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Facing my Fears: Afraid to Travel

Have you ever been travelling and when it has come time to move on you can’t or don’t want to? I am facing my fears on that at the moment.

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We are strong believers that slow travel is the best way to see the world. We don’t like rushing through every city and country gathering stamps in our passport.

That’s why we choose to work abroad while on our adventures. It allows us to travel for longer. It is why we lived in Jasper National Park for a year before choosing our European base in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Castle Braveheart Scotland

Our original idea was to stay a few months in different places to experience a part of the globe before skipping off to the next destination.

That was two years ago.

Before I knew it our temporary destination has become our home away from home.  The driver on my bus to work knows my name. I recognize people in my local supermarket.

And now that we are facing the possibility of leaving I find myself scared. I am too attached to leave, but don’t really want to stay.

I am afraid to travel.

How did this happen to us? When did we forget our travel purpose of being temporary residents in a city?

In hindsight I made a few mistakes.

I found a really good group of friends. I am in a job I really enjoy and could easily see myself here in five years time. I have even scoped out a local coffee shop with a gorgeous chocolate cake on the menu.

Cake Edinburgh, Love Crumbs
Cake Edinburgh, Love Crumbs
Cake Edinburgh, Love Crumbs
Cake Edinburgh, Love Crumbs

In essence I have made myself a life here. And now I feel like I am going to be leaving home for the second time.

But as I sit here writing this post, I can see our motivation in the background. A giant map of the world. And I am reminded that Edinburgh is a very small part of that world. There are so many places I still want to see.

World Map

And moving isn’t all that bad.

Moving to a new place is exciting. Exploring new neighborhoods, eating at new restaurants and finding secret views for the first time.

It can be so easy to lose sight of your travel goals. That is why travelling as a couple is so great. We can remind each other of our purpose.

Cole is great at cheering me up when I start to get sad about leaving. But all it takes is a small reference to a city on my bucket list dream list and I am dreaming of the future in a new destination…

Three Valleys Sunset

This might become our next temporary home.

So as I finish this article I am happier than when I started writing. I cannot call myself a traveller if I am not facing my fears and I am reminded that the world really is our oyster. We have so many great adventures ahead of us to experience.

While it will be hard, it will be worth it.

All we have to do is take the leap.

This is a post from a series called Facing my Fears. It helps us to step outside our comfort zone, in comfort. Check out the rest of the series here.

Tell us about how you Face your Fears when moving to a new destination in the comments.

Adela is one half of the New Zealand Adventure Couple who have been travelling since 2009. She loves the outdoors and has a real passion for Snowboarding, Mountain Biking and Surfing (apart from being scared of sharks). She loves food and writes all our food posts. Consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Annette | Bucket List Journey

    October 15, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    It would be hard to leave a place once you feel happily comfortable, especially hard to leave that cake! But, you are right, there is a whole big world out there to see 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      October 15, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      Thanks Annette! We are taking the steps to make sure we get out there and see it all 😉 But you are right, that cake is delicious haha.

  2. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    October 15, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    As fellow slow travelers we completely understand that comfortable feeling of having a temporary home on the road–and the reluctance to leave it! We’ve begun house sitting (which we love–post on that going up this week) and we’re currently back in Nicaragua at a friend’s house enjoying the comforts of home (doing laundry! cooking food!), at least for now. It will be hard to move on again, but exciting as well–especially with batteries fully charged by a period of non-travel. Can’t wait to hear where you guys are off to next!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 15, 2012 at 8:48 PM

      We keep looking at house sitting for our next option. Applied for a couple of them but then when it has come around to finalising the details we haven’t been able to make it. Next time for sure.

  3. Victoria

    October 15, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    I can relate to this. It’s hard when you find somewhere you love, but I guess you can always go back if you want to. I think it’s also important to not feel too much pressure to see it all. Staying for longer than you thought in somewhere you love isn’t always a bad thing. It’s a tricky balance sometimes. On another note, your next temporary home looks colder than Edinburgh! Do you brave the jandals in such cold climates?!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 15, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      Haha we can’t go back because of the visa situation actually!

      We love the snow 😉 But might have to leave the jandals in storage while we are there.

