A little back story on why travel is such a big part of our relationship! When Ryan and I first started dating while we were living in New Zealand, we were pretty inseparable right from the start. We worked together, usually finished late so we grabbed dinner together, and our social circle mainly consisted of colleagues. The days were long and very, very similar to each other. To break things up a bit (and because NZ is absolutely stunning), we made a point to go on weekend trips whenever we could. (This is also when his habit of booking trips and surprising me with the destination at the airport/train station started!) We were both always up for an adventure (we were an American and a Brit living in New Zealand, after all) and we knew, even early on, that discovering our surroundings was so much better when we were together.
So! We travel. It’s where a big chunk of our disposable income goes and it’s how we make sure that we’re always caught up with each other, it’s how we celebrate birthdays and achievements, it’s just kind of how we live! I think our country count is now up to 6 (though it’s some crazy number between us) and every day we have what’s next in the back of our minds.
Travel is one of my favorite parts of our relationship. Long trips are great adventure, but the short trips might be my favorite. I like a bit of the familiar with a twist. I love getting shown around different parts of England by Ryan (especially when we go to places that he used to visit as a kid) and it’s a great way to feel on the road without breaking the bank or having to take too much time off of work.
Anyway, I ramble. I found myself reflecting quite a bit as we strolled around Bournemouth. Feeling lucky and thankful, marveling a bit at how far we’ve come, and looking forward to everything that next year will bring. This will likely be our last little trip of 2015, and it’s a great high note to end on.
I hope that you enjoy these photos and forgive me for the rest that I will most definitely be sharing with you over the next few posts!
Thanks again to Travelodge for sending us on such a great trip!