Travel is hands down my favorite thing to do in life. I am very passionate about seeing the world and meeting people. I love talking to strangers and getting to know their stories. Every year I take a week off in November to take a trip. I travel throughout the year, sure, but November is extremely important. Thanksgiving is a particularly difficult time for me and I came to the conclusion a while back that leaving is my best bet. So instead of staying home and drowning my sorrows in a pint of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey and watching The Notebook eighty times, I take off. It's become a tradition. Self-care is so important, I wish I'd learned that sooner. I mean, November is a photographer's busiest month and colleagues think I'm nuts for leaving money on the table and going on vacay. But I know me. I have learned to identify what my soul needs. And that's something money can't buy.
This year I headed to Guatemala. I stayed in Antigua for the bulk of it, but explored nearby areas as well. This destination had been on my list for some time, especially to see the ancient Mayan temples in Tikal National Park. I took a day trip there, which began at 3am. It was a one hour drive to the airport, a one hour flight, and yet another hour drive to Tikal. Each way. One of the most exhausting days of my life! But totally worth it. This was definitely a trip for the books! Check out these pics from my epic adventure:
Street food in Guatemala was one of my faves! So many yummy things. Rellenitos (fried plantain balls filled with black beans, topped with sugar) and dobladas (kinda like tacos) were my fave!
This colorful town is so enchanting. With it's brightly painted homes, cobblestone streets and picturesque backdrops, it's no wonder it has become one of the top destinations for weddings and honeymoons. And of course, curious photographers. ;)