Reacquainted with Wanderlust

My mother heavily ingrained the love for travel in me. She dragged me across the states for vacations and events. It helped that I had family all of the country growing up which allowed me to become familiar with different ways of life and various things to explore and participate in. In fact, I found that it felt quite unnatural to not have places to go or something to do for extended periods of time after I moved to Missouri and set on the path of adulthood. I did get to travel on a rare occasion but certain circumstances made the experiences less than what it could have been. However, my most recent trip sparked something inside of me I almost forgot was there.

Roughly a month ago, I was attending a family reunion for my mother’s father’s side. The trip began with a flight to Los Angeles, my hometown, where my husband and I stayed overnight at my grandparents’ home. The following morning, I and 6 other family members took a road trip to Las Vegas, where the official family reunion was held. On the way, I got to see the sunrise over the desert mountains. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for mountains which I appreciate more now that I am no longer around them on a daily basis. There’s something about them that almost creates a spiritual experience for me when I see them. It felt near heavenly being out on the open road surrounded by nature and good company.


In spite of the normal familial drama and the angst that happens when you travel with a group of people between the ages of 11 to 88, I really enjoyed the best of what the trip had to offer.

My folks used to have a timeshare in Las Vegas years ago so I’ve been there many times growing up. However, my immediate family is most certainly composed of creatures of habit so we were likely to do the same things every time we went. To be honest, I’m not terribly different on my own, however, this time I decided to add a twist to my beloved activities. I visited the rides atop the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino but I followed it with a really strong beverage from Fat Tuesday and placed a bet on a sports team with my husband for the first time. I walked around the Paris Hotel but rode the Eiffel Tower in the heat of the day when I could see the day parties and hear the music blasting. My husband and I love Asian cuisine and found ourselves thrilled when we had some of the best Asian fusion food at Yong Kang Street Dumpling & Noodle House afterward. I was reminded of how much I love to go and do and help others do the same!

In result, I have decided to share more of my travel and outing experiences, both local and beyond. Readers also now have access to some great travel and attraction deals on my Out & About travel site. I welcome all to share their booking experiences in the comment section and, who knows, maybe I will see you out and about!

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