My Travelogue: Best & Worst Trips

I absolutely LOVE traveling and seeing the world so I was super excited to write this post!! Most of the trips I’ve been on have been amazing, but I also went on one trip that was not so amazing!!
Cape Town, South Africa
In 2013, I spent 2 months near the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa volunteering with an international volunteer program. I stayed in a house with 20 other people from many different countries and lived out of a suitcase the entire time! The only negative to this trip was that sharing a house with 20 people wasn’t always easy. The girls room was one big room upstairs and there was no door to get in it. So if one person was making a noise the whole house could hear it. And if you didn’t go to bed at the same time as every other person, lights would turn on and off all night. Luckily, the good heavily outweighed the bad. I got to bungee jump off of the world’s highest bungee bridge, ride an elephant, go on a safari, meet people from all over the world, and love on the sweetest children every day. This trip was probably my favorite thing I’ve ever done and I will forever cherish the time I had there! If you ever get the chance to go to South Africa I would highly recommend it!! It is SO beautiful and there is so much to do!
We all became quick friends!
The bridge I bungee jumped off of! It was terrifying, but amazing!
Some of my girls at Steenburg Primary School
New Delhi, India
In 2013, I spent 1 month in India at an all girls orphanage. This trip was hard for many reasons. It was hard not knowing anyone, not eating meat (the orphanage I stayed at didn’t eat meat), being 11.5 hours ahead of Texas time, being around people who mostly didn’t speak English, people staring at you like your a zoo animal, and not having WIFI. (I feel ridiculous even typing that it was hard to not have WIFI, but when you don’t have friends or family with you, it’s hard to not be able to communicate easily using WIFI.)

I have one not so fond memory of riding an overnight (like 10 hour) train to Udaipur, India and let me tell yall… these trains are not like American trains. I wish I could explain this better, but picture a moving train that is so packed that people are literally hanging out of all the openings of the train. We purchased a ticket for a “bed” that folds down from the wall because it was going to be overnight, but not every passenger was using the train to get to Udaipur… so not every passenger had their own bed. There were no seats on this train… only beds… so basically your bed was shared with 4 other people until about 2 a.m. until mostly anyone not going to Udaipur had finally gotten off. Once I finally fell asleep I woke up a couple of hours later and someone was sitting on the edge of my bed. CREEPY!

One funny thing about India though is that there were literally monkeys everywhere. Since the orphanage we stayed at was open to the outdoors, we would sometimes have monkey visitors outside of our bedrooms. You knew there were monkeys close by if you heard girls screaming and slamming their doors. Haha! Going to India probably wasn’t my favorite, but it was still incredibly eye opening and I’m so glad I was able to see a new part of the world I’d never been to!

There were monkeys everywhere!
The orphanage
The Taj Mahal
At the train station prior to boarding… this is how people looked at us all the time
Italy, France, Monaco

 

My family went on a Mediterranean cruise a couple of years ago to these three beautiful countries! We love cruises because they let you see so many amazing places without having to worry about travel or changing hotels!! And the cruises themselves are also super fun! This was definitely my favorite cruise we’ve ever done! I mean the history inside of the Roman Collesium and The Pompeii Ruins just blows my mind! SO cool!
Pompeii
The Roman Coliseum
Bora Bora
Bora Bora is easily my favorite place I’ve ever been because it marked the beginning of my marriage to Cory. On top of that it was also absoloutely beautiful and everything about it was top notch. I can’t wait to go back for our 1 year anniversary! Haha just kidding. But really… when are we going back? You can read more about our honeymoon in Bora Bora here.
I am so thankful for the traveling I’ve been able to do and I can’t wait to make more memories in brand new countries in the future!! Comment below the BEST place you’ve ever been and why.
Love,
Amy Cotton

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Comments

  1. I'm so happy I found your post today! Cape Town is one of my major bucket list trips and we are planning our Bora Bora trip for Thanksgiving now…eek!

  2. Love this post!! Bora Bora looks so gorgeous. My husband and I are traveling to Europe in the fall and I'm so excited. My Aunt & Uncle remodeled an old loft in Paris (it was on HGTV, so neat!) so we are staying there for a few days.

  3. Wow you have traveled a lot! I love traveling!!
    My favorite trip I have taken was in the fall of 2015. My family (6 of us) traveled to Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, England, Belgium, Netherlands​, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and day trips into Australia and Switzerland. We did that in a little over 4 months. From Sept. 9, 2015 to January 14, 2016. That was a life time experience! I learn may things and saw so much it is almost hard to remember it all.

  4. Hi Amy! I love your blog posts! I was wondering if you would mind sharing what program you went to Africa with? I am looking for mission trip opportunities and I was wondering who you went with.

    Thanks so much!
    -Hannah

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