My name is Amy Stark, aka A Traveling Broad.
I have fond memories of childhood trips to the beach, my grandparents’ houses in northwestern Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC, but I knew there had to be more.
Over the years, my innate curiosity about the world has evolved into a bad case of wanderlust. Sometimes a quick weekend away will keep it at bay, but I prefer longer trips that give me more time to explore.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have the time and money to travel more and more frequently with each passing year. My travels so far have taken me all over the U.S. (including Puerto Rico); the Bahamas; Canada; Mexico; Costa Rica; France; Guadeloupe; Israel; Italy; Monaco; and Vatican City.
When I travel
Home for me is currently Northern Virginia.
Progressively more every year since I was 20.
It’s a tie (so far) between France, Italy & Costa Rica.
Luckily, I’ve enjoyed everywhere I’ve been.
The best experience while traveling (so far) was driving around Italy with no real set itinerary. I went with an ex-boyfriend and we decided before the trip that we’d have a general idea of where we wanted to go before our trip, but if we didn’t like a place once we got there, we’d move on. The only hotel reservation we made before the trip was for the 1st night of our trip. We knew we’d be tired from traveling, so we didn’t want to have to deal with finding a hotel. We had an amazing time!
I also had a great trip to Israel. I really didn’t want to go, but it ended up being a wonderful trip.
Years ago, I went to Guadeloupe on my honeymoon with my now ex-husband. We were staying at the Club Med and decided to leave the property to walk to and explore the nearby town. When we strayed a few blocks off the main road, we were greeted by a pretty scary, unwelcoming local. We quickly headed out to the more touristy, more populated area. It was an unsettling experience!
My #1 bucket list item: go on a cruise to Alaska in the summer!
Yes, I definitely have and use a packing list or I’ll forget something important. I typically only travel with a carry on, so the weight of my bag isn’t an issue, only the dimensions.
My cell phone charger. Even if I don’t use it for phone calls, I need to keep my phone charged so I can use the camera.
I love “ Eat Pray Love.” It’s a great novel (especially for women) about finding ypurself through travel. I’ve read it several times.
I use Trip Advisor and Yelp for restaurant recommendations and Trip Advisor to find the best things to do at a destination.
My best tip: don’t try to fit too much in each day or you’ll come back from your trip totally exhausted instead of rested. Pick out a few key activities you really want to do and places you want to see, then go with the flow the rest of the time.
I am going on a road trip in the U.S. next. After that, planning to go to either Canada or Croatia.
Amy Stark (aka A Traveling Broad) had a desire to travel since she was young and her wanderlust has increased with each passing year. Through her blog, she shares her adventures, photos, travel tips, money-saving tricks, and lessons learned with others like her – kindred spirits with a passion for travel and a zest for life.