know some people may find New Year's resolutions lame but I made a resolution that year that I would not only get on a plane again but I would take more flights. At this point, I hadn't flown in over 4 years and I felt that it was time.

I planned a week long adventure in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with 3 of my closest friends. I purchased plane tickets and reserved a room, it was at that point that I knew that there was no turning back. The flights there were very turbulent but I made it through. I had an awesome vacation, not only visiting Ft. Lauderdale but also driving down to Miami and Key West. I knew that the beauty, amazement and sisterhood that I experienced during that trip would lead to even more travel. Since that trip I've traveled to Los Angeles, The Bahamas, Honduras, Mexico, Cuba and so many other beautiful destinations!

I told myself that I wouldn't let my fear of flying hold me back from seeing the world. I mean I have a Delta AMEX card that keeps me even more committed to my cause with every sky mile I earn. Even though I still struggle with some aspects of flying, for the most part I just suck it up and go. I've learned so much and met so many amazing people along the way, traveling brings me happiness and peace. I've made it a tradition that at the end of every trip I take, I plan my next destination as soon as I get back home.

Here I am, 3 years later with 3 trips already planned for the rest of this year and into the next. I am so proud of the progress I've made with my fear and I can't wait to experience the adventures I have planned for me next.

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I'm young, gifted, black and seeking adventure that involves immersion in new cultures, traditions, foods and beautiful sights.  Check out where I've been and where I'm going!


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