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Jyl Johnson Pattee  boy & 🐶 mom. #familytraveler. cheese 💛er. entrepreneur. MINI cooper road rally-er. 50 countries x 50. influencer marketing consultant. speaker.

How do you handle re-entry after returning home from a trip? Prepare for it? Just go with the flow? Is it tough or easy for you? Do you look forward to home, getting back into routines, etc.? Or are you sad to leave the #vacationvibes behind? I’m pondering this as I wait to take off for home this morning. Things I’m asking myself? What can I do to make re-entry go as smoothly as possible? Things I can apply in my everyday life to bring the #vacay back without having to go halfway #aroundtheworld? Ways I can ease back into life instead of diving right back in? We’ll see what I come up with and how it goes. In the meantime, this #instagramworthy pic is brought to you by #SanMarino, our favorite surprise #discovery on our #50x50wow #cruise + #roadtrip #epicadventure. Yay for #flower-lined #stairs. #traveltheglobe #seetheworld #exploremore #adventureawaits #yolo #instawow #leavingonajetplane

Tonight is our #lastnight in #Europe, so we had the best #datenighf ever. We started with a #gondolaride (peace defined... so calming/beautiful). Next, we wound our way through the #streets and #alleyways and over #bridges, including the famous #rialtobridge overlooking the #grandcanal. Then, we had dinner at #DaMamo near the Rialto Bridge and a 10-Min walk from #sanmarcosquare. Soooooo delish! #brushetta #linguine #pizza #mmmm Loved starting and ending trip in #Venice. And now back to reality! I’ve got lots more pics to share though, so watch for them!

Oh! Hi there, you oldest Republic in the world you, #SanMarino. I didn’t even know about your existence until 2 days ago when we added you #onthefly to our #roadtrip and made a #pitstop to see you yesterday and immediately fell in love. Glad we had a couple of nights sans plans so we could change our #route completely and head back to Venice through the #ItalianAlps and down to the #republicofsanmarino and then wind our way back up the coast of the #adriaticsea before our last meal in Venice tonight and our flight home tomorrow. Glad we caught this shot before the whole mountain became enveloped in clouds. #roadtrips #lostandfound #wanderlust #mytinyatlast #hellorooftops @hello_rooftops #Italy #exploreme #changeofplans

What’s your favorite way to #travel? As you’ve probably figured out, we’re huge #roadtrippers. Why? We love how it lets us see not only those #cities on our #travelitinerary but the #smalltowns, #villages, and most especially the #countryside and #farmland in between. Additionally, if we hear of a #mustsee place after booking our #vacationrentals, we can add new #destinations on the fly, even if as quick stops. Yesterday, for example, we stopped at the #fairytaletown of #CeskyKrumlov. My friend messaged me when we were in #Prague and said our trip to the #czechrepublic wouldn’t be complete without visiting this town. Fortunately, it was right on our way to Salzburg and we could just make a quick stop and take in the awesomeness and we’re so glad we did. And finally and our favorite reason to #roadtrip? The time to connect with each other. We love talking about everything and nothing and strengthening our relationship. While we wish we were #roadtrippin in a @mini (we searched high and low for a #carrental that offered #minicoopercountryman options to no avail), we’re happy to be #ontheroadagain regardless. Yay for #drivetime! #gettingaround #50x50wow #exploremore #rentalcar #europeanvacation #europecar #seetheworld #wanderlust

Spotted in #Salzburg just after we got our #hangry under control and right after a huge gust of wind caused mayhem for the local restaurants. #astormsabrewin #rainstorms #austria #bicycle #bicyclesofinstagram #yellowflowers #europeanvacation #dinnertime #wanderlust #gettingaround #50x50wow

We started off today by going to #church in #Prague. I questioned whether or not to go knowing our stay here was far too short and, well, cutting into our day by 3 hours (Yes! Our church is 3 hours long.) would eat into our time. Making the choice to start our day on a #spiritual note was a great reminder to me of the importance of putting God first. I felt so uplifted after attending. I connected with people even if via a translator whose lives are so different from and yet in the most important way, so similar to mine. I learned from them. I felt the spirit of God so powerfully with the reminder that He knows and loves all of his children. And that we’re one big global family and there’s love and goodness everywhere we look. We don’t have to believe the same, be religious, or otherwise be the same whatsoever. We’re still a global family and I loved starting my day feeling more connected socially and spiritually. After church, @troypattee and I saw Prague from a variety of angles with the goal to get lots of different perspectives. We went to the top of #petrintower (looks like the Eiffel Tower), went on a #rivercruise, went on a #sundaydrive, went to the top of the #astronomicalclocktower (this pic was taken there at #sunset), and walked through the maze-like #citystreets in #oldtown. We fell in love with Prague and deeper in love with each other. Starting our day on a high note set the tone for the entire rest of the day. I’ll be so sad to leave tomorrow, but wow! What an emotionally filling 2 days with a simple but powerful lesson. @hello_rooftops #travelgoals #sundaymood #imamormon #lds #traveltheworld #rooftops #czechrepublic #wanderlust #putfirstthingsfirst #priorities #spirituality #soulful #purpose #joy #faith #travelarenas

