Ten years ago today, I stood in the desert at Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas. It was 7am and freezing cold. But it didn’t matter. I was about to say “I Do” to the love of my life in a hot air balloon. Unfortunately, high winds kept us from taking our hot air balloon ride but I still married my best friend.
In the last ten years, we’ve moved states and across oceans, spent time apart as the military has taken Tim to Korea and Afghanistan, and said goodbye to Tim’s mom much too soon when she lost her battle to breast cancer. It hasn’t always been easy, but one thing that remains the same no matter where we go or what life throws at us, is that we have each other.
Over the years, Tim and I have quenched a thirst for travel. We started out with long weekend road trips to San Diego or visits to our homes in Chicago, Illinois and Erie, Pennsylvania. It didn’t take long before our wanderlust had us off to Hawaii on two different trips: Maui and then Oahu. Then we discovered one of our favorite places in the world, St. Maarten, to which we returned four years in a row.
After we moved to Italy in 2009, our bucket list only grew longer. Sure, we’ve checked a few things off: marveling at the Treasury in Petra, soaking in the Turkish baths of Budapest, and kissing a top the Eiffel Tower. But we’ve also spontaneously added destinations like Iceland, Serbia, and the Canary Islands to our travel resume.
Not only are these experiences incredible for us to see, they have enriched our lives as a couple. When you travel as a couple you have two people with different things they want to do, see and try. Being in a relationship is about compromise, so you end up doing a lot of new things that you wouldn’t have done on your own. Without Tim, I would have never slithered through tiny spaces in the caves of Budapest, camped with Bedouins in the Jordanian desert, or watched the Chicago Bears live in London.
There’s nothing like seeing the world with your best friend. We can both appreciate how hard we work to get to our destinations, which makes our adventures even more gratifying. I look forward to what the next ten years brings as we set out on this next chapter.