A Breath of Fresh Air

once a yr go someplaceThis week, we are featuring a guest blog from Allison Peyton, a regional marketing specialist who works out of the corporate office in Des Moines. In her blog, she talks about why she’s such an avid traveler and how important she thinks it is for EVERYONE to get away from time to time… Enjoy!

I love this quote – What wise words. One of my favorite things to do is travel. My parents have always been avid fans of traveling so I think I’ve always had the travel bug… but it definitely increased when I was in college.

My junior year of college, I decided to room with an international student. I had no idea what to expect but I figured if it didn’t work, it was no big deal… and if it did, I would have a new friend. Lucky for me, I ended up loving my roommate, Silje. She was Norwegian but studied at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. I had originally thought I’d apply for a semester abroad in Prague and ended up deciding on Copenhagen so I could learn more about her lifestyle. I’ve never been to a city that is so clean and the people so incredibly respectful.

While overseas, I was blessed to be able to jump around and see lots of places and countries. Some of my favorite places were St. Petersburg, Russia, Croatia, Berlin, The Netherlands… the list goes on and on. It’s always so interesting to immerse yourself in new surroundings and learn about other people whose lifestyles vary so differently from your own. Whether it’s tasting the food or trying a local activity you have never dreamed of doing, traveling creates a type of adventure that you can’t replicate in any other way than just doing it. Traveling makes me admire other cultures and also appreciate what I call home.

Few people can take several months off to travel around the world, but I do think it’s great for everyone, no matter your age, your timeframe or what your budget will allow.  Taking some time to get away from your “real life,” can also increase your drive at work, at home, and in your daily life – plus it’s gives you something to look forward to. Then, when you get back to your “real life” after a trip, you’ll feel refreshed. Taking some time to yourself to travel – whether it’s on a plane to a faraway place or in the car for a weekend getaway – all around, it’s a great way for people to take a step back and focus on themselves.
travel does the heart goodWe all get run down throughout the year, and traveling truly helps bring a breath of fresh air into your everyday routine. It’s been a few years since I have been someplace new, and I can’t wait to figure out where I’m going to go next … Where will you choose to go this year?

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