A Millennials way of Traveling

Officially the season of Summer (I say as I scroll through my calendar). Can you believe it’s half over?! I ask myself why time pasts so fast, and how do I keep track of it all between two jobs, an internship, and the fast world of traveling.

I’ve traveled a lot this summer. So fun, right? I often think about white scorching sand sticking to my toes, floppy sun hats, shopping bags in each hand, and how long the battery will last on my phone. I just want to capture it all. Those moments of pure joy, scrunched eye laughter and of course, Instagram worthy food.

It’s so hard to capture it all on camera. I want to take in the real life moments, but I also want to share it with the world. The difficulty of tucking those in between moments into my heart, and wanting to capture the right candid photo of my boyfriend laughing.

My most recent trip has taught me a great lesson. How to balance my phone usage and how to balance not having a phone at all. There were hours where I scrolled to catch up on my social media feed while checking up on friends, but there were days where I left my phone inside for more than 5 hours (miracle, right).

Okay, I’ll admit I missed the convenience of my phone in one hand, but I loved having memories that I can only describe to friends. Oddly enough, it feels refreshing to step away for a bit. To be in communication with only those immediately next to me. The presence of only a few around me felt like a detox that was much needed.

The balance of phone usage during vacations are tricky, but for a millennial it’s a simple lesson that is essential to learn. 

 

A World Where Happiness is Everywhere

Going on a vacation with my boyfriend was definitely a plus, and 92 degree weather was very much needed, but Disney World was seriously awesome.

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Believe it or not, my boyfriend’s family goes every year, sometimes twice (he’s 20). Me, not so much. Last time I went, er, was when I was .. five? I think you get the point, I’m not really a Disney fan, nor was I ever. This time though was a life changing experience. Not the out-of-body kind of change, but I felt surrounded by so many HAPPY people. Kids, service dogs, and adults were in full Disney mode, and the energy was so contagious that I was able to loosen up, and make the most out of my vacation.

I’ll let honest, there were some things that I wasn’t a fan of (roller coasters, over price merchandise, and aquariums/zoo), but looking past that I had one of the best vacations I’ve ever been on. There was so much that we did that our average walking distance was 9 miles a day.. A good way to burn off all the desserts that were eaten (bless my stomach). There were lots of hours spent relaxing by Art of Animation’s Cozy Cone Pool and even more hours spent at the parks.

At first, I was a little unsure about my feelings about Disney, but as the days continued and after each time I saw my boyfriend’s face light up it made me feel like this is a lot of people’s happy place. And I was ready to find a happy place in 92 degree weather. Despite my fears of roller coasters and heights, I enjoyed the parks as much as he did, and there were so many laughs shared that my abs got a workout that week. A happy place where all ages can enjoy the shows, rides, and attractions.

I mean honestly, I’ve been so seriously all year, and had so much stress on my shoulders that this vacation did exactly what vacations are supposed to do.. make me forget about it all! The streets were crowded, and there were a ton of babies crying, but wow how much fun it is to be in such an upbeat, and cheerful place. Even if I don’t want to admit it.. I definitely plan on going back just to be surrounded by Disney characters and attractive desserts.