Colorado Has Been A Long Time Coming…
Back when I worked for American Airlines, Colorado was one of my top destinations to hit first. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to. Seattle and San Francisco were up there on the list as well and was able to hit those spots. Not to mention my first non-rev trip internationally was to the Caribbean (Grand Cayman Island), an area prioritized on my destination list. So I can’t say I should be ashamed of my self for not being able to make it to Colorado during my time working for American.
Well. . .
To be honest with you, I’ve had plenty of opportunities. Right off the bat, I’ll name some factors contributing to missing some of my priority destinations:
I held two jobs at the time, working 50+ hours a week, 6 days a week. In such a short time frame I could only do day trips unless I got someone to pick up my hours at the airport job.
At the time I was working my American Airlines job I was in the upper undergrad classes (the 300 and 400 classes. Sorry if I’m confusing you!). The work was getting more stringent, increasing in both quality and quantity. Buckling down was paramount. This meant sacrificing some potential days to hit some hot spots in Denver.
3. A Toxic Relationship
It’s not that I was in a relationship. Couples travel to Colorado all the time. It’s that I was in a bad relationship. Of course, the smaller issues like our time off not aligning played a role in us not being able to get to some of our destinations. The bigger issues, however, were that we just couldn’t get along. And that’s an understatement. We argued and spoiled one another’s energy so frequently that we sucked any enthusiasm out of the will to travel. On our limited time off, we just wanted to be home.
These are all recipes for missed Colorado opportunities. Well, here I am today to tell you I’m finally en route to the Mile High City, Colorado! Land of the beautiful Colorado Rockies (I’m a mountain man regarding visual vitamins). The greatest difference now from two years ago? I’m single. And no, it’s not bashing on the amazing travel and wellness couples who journey the world and grow together. As a matter of fact, you inspire me! I’m sure if you have an IG, FB Page, SC, Twitter, or website and you post frequently about your adventures together I follow you. By being single, I mean I’m away from a negative situation that held me back in more ways than one. Among those things was travel.
Diving Into The Detail. . .
I’d mentioned earlier that one of the things holding us back from ever getting to Denver was our inability to ever mesh our work schedule. Whenever we traveled, either one or both of us had to get our shift picked up or use vacation time. That wasn’t the biggest issue, however, as we were clearly finding ways around our work schedules not meshing. The greatest impact that relationship had on my not just getting to Denver, but broadening my traveling experiences in general, was on my drive. The constant arguing and problems drained me physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It threw its muck onto my passion for travel, culture, and exploration. At one point, I wasn’t too sure why I was still working for American Airline, as my drive and motivation for travel had diminished, becoming wrapped in a constant feedback loop since the more I stayed home and missed travel opportunities after hours of work, school, and maintaining a relationship, the more my drive to get out and travel declined.
Needless To Say, A Trip To Colorado Is Long Overdue
This Denver, Colorado trip particularly inspired me to write this because there is more meaning to it. While I was working two jobs at the time, I remember coming to the conclusion that my current way of living was no longer sustainable and that something had to give. Unfortunately, my other job paid the larger portion of my bills, so I knew my time at American Airlines could be coming to a close. One of the trips I had to make before making my decision to leave was getting to Denver. I’m going to make it a goal of mine to visit as many mountain ranges around the world as I can so my own backyard would be a start. Well, things didn’t pan out due to more arguments and unhappiness, and that time came when I had to make a temporary hiatus from the airline industry. It was the beginning of some dark and confusing times in my life.
On a positive note, two years and an Institute for Integrative Nutrition Health Coach certification later, I’m back in the airline industry pushing for innovation in the Wellness Travel industry while enjoying the revival of a true passion of mine: travel.
I’ll be sure to post pictures of my trip to my Instagram @vitaminvoyager as well as tweet, make Facebook posts on my page, and create videos on my Snapchat of the same username. If you have any recommendations for great local tea/kombucha/smoothie shops, health and environment conscious restaurants, awesome outdoor activities within reach of public transportation, and yoga and meditation retreats/business, please feel free to share them below!
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