As you may have guessed, my name is Aubree. I started this blog to share some travel inspiration, tips, and highlights of the places I explore. I have always had a deep desire to explore our incredible planet. The passion I have to see breathtaking waterfalls, taste local cuisine, meet people and listen to their stories, dance down cobblestone streets.. it is a fiery passion, and it fuels my existence. I am always on the go, and every time I come home and I share my photos and experiences, I light up in such a way that I never want to lose. I want to share it with as many people as I possibly can, so I am bringing it to you dear travelers. The ones who can feel the fire building inside them as they scroll through photos of amazing destinations, those who seek out the “where to go” and “what to do when I get there”, the ones whose mouths can’t help but turn up as they read beautiful stories of travels in far away places. This is what I want to give to you.
First, let me tell you all about myself. I live in the U.S. and I have a four year old son, Jude. I grew up in a large family. My four siblings and I spent our childhood alongside a big field of tamarisk with a river that ran through and a thousand trails to explore. We spent hours every day imagining other worlds and building forts. No matter the weather, we were pretty much always outside. So from a young age I loved exploring.
The first significant traveling I did was when I was about 14 years old. I spent a month in Canada with my grandparents where I attended a girls camp and helped my grandparents plant trees. This started it all, and when I was 16 years old I begged my parents to send me to see my sister and brother in law who were living in Hawaii at the time. I went for a week, bought my first bikini, spent way to much time at the beach and just fell in love. I knew I needed to go back, so I got a job working at a local fast food restaurant to start saving money for my next plane ticket.. I was going to spend the summer of my 17th birthday there. Everything was in place, I even had a job lined up in Hawaii for the summer. Three glorious month. I spent my week days working in an orthodontist office, but the nights and weekends.. those were mine. My time to climb the luscious mountains, eat mangos freshly plucked from the humongous trees, feel the sea breeze across my cheeks. We lived on a beautiful property which included an entire mountainside, our home was small and smelt faintly of mildew and fresh flowers all the time. We spent a few nights at the dojo which was run by the landlord and sat tucked away in the side of the mountain. My favorite feature of the entire glorious property was a little tea house, four walls that consisted only of sliding windows, which sat right on top of the mountain where the trees cleared and you could see miles out into the ocean. It was an incredibly peaceful place, where the only sounds you could hear were the wildlife that surrounded you and the wind through the trees
There was no stopping me now, I had a taste of what it was like to get on a plane and be wherever I wanted to be. After graduating high school I met a boy and fell in love, it didn’t take us long (3 months to be exact) before we were buying our tickets to Costa Rica to live out of a backpack and experience all the country had to offer for the following 31 days. We had no plan, no itinerary. We’d wake up each day, pull out a map and decide where to go next. We visited places like La Fortuna, Monteverde, Tortugero, Puerto Limone, and so much more. We even crossed over into Panama to stay in Bocas Del Toro for a few nights. After returning home, he proposed and we got married. Then along came our sweet Jude, and turned me into a mother, which has been by far my favorite journey.
As a family we travelled to Rome when Jude was just 6 months old, it was magical. The Italians loved our little bambino. As a couple, we also visited Norway and Greece for a couple weeks that year. Shortly after though, we realized that we had been so quickly swept away by the romance of an exciting new life and that we were not actually meant to be together forever. The next year proved to be more difficult.. a tricky divorce, a relocation, a new job and learning how to be a single mom to a sweet one year old boy. I’m lucky for the friends and family I had a long the way. I missed traveling and could feel myself being pulled by all the places I hadn’t yet seen and experienced.
In 2017 I decided to start pursuing a career that would allow me to travel. One of my closest friends and I buckled down and signed up for a course in aircraft dispatching. It was four very long months of relentless studying, and attending classes. After passing a few gruesome tests we were now certified dispatchers and applied for a position at one of the top regional airlines in the U.S. The interview process was tough but we both got our phone calls in November 2017. Now, not only were we certified dispatchers, but we were EMPLOYED! Another crazy 3 months of overcoming classes, tests and training (yes.. it was quite the process) and we are planning flights all over the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
The best perk of the job; the travel benefits of course! Now I’ve had three day vacations in places like Belize and Cabo and Galveston, I’ve spent 24 hours flying across the country and back home, just to attend a birthday party in New York. I’ve spent my own birthday in Hawaii, and taken my son to Paris for Christmas. This is just the beginning for me, there will be no slowing down. I’m prepared to make 2019 my BEST travel year yet, and I’m so excited to share it with you.