  4. Laurence

    October 15, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    It sounds like you have a great life up in Edinburgh – but you’re right – the world is such an amazing place and there is so much out there to see! Change is always going to be a scary thing, however many times we do it – but I think you’e on the right path 😀

    • Cole Burmester

      October 16, 2012 at 9:39 AM

      Maybe we need to find someone that has a small campsite or something to relax on for a few weeks…

  5. Vera

    October 15, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Adela -I left Rotorua although they had THE BEST chocolate brownies EVER on the weekly night market, and so can you;)!! …I’ve had a few places that I didn’t feel like leaving, because I didn’t have the feeling I was ‘over with it’ yet (and then I just got stuck there until I got more excited about leaving than I was happy with staying). I think that it is actually pretty awesome that you have had such good experiences with making friends, loving work, being greeted by the bus driver – and finding THAT chocolate cake! Locating good chocolate cake is never a mistake, it’s a talent, and you shall take it with you, to your next destination, so don’t be afraid;)!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 16, 2012 at 9:12 PM

      Thanks Vera, you are right I do look back on my time here with really fond memories which is great. And you are so right about not leaving a place and getting stuck there! And I have high hopes for finding a new coffee joint 🙂

  6. Lesley Peterson

    October 15, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Does traveling mean never going back or retracing one’s steps? Is a place the same place once moved forward in time? I really enjoy revisiting places, again and again, for new art shows and architecture, to see what has changed and what hasn’t, just to enjoy what pleased me before: the food, the weather, a favorite painting. I get around pangs of travel regret by consciously saying ‘next time’. And surprisingly there nearly always is a ‘next time’ even if I don’t plan for it. Happens more often than not, even if it takes years. Love Scotland, it’s definitely on my short list for a revisit.

  7. Andy

    October 16, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    The old notion of the hardest step is the first one was never more true. It is extremely difficult to move sometimes especially if we have been stationary for a while. The longer you get to moving, the easier it becomes. Thanks for the cool post! Keep traveling and living the dream!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 16, 2012 at 9:14 PM

      Thanks Andy, I am hoping after I make the choice to move the actual move will be easy! As you said I have to keep living the dream!

  8. Jenna

    October 16, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    It’s tough to leave a good thing, no doubt! Though sometimes it helps to remind yourself that things rarely stay the same. The friends you have could leave, the job could change its home base, and the coffee shop could turn into a nail salon 🙂 I don’t mean to say you should expect the worst, but rather appreciate the moment without attachment, as Buddhists say. You have the rest of your life to move back if you choose!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 16, 2012 at 9:16 PM

      I so know what you mean Jenna, in fact a few of my friends are moving on not long after we are planning to leave – so that is a comfort! Thanks for the comment!

  9. Raymond @ Man On The Lam

    October 16, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Just remember that great big wide world that’s out there waiting for you and I think you’re gonna do just fine. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      October 16, 2012 at 9:21 PM

      Thanks Raymond – I try to keep reminding myself of that! Or at least Cole is there to remind me 🙂

  10. Trudy

    October 16, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Good luck with your next move – where are you off to next? We are leaving Holland in December after over a year and I’ve got mixed feelings. I’m totally ready to go but it takes this amount of time to really know a place and we have such good friends here. It’s hard also if you have a job you love cause that’s always something that’s hard to find. I’m glad you love Edinburgh though, I think it might be on my future home list!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 16, 2012 at 9:26 PM

      You should definitely put Edinburgh on your “to live in” list Trudy, its a great city 🙂 We have a few options in mind for our next destination; France, Berlin or maybe even Spain. Holland will be great though – good luck with the move I am sure you will do great 🙂

  11. Juliann

    October 17, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    I love moving to new places. Until I met my husband, I moved every year or so. But he likes being near family, and I’ve come to value that more and more, too. Now we just take move vacations to quench my wanderlust. But if he ever says, “Let’s move,” I’ll have our bags packed and ready to go within minutes.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 17, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      We do miss our families a lot! But luckily with Skype and cheaper travel we do get to see them lots to keep our homesickness away 🙂

  12. Pete

    October 19, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    I think we all have the same feelings at times, but for they immediately disappear once I step foot on that plane, train or whatever and know that I’m going somewhere else. It’s the challenge that I strive for. Staying put for too long and having a routine is what scares me. Best of luck and hopefully our paths will meet up sooner or later 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      October 28, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      The act of travelling is definitely a great motivator to keep on moving. We have just become too relaxed with our slow travel way of life. Need a good kick up the a$$ to get going again!

