5 Things I Learned While Traveling

By Kiera Smalls

Traveling is an essential part of life. It allows you to experience different parts of the world, opens your mind to endless possibilities, makes you more creative, and keeps you inspired. I recently visited the Grand Canyon for the first time and it was a truly amazing experience. Here are my key takeaways from the trip. 

1) Give Yourself a Break 

You deserve it. Due to work/family commitments, our time can get really limited. We find ourselves giving so much to everyone else that we lose sight of taking care of ourselves. Time goes by so quickly and before you know it, it's gone. When was the last time you had a break? A real break! If you can't recall then I strongly encourage you to get planning now. 

2) Be Present 

We can't always be Wonder Woman. Instead of focusing on what's GOING to happen, be sure to focus on what's CURRENTLY happening. I had so many thoughts going through my head while hiking in the Grand Canyon: "Did I send that email? What do I have to do when I get back? Stop it! You're in THE Grand Canyon." Thankfully, it was impossible to let my thoughts fully in with such an amazing view in front of me. Travel more, but please, worry less.


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Start a travel fund. There is nothing more rewarding than knowing you have money set aside to pack up and go whenever you please. Plus, there's always a deal going on for flights and hotels. Book a trip that's a plane ride away or a train ride away. Travel resources like Kayak, Google Flights and AirBNB are great places to start. Stay ready so you don't have to get ready.

4) Surround Yourself With Like-Minded People

They are good for the soul. This trip may not have happened without my friends continuing to bring it up to me. Thankfully they did because now I can say that I visited one of the best National Parks in the country. Surround yourself with people who do (or will do) the things you want to do! This way, your FOMO can remain at bay.


Seriously. During our trip, one of my favorite quotes came to mind: "Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear." This is the realest quote ever. How many times have fear stopped you from getting the promotion you deserved, the partner you've always wanted and the experiences you've always hoped for? We have to stop letting fear get in the way of everything. How will you live your best life if you're always living in fear?

Kiera Smalls is the Co-Founder of City Fit Girls. She also works full-time at Bicycle Transit Systems as one of the marketing managers for Indego bike share. Kiera is passionate about helping women reach their fitness and weight loss goals, especially beginners. 

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