Have you guys ever had a dream awakening epiphany before? I did, and let me tell you, this realization pushed me to limits and boundaries that both equally terrified and excited me. One night, as I am mindlessly laying in complete darkness and solitude in my dungeon, aka my bedroom, I realized I have never left or ventured out from the state of Massachusetts. Okay, that is somewhat of a lie because I occasionally, and when I say occasionally I mean every other day, travel to New Hampshire to shop (and I am very sure all of my fellow Massachusetts citizens do this as well because of how NH is a no tax state).
Any who, back to this epiphany, I realized that I need to get out more. I am a young 23-year-old young adult who lives comfortably in the suburbs of Andover who has a somewhat decent paying job and has friends who are somewhat crazier and more so eccentric than I am, which is honestly very surprising (them being more crazy and eccentric, not the whole idea of having friends but that’s also really crazy too, who would be friends with someone who would rather nap all day? My crazy friends apparently thats who).
Okay, I am getting terribly sidetracked. Let’s continue! So any who, around 3 am that night-morning, I created a list of places I wanted to visit. To make things easier, I made a list of places in New England, eastern Canada, along the East Coast, and basically any major places or cities that were easily accessible through car, train, or bus. I created this very concise and detailed list, all together there were about 26 different cities and towns I wanted to visit, and slowly but surely I was able to visit 20 out of 26 places. And let me tell you, from someone who would rather stay home and very far away from other people on the road, or people in general, that is a huge milestone for me.
As I visited these breathtakingly beautiful places, I had another realization. I love traveling! I love going to new places, seeing different landscapes, buildings, clock towers, roads, whatever is unfamiliar to me was so strikingly beautiful and awe inspiring! Out of all of the places I went to, the most memorable place I visited, which was not on my list, was Puerto Rico. The island of Puerto Rico is by far the most magnificent, exotic, and overall enchanting place I have ever been to. As an impromptu vacation, my best friend and I booked a 16 day vacation in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico being where she was originally born and raised and we had the best time of our lives (cheesy, I know). The island has so much history, so much poise, just so much to offer and every day I was shocked at how painstakingly beautiful this island was!
While my stay, I visited many towns and cities, castles, historical land marks and islands, however, the traditional, historic, and rustic feel and appearance of Old San Juan was my favorite place. The pictures below, which unfortunately I was so absorbed with basking in the beauty of the island, I did not take much pictures so the pictures below do not do this beautiful island any justice!
From this trip, I came to realization to how lucky and blessed we are to be able to travel different towns, states, and countries and be exposed and experience things that are so beautiful and different to what we are used to. I had a newfound appreciation and passion for traveling and vowed to myself that I will continue to travel and admire the endless amount of various places I am willing and able to travel to.
Due to my lackluster skills in photography and my very limited number of photos. Sadly the photos I have on this blog are the most decent pictures I took with my Iphone while on vacation. In order to not scare any future travelers and adventurers away from my mediocre photos, I have included some amazing blogs, videos, and featured images of the beautiful island of Puerto Rico!
Here is an amazing video of Old San Juan created by the talented Lonely Visions, a homegrown travel documentary YouTube channel. Check out their video below:
Meet Cassie, a blogger, wrote an amazing little trip report about her time in Old San Juan. During my flight to Puerto Rico, I read her blog and was even more convinced on wanting to visit this quaint little town! Check out the link below!