This month, I didn’t have to travel far to find the tropical breezes and flawless white-sand beaches that I’m clearly addicted to. My 2014 summer travel itinerary includes mostly long-haul flights of thirty hours or more, so when I’m offered an opportunity to visit a gorgeous destination and I only have to travel six hours, I’m ecstatic.
This was my first time in Panama City Beach and only my second time visiting Florida (after my trip to The Keys earlier this year). I arrived just after a storm, so the water wasn’t as clear as usual. Thankfully, most of the areas cleared up within just a few days — which offered a mesmerizing view during my Panhandle Helicopter tour.
I had the pleasure of visiting Shell Island twice on this trip. On my second day in PCB, I took a short ferry ride to the island and stayed for two hours, enjoying the solitude. My second visit was with a group from my Waverunner tour with Aquatic Adventures. Shell Island is such a gem and it really makes Panama City Beach stand out from the other places I’ve visited in the United States. This uninhabited island with deep blue skies, emerald water and blindingly white sand made me fell like I had been transported to a far away land.
Traveling to destinations with such intense natural beauty always seems to ignite my creativity like dry brush fuels a wildfire. I come home feeling motivated and inspired. It’s what keeps me traveling and helps me stay sane.
This trip was the perfect kick off to my summer of travel. I checked a few items off my bucket list, including swimming with wild dolphins and taking a helicopter tour of the Panama City Beach coast.
Next up is Italy, Bonaire and then Mauritius. Speaking of my upcoming travel schedule; I hate to admit it, but the next four weeks are going to be somewhat challenging for me. I’ll be visiting dream destinations, but my itineraries are booked solid — with several long travel days — only allowing a few days of rest in between each trip. The toughest part is being apart from Scott for such a long stretch. The more I travel alone, the more I realize I want him by my side.
I’m grateful for my life and every opportunity I have to realize my dream of exploring and photographing the world. I just wish I could share more of these life-changing experiences with my best friend. There is a light at the end of the tunnel though, because we’ll be spending his birthday together in Mauritius!!