I am so pleased to introduce y'all to the wonderful Caitlin from Southern Exhilaration! Another Southern Belle, Caitlin calls Atlanta home. Even though she works in PR, she's able to find time to travel the world (and take some amazing photos while doing it)! She's all about spreading that Southern charm, so without further ado lets get to know her!
Tell us about Southern Exhilaration!
Southern Exhilaration, in a sense, is all about leaving a little southern charm wherever you go. I not only share the charms of southern experiences, but also my travels throughout the United States and around the world. So, pull up a chair, grab a glass of sweet tea (or your favorite beverage), head on over to my little corner of the Internet and stay awhile.
What is your hometown, Atlanta like?
The Atlanta area has been my home for 10 years, off an on. It’s a diverse city. You can experience a mix from the pre-Antebellum charm of Roswell to skyscrapers of downtown, and everything in between. The area offers a wide range of walking and biking trails and outdoor areas to explore. The city is full of trees, parks, culture, sports, museums, universities, food festivals, art shows and music galore. Visitors complain about the traffic, but I love that every weekend there is something going on of interest. There is so much to see and do - the list is endless when it comes to Atlanta and its surrounding areas.
You have said that travel is the only thing that makes your richer. In what ways do you make travel a priority in your life?
Making travel a priority can be difficult when you work a full-time job. At the beginning of every year, I schedule time to go on trips and cross items off my bucket list. Some years it’s a full-week of vacation to a foreign land, like Romania, and then some years it’s a long weekend to a new city, like Philadelphia, New York or Austin. In addition to purposely setting aside time, I also set a travel budget for the year to make sure I don’t go too crazy and not have the money to pay those pesky bills. Busy lives get in the way, so planning is essential to prioritizing travel.
What is one of your favorite destinations in the South you believe deserves more credit?
This is a hard question. The South has so many charming places. I am pleased to see one of my favorite places experiencing a recent resurgence of interest. Birmingham, Alabama offers a thriving music and restaurant scene as well as sports, art, history, botanical gardens, and is successfully inserting charm into many long-neglected areas, like Railroad Park.
What is the biggest travel advice you’d offer to people who also work full time jobs?
The best advice I can offer is to make travel a priority. Set a date with yourself and keep it. You don’t have to use all of your vacation time or extra income going on extravagant trips. But, definitely make sure you set aside the time to go somewhere new, even if it is a weekend trip to another part of your state. If you don’t like traveling alone, look into some of the group travel opportunities (I have liked traveling with National Geographic) or take a friend.
If you could pick one holiday destination to do over again (good or bad), what would it be and why?
If I could pick one holiday destination, it would have to be the 10-days I spent in Europe with my cousin. We crossed three countries off my list, and I just loved getting the extra time with him. It was an absolute dream, and I loved every minute of it! I think my favorite part of the whole trip was climbing to the top of Notre Dame for the sunset.
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