The Secret to Happier Travel

SeattleI’ve been happier the past few days and I know exactly why. I’m going to Seattle! It’s my first time visiting and this will be the perfect summer vacation to explore and go on my own. As much as I loved venturing to Europe last summer, I was so busy preparing for my Chi Omega National Consultant job that I didn’t have nearly enough time to research before I went. It made a difference in the experience and I felt like I was constantly playing catch-up next to my well-studied compadre, Sarah, who had spent months delving into all that Europe offered. Looking back, I think she was that much happier during our trip because she’d done her homework. The architecture, museums and history meant so much more to her because she understand the story behind the statue.

This time around, I’ll be more than ready for all that Seattle has to offer.

That’s the key to a happier travel: RESEARCH. When you take the time to look for the trendiest restaurants, the quaint hotels and obvious-but-altogether-necessary and notable landmarks, the trip becomes that much more meaningful. When we plan for something and invest our time in an adventure, it becomes valuable to us. We don’t take the experience for granted because we know we’ve put in the effort to make it as wonderful as possible. The trip isn’t happenstance, or haphazard for that matter. Not everything has to be planned to every finite detail, but taking the time to familiarize yourself with a destination before going there can make all the difference.

More than anything, I’m loving learning about Seattle. Many people have asked, “Why Seattle?” Well, why not Seattle? After traveling for Chi Omega this past year, I’ve fallen in love with America and I want to see every nook, climb every mountain (cue the nuns singing while Maria prances about) and taste every crawfish, coffee and croissant I can get my hands on. Life is too short to stay in one place forever…even if you do live in southern California!

If you have any recommendations for my adventure, please send them my way. I’m open to anything! Here’s to planes, trains and what lies between!

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

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