I’ve been in a bit of a slump when it comes to blog post topics, so I’m sorry if this post seems random. I was recently going through old photos of vacations and summer trips, and I thought it might make for a fun travel-themed get to know me post! I know we’ve all been at home this summer, but maybe this travel Q&A will get you out of the summer blues we’re all experiencing!
How many US states have you been to? (actually stayed in, not just traveled through)
I’ve stayed in 21 states (not including Ohio, where I live.): Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South and North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Have you been to a different country?
Technically, I’ve been to Canada, although it was just the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Unfortunately, I have not been to any other country, but Europe is at the top of my list of places to visit overseas!
Do you prefer the mountains or the beach?
Honestly, I love both! Growing up, we mostly traveled to the Smoky Mountains area, and beach trips weren’t a big priority. Now that I’ve traveled to several beachy areas, I’ve fallen in love! I think I definitely enjoy a balance of beach and mountain destinations, so I don’t have a preference of one over the other.
What travel destination is at the top of your bucket list?
Within the US, my top bucket list destination would have to be Alaska and the Grand Canyon. Outside of the US, I think Prague and Rome or Venice are at the top of my bucket list.
What was your worst hotel experience?
I don’t remember exactly how old I was or where we were, but I remember that during a family trip we were not able to find a hotel room because of some sports tournament. The not very nice hotel we finally found a vacancy in only had one king-size bed room available, and there were four of us. We tried to fit into the bed, but I ended up sleeping on a chair. Thankfully it was only one night!
On another childhood vacation, we’ve walked into someone’s room by accident because the hotel gave us a key card to a room that was already occupied. Super embarrassing!!
What was your best hotel experience?
My aunt took my sister and I to a concert in Chicago when I was in middle school, and that was one of the fanciest hotels I’ve ever stayed in! Also, the hotel I stayed in during my college choir trip to NYC was gorgeous!
What was a favorite childhood travel memory?
It’s hard to narrow it down to just one memory, but my parents, sister, aunt and uncle took a trip to Michigan and traveled to several different areas. A few of the places we visited were Traverse City, Petosky, and Mackinac Island. Michigan’s UP is one of the most beautiful places!
It’s a holiday weekend, and you are planning a getaway close to home. Where would you go?
Erie, Pennsylvania has become my family’s mini-vacation getaway! We fell in love with Presque Isle State Park when we first visited when I was younger, and it keeps pulling us back!
Do you have a “go-to” vacation spot?
The Gatlingburg/Pigeon Forge/Sevierville area is definitely my home away from home. It holds so many family memories and sweet weekends with friends. Although I’ve been there so much, it never gets old for me.
Interested in knowing more about me? Click here to read more! I’d love to know about your travel experiences. Feel free to comment your answers to any of these travel questions.