If you've ever heard of Savannah you probably already know that it is the oldest city in the state of Georgia. You probably have heard of the beautiful historic buildings, music, and food that lives there. Now I got the chance to travel there last year with my family, and although we only got to go for a couple of days, I am very grateful that I got to experience this amazing city. If you ever decide to go to Savannah check out the shops along River Street. It definitely makes for a fun day walking along the river as you look at all the boutiques. From clothes to antiques, you will be able to find a variety of items along your way. Then after a nice day of shopping make sure to check out Leopold's Ice cream near the Savannah College of Art and Design. Not only known for its delicious ice cream, but also for its marble soda fountain. If you don't have a lot of cash on you, just take the time to walk around the city and to take in the beautiful architecture. There's also the River Street Market that has lots to offer. If you have time in your busy schedule, make sure to check out the different artist stationed around the great city. Obviously, Savannah has so much to offer, and it definitely isn't a waste of a vacation. If you are looking for something more relaxed and that doesn't have a lot of tourist attractions, this is the place for you.
Hey guys! I've realized that I have yet to talk music with you, so as I stumbled upon the album Torches by Foster the People this morning, I thought I would share. Now if you know of this album it came out a few years ago, but I still love it today due to its upbeat, good feelin' kind of songs. Most of you know of the hit song "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People, but that is nothing compared to the rest of the songs on the album, at least in my opinion. Foster the People have a very unique sound. To me they are one magical Indie Rock group that I will forever seem to compare other artist to. Although they are not my all time favorite Indie band, they are probably in my top 5. I am a big alternative rock/ indie fan, so I always am keeping my eyes peeled for a band that has an interesting, unique flair and sound. Something new, that isn't the same old lyrics and the same old boy band sound. My top loved songs on this specific album would have to be "Houdini", "Helena Beat", and "I Would Do Anything For You".
Overall, this is just a fun album, especially with summer on its way. Believe me, it can't be that bad if the album was nominated at the Grammy's for Best Alternative Music Album, so it must be somewhat good.
Besides Torches, they also released Supermodel which is way more mellow compared to their previous album. Although I adore Torches their newest album let me down in a way. Most likely because their first album was an upbeat, summer party album, while in their newest one they took a deeper and more serious approach. You see in this album the lead singer, Mark Foster, tries to explore who God is, which in the end made a really interesting album. Like I said it is still a great album, I was just hoping for more songs like their previous work. Anyways, on Supermodel check out the songs "Truth" and "Best Friends", those are my two favorites. Enjoy the music!
My amazing trip to Ireland has come to a very sad, but happy conclusion and I will definitely miss the scenic beauty along with the beautiful people that live there. Now thanks to this trip I have learned a few things that I thought I would share with you. You most likely have heard these tips before, but I never took them that seriously so I hope these are somewhat helpful for your future travels!
1. Don’t pack more than you need.
We have all heard this before, but it is definitely the truth. I made sure that I packed an extra for almost everything in my suit case. From extra socks, shoes, to even extra scarves, I had a lot of unnecessary things in my suitcase. Although in some cases they were useful, most of the time these things sat untouched in my bag. I am always someone who likes to be prepared, but in this case I didn’t need to be that cautious. Since I had so much extra luggage, I was very limited to what I could bring back with me to America. We all know that suitcases have a certain weight limit that they can not go over, and you see, mine was definitely on the edge of me having to pay extra cash. I was definitely holding in my breath as I weighed my suitcase at the airport, but thankfully I was in the clear.
2. Check the weather before you leave.
This is something I forgot to do on my own before I left, and I regretted it once I arrived in N. Ireland. Although your iPhone's weather app may not be precise all the time, it still helps to get an idea of what it will be like over there. You see, I was told by my fellow N. Ireland travelers that it would be in the high 50's when really it was in the high 30's. Again, make sure you check the weather so that it doesn't ruin part of your trip! Believe me, freezing cold weather in nothing but a hoodie can make what's supposed to be a great, memorable part of your trip, something you wish you could forget.
3. Always have extra cash in both currencies.
I know I stated earlier not to pack extra things, well cash is an exception in this case. On my trip, I made sure that I had enough pounds on me for Northern Ireland, but never thought of having extra American cash on me. I ended up using most of my cash in the airport , not thinking that I might need cash once again on the way home. Overall, if you are going abroad or not, carry extra cash because if you don't have enough for the way home you just might have to eat the dreaded airplane food, which will definitely haunt you.
4. Have patience getting back to the US.
Like you all know, I have never been abroad before so as I went through security and customs I started to get very frustrated. I learned that it is a lot harder to enter my own country than it is to leave it. Overall, I was exhausted and just wanted on the plane, so once I saw the lines and the procedures I had to go through my heart immediately sank. Make sure all of you going abroad are prepared for this, just stay positive and you should do just fine! :)
The first thing I'd like to say is that if you ever get the opportunity to go to Northern Ireland then go to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge near Ballintoy in County Antrim and Giant's Causeway. They are the most beautiful sites I have ever seen, and I am not exaggerating. If you don't believe me then look at the picture I took above of the Bridge above. Like I said, stunning right? This is my favorite part of N. Ireland thus far. I was able to walk alongside the coast, where I was able to view the ocean and the gorgeous landscape, and I would go back in a heart beat if I could. Even if you are not someone who is outdoorsy or isn't in to hiking, what you will see is at both places are breath taking.
I get the opportunity to go to Belfast, Northern Ireland in just a few days and I can't wait to see this beautiful country! I have never been abroad before, so I am very excited for my first out of many adventures to come. In Northern Ireland I get to go to Giants Causeway, Dunluce Castle, the Titanic Museum, and much more. I will definitely be posting pictures for everyone to see. However, I will not only be doing some exploring, but I will also be volunteering and getting the chance to work with kids while I am there. I am definitely looking forward to this eight hour flight ahead of me... but in the end I know it will be worth it! Wish me luck guys :)
Aristotle once said that "adventure is worthwhile" and I believe that it is imperative that everyone gets the opportunity to venture away from their normal lives and to get out of their comfort zones. Many people say that traveling is a waste of money. Honestly, it is, but in the end the experience and the memories out ways the financial end of traveling. If we take the chance to travel outside our norms then we will never be able to have this "worthwhile" experience. An adventure can change you as an individual and can encourage you to try the things you wouldn't dare try before. They are worthwhile to me because they give you the opportunity to explore different perspectives of the world and to become someone you never have been before or to discover who you really are. Adventures open new doors and can shed new light on who we are as individuals. They are "worthwhile" in the end because you get the opportunity to become inspired and to inspire.