Costa Rica

My husband and I first visited Costa Rica on our Honeymoon four years ago. We had such an amazing time that we decided to return with family two years later. Both stays were incredibly magical. The wildlife all around is like the things of storybooks with their sloths, red-eyed tree frogs, motmots, and howler monkeys to name a few. Different from most of our trips, we chose to change it up and stay in the rain forest part of the country rather than near the beach. The scenery is gorgeous and the excursions went beyond our expectations. We truly enjoyed this experience and would love to return for a third visit, with a few nights to visit the coast.

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Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel is a small city by the sea on the Monterey Peninsula. Brian and I discovered this town eight years ago when we first moved to California from Virginia. It was our first real weekend getaway on the west coast, and has remained a favorite ever sense. We love the small town vibe, being outside the hustle and bustle of Monterey, and the wide selection of farm-to-table restaurants and fine wine choices. We go at least twice a year and have so many fond memories, including getting engaged at Point Lobos.

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Barcelona, Spain

A few years ago, before I left my teaching job, two of our close friends and we planned an exciting adventure to Barcelona, Spain! It is a beautiful city with a robust past. This was a whirlwind of a trip, some days going on little over an hour of sleep (jet lag is the worst), but we had a blast. There is so much to see and do in Barcelona, from the architecture to the history to the delicious tapas. One highlight of ours was seeing the stunning work of Antoni Gaudi all throughout the city. A lot of sightseeing and eating was crammed into our five-day trip, but it was worth it. We hope to return one day and to visit other parts of Spain as well.

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London, England

I have always wanted to travel and explore the world but never seemed to have the opportunity. I didn’t even have a passport until 2010. My husband traveled often for work, but teaching year round made it difficult for me to join him. However, three years ago, I was able to take a week off and journey with him for a work week to London. This was one of my first big trips and definitely the longest flight I had ever taken at the time. A few of our friends were coworkers of Brian, so they joined us along with some additional friends. We all enjoyed exploring the beautiful city, with the workers joining us in the evening time. I learned how to navigate without GPS and mingle with the locals. I believe this trip is what got me hooked on traveling.

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About Me

Hello! Welcome to my travel blog! My husband, Brian, and I have been a couple since college. Together, we enjoy traveling, hiking, playing tennis, trying new foods, wine tasting, and spending time with loved ones. Eight years ago, Brian and I moved out to California from our home state of Virginia. Throughout this time, I taught Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and first grade, and he worked as a software engineer in Silicon Valley.

Last year, we were in a transition period in our lives as we considered moving from Northern California back to the East Coast. We decided this would be a great opportunity to take a year off and travel to the many wonders around the world. We packed up, moved everything into storage and have been living out of a suitcase ever since. This, in itself, has been an eye opening experience, let alone the traveling. While we have definitely not seen it all, we have had some amazing experiences and hope to continue our travels in the future.

Welcome!

Welcome to Brooke Loves Travel! I’m Brooke Love. This is a collection of travel wonders and tips, my husband, Brian, and I have discovered over our ten plus years together. We have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to explore many amazing places and are excited to share our adventures with family, friends, and the world.

We have always loved to travel, but, as with most, time and money is constantly a factor. After some saving the past few years, we decided to stop talking and start doing. We took the last year (plus a little) to travel around the world. We have had an amazing experience, overcome some obstacles, and learned a lot. We are sad our year’s journey is coming to an end, but would like to share a few travel tips and information about the places we have visited. There are still so many places we would like to go, and hope to go to in the future. I know planning a trip, especially a long journey, can be quite challenging, so I hope some of you find this useful. Please share any stories or information you have as well. Happy Travels!