Make Life an Adventure: Travel and Let Life In!

There is nothing quite like the thrill of traveling. To venture to a new world without knowing what you will see, who you will meet, or where the road will take you, it is a strange blend of delightful butterflies and heart racing nervousness.

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Last year my husband and I did something pretty crazy. We sold our house and quit our jobs to pick up and travel. It wasn’t a decision made out of haste, but a very planned out adventure that we decided to take after a rough few years that involved my husband being ill then recovering from an accident. For three months we traveled the country and just lived. We drove wherever the road took us and camped out at night. Long nights were spent star gazing and talking about the sights we had seen that day. We visited National Parks and went on hikes. There was cliff diving and campfires. It was just us and the road.


SAMSUNGHowever, getting to that point was anything but easy. It was terrifying to completely leave our lives behind for what many told us was a stupid idea. Not many were supportive, and I wasn’t a hundred percent sure that I wanted to go through with it. Now, being on the other side of the journey, so much has changed for the better and I know the adventure was well worth it. I have learned so much about myself, my marriage, and what I want out of this life. I learned to slow down and live in the moment. We don’t have a lot of time on this Earth, but we forget that when we seem to live in endless days of work, traffic, and chores.

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Kaitlin tries to live her life according to the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, and difficulty.” As a marathon runner, aspiring writer, and lover of travel, she lives each day to find the next adventure to take her out of her comfort zone. She hopes to inspire and encourage others with her words.

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  1. Brian E.
    April 20, 2014 at 8:16 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the giveaway… we would like to try Green Mountain Coffee – Antioxidant Blend Coffee, and Timothy’s San Lorenzo Coffee !

  2. Laurie Emerson
    April 20, 2014 at 6:09 pm — Reply

    I have never heard of Big Easy Bold or Gloria Jean’s Butter Toffee but would like to try both of them.

  3. Laurie Emerson
    April 20, 2014 at 6:07 pm — Reply

    If I could leave today and go anywhere it would be Alaska.

  4. tina reynolds
    April 20, 2014 at 9:07 am — Reply

    I would like to try the Wolfgang Puck
    Breakfast in Bed Coffee and Timothy’s®
    German Chocolate Cake Coffee

  5. Mihaela Day
    April 20, 2014 at 8:10 am — Reply

    I have never tried the Green Mountain Coffee® Sumatran Reserve Extra Bold Coffee and the Donut House Collection® Donut House® Coffee

  6. Susan W
    April 18, 2014 at 8:49 pm — Reply

    I would like to try the Vitamin Burst®
    Strawberry Pomegranate
    and the
    The Original Donut Shop®
    Sweet & Creamy Nutty Hazelnut Iced Coffee

  7. Susan W
    April 18, 2014 at 8:46 pm — Reply

    If I could travel anywhere right now it would be to Ireland. I have always wanted to go there. It is just so beautiful.

  8. Gina M
    April 18, 2014 at 3:17 am — Reply

    I had not heard of the Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll or the Emeril’s Big Easy Bold, but would love to try them!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  9. April 14, 2014 at 8:22 am — Reply

    I love this post! Those pictures are fabulous, and while I haven’t seen The Secret Life of Walter Mitty yet, it’s definitely on my must-watch list!

  10. K. Finn
    April 13, 2014 at 8:42 pm — Reply

    In regards to K-cups, I had never heard of: Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll Coffee or Green Mountain’s Hot Apple Cider.

  11. K. Finn
    April 13, 2014 at 8:39 pm — Reply

    Well, I am currently facing stepping outside of my comfort zone, because I am contemplating a move overseas. It would be exciting and give me an opportunity to see Asia and Australia more easily, but my biggest fear is making this huge move and feeling lonely and then having to give up and come back home.

    • April 14, 2014 at 9:23 am — Reply

      Big life changes are always a little scary. What an exciting opportunity though – don’t pass it up! Make it a point to go out and explore and put yourself in situations where you will make friends…you’ll do great!!

