Tampa, Here I Come!

Attributed to: Jamie McCall

Attributed to: Mr. T. in DC

Well, I’m getting ready to take a looooong journey to Tampa, Florida for a conference. When I say long, I mean a 13 to 15 hour journey.

I don’t know if my body is quite ready for this long trip, but I anticipate it to be very exciting. Right now, I’m actually switching gears in my mind, getting it ready for what’s ahead. By far, this may be the longest trip I’ve ever taken in my life, besides the 10 hours trip I took from Washington, PA to Chicago—it seemed like forever.

One thing’s for sure though, the driver made sure we limited ourselves to taking the necessities. I was taken back when he said this, but I will adhere. With me, I am going to take my top 5 items that I will need to keep me relaxed on the long drive and while I’m there.

Attributed to: Jamie McCall

My Items:

  • The 5 Love Languages, a book by Gary Chapman
  • The purple ipod, you know you can NEVER leave home without it
  • My journal, I have to scribble what’s in my mind every hour
  • Voice recorder, you know, just in case I want to sing or do something silly
  • Camera, it will capture every cloud, palm tree, and ocean that I plan on visiting

Overall, I think I’m pretty much ok!

What are the top 5 things you cannot live without when you travel?

Lakia lives, breathes, and sleeps learning of other languages, cultures, and nationalities; she has lived and studied abroad at La Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico. Although, right now, she only travels within the United States (she is working on her Doctorate degree) she still has vivid memories and experiences about her travels abroad. From how to apply for a visa to what not to wear, she gives her readers advice, tips, and suggestions on how to have fun and safe travels. You can also check out more of her writings at:

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    1. Here are my five:

      1. My ipod, freshly charged and ready to go, often with a playlist that is the exact length as my travel time
      2. My journal, which I write in every moment I get a chance
      3. Mr. Panda, the now at least 10 year-old McDonalds happy meal toy that members of my family take whenever we go on trips (kind of like our own traveling Amelie gnome)
      4. My camera, which I use surprisingly little because I’m always embarrassed to take pictures. But for the moments when I build up a little strength…
      5. A solid pair of flip flops in warm weather, or a collection of scarves for room/body decorating in cooler weather.

    2. 1. My notebook. I too am a dedicated scribbler.

      2. Something to read.

      3. If it’s a decently long trip, my X-large travel towel. I can’t tell you how many times I was so happy to have that towel with me while I was backpacking!

      4. Extra socks.

      5. A good local map.

      Kind of boring, really, now that I look at them. But oh so helpful when you’re on the road!

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