“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – The Dalai Lama

It’s great advice, don’t you think?

I love to travel, but for whatever reason I haven’t done enough of it. I did a month-long stint in Europe when I graduated college and other than that, it’s been cruises and a lot of lying on the beach in the Caribbean and Mexico.

That’s about to change, partially because I’m lucky enough to have an expert traveler for a best friend. He traveled the world for five years, and is currently back on the road down to South America on a motorcycle. Like the bad ass that he is.

He has inspired me to travel more this year because I now have the fantastic option to meet him along his way as often as I can. First on the agenda is Guatemala and/or El Salvador. My first trip to Central America! What. ;)

It’s always been a dream of mine to travel the world and cook with the locals, so I think I’ll try that out this trip. I hear tamales are a thing in Guatemala, and a quick Google search led me to learn of the El Salvador’s famed pupusas: corn tortillas stuffed with cheese and other goodness. Doesn't suck!

Of course, if leaving the country isn’t an option for you right now, there are lots of places closer-to-home to consider - I'm sure of it. Likely things you can discover in just a couple hours’ driving time. Think about it. I bet there are things in your own dang town that you've never even seen.

Such as ... Ready for something ridiculous? I’ve never been to the New York Public Library. Yep... straight-up embarrassing. Libraries are literally one of my favorite things (I have a Pinterest board dedicated to them, for Christ's sake), yet I’ve never even been to what might be considered the greatest one ever. There's just no excuse.

(On a sidenote, for anyone that’s never been to New York, I think you should make 2014 the year you do it.)

It's easy to let life get in the way... To wait until next year, or next month, or when you'll have more time...

Seriously? You know how ridiculous that sounds.

We have to remember this stuff. We have to make time for it. We've got one life to live...

Tomorrow, I’m excited to share with you a new thought process I've adopted that can help make traveling more of a reality. (Or at least, it’s what’s working for me.)

Ciao, bellas!