To describe my trip to Turks and Caicos as incredible or amazing or mind-blowing doesn’t even come close; actually words can’t describe the impact this vacation had on me. Like I said before I left, I hadn’t taken a vacation in years. I’m talking over 5 years. I’ve just been go go go go gooooo without ever once taking a break and this year, I felt it. I really enjoy outdoorsy stuff, climbing, hiking, kayaking, etc. So one morning we woke a bit early and decided to venture out onto the ocean to kayak. There is something so peaceful and freeing about being in a solo kayak on the ocean, with land behind you, but just a stretch of the clearest turquoise water ahead of you. I could actually see the curve of the earth. That morning really got me thinking.

exploring Turks and Caicos
Travel is important. My first real takeaway is something that many people would say DUH to. As a kid, I traveled a ton. My mom made sure to show me the world, so we’d go somewhere every summer. From Greece to the Netherlands, even a cross-country road trip of the states, I grew up understanding how important it is to simply get away every once in a while. Somehow, as an adult I’ve lost sight of this. That clear morning on a kayak though, it became abundantly clear to me just how important travel is. This experience can never be matched and now I am itching for more.

sailing in the Caribbean
Learn Greek. I know you’re probably wondering what that has to do with Turks and Caicos, but bear with me. One of my biggest regrets in life is not learning Greek properly as a child. I understand enough to get by (maybe) and can definitely curse out someone, but that’s not the same. To this day, I fervently wish I was bilingual. Now that I’m back in Philly, I plan to enroll in Greek lessons. The reward for this? Why, a trip to Greece next of course!

sunset at Turks and Caicos
Hit the gym. I’ll probably catch some flack for this one, but I was just not happy with the way my body looked in photos. The truth is that after hours behind a computer, hours stressing out, hours not working out, I’ve gotten soft and I am not happy about it. I’ve already enrolled in a gym membership here in Philly and I’m meeting with my trainer today!

vacation!
This trip really was spectacular and I am beyond grateful for the experience. Now that I’m back, my mind feels fresh and clear and I am bursting with ideas!

For more information about your own trip to Turks and Caicos:

  • Harbour Club Villas & Marina — Marta and Barry are the owners and truly wonderful people. They made sure we had the best time ever with loads of suggestions. They even hooked us up with the amazing crew aboard the Atabeyra. I honestly cannot recommend this place more!
  • Atabeyra — This sailboat (and it’s crew) were so incredible that we went 3 times! The snorkeling was breathtaking (I saw an eagle ray), the sunset was magical, the rum punch was… happy juice. Highly, highly recommend.
  • For delicious meals, check out: Da Conch Shack and Bugaloo’s. Be sure to order conch with every meal! From conch fritters (think hushpuppies) to conch salad (similar to ceviche), it’s incredibly fresh and refreshing.

photos by Jojotastic