Every now and then, life hands you an undeniably beautiful experience. It can be a fleeting moment, or a month’s worth of joy. But no matter the setting, no matter the reason or amount of time they last – these experiences should be reveled in, loved fully and celebrated. The dream-like days I spent in coastal Italy with inspiring women is probably the experience I’ll look back on for many years to come. It’s true, our girls-only trip with For The Love Of Travel was everything I could have ever wished for.
Today, I wanted to share some of the beautiful memories I have of our handful of days together exploring “la bella vita” in Amalfi and Puglia. In between sipping wine, cooking traditional meals, savoring the slow, lovely afternoons together and sharing our innermost dreams and desires – I truly feel like I left this trip with a new set of friends.
Amalfi and the Italian coast has a way of sweeping you off your feet. It’ll startle you with its brilliance. It will make you dizzy with its sparkling waters and winding alleyways. I’ve always felt like a piece of my heart will always and forever be tied to Amalfi, particularly. It’s a place I’ve visited time and time again and yet each experience I’ve had, I’ve discovered a new, quaint detail I hadn’t yet discovered. This time, having a gathering of inspiring, courageous women by my side felt unique and unlike any other trip. A good, new chapter to see my beautiful town in.
It was incredibly special to share my heart’s kinship with my fellow trip attendees. Together we shared our favorite memories of places we’ve left as changed people and those places we still long to see. We shared our triumphs, the stories of our highest highs and the moments we’ve felt displaced and filled with sorrow. And through each of these conversations and shared memories, I’ve realized that we’ve formed a bond that comes only with true friendship.
Some memories I’ll hold dear: exploring the gardens of Villa Rufolo, soaking in the panoramic sea below, eating gelato everyday, traipsing through Amalfi’s narrow and breathtaking streets with sea side views, walking through and taking tons of photos in Positano, sharing my favorite restaurant in the world, Ristorante Michel’angelo with the girls, and a boat ride around the island of Capri and trying to speak Italian in the authentic city of Lecce where we felt like the only Americans! Not to mention our cooking class accompanied by tons of wine and good laughs.
Travel has a way of bringing people together. It’s true. Shared experiences, even the gritty ones, connect us with those who are our counterparts. I’m so flattered and honored and downright thankful for this trip for bringing these incredible women into my life.
A big thank you to Tara, the founder of For The Love Of Travel for being my counterpart in all things pasta, pizza and Italian experiences. Dame Traveler Trips are one of my favorite things I am able to do – and I’m incredibly thankful for all of the organization, assistance and camaraderie that goes into every detail of a trip like ours was!