This Travel Blogger Will Help You Reclaim 2020

Traveling in 2020 has been next to impossible. For many of us, international travel is fraught with second-guessing, travel restrictions, and straight out panic. But if most of us have it hard, travel bloggers, arguably, have it worse.

With 50 countries behind her, Alice Yeh is a semi-professional wanderer. “My love for travel is deeply rooted in my curiosity and desire to learn,” she writes on her website. “My mom even told me that when I was a kid, she could never take her eyes off of me because as soon as she turned around, I’d be gone—off in my own world exploring.”

With the recent pandemic, Yeh had to get creative. A tech sales executive and travel blogger, she recently took to Instagram to share her insights regarding travel restrictions. “2020 is the year of US National Parks!” she wrote, explaining that since there will be no more international trips for the rest of the year and most likely 2021, it’s all about exploring the great outdoors, while staying within the US borders.

Her optimism might just spark that sense of wanderlust in you that’s long laid dormant. Yeh herself ties her love of traveling to her early travels, as a child. around the US. According to Yeh, when she was a kid, her parents would take her on road trips all around the US to visit National Parks. “As immigrants, they wanted to experience what the new home country had to offer,” she writes. “Even though we never actually went camping (my first camping experience was during college with schoolmates), I was always amazed by the beauty that nature had to offer. The US is a huge, diverse country.”

With COVID dictating a change of pace, local traveling suits us just fine.

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❤️ “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” ~Dr. Seuss 🤪 Remember when I went to Joshua Tree for 4th of July weekend? I can't believe that was already a month ago! This was my second time visiting Joshua Tree, and the feeling of being in a real-life Dr. Seuss land was still there. 🌞 Golden hour sunsets in the desert were a highlight during my trip. We sat outside for each sunset watching the colors in the sky change, going through a rainbow of colors. ☑️ I'm trying to slow down on vacations now to really enjoy those special moments, no matter how small. I realize that being the goal-oriented person I am, I can get too focused on making sure I check off the next thing on my list of things to do and see. 😊 So I sometimes forgot to cherish and be present about what I was doing in that particular moment. I think this can also be applied to life. We're so focused on the future that we forget to appreciate the present. 😷 During this pandemic, we've been so focused on when it will end (likely never at this rate…) and what we haven't been able to do. A conversation with a friend the other day made me pause to consider: what has been a positive from this time period? 🙏 I'm thankful for spending a lot more time with my boyfriend. Our relationship has really grown. I've finally made time to focus on growing my travel blog, a personal passion project. 🤔 Looking back on these past 5 months of COVID for the bright side of things, is there a moment you can value? If not, is there something you can do going forward to make a positive change happen for yourself?

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