  13. Cathy Sweeney

    October 19, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    I always get a little sad whenever I leave a place — whether I’ve been there a short time or a long time. But I get excited as soon as I think about the adventure ahead! However, that chocolate cake does look like it might be just enough reason to stay in Edinburgh. Happy travels!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 28, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      I think on our last day in Edinburgh we will be visiting the cake shop 😉 We have too many other places to visit to get tied down for too long, that’s for sure!

  14. Laurel

    October 19, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    I like having a base too and exploring from there. Looking forward to seeing where you next adventure takes you.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 28, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      It is a bit scary that we still haven’t organised where our next adventure will be. Hopefully in the next 2 weeks we will have it confirmed!

  15. Mikeachim

    October 20, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    I love travel…except when I’m about to do it. There’s something in me that digs its heels in and has a Little Madam (Little Mister?) hissy-fit. Confuses me no end, because once I’m off, I almost always love it, partly because I have no choice by that point, but partly because of the excitement you mention…

    I’ve concluded it’s not travel that I’m afraid of, it’s uncertainty, and the more predictability I have in my life, the more difficult I find it to handle leaps into the dark. When I’m ready to move, my mind is coming up with all sorts of excuses as to why I need more time. I haven’t got x done. I haven’t taken advantage of the local delights of y. I haven’t properly said goodbye to z. But what I’m really fighting, I think, is my mind having grown accustomed to predictable routine. It’s not the place – it’s the certainty of being here tomorrow, and the day after, etc.

    Wherever we stop, we are surrounded by routines. People making grooves in the world by doing similar things day in, day out. This is how societies survive and the world would fall over if people didn’t set down habitual roots like this (travelers being freakish in this respect. If everyone decided to hit the road, governments would collapse overnight. Discuss). And it’s not about “good” or “bad”, it’s how almost all of the world works. And partly because of that, and partly because of thousands of years of cultural conditioning, we settle into routines so very easy, and we grow comfortable with predictability.

    (Disclaimer: I may be talking out my ass, you’ve met me, you know what I’m like – but also, I’m reading a very good book called “Uncertainty”, by Jonathan Fields. Much food for thought on this topic).

    Here’s a really interesting read on travel and stability – where the author is making a case for constant movement being as difficult to get out of as constantly staying in one place: http://www.ribbonfarm.com/2011/07/31/on-being-an-illegible-person/

    • Cole Burmester

      October 28, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      Brilliant points Mike. You should probably start writing or something as I think you have a great way with words…

      Totally nailed it though and it is amazing the comfort we all get out of having a set routine. Whether it is being able to visit your local coffee shop every morning or knowing that the Formula 1 is on at 2pm on a Sunday, it just works. I guess that is why we love travelling so much. We love to step outside our comfort zones, but I think humans can only handle so much unpredictability for so long. It is why everyone suffers from some sort of “travel burn out” after a while.

  16. James Shannon

    October 20, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Sweet ski photo near the end of the post … where’s it located?

    No worries guys, I’m sure you’ll find aspects of your new destination that will hook you just as you found those things about Edinburgh that appealed to you…

    Facebook is a wonderful thing … you and your new friends will make plans to link up again, somewhere in the world, before you even realize it! 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      October 28, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      The photo is from the 3 Valleys ski resort in France. Epic area and about 20 times larger than Marmot! No joke.

      Cheers for the reassurances too 😉

  17. D.J. - The World of Deej

    October 21, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    This is definitely one of my biggest concerns with venturing out long term. I’m afraid that every place I’d land would start to become home. But you’re right…they’re just small pieces of a big world that needs exploring…

    • Cole Burmester

      October 28, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      Nowhere will be exactly like home, but when you get into a routine it is really hard to break it! I guess that is why so many people don’t find the time to travel ever in their lives!

