Another Nomadic Matt Post! (About Books Surprisingly)

So for my composition class we are starting to look into reading a book based on our overall topic of our blog. If you guys can’t already tell, my blog is about travel. So as I am way ahead of my blog posts for this week for the class and I’m currently writing for two weeks in advance and I thought I should start looking into some book ideas.

Being apart of the iGen or Gen Z generation, I grew up on technology. So of course, I type into Google “Travel Books”. Numerous things came up but they all looked to deep for me. However, Nomadic Matt’s blog popped up and I clicked on it right away. He recommended 13 different books and gave a brief description of each book and why he enjoyed reading it. I almost have a little internet/blog crush on him. Everything he writes about is so interesting and his blog is so mesmerizing, I. Just. Love. It.

Some of the books he recommended looked a little to far for me. And when I say far I mean I don’t think I would understand the meaning and purpose of the book because I am either to young for it or I am not interested.

The one that really captured my attention was, “The Beach”. I know I am not suppose to but I definitely judge a book by it’s cover (and the name). For one, my favorite thing in the world is beaches. That tops everything for being my “happy place”. The feeling I get when I’m at a beach is hard to describe. The best word I guess would be, home. He mentions that this book is about backpackers and their quest to find paradise. The next one that intrigued me was, “The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s search for the happiest places in the world”. First off, that title is amazing. “The Geography of Bliss”… like that is so calming and makes you want to dive in and read it. The next part about a grumpy man searching for the happiest places in the world. Like urg, travel can make someone feel truly happy and bring joy to a persons life. It’s crazy what travel can do for a persons soul.

SO, now I’m stuck. I want to read them both.

Why Airports Feed My Soul

Many people find that airports are stressful and time consuming. Which yes, indeed they are… but many people including myself find that airports are actually good therapy. Who doesn’t love that feeling of being able to go to a new city or state or even country that they have never been to before. And be able to experience something completely new and different, that’s an amazing feeling!!

I think the most fun part is when you’re traveling alone and you get to wander around the massive place and waste your money in the Duty Free shop ALL ALONE! No one is bothering you and you get to do what you choose and be free. I think finding your gate is the second best part because you are in a hurry and you are full of excitement and once you find it everything becomes more real and you are about to go on an amazing trip and be able to escape your everyday life.

Dealing with anxiety, many people would find it confusing that I love airports so much. They are busy and loud and nerve-racking and they don’t seem like the place for a person dealing with anxiety. However, I find them extremely therapeutic because I have a deep passion for traveling. No one knows me and no one knows where I am going and I get to people watch and see where all these thousands upon thousands of people are going and I have no clue why. It’s absolutely fascinating. Is it for work? Do you travel often? How many airports have you been to? Vacation? Visiting family? No one has any idea why a person is leaving their everyday life to hop on an airplane and go to a new city. When you are in an airport you get to see different people of different race, ethnicity, and cultural background. You get to seek out what a person is truly like when you see them at an airport.

According to Alex Brueckner, airports symbolize new beginnings and long-awaited endings, arrivals and departures, and many hellos and goodbyes. You get a numerous different emotions while entering and exiting an airport.

I love the sounds in an airport. I like the sounds of baggage wheels clacking on the moving sidewalk, a boarding pass being torn off, and my passport being stamped. All of those are comforting reminders that I am either almost home or soon to be somewhere new and exciting.

Dramamine

Dramamine     Dramamine Natural

Dramamine has saved my life guys…

I use to never get sick while in a car, on rides, or anything moving. But as I start to get older it’s stating to get really bad. I can’t sit in the backseat of a car without throwing up. I always need shotgun when I ride and all my friends think I’m just saying that so I’m not crammed. But I seriously throw up every time I’m in the back. THE WORST is when I’m in heavy traffic and the start and stopping motion like in Chicago…. I’m done for. It’s not bad when I’m the one behind the wheel but when I am in another seat in the car in heavy traffic I feel like death and I need fresh air.

The first time I flew I didn’t take anything and I threw up in those cheesy airplane puke bags.  But the second time I drank ginger ale and that calmed my stomach a lot but I still felt quite queasy. I looked up ways to stop motion sickness and Dramamine was the first thing that popped up. On my way to Mexico my mom gave me two of the regular Dramamine about an hour before boarding and I have never passed out harder nor faster then I did after taking Dramamine. I passed out on the Atlanta airport floor with drool coming out of my mouth and my hair messy with my blanket half on my body. My mom woke me up and told me to move off the floor so people could move and I didn’t listen to her and fell RIGHT back to sleep. It knocked me on my butt for the whole day and all I wanted to do was sleep. I don’t think it stops or helps the motion sickness that much, I think it just makes you extremely exhausted.

