Our Secrets to Successful Exploration!

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Our Secrets to Successful Exploration!

Our secrets to successful exploration- in a nutshell. 

 1.     Make a list, but be flexible.

We made a general list of things we wanted to do while in Jeju Island, South Korea.  With a last minute trip to Jeju we didn’t really have time to make a solid “plan” or create an agenda…but because of this spontaneous trip… I am a TRUE believer in not making concrete plans. Ok, so I get it. You are a planner. Sometimes you just need to plan, but there are certainly plenty of opportunities for trips without solid plans or in the very least ways to make your travel plans less “rigid.” The unexpected trips, the unplanned-spontaneous-flybytheseatofyourpants trips are (I believe) the ones that turn out to be the best adventures and let me tell you why:

       You don’t get disappointed- If you don’t have a set plan and agenda how can you miss a train, plane, or a bus? That’s right. You can’t.

       Freedom- Freedom to do as you please and when you please. Your schedule is wide open. If you feel like a relaxing day at the beach then grab your shades n’ sunscreen. If you feel like climbing a mountain…ONWARD! Freedom in your schedule, freedom in your days.

       Flexibility- Rain or Shine baby- Seize that day! ? What’s that? It’s storming? Perfect. It doesn’t matter because you don’t have plans anyway. You are more willing to seize the day regardless of the weather, because disappointment doesn’t exist when you don’t have a set schedule or a place to be.

It's raining...but NOT on this parade! Completely in the moment of windy gusts  and lovely rain! One of my favorite all time pictures.

It’s raining…but NOT on this parade! Completely in the moment of windy gusts and lovely rain! One of my favorite all time pictures.- Jusangjeolli Lava Cliffs.

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We DID IT!

We DID IT! It’s a mountain climbin’ kinda day!

peak fever

Peak Fever

Puddles- Along Olle trail  Jeju coast.

Puddles- Along Olle trail Jeju coast.

Lava cliffs along the coast

Lava cliffs along the coast-Jusangjeolli Cliffs.

Manjuggal Caves

Manjuggal Caves- Lava Tubes

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2.     Take the road less traveled.

First off… I really dislike big chain resorts. Matter of fact…I really dislike big chain anything. I am a firm believer in supporting locally owned “ma and pa” stores if you will. By taking the less traveled path you have the opportunity to stumble upon the most amazing gems. We have discovered some of the most amazing beaches, guesthouses, and breathtaking sights from wandering off the “path.” I always make it a point to be a traveler…not a tourist. Big difference. Experiencing the culture, meeting new people, and discovery are all things that keep me choosing the road less traveled, and choosing it every single time.

 

Discovered this gem of a guesthouse at Hwasun beach.

Discovered this gem of a guesthouse at Hwasun beach.

Hwasun beach guesthouse. Little slice-a-heaven!

Hwasun beach guesthouse. Little slice-a-heaven!

Hwasun Beach. Secluded. Quiet. PERFECT!

Hwasun Beach. Secluded. Quiet. PERFECT!

Beautiful Shinyang beach- Jeju.

Beautiful Shinyang beach- Jeju.

Along the coast of Jeju. discovering gems along the walk.

Along the coast of Jeju. Discovering gems along the walk.

How can you decide to take a bus when you have miles and miles of gorgeous coastline?

How can you decide to take a bus when you have miles and miles of gorgeous coastline?

Stumbled upon the gorgeous falls.

Stumbled upon the gorgeous falls.

3.     Do something outside of your comfort zone.

Trying new food, hiking a mountain, or a trail for miles and miles knowing full well your know your legs will hurt for days after, wakin up at 4am for a sunrise hike-all things I did with my partner in crime this past weekend where I was outside of the comfort. Without getting outside of my comfort zone I would have never had the incredible weekend that I did. Cliché as it sounds…seriously believe that comfort is not always the place to be. Just when it seems like the road is all uphill…push through. I promise it’s worth it. I’ve got memories to prove it.

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summit of Mt. Halla

Summit of Mt. Halla- beautiful little lake

Olle trail- 20+ miles of walkin the coast of Jeju after the 9 hour day of hiking= SORE legs. Totally worth it? You bet.

Olle trail- 20+ miles of walkin the coast of Jeju after the 9 hour day of hiking= SORE legs. Totally worth it? You bet.

Authentic Korean BBQ-Hwasun guesthouse cooked for us.

Authentic Korean BBQ-Hwasun guesthouse cooked for us.

Just a walkin along the coast

Just a walkin along the coast-One side greens the other side ocean.

Sunrise Peak 4am

Sunrise Peak 4am

–I challenge you to get outside of what makes you comfortable. Take the risk.

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About Elicia Shepard

I'm unique just like you. I've learned every person has a story which makes us who we are. One minute I am here..then I am gone. Discovering unknown places and people is an addiction I am proud of and will be an endless journey of mine. Smiling is not a pastime it's what I do. I live for moments that take my breath away. Falling in love is the greatest feeling-and the biggest risk. I thrive off of risks.Challenges. Adrenaline rushes. Making others smile. Art is all around and in ourselves. I love taking an unknown path not knowing where it'll lead. Mystery is beautiful. Compassion, kindness, and love- things I will always strive for. Know what you believe in. Stand up for it. Never be afraid to feel. Time waits for no one.Ever. Children inspire me. God fires me. Happiness is being with those you love.I am really blessed. I think God is love and forgiveness and I think he wants us to be good people and love EVERYONE. Figure out who you are and what that means to you-It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself (and you deserve it.) Live frugally on surprise. Breathe. Be who you are. Be an outcast...If you wanna find me I will be where the wind blows...Wherever that may take me.

3 responses »

  1. AWESOME pictures.  You guys are having entirely too much fun!!  :)))  Not!!!  Make lots of memories.  You will never regret it.  I really envy you your wonderful experiences.

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  2. You have a huge smile on your face in every picture – that alone makes me happy.

    Your memories are amazing – I love that you are grabbing life with two hands and really living it.

    And I love your pictures of Jeju! We have talked about going there – and we will someday – just not sure when yet. Because we want to hike that mountain, and along the coast, and do some of those amazing things. We just need little ones to be able to keep up with us 🙂

    So glad you took the opportunity to explore Jeju! It looks incredible!!

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