  18. Stephen Schreck

    October 22, 2012 at 4:02 AM

    I have moments like that, usually about a month before I am due to leave until my first day traveling. Once I land in a place I have never been all those feeling are replaced by the amazing feeling you can only get while traveling. That being said I challenge anyone not to spend a long time in Edinburgh and not want to leave.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      Definitely agree Stephen! Once we step onto the plane on our way to a new destination all our fears evaporate and the sense of adventure returns. Pity we all like routines so much.

  19. Peter Lee

    October 22, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    I think it is really difficult to move from your comfort zone to a another place. But it all depends on you, if you like changes than it would be the best thing you can do yourself. Moving to a new place is great way to meet new people, experience their culture and explore new places.

  20. flip

    October 23, 2012 at 4:56 AM

    moving to a new destination is exciting for me as I’m motivated in seeing new things and trying new stuff… but after being on the road for quite some time now (18 months).. i’m thinking of staying put in just one place for a few months to rest and just to chill and do nothing 🙂 thanks for sharing your insight on this topic…

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:21 AM

      We all need a little bit of routine in our lives every now and then. It is amazing how quickly the itch to travel comes on though after just a few days or weeks in one spot!

  21. Pola (@jettingaround)

    October 23, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    I can understand getting comfortable in a place and attached to friends, favorite hangouts, the daily routine. I hope that your fears soon give way to the excitement of exploration you describe. Best of luck and enjoy!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:22 AM

      We are getting excited about moving on now that we have a plan… all will be revealed soon! 🙂

  22. Angela

    October 23, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    I understand your fear of traveling and leaving the places you love, I have it too sometimes, but the fear of not traveling is bigger 😉 Probably the most painful time for me was when I left China, I’m almost afraid to go back because I don’t want to feel the pain of leaving all over again!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      Totally agree that the fear of NOT travelling scares us more. Not sure what we would do with ourselves if someone ever told us we could never travel again!

  23. Lijiang

    October 25, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    I also love to travel from one place to another places, that is so exciting. Always imagine about next destination. I like relaxing pace, not to rush.

  24. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    October 25, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    I understand your mixed emotions. Traveling the world is great … but it’s also good to have a home, to see friends regularly, and to have a job you enjoy (though this can be on the road, too!). We recently moved from the U.S. to China for at least a year. There were mixed emotions as we had to give up a lot and bid farewell to a lot in order to come here, but we’re very glad we did. And I’m sure in a year or two when it’s time to move back home, we’ll face similar emotions about moving back! Good luck with your decision, guys!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:38 AM

      Thanks Ellen for your support! It is always hard to say goodbye, but so exciting to go to new places. But as long as we keep reminding ourselves of that, then we will be fine 🙂

  25. Ali

    October 25, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    No matter how exciting change can be, it’s usually scary too. I like the comforts of home too, but I know I *need* that change. You keep in touch with friends and make new ones, and suddenly you have friends all over the world even if you can’t see them often. Good luck with the next step!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      Cheers Ali. It is definitely the excitement of meeting new people, eating new foods, and trying new adventures that keeps us going after 3 years on the road!

  26. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    October 26, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    I can relate to your fears. As an adult, I’ve never lived outside of the Atlanta area. For now, Bret and I both function best when we have a stable home base with friends, family, and our dog Huckleberry. Unfortunately, having a permanent home base has it’s drawbacks as well- more expensive to live, more expensive flights, less time to explore a new place. Good for you for facing your fears and moving on to the next phase in your travel life. Best of luck!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      I never knew you had a dog called Huckleberry! Cute 🙂 We do like having a base, and that is part of the reason we have enjoyed living in Edinburgh so much. We can pack up for the weekend and in 2 hours be in another country with different cultures, food and adventures. Makes life very simple. But we do need another challenge now I think 😉

  27. Michael @ Changes In Longitude

    October 29, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    We’ve had similar feelings on our RTW, but the excitement and anticipation of seeing a new place outweighs the thought of staying put, at least so far.I guess in the end you just have to do what feels right to you. I think travel is turning us into unstoppable nomads.

    Cheers,

    Michael

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      Totally agree with you there Michael! You will reach a point one day where you will feel burnt out. That is when you realise you need to slow down. It happens to everyone, no matter how many years you travel for 😉

  28. CreditDonkey

    October 29, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Hi Cole and Adela,

    Every travel blog I read fuels my desire for travel. Fear is in there too, and I have yet to take my first step but once I do, I also plan to take it slow like you do and savor the experience.

