Sometimes when you travel, you’re not interested in the top ten sights or the best restaurants or Doing Every Possible Thing. Yes, this even happens to travel bloggers 😉 I’ve found myself increasingly craving this kind of travel: travel where I can soak everything up, take a moment to breathe, and not worry about seeing all the sights. I think this is partially because of my health issues lately, that when I travel I want to have the most relaxing experience possible and not further aggravate any of my symptoms. Also, the two trips I’ve taken so far in 2018 (Florida & NYC) were to places I’ve been many times, so I don’t feel that pressure to see the top sights because, well, I already have.
I might as well hibernate for the rest of my life because I’ve already achieved my ultimate goal – I recently got to sustainably swim with manatees in Florida. I’ve gone to Florida almost every year since I was born (to visit my grandparents), so the opportunity to sustainably swim with manatees in Florida has been a long time coming!
**Note from Sarah: I’m super excited today to share with you a muggle’s guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Being a muggle who has never been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter myself (and also still painfully coming to terms with the fact that I am, in fact, a muggle), I’ve asked one of my best friends, Julia (who has her own awesome fashion blog, and is actually the one who inspired me to start a blog in the first place) to help me out! I’ll let her take it away…
There are some places that mean everything – maybe not the most exotic or far flung destination, but the place you return to again and again.
For me that’s Vero Beach, Florida. I’ve visited my grandparents here almost every year of my life and even though it’s vacation, it still feels like coming home. Over the years we’ve racked up many a tradition that a Vero Beach trip is not complete without! I was lucky to spend a week here while home in the USA.
Our last stop of the Royal Caribbean Cruise was in Key West. The Keys are a series of islands starting seven miles off the southern tip of Florida, famed for their colorful and whimsical architecture, haven for artists, roaming chickens, key lime pie, and intense heat. We only had half a day to explore, but I’m itching to get back to the Keys sometime soon (hopefully a road trip!). Also hopefully NOT during summer…it was blazing hot.
A month later and I’m still drooling over this breakfast…and planning my next trip to this franchise in Oregon! The Original Pancake House is a gluten free mecca, with over 100 locations in the USA. I, however, had never heard of it until a fateful “gluten free” google search during my trip to Florida. My friends and I were staying in Fort Lauderdale at the end of our trip, and this was just a short Uber ride away from our condo. The location wasn’t perfect (off the N. Federal Highway, so not by the beach) but the food made up for that!
There are so many ways I want to introduce Vizcaya to you.