Through My Eyes: August 2015

August. The first and only full month I’ll be spending in the U.S. this year. As fun as it is to be in unfamiliar places, being back in my hometown has been idyllic.

Hanging out with my housemates (aka Mom and Dad), having a real house to spend time in – a girl could get used to this. It’s a funny thing; I love being out and about when I’m traveling, but when I’m back in my hometown, I’m such a homebody that I rarely want to venture out.

That being said, I made my usual rounds when I’m back home, visiting friends and family along the east coast. I’ll be honest, I didn’t take a lot of photos this month, but here’s what August looked like through my eyes:

I visited my old stomping grounds in NYC

New York City will always be one of my favorite cities in the world. I was so ready to leave when I quit my job and moved out of the city to travel last year, but I was so excited to visit my friends and favorite old haunts in NYC this year. It definitely brought back a lot of memories.

Washington Square Park

Manhattan Skyline

I keep wondering where I’ll end up when I return from my next trip. Who knows, maybe I’ll land back in NYC!

Catching up with my siblings in DC

Some of my favorite weekends are those spent with my brother and sister-in-law in the Washington, DC area. We don’t see each other too often so it’s always really special when we do, even if we’re just hanging out.

DC Visit

What’s missing here are the photos of our epic crab meal. But in my defense, my hands were too full of crab to stop for photos!

Annual trip with my best friends to Newport, RI

Every year, my best friends and I spend a weekend in Newport, RI. It’s full of hilarious shenanigans that bring back our high school memories and I always head home feeling less mature than before the weekend.  But hey, that’s what best friends are for!

Newport, Rhode Island

This time we didn’t even make it to the beach, but we did get a nice view of the water while sipping some wine.

Newport, Rhode Island

Looking Ahead

Tomorrow I leave again. This time, I’m headed south of the border, starting in Cancun, Mexico and making my way through Central America. As it always is with goodbyes, it’s a bittersweet feeling. But this time I’m sadder to leave home than I thought I would be. I actually didn’t realize how much I missed home until I returned. Maybe it’s because I just got back. Maybe it’s also because the thought of living out of a backpack for the foreseeable future feels a bit daunting and exhausting.  Now that I’ve finally gotten comfortable, I’m hitting the road again.

There’s a lot to look forward to in Central America. I can’t wait to start as a Tinggly Ambassador and try some of their adventurous experiences in Central America’s exotic locations. This will be a good opportunity to learn more about myself since I’ve felt a bit lost these past few months. I want to remind myself of all the things that make me happy while traveling. And it’ll be my first time in this part of the world – I can’t wait to see it! Have any recommendations for me? Let me know!

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