Visiting Every State : our own personal challenge

I travel because I’d rather look back at my life saying ‘I can’t believe I did that,’ instead of ‘If only I had…’ – Florine Bos

If I could do one thing for the rest of my life it would be travel.Well, travel with my husband.  It might sound corny, but there’s something so amazing about sharing the experience of looking out over the horizon and seeing the world with your best friend and the love of your life.

IMG_3638.JPGOur current travel goal is to visit every single state.  So far, we’re almost half way there.

Completed: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.  And Washington DC.  Some of those we’d like to redo – especially Maryland, North Carolina, and West VA since we didn’t spend more than a few hours in each.

This summer we’ll check off Louisiana (New Orleans), Alabama, and Mississippi (hopefully) on a week long road trip, and get back to Florida for hubby’s first Disney trip!

Part of our rules about “visiting” is that you can’t simply drive through or crash at a motel, you have to do something native to that state.  Explore the landscape, check out the museums/history, visit National Parks, try an authentic meal, see what the locals recommend.  It’s about really experiencing our country in its entirety, not checking off 50 boxes.

Sticking to these “rules” has really encouraged us to think outside the box and experience some really awesome things.  Being the last two people back on the ferry at Fort Sumpter (SC), eating fresh-caught Maine lobster and having Kentucky bourbon beer in Kentucky, driving through the mountains in West Virginia and stopping to take in the views every few miles, spending hours looking for a bonsai tree in Lake Tahoe.  It’s these moments that end up creating the best memories and make us crave more.

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I don’t want to spend my life confined to my Long Island bubble and miss what this country, or this world, has to offer.  There are experiences and people and great history out there and I want to spend my days seeing as much of it as I possibly can.  Traveling frees my soul and makes me feel alive.

One day we’ll get a place of our own and have a family and settle in somewhere.  But we’re not ready for that.  We want to enjoy our marriage and each other while we have these years to do it.  We want to see this country and this world with one another and live life like one big adventure!

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Help us plan our next trip to New Orleans.  We’d love recommendations from you =)

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