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Travel: An Act of Self Care

Travelling is one of my favorite things to do in my spare time. My love of this pastime was heavily influenced by my grandmother. She loved to cruise, and I was fortunate to travel with her on numerous occasions. I believed this is what helped to keep her young at heart and remain active until her death at 90 years old.

Having the opportunity to venture out - exploring new places and experiencing new cultures - invigorates me. I am fortunate to have visited various destinations throughout the world. This have given me the opportunity to sightsee and learn as well as create beautiful, lasting memories.

One thing that has helped me make the most of my adventures is being open-minded. I applied this same approach when I relocated to Washington, D.C. last year. I frequented the city numerous times before, however establishing my life there was much different from my short visits. I asked people I knew and met along the way for recommendations on places to visit and explore.

Also, I would also randomly stumble upon different places that captivated my interests while navigating through the city. The enchanting natural grounds of the U.S. National Arboretum quickly became one of my favorites places to venture to.

I was also interested in visiting places locales would go regularly such as vibrant and eclectic food and art scene found in Union Market. To my surprise some of the places I visited and would develop a newfound love for were unknown to some of the DC natives I know.

Travelling also serves as a great way for me to relieve stress. It helps to renew and refresh my spirit while also helping me to feel more energized. I have also noticed when I take time to recharge, I am able to achieve more favorable outcomes in my work and be more present with the people in my life.

Although the recent health pandemic has made travelling a bit more challenging, you can still be creative. It is easy to think to have a great experience we venture hundreds or thousands of miles away, however you do not have to venture far. You can have an afternoon picnic at your local park or go to the beach for a day trip without spending a lot of money. Another alternative is to read a book or watch a movie based in another country you would like to explore.

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