My love for travel was sparked during the three years I lived in Japan. When my military husband told me we were moving there, I had never been outside the United States. But the initial discomfort I felt living in a foreign country gradually transformed into a great curiosity and fondness for discovering new places.

During my three years in Japan, I traveled throughout the country and visited Thailand and South Korea. When my family moved back to the States, I no longer had a fear of the unknown, but other than a trip to Jamaica after one of my then-husband’s deployments, I didn’t venture far from home.

It wasn’t until I got divorced that I finally came out of my traveling shell and started craving adventures with a change of scenery. It started with a solo trip to Turks and Caicos, and suddenly I found myself going to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Iceland with my boyfriend (among several other stateside road trips), and Washington, D.C. and New York with my kids included.

There are so many places in the world I’d like to see so I don’t plan to repeat any of my trips. So whenever I’m traveling and start to worry about tiring myself out or spending too much money, I remind myself that I’ll never be back to that location so I have to do everything I want to do and live in the moment.

I can’t wait to plan out where I’m going next!