    • Kait
      April 15, 2014 at 5:57 am — Reply

      Failure was my biggest fear when we left for our trip. I was terrified that I would have to come home and beg for a job and admit to everyone that they were right, and the trip was a waste of time and money. But it was the most liberating thing I have ever experienced, and I figured things out as I went.
      You’ll always wonder what if. Take this opportunity! Moving overseas sounds incredible. Have faith and confidence in yourself. You would be surprised how much you learn about yourself and your inner strength when you have to face changes.

  12. lisa
    April 13, 2014 at 5:37 pm — Reply

    Antioxidant Blend Coffee and Vitamin Burst

    Strawberry Pomegranate. Both sound good and unique.

  13. April 13, 2014 at 1:17 pm — Reply

    If I could pick up today and travel, I would make a big circle of the whole US by car OR if I were flying I would go to New Zealand. It looks beautiful there and I would love to visit!

  14. Andrea Williams
    April 13, 2014 at 11:32 am — Reply

    It has always been a dream of my to travel to New Zealand and explore. I would love to try the Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Coffee and the Gloria Jean’s Mudslide Coffee.

  15. rebeka deleon
    April 13, 2014 at 9:59 am — Reply

    I would like to try the chai latte specialty and the caramel vanilla cream coffee.

  16. rebeka deleon
    April 13, 2014 at 9:54 am — Reply

    I really want to go to the Galapagos Islands and I would just record my shows at home and not worry about phones. I would just enjoy the outdoors and all the wild life there. Just unplug from every day life.

    • April 14, 2014 at 9:24 am — Reply

      Great advice :)

  17. April 13, 2014 at 9:43 am — Reply

    What a fantastic adventure you and your husband lived together! Before we had kids, my husband and I talked of going on “our” adventure, but it ended up being too costly and we put it off. Now it will have to wait until our kids are grown.

  18. April 13, 2014 at 9:04 am — Reply

    I couldn’t agree more. Our family loves travel so much that our entire website is dedicated to our first-hand travel experiences. We love sharing our journeys and adventures with friends and hope to never stop planning our next stop!

  19. April 13, 2014 at 4:20 am — Reply

    If I could pack up right now and leave, I’d go to Hawaii…and no, I wouldn’t care about what was on TV; my real life would be way more exciting!

  20. Candice
    April 12, 2014 at 10:14 pm — Reply

    I would like to try the Golden French Toast and Classic Cinnamon Roll Coffee.

  21. April 12, 2014 at 8:43 pm — Reply

    I would love to try caramel vanilla cream and classic cinnabon roll flavors.

  22. April 12, 2014 at 8:33 pm — Reply

    Vitamin Burst® Strawberry Pomegranate and Café Escapes® Chai Latté Specialty would be 2 I would like to try!

  23. marian boll
    April 12, 2014 at 8:10 pm — Reply

    We tried running away to Alaska once, but, with a 2 year old it was not to be……maybe now that she’s grown we’ll try again!!!

    I am a news nut so I would try to be up on the news, but wait……isn’t that what I am running away from???

  24. April 12, 2014 at 7:18 pm — Reply

    I have never tried their iced k-cups before. So I’d love to try Snapple Rasberry Iced tea and diet peach iced tea.

  25. April 12, 2014 at 7:16 pm — Reply

    I’d love to go to Puerto Rico. My great grandfather was from there and I have never been.

  26. April 12, 2014 at 3:44 pm — Reply

    Wow this is such a wonderful post. I am learning to slow down and live in the moment as well. Life is a beautiful thing. If I could travel anywhere right now it would be Hawaii. I’ve always wanted to go there and can see myself walking along the beautiful beaches now.

  27. April 12, 2014 at 3:13 pm — Reply

    Wow! those are beautiful pictures you took from your travel. I love the one with your husband and the dog :-) The mountains are breath taking views as well :-)

  28. April 12, 2014 at 1:47 pm — Reply

    I would travel to France. It is a dream of my daughter’s and I would take her with me to make her dream happen. We also went to see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty together and both loved it!

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