Unexpected Grief During Travel

Grief is not something we human like to talk about. It makes us uncomfortable, and if we’re the ones sharing, we hesitate because we don’t want to make others feel uncomfortable. At least, I know that’s the case for me. If you didn’t know, I am the middle child in my family. I have an older brother and a younger sister. Or should I say, I had an older brother. In November of 2015, my brother passed away unexpectedly. A lot of what happened that night and the following few weeks are a blur. Death in general is devastating – no one tells a family how to function when they lose their 25 year old son and brother. As time goes on, grief comes in waves. Sometimes it’s expected; sometimes it’s not. Today, I’m sharing my stories of unexpected grief during travel.

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Birthday Behavior: Sarasota Edition

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to the various sites I visited; however, these are my honest opinions.

Last year on my birthday, I took a trip to New Orleans and it was so much fun! I decided then that I was going to try and turn it into a tradition and take a trip on my birthday every year. This year, my mission was simple: go to where the sun shines. So it was no surprise that I found myself in the Sunshine State, more specifically, spending a weekend in Sarasota, Florida. Even though there was sporadic rain throughout my time there, I had so much fun and could not get enough of the warmer temperatures!

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PHeature Friday: Nurse in Canada During COVID

Hi there, and welcome to the first PHeature Friday, where we highlight various public health topics. As a public health professional myself, who is interested in health communications, I thought this was a perfect way to combine my passion for travel and public health. Our first guest for the series is my good friend, Sydney, who is a nurse in Canada. Today, she’s sharing her perspective on the pandemic as a frontline worker, specifically a nurse in Canada during COVID. Everything she shares is her viewpoint and does not necessarily represent the stance of the hospital she works for, nor is she giving anyone any medical advice! Alright – let’s get to it then:

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Misadventure Monday: When Lost in Rome

Welcome to the Misadventure Monday series, where I share what went wrong during my travels. It may have been something little, or it may have impacted the entirety of the trip. You’ll have to keep tuning back here to know. Today, I’m sharing about a mishap during my first solo trip. I went to Europe, visiting various cities in France, Italy, and Belgium. So many experiences and emotions took place during this trip; however, this story takes place from the train leaving France to finding my Airbnb in Rome.

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Mood Monday: Everyday

On Mood Mondays, I’ll be sharing thoughts that are weighing on my heart. Some that have been with me for decades, but just haven’t shared. Others that may be more recent. This won’t be easy for me – my hands are shaking right now as I type – but I believe it’s necessary. So today, I’d like to give you a glimpse into my everyday.

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COVID-19 Cancelled My Trip

Deposit down; excitement up – trip to Europe, here we come! At least that’s what I thought way back when I first found out about the trip. But much to no one’s surprise: COVID-19 cancelled my trip.

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Birthday Behavior: New Orleans Edition

Have you ever considered going on a trip for your birthday? I’ve definitely thought about it, and this year I made it happen! I’ve celebrated my birthday on trips before, but I had not been on a trip ON my birthday. I decided to go to a city I had always wanted to go to: New Orleans! Seeing posts and hearing people talk about their experiences in the city definitely made this U.S city on the top of my lists. Continue reading to see what I did and to maybe help you plan your next trip to New Orleans!

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American Axes: An Axe-Throwing Facility

Disclosure: I attended American Axes complimentary; however, these are my honest opinions about my experience.

Axe-throwing facilities seem to be growing in popularity as places continue popping up around the United States. American Axes is the first axe-dedicated facility in Marietta, as well as all of Cobb County. How cool is that? I had a chance to experience axe-throwing for the first time there, and I had a blast! Curious to know about the experience, what to expect, and who’s behind it all? Continue reading to learn more about American Axes!

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A Day Trip to Abu Dhabi

The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, is the second most populated city in the country. Situated approximately an hour and half away by car, Abu Dhabi is a perfect destination for a day trip while visiting Dubai. The capital city is located in the largest of the seven emirates, and is home to many government offices, as well as the President of the nation. Not only that, but the city claims various attractions that pull people from all around the world. Fortunately, I was able to visit two of the most popular attractions by taking a day trip from Dubai.

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Top Things To Do In Dubai

It’s still hard to believe that I had the opportunity to travel to Dubai. We spent about 5 days exploring the magnificent city and everything it had to offered – or at least I tried to cover everything. To help us to do that, we invested in the Dubai City Sightseeing Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tour. We decided to go with the 7-day ticket, and it not only helped us see many different things, but also helped with transportation when we wanted to get from point A to point B. Most of my recommendations are covered by the bus tour, so I highly suggest looking into it, especially if you will not be renting a car.

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