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Thrilling Tuesday: Conquering Europe & the Post-Vacation Blues

Alyson Campbell

Traveling confirms the notion that there aren’t enough hours in a day. Without warning, minutes simply turn into blips of colors, scents and emotions. Memories are the only telling signs of past adventures and photos sit on social media profiles, only to keep a page exciting. 


As you can probably tell, post-vacation depression is real. One comes home to their typical routine, expecting the same exhilaration as abroad, only to be slapped with a mundane sense of reality. I was able to beautifully experience this depression after a week abroad in arguably the most cultured continent in the world: Europe. My best friend from high school and I (side note: this is unbeatably the best way to reconnect with someone after 2 years) explored 4 breathtaking cities within a week. Are you calling us crazy yet? Don’t worry, we know we are. 

From Venice to Milan, Amsterdam to London, every corner we encountered jerked massive happy tears from our eyes. Now, having been born and raised in Southern California, we are not used to being around such beautiful structures. Ask any native Californian, statues aging past 6 centuries old will look beautiful to a pair of eyes raised in Los Angeles. Europe has proven to change people. A romantic may see simple Italian street art and compare the work to Picasso. A food critic may take a sip of espresso and realize that Starbucks is shit. And finally, a linguist may hear Danish and realize that they’re happy they payed attention to their core German classes as a kid. The realization of beauty in traveling is worth any plane ticket.

Milano Street Art

Milano Street Art

With about a day and a half each city, we committed to sleeping as little as possible. Running around a foreign country on low sleep and a high intake of caffeine is the way to do it: heightened senses, rampant emotions and intense cravings are key travel accessories. We somehow managed to prioritize our sights, with no extensive planning, and see everything on our wish lists. Impromptu up at 6 am, partying with locals until midnight and then doing it all over again is the perfect itinerary. My fondest memories will undoubtedly include blistered feet, drenched scarves and tears unleashed by pure happiness. 

Today on this Thrilling Tuesday, what adventure are you looking to create?  Where will your next adventure take you?  

With Love, 

xx Kat Schiller

The Heart & Soul PR Team 

Thrilling Tuesday: Five Tips for Living More Adventurously

Alyson Campbell

As a continuation of our Thrilling Tuesday series, designed to inspire through discussing tips for stepping out of your comfort zone, this week we focus on tips for how you can live more adventurously. 

By nature, humans are explorers and travelers as we work to discover our path in life. We enjoy going places and seeking new opportunities. Adventure is in our blood.

But, as we get older, every day things such as our jobs, family, and other responsibilities that we all face as adults dull our sense of adventure. Too many things pull us in too many different directions.

But, reviving that sense of adventure doesn't happen with the purchase of a new car or a fast motorcycle. Here are five tips on how to live a more adventurous life every day: 

1. Less planning leads to more adventure. Planning is key to success in most things, but in this case, try to be more spontaneous when you can. Don’t try to figure out everything beforehand - just let things happen. If you decide to travel, pick one or two final destinations, versus a whole weekend that is planned out hour by hour with activities and enjoy the journey getting there. Select one or two routes that you want to try instead of every mile of the trip. To make this a fun trip, make sure you have more unplanned than planned time for this adventure. The possibilities are endless and extremely exciting.

2. Let the little steps lead you. An adventure doesn't have to be an extravagant, well thought out plan. Time and adventure aren’t related. How you choose to spend your time can lead to exciting adventure. Yes, they go hand and hand but they aren’t the same thing. Just by changing your mindset from “ I’m going to be adventurous and discover something new” to “What am I going to do today that I haven’t done already… or haven’t done in a long while” can change your perspective. 

3. Get Lost. A lot of people have a fear of getting lost because they feel it’s dangerous, unfamiliar and wasn’t part of the plan. What is this fear based on? They won’t know how to get home? It’s more of a hassle than to plan something out? They might run out of gas? The road will run out? Some times the best way to find yourself or something is to get lost. Get lost and stay in the present moment. Let that be part of the adventure. The next time you find yourself thinking about what you just passed up, turn around, go back, discover it and get lost. 

4. Share. Making memories with the people in our life is one key point to enjoying life. The best way to make memories is with those who matter most to you is by sharing experiences or places that meant something to you that you think they might enjoy as well. Not only does this give you a memory to look back on and laugh about, but it can also inspire a sense of adventure in others too.

5. Step out of your comfort zone. Just let things happen.  Worry a little because that shows you are getting out of your comfort zone, but don’t worry too much where you aren’t enjoying the journey. We live in a society that maximizes comfort and minimizes worry, which is good at times. But in this case, you don’t want worry and fear to hold you back from enjoying life to the fullest.