    Best of luck in your new adventure!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      Thanks Theresa! Once you take that first step, all you will want to do is start running and never stopping 🙂

  29. Abby

    October 31, 2012 at 5:47 AM

    It is never a mistake to make great friends!! I love moving and thrive on that excitement. But I have now stayed put for two years myself. It is amazing. It was a fear I needed to get over, and I can’t believe how much I’ve learned about myself during this time period. It’s strange where life can take us!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 10:48 AM

      But you are still getting the crazy adventures in Vegas so that is alright 😉

  30. Steve

    November 3, 2012 at 5:33 AM

    It’s really hard to leave the place which you have fallen in love with. You’ll miss the place, people, cuisine and culture. This makes us afraid to travel and try something new. Just be brave enough and think that something better is coming!

    • Cole Burmester

      November 3, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      Everywhere that we go we seem to fall in love with. We just hope our next move will be just as good 😉

  31. Kieu ~ GQ trippin

    November 3, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Yum.. CHOCOLATE CAKE! You know.. I think I suffer from the opposite – fear of staying put. The last year, all we’ve known is travel and being on the constant move. I always admire those who can stay in one place and truly absorb it all in but am afraid that I’ll want leave the moment things get comfy. Let’s trade places and conquer our little fear together, shall we? 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      November 3, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      Sounds like a grand idea Kieu 😉 Would be great to finally meet you guys somewhere!

  32. Maddy @ I'm Not Home

    November 4, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    I am in Asia atm and those pictures of chocolate cake are just too much!

    I know what you mean – it’s hard to leave somewhere you’re so attached to, especially as you know you’ll probably never live there again. At least if you stay in Europe you know you can pop over for a visit! I’m thinking of making a base for myself next year so it’s good for me to hear the perspective of someone who has done it. Good luck with the move!

    • Cole Burmester

      November 4, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      Sounds like we might be swapping places as we want to hit up Asia at the end of next year 😉 Need to swap some ideas etc

  33. Reena @ Wanderplex

    November 12, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    I think it’s really natural to crave familiarity and a sense of routine which is probably why you’re so afraid of moving on. But I think you can get that “familiarity” on the road too – you just have to travel more slowly. I find after I’m in a place for a couple of days, I start to feel more “at home”. You’ll be fine!

  34. Victor Tribunsky

    November 13, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    There are some sities in Europe where I know I could live, but I know there are some places that will be more interesting. So – constant search! 🙂

  35. Alexandra

    December 11, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    I’m nearing 20 months on the road with the longest in one spot my boyfriends home of Germany. It’s funny I never really feel at home here I actually feel more homesick when I have a base that isn’t my home. Maybe I’m crazy but I’m happier when I am on the move! Less than a month to go before another crazy 6 months of RTW travel and at least 13 new countries to visit!

    • Cole Burmester

      December 12, 2012 at 1:37 AM

      Totally agree with you Alexandra! When we are travelling I often find we are too busy to think about home because we are having so many adventures! But as soon as we slow down and stop for a bit, that is when we get home sick.

  36. Teresa

    January 18, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    I completely understand how you feel. I have been back home for a couple of years and am planning to head off again in the next few months. I did it before so I know I can do it again – rent out my house and go – but… I didn’t expect to be dragging my heels (which is what I am doing). It is important to remind yourself of your goals and the reason why you are living this type of life.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 19, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      Well said Teresa! There is a much bigger picture that we sometimes forget to look at when we start staying for too long in one place. Not that staying in one place is bad necessarily, but to achieve all our dreams and see the world we really need to move around 🙂

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    August 29, 2014 at 8:05 PM

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One of the smallest states in the United States, Maryland sits peacefully on the Atlantic shore on the historic Chesapeake Bay, near Washington, D.C. Regardless of its size, this beautiful state has a lot to offer—from museums to historic sites, breweries, amusement parks, lakes, thriving wetlands, forested mountains, lakes, and waterfalls to keep you entertained throughout.

