My family has just embarked on a road trip across the country. This has been a dream of mine for many years, and so far, it’s even better than I expected.
My personal motivation to exercise stems mainly from the promise of traveling to a new location. Each year I pick a destination and find a race I can run. While finishing a half marathon feels euphoric, enjoying that race in a beautiful setting, a fun destination, or with the promise of a really excellent bonus at the finish line, makes it all the more worthwhile.
Traveling and personal growth go hand in hand. This year I’m embarking on an epic cross-country road trip that will challenge me to slow down, learn and connect with others.
Travelers are increasingly looking for action and adventure as opposed to relaxation. Safaris, river cruises, glamping, ecotourism, and wellness vacations are on the rise, but people also travel for sport, music, and more.
I wanted to train for a half-marathon, and I love Disney World, so the runDisney races were my first choice. I absolutely loved Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival last time I went, so I was stoked to run a half marathon that ended at the Festival!
While I’ve always enjoyed traveling, the past year was the first that I embraced travel as a passion and looked at every step beyond my front door from a travel writer’s perspective. It’s pretty amazing to view your travels in that manner. It’s not just a vacation, day trip, or field trip, but a way to experience more in life, learn more about myself, and share that with others.
Traveling by train, at night, through West Virginia and Kentucky leaves one with very little to see and spotty cell service. I’m entertained, however, by seeing all the positions people sleep in on a train.