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Wanderlust

I feel as though I am always in a constant state of wanderlust. My husband is guilty of this too. Our minds are always thinking about the next place or randomly looking up if a certain hotel is pet-friendly. Our little family travels as a pack and it’s rare that our Murphy-dog doesn’t tag along with us wherever we go. Travel is in our blood and I am thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to move around thanks to that husband of mine and we’re both excited to share this with our son as he grows up.

Upon meeting my husband I’ve traveled only a little bit from all around the east coast to as far as Paris. On the other hand, and many thanks to the U.S. Air Force, my husband had the chance to visit all around EUROPE, Greenland, and don’t even ask how many stateside cities he’s been to/lived in. His travels were amongst the first conversations I had with him when we met – I just sat there in awe of where he’d been and where he’s looked forward to going to next. Our first trip together was to New Orleans and that is still a city close to my heart and can’t wait to return. Since then we’ve been to Turks & Caicos for holiday and returned on our honeymoon, Las Vegas to get married, and have lived in D.C. and now find refuge in good ‘ole California.

Although put together we’ve managed to rack up quite a few memories, there are still places that leave me in wanderlust. Here are my top cities I look forward to traveling to the most…

Charleston, S.C. – Having lived on the east coast for my entire life up until now, I’m kicking myself for never making it to Charleston. If you follow Nelle from Vintage Simply Love she’s all the time venturing all around North and South Carolina! She has me with such wanderlust envy! I love the southern charm it has and just to walk around the rows of houses with flickering gas lamps and ivy and moss creeping along the exposed brick exterior just makes my heart so happy. As with anywhere my husband and I travel it’s typically planned around food and I know Charleston is home to more than just a cold glass of sweet tea. My mouth salivates at the thought of Food & Wine Magazine’s list of must-eat restaurants!

Portland, Oregon – Aside from seeing Portlandia and loving the scenery from the show, I’ve always wanted to visit Portland for that east coast seasonal feel it seems to have. Living in CA for two years now I’ve learned to say goodbye to fall and winter since I traded it in for constant sunshine and 70-80 degree weather (seriously, I can’t complain). We get some rain from time to time, but for the most part I’m left with pining for a little variation. Portland seems like a fun city to venture around in and anywhere I can throw on a scarf and frolic with a coffee from a local coffeeshop is fine by me!

Seattle, Washington – Theres something mysterious about the misty PNW that is just alluring to me. I’ve always wanted to visit during the sunny seasons if there is such a thing even though I’m NOT AND OUTDOORSY person by any stretch of the imagination. I’ve watched my fair share of Grey’s Anatomy and sipped on a Starbucks a time or two (hear: sarcasm) and to visit the homeland of both of those things would be a moment for sure. Of course there’s other places around town I’d love to see like the Public Market, take in the mountainous views, go whale-watching, and eat my weight in seafood.

Chicago, Illinois – I’ve always wanted to travel to Chicago for their laid-back city lifestyle and of course to take a picture in front of the famous ‘bean.’ I have to try one of their Chicago-style hot dogs and even a slice of their deep dish pizzas. Can you tell I love food? I know there’s a bunch more to discover in the city but I feel like that’s a good place to start.

New York City – Although I’ve been a couple times before, I’ve only been to Times Square and once at Christmastime to see Rockefeller Center and the Christmas trees. And as great and touristy as midtown is, I have always wanted to venture all around to take that Sex & The City tour (if it’s still around), take a walk through central park, and eat at Katz’s Deli, Grand Central Oyster Bar, and many others.

Linking up with Bailey for day 9 of the #blogtemberchallenge!

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  • Oh I want to go to Paris so bad (and pretty much all of Europe). I’d love to visit NYC, too. Seattle is one of my favorite places, I love it!

    • I absolutely loved Paris when I had the chance to go…but I’d love to go again with my little family. Being able to share our love for travel and visiting new places, people, and cultures with our son is the best!

  • Chicago, NYC, and Charleston are all great cities 🙂 Charleston is one of the most beautiful places!

  • Chicago, NYC, and Charleston are all great cities 🙂 Charleston is one of the most beautiful places!

  • One of my favs was Chattanooga TN. I went for a college football championship game but left with so much more. They have a beautiful art district, a gigantic bridge across the river of steamboats, wonderful friendly boutiques, and an aquarium all within a lil maybe 3 mile radius. Oh and a glass bridge over a highway in the art district!
    I can say that I love to travel, but coming home is my favorite.

    • How fun! And I agree…as much as I love to travel there’s something about coming home that I appreciate. It’s like the whole, distance makes the heart grow fonder. Getting away for even a weekend makes me appreciate home that much more 🙂

  • One of my favs was Chattanooga TN. I went for a college football championship game but left with so much more. They have a beautiful art district, a gigantic bridge across the river of steamboats, wonderful friendly boutiques, and an aquarium all within a lil maybe 3 mile radius. Oh and a glass bridge over a highway in the art district!
    I can say that I love to travel, but coming home is my favorite.

  • I lived in Chicago for 3 years as a kid, then in Portland for about 20yrs, and Seattle for 2 years, so all of those places have a special place in my heart. Portland and Seattle are very similar in certain ways but they each have their spunk too. It would be a totally doable trip to see them both since they’re a mere 3hour drive from one another! Hope you can get out there someday!

  • Love your list, girl! I totally agree with you regarding Nelle’s IG feed – all of her photos make me want to visit the Carolinas! When you go to Chicago, let me know – I will have lots of places to recommend! 🙂