My parents instilled in me a love and passion for travel. They sacrificed to make travel happen when I was growing up. And they modeled both how fun and meaningful and even life changing it could be. They made opportunities possible for me like spending a summer with my friend in Central America when I was 12, touring Europe in a VW van as a family when I was 15, going back to Europe with my school’s German Club and staying a week with a local family when I was 16, and then taking off at the ripe old age of 17 to be a foreign exchange student in Argentina for a year. They encouraged and supported my travel dreams and always pointed out opportunities and helped me learn how to make travel a part of my life. Additionally, they helped me value the importance of not only seeing new places but getting to know and celebrate their peoples, cultures, food, language, etc. As I cross off my top #bucketlist list item of reaching 50 countries before the age of 50, I’m feeling really grateful for my parents for helping me catch the #travelbug at such a young age and for learning to appreciate so much more than the souvenirs. #czechrepublic #50x50wow #europeanvacation #roadtrippin #traveldreams #travelgoals #travelholic #travelgram #travelislife #travelernottourist #seetheworld #culturalawareness #exploremore #wanderlust

Am I the only one who dreams about what my life would be like if the #vacationrental I’m staying in were actually mine? I so prefer lodging in them to hotels for #leisuretravel especially. It helps me feel more like I’m living like a local... or closer to it anyway. This apt near #oldtownkrakow is in my top 3 places I’ve ever stayed. The location. The city sounds. The view from our two balconies. The use of space. The decor. I’d buy it if I could and come back to #Krakow on the regular. But alas, all exceptional things must come to an end. So, we’re taking to the road to cross off the number 1 item on my #bucketlist: to visit 50 countries by 50. Today’s the day! Yay!!! #travelholic #mytinyatlas #travelgram #airbnb #vacationhomes #poland🇵🇱 #sunset #citysunset @airbnb #cityvibes #citylife #50x50wow

My InstaStories and Facebook album are going to be stuffed, guys. I’m beyond smitten with #Krakow #Poland. Beyond! I always associated Poland with Auschwitz and the sadness that stemmed from WWII’s atrocities. And yes! That plays such an important part in Poland’s history (more on that later). But the country is so much more than that. It’s food is ridiculously delicious. The culture is vibrant and fun and artsy. The agrarian lifestyle helps you see how traditional Poles still live. #OldTownKrakow (shown in this pic) is charming with beautiful buildings, a big park/square, a castle, and churches—all of which are very walkable (unless your cankles are out of control like mine). Watch for more pics soon. Can’t wait to share! And PS: Thx @cccornish @petit_elefant and @jeannettekaplun for your encouragement to not skip this amazing city. So appreciated! #travelgram #travelholic #roadtrippin #europeanvacation #poland🇵🇱 #popsofcolor #wanderlust #betterthanexpected #worthit #instawow #50x50wow

What’s your favorite dish you’ve discovered on #vacay? Are you an adventurous eater when #traveling? Do you go all out trying traditional meals? Or instead, do you head for the closest #restaurant with comforts from home? I won’t say I’m not a #pickyeater whatsoever. I definitely like what I like the way I like it (ranch with fries, anyone?). But, I will try anything. Discovering local #goodeats when I #travel is one of my favorite things to do. I believe trying new things a great way to appreciate different cultures. Last night’s #BeetSoup with meat-filled dumplings, #pierogi filled with #cheese (#mmmm), yummy pork, and mountain cheese wrapped in something philo dough-ish (sp) didn’t disappoint. We asked our server for her top recos and she rocked it. Can’t wait to try new and #yummy #food tonight and see what else I can fall in love with here. #roadtrippin #whatsfordinner #foodandtravel #foodstagram #polishfood #jewishquarter #krakow #poland #yummm #50x50wow @warsztat.wroc

“Live the story you want to tell.” I saw that quote over on @beckyhigginsllc IG feed yesterday and it got me thinking. What opportunities am I taking advantage of that are making my story richer? What “going outside my comfort zone” moments or risks am I taking to add more depth? What new characters am I meeting to add variety? What stories do I edit out because they don’t contribute or even muddle up the over all story line? And in the same vein, what characters? How do I embrace plot twists and turns I couldn’t have seen coming and don’t necessarily love or feel happy about at least at first but recognize are a vital part of the story? In the end, we choose and write our life’s story. So as I enjoy one of my favorite parts of mine, traveling, I’ll be thinking about what’s next and how I want to live it. #reflection #pathway #naturegram #direction #whereareyougoing #chooseyourpath #travelgram #writeyourstory #lifestory #yolo #worthit #instawow #50x50wow #plitvice #plitvicelakes #nationalparkgeek #walkinthewoods #exploremore #getoutdoors #boardwalk #croatia #wanderlust #adventureawaits

Highly recommend the #sunset / evening #rivercruise on the #Danube. Beautiful water tour with historical details of beautiful buildings on the Buda and Pest sides of the #river and all of the amazing #bridges. So relaxing + educational. #wanderlust #hungary #yolo #mytinyatlas #architecture #travelgram #rivergram #ariverrunsthroughit #budapest #hungary

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