Travel Talk With Miss Scrambled Egg
I’m going to take my apron off today and talk to you about my travels in the past few months. Is that okay with everyone? Hopefully it is! I promise I’ll be back to share with you some super exciting recipes in the next few days.
Let me first start by saying that I have never been outside of the United States of America. My one regret in college was that I was not able to travel abroad. Instead, I lived vicariously through my amazing friends who traveled to Paris, Ghana, Belize, and India (just to name a few amazing locations around the globe).
You’re probably going to stop me right now and say, “Erin, that is your ONLY regret in college?!” Okay, I have two regrets. The second was briefly, and I mean briefly, dating someone who only listened to Radiohead and quoted There Will Be Blood on the daily. Don’t get me wrong, I love Radiohead when it’s a rainy day and all I want to do is drink tea and take bubble baths, but there is a limit to how much Radiohead a person can take. I reached my limit three weeks into that relationship and broke up with him over Skype. Does that make me a horrible human being, I don’t think so. He seems like he’s living a good life since we decided to part ways.
Traveling, Erin, we’re talking about traveling. Focus.
I have never been outside of the country and the closest that I’ve been to the border was on my Niagra Falls / Buffalo trip last December. We would’ve gone to Canada, but my boyfriend’s passport was really moldy due to a faulty lockbox. Dang! I was so close.
I dream about traveling constantly. I think that’s partially why I read so much. I get swept up into worlds that are both real and imaginary. It’s a wonderful thing.
Generally, my travels consist of two definitive locations: Maine and Florida. My family owns a few cottages in Maine that have been passed down through several generations. My sister is now a Mainer, too. She teaches agriculture and science. When summer comes around, we pack our car up and travel to Maine. Florida is usually the other cost effective option due to having a best friend in Tampa and grandparents in Fort Lauderdale. All I need is a plane ticket and I’m good to go. Generally, these trips consist of trying on ridiculously thrifted vests and such.
I’m also lucky enough to be sandwiched in between two amazing east coast cities: New York and Boston. I can drive north or south in the course of two-ish hours and be in either of these cities. Cities that people dream of visiting.Where else have I been in my 24-years? I’ve been up and down the east coast. I’ve traveled as far as Utah and Nevada. I’ve had the opportunity to meet amazing individuals from across the country during National FFA competitions in Indianapolis. I’ve rooted for the Philadelphia Eagles in the heart of December’s freeze at Lincoln Financial.
Being a New Englander has perks. Our states are fairly small in size, so you can see all of them within a day or two if you really set your mind to it.
The one state that I had never traveled within New England was Vermont…until last weekend. I fell in love.
My boyfriend’s birthday was yesterday and I surprised him with a special trip to Stowe, VT. If you’ve never been to Vermont, start planning your trip. The highways double as gorgeous mountain ranges and all of the waiters and bartenders were extremely friendly and kind.
We toured Switchback brewery, which was a delicious and informational experience:
Then we stopped to see this gem on the side of the road. It’s the tallest filing cabinet in the world:
We toured one of the most magical places on Earth. I tried the Seven Layer Cookie Flavor:
Ate and drank like kings and queens:
I would go back in a heartbeat.
You might be asking, “Where will you go from here, Erin?”
My immediate answer is Maine. We will be enjoying a week of vacation in Maine during the month of June.
I’d like to go on a trip to Pennsylvania with Joshua to see Hershey Park, Troeggs Brewery, and Longwood Gardens. Another vacation that I would love to go on would be to Alaska because I’m a huge fan of hiking, nature, and breathtaking views. It’s a place that both Joshua and I have mentioned wanting to visit.
My long term travel goals are to get the fly away from the nest of my homeland and see new parts of the world. Where would I like to go first? Europe particularly Ireland, England, and Italy.
Where are some of your favorite vacation or travel spots? Where would you recommend I point my compass next?