I love traveling. This is partly because I tend to be a high-stress, high-anxiety person, and traveling gives me a break from all of that. I love my house and I love the area I live in, but sometimes I need a change of scenery - I need a break. Going on vacation can be one of the biggest stress-relievers.
I’ve traveled quite a bit in my life, and I’ve also realized that sometimes, even though there are tons of amazing places to travel in the world, it can be hard to know where to go. If you’re struggling with this problem right now or you anticipate traveling in the future, consider these seven ideas.
I went to Devon, England two summers ago. It was the most beautiful place I’ve ever traveled to. My friends who used to be my next-door neighbors moved to Devon years ago, and ever since then my sister and I begged to visit them. Two summers ago, it finally happened. We surprised them in a hotel and spent the next few days in London. Afterward, we went to Devon, which was a nice change of pace from the city. We rode horses on the moor, which was the most beautiful part, with rolling hills and animals here and there (we sometimes had to stop to let an animal pass on the road). We also went on a long hike on the moor, and we saw streams and animals and hills as far as you could see.
I would undoubtedly recommend visiting Devon, England - it’s the perfect place to go for a relaxing trip with beautiful scenery.
Here are some pics from the trip to give you an idea of how beautiful it was:
This beautiful bridge is a famous part of Devon.
Sheep weren't uncommon to see! Here are some we saw on the trip (it was raining... typical England).
I remember Stowe, Vermont by the waterfalls. We went on a lot of hikes with waterfalls at the end, and we swam in them. The water was cold but it was still fun - and we got a lot of great pictures, too!
While my family was in Stowe, we did a lot of swimming and we ate delicious food and hiked - I highly recommend.
This is one of the only places I’ve ever vacationed to multiple times. Steamboat, Colorado is hands down the best place I’ve ever skied.
If you enjoy skiing or snowboarding, this is a great place to go - not only is there a wide range of types of hills (including a terrain park), there are also great restaurants and a heated outdoor pool and hot tub that you can swim in during the winter.
I’ve been to Steamboat at least three times and definitely would go back.
The South Dakota Badlands
I went to the South Dakota Badlands four or years ago or so. I will admit that I wasn’t absolutely psyched when I figured out we were going to the Dakotas, but I ended up really enjoying it.
The badlands were unlike anything I’d ever seen before: it was colorful, and it was full of animals like bison (we got pretty up-close and personal with some of them). The badlands was one of the most unique, beautiful places I’ve visited in my life.
This was a big vacation with the whole Kurth side of the family. We stayed in one house all together. These big vacations are always EPIC, no matter where we stay, but Montrose, Pennsylvania was one of the nicest places we’ve ever stayed as a family.
It was a big house on a small lake - I’m not very good at estimating size but I want to say it was about a third of a mile long, give or take (I even swam across the whole lake one day). The small size of the lake was one of the best things about it - it was just deep enough that we could go tubing and on boat rides and all of that fun stuff, but not so deep that you needed to always be wearing a life jacket.
I know that Lake Michigan is a pretty wide area, but I have to say that it is a gorgeous lake that I would highly recommend visiting.
Lake Michigan is COLD, but I’ve found that if you go to the right spot on the right day (a HOT day), it’s a really nice place to be.
Crystal Mountain is a resort that I’ve stayed at multiple times that is near Lake Michigan. There's a lot to do there: laser tag, a spa, an alpine slide, a pool andwaterpark, and fantastic dining… we were never without something to do. If you ever want to stay in a nice place near Lake Michigan, Crystal Mountain is a great place to go.
I will admit that I don’t remember the entirety of our trip to North Carolina, but I remember it being awesome. The waves were huge, the beach was sandy, it was HOT - it was the perfect beach.
Even though it was a bit rainy the week we went, it still ended up being a fantastic vacation - probably because it was another one of those vacations where all of my Kurth aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents came along.
Coming back to England, London is by far the most beautiful city I’ve ever seen. London is older and has much more charm than New York (in my opinion). There are lots of intricate buildings, historical structures, and CASTLES!! Here are some of the things I did when I visited in London:
London Bridge, one of the many beautiful sites we saw in London.
Traveling can be a wonderful, relaxing experience, no matter where you go.
Getting away from the anxiety and pressure of life on vacation can be both a great way to relax and reduce your stress. However, knowing that the place you’re traveling is going to be somewhere you love makes it even better.
Don't forget that small, spontaneous vacations that aren't far from home can be some of the best-- you don't need to go far from home for it to be amazing.
There are a lot of great places out there, and these are seven of my favorites! Make sure to come back to this post next time you’re wanting to go on vacation but aren’t sure where to start.
What are your favorite places you’ve traveled?