Why This Midwesterner Loves To Travel

My home is in Iowa, rural Iowa. I am surrounded by quiet and lots of wide, open spaces.

corn field in spring

Traveling has always been something that I have loved to do. I was fortunate to have parents that saw the value of family travel while growing up, as I was introduced to adventures on the road at a young age. That is why I have these tickets today! Do you remember when you had tear off tickets for attractions at Walt Disney World?

1972 Disney Ticket

My husband and I also traveled a lot with our boys while they were growing up and those were years that neither of us would trade for the world.

In 2006, I was faced with a medical crisis and reinvented myself. Thanks to the internet and social media, I am where I am today. With a new travel adventure around every bend, I am ready to go. From adventures in the Midwest to the Caribbean, I’ve been bit by a travel bug.

caribbean waters

I say yes a lot more times than I say no, when it comes to travel.


It feels really, really good when I can help a resort put themselves on the map. When I stay somewhere, I give them lots of social media love and then share my experience online. It’s all about helping the resort keep those heads in beds and helping the traveler find their way to a fantastic place for a vacation. That, my friends, is one reason I love to travel. It is about YOU, not me!


Travel is one of those unpredictable things. When people fly today, I remind them to pack their patience. Chances are, it will be tested. I look at these little travel bumps as an adventure. When you can look at the bumps in the road that way, your travel experiences turn into fun memories, not stressful times. It always helps to sport a little fun from one of my favorite destinations, such as the Alabama Beaches and Lulu’s Homeport in Gulf Shores. The 1/2 hour delay at Midway Airport in Chicago was not all that bad.

Sara Crazy Sista shirt

So what if you get on the wrong bus, figure out where you need to go and you will be set. Embrace the adventure, as it is around every corner.


Traveling is a time when I can reflect. There’s a time to be grateful for everything that we have in our crazy, busy world that we live in. While flying on a plane, I can look out at the white, puffy clouds and dream.

southwest wing

When else do we have time to dream today? Let’s face it, we are all going here and there and everywhere and honestly, do we really know what is on our packed calendars? When I travel, I feel good. I have a ton of weight lifted off of me, as I embrace the adventure and reflect on the good in my life.

I have been bit by the travel bug and for that, I am forever grateful. Are you a traveler? If so, why do you travel? I’d love to hear your story.





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9 comments on “Why This Midwesterner Loves To Travel

  1. SaraB on said:

    Your adventures sound amazing!

  2. Nice post! It’s always refreshing to see people traveling outside of their roots to explore what else the world has to offer! Alabama definitely does have some beautiful beaches that are always fun to visit. It looks like you’re enjoying yourself! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. I’m from Ohio and am also love to travel. I didn’t travel much as a kid. In fact, until college I had only visited 3 states. But once I started taking road trip adventures, I was smitten with travel and yearned to explore more places. Since we focus on road trip travels, the vast majority of our experiences has been in America and Canada. We have had a goal of visiting all the National Parks in the lower 48 states before my oldest daughter leaves for college. She is heading off in August and we will be finishing up all but Dry Tortuga during our long road trip this summer. We plan to spread out a bit more and travel to more international destinations in the future. There are just so many places to explore and I want to see them all! 😉

  4. SaraB on said:

    It’s hard to say no to travel, isn’t it? I also want to do it all, experience it all… all of the above!

  5. I travel because I must! It is in my blood. I just have to go and do it all!

  6. SaraB on said:

    Book it!

  7. Love love LOVE to travel? We never did growing up and I rarely did when I had kids…. A health crisis here also changed my perspective of a lot of things. One-I started traveling. I have been places I never thought I would be. I don’t do enough of it lately, and I can tell I am missing it. Whether it is close or far-travel! The misadventures you sometimes have make it all the more memorable! Thanks for this! Reminds me-I need to hit the road-or the air again!

  8. SaraB on said:

    So happy to hear that you enjoy following my adventures. And you know what? There’s a lot of awesome in our own neighborhoods, we often don’t have to go far to experience something really awesome.

  9. I love traveling. Learning the history of the areas I visit gives me a better perspective of what that particular place and people have been through. This world is amazingly beautiful and I am excited to share it with our kids! I love following your adventures!

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