The state is quite popular with sailors, beachgoers, and nature lovers due to the vast number of outdoor settings. However, that isn’t to say that Maryland doesn’t appeal to others. Sports betting and gambling are legal in Maryland. Meaning, a lot of people from the neighboring states often enter to visit Maryland sportsbooks and casinos.

After all, you don’t require a huge budget to experience all the fun Maryland has to offer.

If you are planning a trip to this state, here are the top five attractions you shouldn’t miss visiting.

1. National Aquarium

Located in Baltimore, the National Aquarium is a dramatic building that overlooks the Inner Harbor. Inside, you will find the replicates of numerous ecosystems for marine life from across the world. Additionally, the place is also home to birds, mammals, and appropriate plant life.

Though all environments are not underwater, they do share a common link to water. The largest of all the ecosystems here is the five-story Tropical RainForest, where you will get to explore life at various levels—from forest floor to the treetops and from plants to frogs, birds, sloths, and monkeys.

In the Atlantic Coral Reef Exhibit are sharks and dolphins alongside other tropical fishes.

2. Ocean City Boardwalk

As the name suggests, this attraction is located in Ocean City. It features nearly 3 miles of exciting pedestrian route lined with various sorts of entertainment for people of all age groups.

You will also be able to find some of the most popular attractions for families in Maryland near the boardwalk, including museums, restaurants, rides, and hotels. So, after enjoying a leisurely stroll, taking in the beautiful beach with soft sands and sparkling waters, consider grabbing an ice cream and finding a place to relax.

If you are traveling with your kids, drop by Timper’s Rides and Amusements and Ripley’s for some added fun.

3. The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum situated in the Mount Vernon Cultural District in Baltimore is a unique cultural landmark. It is also one of the few institutions in the world that stand for a comprehensive history of world art.

The museum features all forms of art from the third millennium B.C. through the early 20th century. The collections are displayed and interpreted spectacularly. However, the museum is best known for its magnificent jewelry, ivories, enamels, bronzes, and illuminated manuscripts.

Furthermore, the Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Byzantine antiquities here are immaculate. So are the medieval and Renaissance art collections.

4. Old Town Annapolis and William Paca House

Located between the Town Dock and the Maryland State House are a handful of blocks that feature history and charm. The State House was once the United States Capitol. It is also one of the oldest State House that is still in continuous legislative use.

The William Paca House and Garden are located down the hill. As you make your way there, you will get to explore narrow streets brimming with picture-worthy brick and clapboard buildings. Now, if you are wondering who William Paca is, he was the signer of the Declaration of Independence.

The place was fully refurbished with period antiques and original Paca family items. It features a two-acre garden with a fish-shaped pond, terraces, and a topiary. The house is also an example of how an influential and prosperous Annapolis family looked and felt in the colonial era.

Fort McHenry National Monument

5. Fort McHenry National Monument

The fort was completed in 1803 in an effort to secure the entrance to Baltimore’s busy harbor. In 1814, Fort McHenry withstood a 24-hour bombardment by the British, thereby evolving to be a national icon in the country. However, there is more history to this fort than the bombardment.

The fort once saved Baltimore from occupation. It also acted as a source of inspiration for Francis Scott Key to write The Star-Spangled Banner. He was held a prisoner on a British ship during the attack.

While at Fort McHenry, you can tour the buildings, walk the ramparts, or catch a dramatic multimedia presentation on the fort’s history and the national anthem.

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Where Is Polynesia, And What Is The Disney Polynesian Village Resort?

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What does Polynesia mean?

The word Polynesia comes from 2 Greek words, “poly and nesos”, which translates to mean  “many islands”. The name is appropriate considering that the Polynesian islands take up more than 800,000 sq miles!

Where is Polynesia? Thanks to Disney it can be a lot closer than you might think. In this article, we’ll review a few fun facts about Polynesia, as well as what you can expect when visiting the Disney Polynesian Village.

So take a look! By the time you’re done reading this article, you can start planning your dream vacation.

Where Is Polynesia?

Where is Polynesia? Polynesia takes up a large triangular area of land in the east-central Pacific ocean.

The apex of the triangle is right at the Hawaiian Islands. The base angles of the triangle are New Zealand for the west angle and Easter Island for the eastern base angle.