When I flew alone my mom emphasized that I NEEDED to take the natural Dramamine because it has ginger in it and it still makes you aware of your surroundings and conscious. I wasn’t paying any attention because I had both natural and regular in my backpack…. I took two of the regular Dramamine while heading to Denver and I PASSED out on the plane the minute I got on. I put the tray table down and laid my head on it and that was the end of it. I didn’t wake up for the turbulence or the flight attendants coming over the intercom or take off and landing. The lady next to me had to push me to wake me up so she could get out of her seat…. I was very embarrassed and confused on why I passed out. Then, I looked in my backpack and saw that I opened the regular instead of the natural. I now know to NOT pack the regular Dramamine in my carry on if I’m flying alone, ever again. If I’m flying with someone else it might be okay to take the regular because then they can take care of my limp tired body 🙂

If any of you guys get motion sick, I recommended Dramamine. I give it a 10/10 and I take it all the time.

Spirit Airlines

What it is REALLY like to fly with Spirit…..

Sooooo, guys I found this amazing BuzzFeed article on what it is really like to fly with Spirit airlines and it hit the nail on the head for what my experiences were like when I flew alone for the first time when I decided to fly through Spirit.

Of course I decided to go somewhere for spring break extremely last minute. So I did some digging for the cheapest airfare to Denver on Expedia, Cheap Flights, and Kayak. I have always heard about Spirit but have never flown with them before. A round trip ticket from O’Hare to Denver International airport was only $100 for a week! CHEAP AS HECK! I BOOKED IT RIGHT AWAY…. of course without reading the small fine print.

I had a delay of three hours at O’Hare waiting to fly to Denver. The thing was, they didn’t have a plane for us. WHAT AIRLINE COMPANY OR AIRPORT DOESN’T HAVE AN AIRPLANE? so, they stopped an airplane in mid air flying from Tampa to Salt Lake in Chicago. They put all of us heading to Denver on this plane and made all the people heading to Utah wait until the next available plane was ready. (if I was on that plane to Utah I would be extremely p’d off). Then they charge you $100 dollars for your checked bags IF you check them in at the desk when you’re checking in. AND, they make you pay for a carry-on. They allow you to have a personal item but it has to be of a certain size and if the flight attendants don’t approve of it they can make you take it off and pay for it as a carry-on. Also, if you don’t print your boarding pass at home they will charge you an additional $10. LUCKILY, the day before leaving my mom checked my itinerary online and read the small print and freaked out and Face-timed me right away saying, “YOU BETTER PAY FOR YOUR BAGS RIGHT NOW OR YOU WILL PAY 100 DOLLARS AT THE DESK”. I freaked out because my shopaholic self only had maybe 20 dollars left in my account. So, my mom put $50 dollars in my account and I paid online and my checked bag was only $40 dollars instead of $100.

My last and not so fun experience with Spirit was that I was suppose to leave on a Thursday and when I got to the check in desk the man behind the counter said that they didn’t have a seat for me and that they are only allowing passengers who have a connecting flight at O’Hare to board. So, I was stuck in Denver for another night and would be able to fly out the next day. Spirit didn’t even email me to say that I didn’t have a seat or that my flight was delayed. However, they did give me two free round trip tickets to wherever Spirit flies. The plane was very nice and clean but you pay a little amount for the ticket but an absurd amount for everything else. I will definitely pay the extra money for a nicer and more reliable airline company. I MAY be able to put up with Spirit one last time for my free tickets since I do love to travel, WHERE WILL I GO?!?!?

Intimidated by TSA

Can we just stop and take a moment to talk about how intimidating TSA (Transportation Security Administration) and security personals are? Like I understand that they don’t want some crazy with a bomb to board the plane. But lets be real, it makes the traveling experience a lot better when you have kind people willing to help you. It’s the most frightening thing when the big security guy brings his scary dog over to sniff and search you just because? I met this extremely nice older man as I was taking off my metal Alex and Ani bracelets and the security checkpoint and he said, “honey you don’t need to take those off, that’s what that big machine over there is for and once we see that you have bracelets on we will let you through!” HOWEVER, I got to the spinny thing that detects if you have anything on you and that machine went CRAZY, and when I say crazy that is an understatement. These loud buzzers went off and this not so nice guy said, “have you never flown before, everything needs to come off”. Then he turned to his coworker and rolled his eyes. As my innocent scared self tried to explain to the man that HIS coworker said it was fine he got even more angry and I knew I needed to just stop talking and walk away!!

