what our 2020 travel plans are looking like

It’s been a little while since I’ve written a post! If I’m being honest, I’ve been struggling to find creative inspiration lately. When I started this blog it was so I could have a space to share the things that really inspire me like traveling, nature, and reading. This blog was a way to give me an outlet from day-to-day stressors and to express myself creatively. In a world of social media and thousands of similar blogs it has been all too easy to compare what I’m creating to others and think that mine isn’t good enough. I can’t even count how many times I’ve thought that my photography skills aren’t strong enough, my photo editing needs work, my writing isn’t cohesive etc. and then I won’t end up posting at all until I can “get it perfect.” The more pressure I put on myself to make the blog “perfect” and beautiful the more it started to feel like work which is the exact opposite reason why I started this!

So I’m looking at this post as a fresh start for Chasing Sunshine. This blog is a glimpse inside my world, no matter how un-polished and un-glamorous that may be sometimes. I love practicing photography with my Nikon, I love writing about my experiences and sharing what inspires me which is exactly what I’m going to do and I hope you’ll continue to follow along!

Part of my lack of inspiration comes from the fact that I haven’t been on a plane or trip since NOVEMBER! That is one of the longest stretches we’ve gone without a trip in years. Not having the ability to travel safely the last few months has really put into perspective just how much traveling means to me. New experiences and fresh perspective are really important to my mental health! I have been brainstorming ways to get some traveling done this year as safely as possible and am really excited about what I’ve cooked up.

First, state borders are starting to open up again so we just booked an AirBnB for July on the coast of Maine. Maine has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember and being an 8 hour drive from upstate New York it felt really doable. The cozy cottage we’re renting for the week sits right on the water and has a fire pit, kayaks, and a hammock that sits under some big beautiful trees. We’ll be staying less than an hour from Portland, Maine so I’m thinking we’ll do a day trip to visit Portland where I want to do a whale watching tour! I’m relieved to see that companies are still offering tours but are filling boats at 50% capacity to ensure the safety of their patrons. I also like that this is an activity that is entirely outside which seem like the safest activities to do right now. Overall this trip will be quiet and relaxing with lots of social distancing, lobster rolls and time spent outdoors.

Since one of the biggest ways to travel safely this year has to do with spending time outdoors, I’ve also booked us a camping trip! Now I haven’t camped since I was in high school and I’ll be honest, I’m not really the camping type ha. However, there’s something that sounds really exciting and romantic about sleeping under the stars (my husband still needs convincing). I’ve booked us a campsite for two nights (wasn’t going to go too crazy here) in Vermont on Lake Champlain. Vermont is a roughly 6 hour drive from us so again, I’m trying to take advantage of visiting places that are within driving distance from us. Luckily my Aunt has a lot of camping experience and a ton of gear that we’re able to borrow so this is a really affordable options as well. This could be the type of thing that we don’t love but 2020 has been the year of challenging the status quo so why not try it?

Finally, I’ve come to terms with the fact that our Europe trip will need to be put on hold until 2021. There may be a chance that it could happen this year but I don’t want our trip to be filled with anxiety over temperature checks, social distancing and face masks. Giving up on the trip happening this year was tough but has made room for the planning of other experiences that we wouldn’t be planning had we gone to Europe! So for our “big” trip of the year we decided to book a week at an all inclusive in December for my 30th birthday! We’ll be going to a Sandals resort in St. Lucia. There are so many pros to booking a trip like this. First, Sandals has an extremely flexible cancellation/reschedule policy. We have until November to make any changes for the trip including booking new dates, cancelling for a full refund or changing resorts entirely. That kind of peace of mind is truly priceless right now. The Caribbean islands also weren’t hit very hard by the Coronavirus and are beginning to open up as we speak. I’m hopeful that in another six months things will the virus will be better and the travel industry will have worked out solid safety procedures to keep those safe that are traveling.

Is anyone else going to attempt any traveling this year, big or small? Let me know!

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