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Poder en musica

Before I had left for Europe I found Spotify was having a sale, three months for .99 cents. Perfect, I thought. I’ll just make a giant playlist, download it on the app, and use it while I’m traveling then cancel it when I come home. So the cancelling never happened. I still pay for my Spotify, because the music has memories.

When Avicii’s “Wake me up” plays I can still find myself wandering Berlin.

When The Animals, “House of the Rising Sun” plays I’m in the Garden District of New Orleans.

And when Willy William’s “Voodoo Song” plays I’m in France.

Music will play such a powerful role in our lives. Since some of it gets played over and over, by our choice or not, lets enjoy the memories that come with it.

The Everyday Adventure

If you’re reading this, chances are you have a passion for travel, an intrinsic need to gain new experiences, and the willingness to learn more about this world. We aim to fill our lives with plane tickets to exotic destinations, backpacking trips through historic cities, and journeys up mountains with indescribable views. Funnily enough, no one ever talks about the time “in-between.” The time spent working crazy hours to fund these trips, the mornings spent forming ideas, the nights spent sharing stories of trips taken elsewhere, and of course… the days spent seeking adventure in small, simple ways.

Yes, you read that right. An adventure doesn’t have to be across an ocean, it can simply be found down the street. It’s the appreciation of the finding the “new and exciting” in everyday life. It’s the split second decision to change the “plan” and play mini golf in heels in 90 degree weather instead of shopping in a mall. It’s the mindfulness to try every item on the menu of the restaurant you love, or its dropping all sense of familiarity and trying a whole new place all together. It’s getting to know someone new, making a friend, sharing a story. It’s recognizing when someone you love needs inspiration and discovering news way to reach them. It’s taking a leap of faith, when maybe you don’t have much (or any) to begin with.

If you think about, and I mean really think about adventure cannot be defined. It has no set time or place. It’s meaning is fluid, omnipresent and more often than not, occurs “in-between.” So make sure not to wish this time away, enjoy the process of deciding where to go next, reorganizing life, or adjusting back to your job. Because the reality is that our world is full of wonder, and we are privileged enough to be woven within this universe. So let’s keep our eyes open and believe in the adventure of life with our entire heart.

Vows

To you, my travel partner.

I vow to always suggest new places, to never say any one spot is off limits, to never say a place is not interesting or overrated.

I vow to always keep up good appearances in front of your parents so they don’t think their child is traveling with a crazy person because that’s between us.

I vow to be your travel agent, bodyguard, photographer, historian, and food critic all in one. We will find the best places, the cheapest eats, the best photo ops, and in hostels I’ll ward off any drunks that try hitting on you. Worst case scenario we’ll say we’re dating.

I vow to always keep ideas flowing and our schedule exciting.

I vow to understand you might need a day off, staying in the hostel or hotel or airBnB isn’t against the rules and I won’t be mad at you for suggesting it.

I vow to make every free hostel breakfast feel like a five star bottomless brunch. But I also vow to keep watch while we take extra for the road.

I vow to be just as interested in all of the things you like, or at least fake it. Because even though I might’ve seen something a thousand times doesn’t mean it should discredit your first time.

I vow to understand your fears, and push you through them slowly but surely. You will always have a hand to hold while we explore the new, strange, scary and unusual.

I vow that I will make sure we always get to the airport on time, and if for some reason our flight is cancelled I’ll figure out how to get a new one.

I vow that if your luggage gets lost you can use mine, even though everything will be big on you.

I vow that my food is your food. We can always split meals and snacks so we can cheaply try more of the cuisine.

I vow that if we ever find ourselves in a foreign country I will not shame you for one day wanting McDonald’s or fifty cent ramen. Sometimes our stomachs want something like home even if we are in the land of tapas, or pasta, or sushi.

I vow to always stay adventurous and if we hit a point in our lives in which we can no longer travel together, I promise to always keep you updated, I promise to like all of your posts, I promise to continue to talk to your parents and remember your immediate family, I promise to continue any of our inside jokes, and I promise to offer more travel suggestions for us in the future.