You know what I also don’t understand? Why do they make you take your shoes off? A shoe can’t hold much more than your foot and their machines could detect IF there is something in a person’s shoe. Then you have to untie your shoes put your shoes back on IN A HURRY before the mean TSA people yell at you for holding the line up and then you need to carry your unorganized self to your gate. Security checkpoints are single handily the worst part of airports.

Mile High City? Corn Corn Corn?

Can you guys guess what state I’m talking about? That’s right, the beautiful and breath taking Colorado. Technically the saying “mile high city” relates to Denver but Denver is in Colorado so it’s basically the same thing. I feel like many people have visited Colorado and I have never heard a bad thing said about it. Who doesn’t love shopping on 16th street, hiking at Mount Falcon, visiting the mountains at Breckenridge, and taking the train to go to a Broncos OR Rockies game? There are so many things to do in Colorado and everything is so close together that it doesn’t take long by car to get from one place to another. My brother lives in Parker, Colorado and it took maybe an hour and thirty minutes to get to Breckenridge. NOT BAD AT ALL! While I was visiting I was like, “Yeah okay I could get use to this lifestyle”. You could go out of any place and get a gorgeous view of the mountains.

 

As I think to myself that I want this lifestyle, I am terrified to leave what is home for me. Iowa. Crazy as it seems I have never been gone from Iowa for more than a week. I don’t know what it is like to start brand new in an unfamiliar place. I absolutely love to travel and I think that’s the one thing in my life that brings me joy. I bash Iowa every chance I get and say that there is nothing to do, which there isn’t. But, once I leave I get homesick. I think I get homesick because most of my family lives in Iowa? I have a love hate relationship with the state known as Iowa. Iowa is low key and not a lot of people know where the state is even located. This post is to basically STILL contemplate between Iowa or Colorado? It will be on my mind until I get my you know what together and figure out my life!!!!

College in-state vs out-of-state?

It is currently March 23, 2017 of my senior year in high school and I need to make a decision on where I’m going to school in the next 40ish days?! Ever since I was like 5 or so I have DREAMED about attending the University of Wisconsin Madison. I studied and studied my butt of for the ACT but I never do well with standardized tests. I am not shy so I am going to spill about my score which isn’t too hot… 22. Yes, that isn’t bad but for Wisconsin that is below average. The average student usually gets between a 28-32. As I started to joke to myself (sweat nervously) I put my mind to writing two amazing required papers to increase my chances of getting in. But as you guys can tell where this story is going, I didn’t get in. A kid in my grade and I applied for Early Acceptance and they typically only select one student from your school if more than one kid applied. AND haha that other kid got in. Do you want to know the funny part of this story though? He doesn’t even plan to go to Wisconsin, he just applied for the heck of it.

After not getting into my dream school I went through a little pity party stage and starting thinking that no school wanted me and I might as well just settle for The University of Iowa. However, for some odd reason I have fought off going to Iowa ever since I started high school. I think it’s because I was born and raised in Iowa City and I have always loved to get out and try new things so why not do that with college?  My brother and his wife live in Colorado and I recently went out there to visit them over my spring break. I went on at least 4 campus tours of different schools in Colorado and fell in LOVE with The University of Northern Colorado. I came back home and posted on all my social medias that I will be attending UNC in the fall. But, when people started commenting “Congrats!” “I’m so proud of you!” “I’m going to miss you so much.” I started to realize that I didn’t think this through well enough. There are numerous pros and cons to both staying in-state and going out-of-state. I keep going back and forth each day about where I want to go. One day it is Colorado and the next day it is Iowa. Still to this day I can’t make up my mind. How can an 18 year old know that a certain school will be the best for them? IT’S SO HARD! Williams, a writer writing about college experiences hit the nail on the head on why attending an in-state college like The University of Iowa might be the best fit for me.

BUT, like I said, I still have absolutely no idea what I want to do! :)))))

Students who stay in-state can also save on living expenses and travel expenses. By living at home, the average student can expect to save around $10,000 a year in dorm fees. Even if you decide to live on campus, you will still save money on travel fees, such as airline tickets during the holidays and breaks. And with mom close by, you can always pop in every so often for a free meal or to wash a load of laundry.