So who’s traveling for the holidays? *raises hand* Yup. Hubby and I are road-tripping 40 hours to spend Christmas with my family. We plan to read the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy four times through by the end of it. 😉 BUT…because I’m traveling and it’s really hard to balance a desktop on my lap in the car, I’ve invited the lovely Katie Clark, author of The Enslaved Series, to pop by and guest post on the lovely topic of…ADVENTURE. (My favorite!)
(Whisper: “I hear she’s also giving away one of her books at the end of this post!” <3 )
Please give her a round of applause (or throw confetti in her face. You have my permission for either.) and leave her some comment love. 🙂 I know you’ll take care of her.
So, without further ado…I give you the Courageous, Creative, and Clever Katie Clark! (Say that five times fast.)
The Travel Adventures of Katie Clark
Travel adventures can be so fun! New places, new experiences…they can be awesome. Thinking back over the years, I realized I have been blessed to be able to travel to lots of great places. One month that stands out in my memory is the April of my senior year of high school. That particular April, I went on two different adventures—at the beginning of the month I took my first solo cross country trip, and it was my first time to leave the country (we went into Mexico). Then, at the end of the month my senior class traveled to Canada (second country visited in a month! Fun!). Both trips were definite adventures filled with tons of eye opening experiences.
I was seventeen years old that April when I hopped a plane to New Mexico for a week-long adventure with my childhood bestie, Jennifer, and her family. They lived in southern New Mexico, near the Texas-New Mexico-Mexico borders. It was an awesome—and sometimes scary—adventure. Awesome because the trip was jam packed with new experiences. Scary because the trip was jam packed with new experiences. (Ha!)
I lived in Alabama, and while I had flown lots of other times, I had never flown all by lonesome. I packed my favorite book for the plane ride, but I never read a single page. Way too nervous! But before long I had landed in El Paso, TX, and was meeting my friend in the airport.
The week was filled with lots of adventures—seeing how people in a totally different type of city lived, going down into Mexico and witnessing the lifestyles in a different country, and seeing national parks like the Carlsbad Caverns in Carlsbad, NM.
Going into Mexico was a learning experience, for sure. For example, I didn’t understand the religious customs, but I learned. A native was dancing in the street—it was some type of ceremonial dance. I tried to take a picture, but my friend quickly stopped me. She explained it was considered disrespectful.
At the end of the week, I returned home with a lot more life experience than when I’d left. Travel is learning. It’s fun yet scary, but it’s also educational.
And I didn’t have long before embarking on a totally new adventure. My senior class trip!
Traveling with friends can be one of the best experiences of your life. For my high school senior trip, our class travelled from Alabama to Niagara Falls, Canada. It was a small school, so a small group on the trip, but we had big time fun.
Going into Canada marked the second foreign country I’d visited that month. But for most of the other students, it was their first time flying in an airplane period, let alone traveling to a different country. We flew into Buffalo, NY, then drove into Canada. We were stopped at the border where our van was searched thoroughly (that was a little scary, to be honest). Then we drove into Canada to find our hotel.
It was fun being in a new place, even one that was literally a hop, skip, and a jump away from the good old USA. Different money (and adjusting to the currency exchange rate), different music, different accents, and different cultural norms. It was even more fun doing it with a group of friends! One of my classmates got completely ripped off at a restaurant when he didn’t understand the currency exchange rate, and I remember seeing some questionable behaviors over in Canada that I was pretty sure would be completely illegal to do in public back home in America.
With all of these experiences combined, it was a memorable trip filled with great stories to tell everyone back home.
What about you? Have you ever traveled? (Tweet this)
It doesn’t have to have been out of the country to be an adventure. Other places I travelled throughout my teen years? Three different states for three different summer camps; two states over for a teen church revival (we stayed with a local family at their bona fide horse ranch for that trip!); and lots of trips to visit family in the state where I was born (a 12-hour drive).
* * Giveaway! * *
Tell me about your travel adventures in the comments, and in one week I’ll choose a random commenter to win a copy of my latest YA novel, Shadowed Eden (your choice of hard copy or ebook)!
Eye opening is exactly the experience the characters in Katie’s latest teen novel, Shadowed Eden, end up in. When they travel to the Middle East for a mission trip to build a school, their worlds are turned upside down as they’re dumped into a strange and mysterious jungle with no way out. They’re on a trip without their parents—some for the first time in their lives—and they quickly learn what they’re really made of.
About the Courageous, Creative, and Clever Katie Clark:
KATIE CLARK started reading fantastical stories in grade school and her love for books never died. Today she reads in all genres; her only requirement is an awesome story! She writes young adult speculative fiction, including her YA supernatural novel, Shadowed Eden, as well as The Enslaved Series. You can connect with her at her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter.
Nadine here. Thanks for being awesome and talking adventure with Katie.
Where have you traveled? Tell us a travel story in the comments!
How do you feel about traveling? Love it? Hate it? Don’t know?
Remember, all you need to do is leave a comment to be entered into Katie’s giveaway! 🙂