I really enjoy taking advantage of my ability to fly anywhere on a whim. So far I’ve gone hiking in Colorado, Oregon, Canada (Banff National Park – the most beautiful place I have ever been in my life, honestly), visited some of the largest and most iconic cathedrals in the world in NYC, DC, Vatican City (Rome), Paris, etc, and had pasta and wine in Rome and Venice, beignets and gumbo in New Orleans, crépes and creme de brulé in Paris, beer and shepherds pie in Edinburgh, and chocolate from Belgium and Switzerland. I’ve flown to Philly just to have a lunch meeting with a friend’s friend, met up with my sister for 8 hours in NYC, and flown all the way to the Netherlands to spend an afternoon with an old college friend. I’ve seen the Pope, wandered through several castles, hiked with a Canadian and Brit through the Rockies, and maxed out a rental car on the autobahn.
I’ve been posting some photos from all of my trips on my Instagram account (which you can follow here: jcuster77), but I finally figured that maybe I should start blogging a bit about my traveling experience (especially since several people have suggested the idea to me recently). I’m not exactly sure what these posts will entail, but I’ve got a couple of rough ideas:
- A list of my favorite churches and cathedrals I’ve visited so far, with photos. One of my main traditions when I fly to a new place is to visit at least one church in the city or area. I always spend time praying in them, but I also spend time just admiring the beauty of the church and worship in silence. I’d love to share some of my favorites with you.
- A couple posts on some of my favorite places I’ve been, perhaps with photos and suggestions of what I enjoyed best while there.
- A post or two on how I’ve been able to save money and travel fairly cheaply around the world. Perhaps also some general travel tips I’ve picked up as I’ve gone – both for domestic travel, and international travel.
- A post for those who want to glean from what I’ve learned about non-revving (the term for “non-revenue” standby flying that I do), and making it home when your flights are all full. I’ve learned a lot about how to re-route myself through different cities to make it home when others get stuck.
- And finally perhaps some theological or practical reflections on what I’ve learned and experienced as I’ve travelled to different cultures and countries.