In addition to stretching out from Hawai, Polynesia also includes its group of Polynesian islands. A few of the islands include Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Wallis, and French Polynesia. At the islands, you can find picturesque overwater bungalows.

Where Is the Disney Polynesian Village?

You can find the Disney Polynesian Village in sunny Florida, right by the Magic Kingdom. The resort rests on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon.

The Seven Seas Lagoon is a body of water made by humans. It’s like an aquatic red carpet leading to Magic Kindom. The lagoon features boating, fishing, and more fun activities for guests of all ages.

What the Disney Resort Is Like Inside

After opening in 1971 the Polynesian Village Resort has been a sought after location by many guests. The resort has a motto, “Aiita Peatea”, translating to mean “Tomorrow there will be another day, exactly like today”. In other words, don’t worry, life’s good!

The zen-like motto reflects the laid back, peaceful atmosphere of the resort. The 847 room resort is only 2 monorail stops from the Magic Kingdom. The entire resort takes up a total of 39 acres and the decorations transform each acre into a tropical paradise.

While touring the resort, you’ll be able to enjoy looking at waterfalls, tiki torches made of bamboo, tropical plants, and of course a beach area. The casual, family-friendly resort uses the Great Ceremonial House as the lobby. You could easily spend all day just hanging out in the lobby admiring all of the exotic plants and landscaping.

Disney Vacation Club

Moving on, let’s look at what being a Disney Club Vacation member is all about. If you already know you want to visit Disney resorts more than once, a membership could help you save money.

When you’re a part of the Disney Vacation Club or DVC, you’ll get a certain amount of points. The number of points you get is up to you based on your initial membership purchase.

Next, you can use the points to reserve your stay at any of the DVC resorts like the polynesian dvc resort in Florida. There are DVC resorts all over the world, and your membership won’t lock you into a singular location. Instead, you’ll have access to all of the resorts worldwide, as well as additional DVC member benefits and perks.

What To Expect in Your Resort Room

What do the rooms look like at the Polynesian Village Resort? All of the rooms are in 1 of 11 different longhouses.

The longhouses are large buildings, that allow you to access your room from an interior hallway. Every room is either 2 stories or 3 stories high.

A standard room at the Polynesian will have a day bed, 2 queen-sized beds, a small table, 2 chairs, and an armoire for your clothes. The standard room size is about 415 square feet and you can’t have over 5 occupants in any 1 room. You’ll also find amenities like a coffee maker, ironing board, Disney shampoo and soap, an iPod dock, and a safe.

Did you want to get a king-sized bed? If yes, you’ll have to make a special request since they only have a limited number of king-sized beds available.

Next, if you want to stay in a suite, you can house anywhere from 4-9 people. All of the resorts suites are in the Tonga longhouse.

Different Room Views at the Polynesian Village Resort

What type of room view matters to you? If a relaxing room view is important to you, we suggest you book a room that offers a lagoon view. If you want to keep an eye on all the action, ask for a clear view of the theme park.

A standard room view will feature the lovely landscaping and walkways the Polynesian resort is famous for. The marina and pool are included in the standard room views, so you can request them at no additional cost!

Finally, some rooms overlook the parking lot. When you book your room, you have to specifically ask to not get a parking lot view, otherwise, you probably will.

Room Check-in and Check-Out Policies

After booking your room, you’ll need to download the My Disney Experience App. Open up the app and look for a section titled “Online Check-in”. After clicking on the online check-in, you’ll be able to request an early check-in.

We suggest you choose the early check-in options since this will give you the most freedom. Rooms aren’t ready until 3 p.m., and there’s no guarantee an early check-in will mean your room’s ready sooner.

However, you will have the freedom to drop off your luggage with the bell services, get your magic bands for the park, and start exploring! Magic bands are colorful wristbands that connect you to everything on your vacation. Your magic band can help you with park access, getting into your room, buying Disney merchandise, and more.

Plan Your Dream Vacation

Where is Polynesia? Now you know where to find the Polynesian islands, as well as Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

Were you surprised to discover the resort is right outside of Magic Kingdom? Or how about how you can request a lagoon view for your room?

We hope our article was able to answer all of your questions so you can start planning your dream vacation today! For more great locations to visit, check out the rest of this site.

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