Working full-time and running a business can be stressful. Hell, almost everything can be stressful. I’m a place in life where I’m putting in all the hard work to take me to where I want to be in the long run. I have a high-stress job commitment that pays off my student loans, I’m in school working on my doctorate, I’m running a non-profit, and of course I run Black Travelista. There is no reprieve for me on a daily basis. My life resolves around taking care of others and taking care of business.
That’s why travel is so important to me. In the hectic day to day, it gives me something to look forward to. The daydreams, the planning, the executing, the departure. Even after a trip, I always carry with me what I’ve learned and try to apply it to my daily endeavors.
This past June, I was overworked. I decided to practice some self-care and get my #carefreeblackgirl on.
My friend/soror/sister girl/play cousin Adrienne and I decided to keep it domestic and keep it classy. We bought two super cheap tickets to Phoenix, rented a red convertible Mustang and traveled throughout Arizona. And let me tell you…it was EVERYTHANG! Hair blowing in the wind, music blasting, all while trying to pretend it wasn’t 120 degrees (literally) outside. I was so carefree and just comfortable in my own skin. My mind was able to let go off all of my overthinking and just be present in every moment.
The trip itself was amazing because we had a loose agenda. Having BT allows me to be inspired daily and discover new places I want to add to my bucket list. On this trip, we utilized all the phenomenal travel tips and connections made through BT. Out agenda was basically planned around suggestions from our Travelistas. A few months back, I was tagged in a photo of the beautiful Antelope Canyon and made a vow I’d get there soon. So with the help of Victoria’s Xcape post on Antelope Canyon, I was able to effortlessly find the best routes and tours to take through Arizona. In the days following Antelope Canyon, we took some more suggestions and ventured off to a private beach in Utah and hit up some of the national parks, including the Grand Canyon. Adrienne and I spontaneously decided to bike 21 long miles across the Canyon, which I must say was pretty impressive considering I hadn’t ridden a bike in over 10 years. We also watched the sunset down on Horseshoe bend and ended our trip by getting our chakras realigned in Sedona. Yea, we definitely got our #carefreeblackgirl on.
It’s so easy to get caught up in routine and often times being carefree just isn’t feasible all the time. But here are the 3 biggest lessons I learned during my hair in the wind, free-spirited time in Arizona:
Be more open to traveling to places you’ve never been before
I am and will probably always be Type A. I love to plan and I love to be in control. No seriously, I absolutely love it.
I usually travel internationally and have my plans pretty well-defined. But by being open and receptive I was able to visit one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Don’t sleep on the U.S., there are so many gems here.
You can find the inspiration you’ve been looking for in the quiet of your mind
Organization and routine are essential to running a business and getting an education, but allowing your brain to go into autopilot can stifle growth. Take time and release yourself, I promise you’ll find the answers and inspiration you needed right in your own mind. On this trip, Adrienne and I discovered the source of our restlessness. On this trip, we found the inspiration we needed to take our next great steps.
You’ll attract like-minded people into your circle
As I mentioned, BT has given me some of the most amazing connections. By being open and allowing for the suggestions and ideas of others to guide our travels, we made some pretty dope friends! Continue to immerse yourself in the things you love, your vibe will attract your tribe.