10 Reasons To Travel to Aruba

10 Reasons To Travel to Aruba

It's called One Happy Island for a reason.
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My entire life, I have been fortunate enough to travel during the cold months to a warming climate for a couple of weeks. There's Mexico, Puerto Rico, The Caribbean and so much more. However, there is one island, in my opinion, that stands above the rest: Aruba. I've been going to Aruba for three years now, and there's no tropical island I love more (yet, at least). Here are a few reasons why this little island is so amazing.

1. Weather

The warm weather, cool breeze and lack of rain are a few of the biggest reasons you should travel to Aruba.

2. Beaches

For those of you who are afraid of the ocean, there is nothing to be scared about in Aruba. The water is crystal clear with the most beautiful turquoise hues. The sand is white, clean and warm. No cigarette butts to be seen for miles.

3. Flamingo Beach

This beach is located at the Renaissance Hotel in Aruba. I have been visiting the Island for years and have always dreamed of experiencing this. I mean, where else can you roam around freely with funny pink birds?

4. Food

There are so many places to choose from, I can't even begin to name them all. There are restaurants where you can eat on the beach or out on the water. There's an Italian restaurant that makes your pasta dish in a wheel of parmesans. Here's a link to some of the best restaurant on the island. I highly recommend you do some browsing even if it's just to daydream.

5. Endless adventures

In Aruba, you can do just about anything tropical. They offer scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, parasailing, banana boating, tubing and so much more. There are some activities that I have never even heard of before. You will have an experience of a lifetime and some stories to tell once you get back, I guarantee it. (This photo will take you to a youtube video showing the underwater magic in Aruba)

6. The Nightlife

I'm not one for partying and going out. However, for those who like that kind of thing, Aruba after dark is an entirely different experience in it of itself. Everything is close together and there are all different age groups who come to visit. Gambling and drinking are legal for those over the age of 18. It's worth a try if you like that kind of thing.

7. It's easy to travel there

Yes, it's out of the country. Yes, you will need a passport and go through customs. Yes, you will most likely have to take two flights. However, it is one of the smoothest travel experiences I have encountered.

8. The people and culture

I've been to Europe, Mexico, Israel, and many places across the United States and the hospitality in Aruba blows every other place I visited out of the water. Everyone I have encountered on the island is kind, helpful and genuine. All they want is for their guests to have a great time and understand why Aruba is coined One Happy Island (I can absolutely back up that claim). There is also a huge menorah displayed on the streets of Aruba which is something I truly appreciate.

9. Aruba National Park

I mean, look at these natural pools. How could you not want to visit.

10. The memories

There is nothing better than reminiscing about the good times shared between loved ones. I will always carry my experiences on this island with me, especially since I travel with my family, my best friend and her family. I never laugh harder or smile wider than when I'm on the island

Cover Image Credit: Sydney Friedman

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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14 Kentucky Destinations To Visit This Summer

I'm in love with the history and beauty encompassing my old Kentucky home.

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Kentucky has got to be one of the most notable states in the U.S. While it is most known for bourbon, horse races, and basketball, you can't deny the beauty of the history and nature that surrounds the state.

Kentucky natives often take for granted the importance of the locations that surround them. These destinations are easily accessible and should be noted a 'must visit' on your next day off.

For those who are travelers and are looking to tour the land of the "Bluegrass state," you won't regret making these KY places your next summer vacation destination.

1. Mammoth Cave National Park

mammoth cave

This park is open year-round with guided tours through the world's longest cave system. This cave is filled with tremendous caverns which are super cool to see, but the stories that are told about the cave through the tour make it an even more interesting experience.

Even if you decided to skip out on the cave tour, this national park is filled with other things to do. There are trails for hiking and biking, and they even have areas for various water activities.

2. Keeneland

keeneland racetrack

Keeneland is beautifully landscaped and located in the horse capital of the world.

While the best time to go is during racing season, I'd still recommend a tour of this famous horseracing arena.

3. Red River Gorge

red river gorge

Red River Gorge is home of the sandstone rock bridge known as the 'Natural Bridge,' and is also the perfect site for a camping experience. At the gorge, you are able to hike, bike, ride, and partake in a variety of other activities.

4. National Corvette Museum

corvette museum

Home to more than 80 models of America's sports car: the Corvette.

5. Cumberland Falls

Cumberland Falls

A huge waterfall that falls 60-feet before tumbling over sandstone bedding. It is truly a sight to see.

6. Ark Encounter

noah's ark

Located in Williamstown, KY is the massive, life-size ship made to resemble Noah's Ark. It is 3-stories tall with interactive exhibits to illustrate the biblical tale.

7. Louisville Slugger Baseball Museum

louisville slugger museum

Baseball, also known as America's favorite pastime.

Kentucky, also home of the Lousiville Slugger Baseball Museum and Factory.

8. Lincoln's childhood home

abraham lincoln's childhood home

Abraham Lincoln served as the 16th U.S. president. He was an important figure for many reasons, but most remembered for his Emancipation Proclamation speech that helped push toward the end of slavery, and his leadership of our nation through the Civil War.

9. Churchill Downs

churchill downs

Churchill Downs is another thoroughbred racetrack in Kentucky, most famous for hosting the Kentucky Derby. Tours are conducted by the Kentucky Derby Museum.

10.  Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

bernheim forest

Every year, Kentucky loses 50,000 acres due to land development. There are estimated to be over 3 million trees in Bernheim Forest, all of which are protected from development.

Today, Bernheim Forest is over 16,000 acres and will soon be celebrating its 90th "birthday" by revealing a new exhibit entitled "Forest Giants in a Giant Forest." These three massive sculptures, made of recycled wood are expected to withstand for at least 3 years.

11.  Berea Pinnacles

berea pinnacles

A hiking trail with a variety of difficulty levels, and a beautiful view at the end no matter how far you decided to travel.

12.  Woodford Reserve Distillery

woodford reserve distillery

Kentucky is famous for bourbon. So, why not take a tour of the oldest and smallest distillery in the state?

13.  The Kentucky State Capitol

ky state capitol

The KY state capitol is located in Frankfort, KY and is open to visitors/tours. Observe the areas where our chamber of the senate and house of representatives come together for the legislative process.

14.  My Old Kentucky Home State Park

federal hill mansion

Stephen Collins Foster wrote the famous composition 'My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night!' which is now known as our state song. Foster's imagery throughout the song was inspired by the house and the land surrounding what was once known as "Federal Hill." It was referred to as "My Old Kentucky Home" once the U.S. entered the Civil War.

Today, you can tour the home that was host to many famous individuals (Stephen Collins Foster, Henry Clay, Aaron Burr, and more) and the inspiration to a monumental tribute to Kentucky history.

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