My hometown is considered neither a vacation hotspot, nor a tropical paradise – Ohio can be absolutely brutal in the winter! This past year was probably the worst, but I do imagine that most parts of the continental United States will say the same. For me, I love winter, but I can't stand it when the temperatures descend to anything below 10 – because it then feels too awful to even breathe, let alone function as if the weather were normal. The unfortunate timing of when my last trip ended had put me back near Columbus, Ohio for a few months until my current USA road trip started. That meant I had to prepare for an entire winter in USA midwest.
Majorca holidays are renowned for many things. Glorious beaches, lively towns and plenty of local attractions. After all, as a popular holiday island, Majorca certainly knows how to keep visitors entertained - one trip to lively Alcudia or non-stop Palma Nova and you'll soon get the idea. You'll find a great selection of resorts and a range of Majorca Holidays through tour operators like Thomas Cook.
When I was getting ready to depart from Columbus, Ohio's International airport in April of last year – I was off to trek around Europe for the following 8-months – my flight to Barcelona was canceled, because of an American Airlines computer system error. In fact, they ended up canceling all of their flights in the eastern-USA for the entire day. I was put up in a hotel for the night and set to leave the next morning. The problem was that I lost a sizable amount of money from having to miss my booking and reservations, for when I was supposed to arrive on time. Luckily for me, AA issued a flight voucher in my name for a total credit of $500, so long-story-short, I was able to get myself to Aruba!
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In September of 2013, I was roaming around the enchanting island of Ireland for over two months, and one of the most majestic and moody places that I visited was in Connemara. The park of Connemara is an awesome experience as it is, but once you start touring the local areas, villages, and historic places, you begin to discover a deeper connection with the land and the ancient people. While the Gothic Church of Kylemore Abbey near Connemara isn't all that ancient, the power and the emotion of the Irish lands are evident in many places around the country, and that is no truer here. I walked from the Victorian Walled Gardens, down the bank of the Pollacapall Lough, passed the famous Kylemore Abbey, to where this little, yet beautiful gothic church sat, almost hidden within the trees. I was the only person around at the time of this photograph, and I feel as though I was meant to capture it – as if something had aligned at that very moment. The emotion I felt was almost tangible.
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