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I have only ever traveled abroad once. Growing up in western United States, our vacations were generally centered around the small radius of our house and day trips were more the story than not. In college, I spent a summer in Greece with some friends and it forever altered the way I see the world. There is something to be said about getting out of your comfort zone (literally). It changes the way you exist because you start to notice that our environments are living, breathing things that shape our minds and our hearts and our bodies. If life is the great teacher, travel is the best lesson plan.

Betsy Siber creates amazingly gorgeous jewelry that pays an homage to travel and beauty and art. Crafted from global postage stamps, Siber’s line of jewelry, Foxglove Accessories, holds meticulously crafted necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings that allow you to travel without ever leaving your home. You can wear destination of your dreams with the knowledge that these pieces have actually been around the world and seen things. There is energy in that, don’t you think? Visit Foxglove Accessories and see where your heart takes you.

Foxglove Accessories is giving away one $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, July 8th, to see if you’ve won!
Please visit Foxglove Accessories and tell us: What is the best travel story you have? (Could be comical, enlightening, profound…we want to hear it!)
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, July 15th, to see if you’ve won!
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    Pumpernickel says:

    My husband and I were backpacking in New Zealand for two weeks and lost all track of time. We sadly went to check out of our little cabin in paradise and the man who owned the property told us that we still had one day left! We were as giddy as children and practically frolicked our way back to the ocean. That was the most magical day of my life and it was very likely the day that we conceived our first child. We are high school sweethearts and waited ten long years to start trying for a baby and that trip was our last big hoorah before we wanted to get pregnant. Our life just lined up perfectly because of the magical air in New Zealand, I guess.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    In 2006, my husband and i drove from california to new york and took thentrain back. It was an epic road trip that i willnever forget, full of interesting poaces and people and much fun with my best friend and the love of my life. 

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    Elizabeth says:

    I’ve been very lucky in my life to travel and live abroad and it’s been an important part of who I am.  Although I grew up in Montana, I’ve lived in Oregon, Connecticut, Canada, England, China, and Scotland – as well as travelled a lot of places. (I’m 32, so it’s all been a bit of a whirlwind.)  Of all my favorite travelings, there are two that stand out:  1)  The time I got hit by a car in Prague as a 21 year old.  I was not hurt badly at all, but MAN was it exciting.   I would advise anyone to NEVER email their mother saying, “Hi mom, made it to Prague.  Heard the U.S.  declared war.  Hit by a car, but everything’s fine.  Love you!  I’ll call later!” My mother probably lost 2 years of her life worrying about me that week.  2)  My second memorable travel moment was when I moved to Scotland as a 24 year old. I arrived with my partner two days before the New Year.  There was literally NO place to stay.  (No room in the inn, if you will.)  We found jobs as wait staff for a super fancy Hogmonay (New Year’s) party in Edinburgh.  We were planning on staying up all night and taking the train to Glasgow the next day, where we were going to be living.  However, when the wait staff we were working with learned of our situation, they insisted on taking care of us.   After the party was done, we rode in taxis to someone’s flat and spent all evening and morning laughing and dancing.  When dawn broke, one fellow even walked us safety to the train station.  The sun was just peaking above the dark spires and I was certain my heart would break with happiness and love at that moment.  I felt as if the whole world was unfolding with love all around me.  I couldn’t believe there was such kindness and care in the world.  I felt at home, so far from home.  

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    jane says:

    hmm my travel stories are mostly quite tame, i’m still a student so most of my trips have always been with my parents and older brother, we’ve mostly travelled as a family since i was a child.

    the most exciting thing that ever happened to us was when we went to the rockies from vancouver (which is very, very far away from home in singapore!). i was only eleven years old, and the prospect of going to canada was all very exciting for me since i hadn’t been so far away from home before that, and there was to be a huge amount of snow in wintry canada (compared to y’know, no snow at all back home haha). so we were on a tour bus driving through the rockies on the way to banff. it had snowed heavily the previous night and traffic had been rather slow. we reached roger’s pass around early afternoon and traffic had slowed to a crawl, so our bus stopped as well, when all of a sudden, we noticed that our bus was starting to slip towards the edge of the mountain (i kid you not!). apparently the roads had iced over due to the snowfall, which was why traffic had been moving so slowly as well. we saw cars that had braked begin to slide towards each other, and an elderly driver who got out of his car slipped and fell the moment he stepped on the road. meanwhile, our bus had begun to turn to face the edge of the road (there weren’t any barriers at the edge) and was slowly but surely moving towards the edge of the mountain… all the adults on the bus were panicking and some insisted on getting off the bus, so in the end our nice gentle tour guide actually scolded them haha! because getting off was a lousy idea, especially after witnessing the old man fall. so all the passengers sat/stood at the end of the bus to prevent it from sliding forward (and off the mountain) any further, while our brave driver crawled out to tie chains around the tyres. it seemed like ages before the salt truck and some ambulances finally arrived to cheers from all, and before long we were on our way to lunch, but no one had any appetite after that…

    well it was all more thrilling than scary for an eleven year old (me) and a thirteen year old (my brother), especially when we had been fast asleep through the first half of the crisis before being awoken by our parents to pray, who had been trying very hard to hold in their panic. Thank God i’m still here to be able to laugh at the tale now! it’s been 11 years since then and i’d love to go back again someday, but without all the almost-slip-sliding off roger’s pass, thank you very much :p

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    ren says:

    not being a terribly sentimental person, i was surprised when i was overcome with emotion upon seeing chaucer’s tomb in westminster abbey. i may have shed a tear or two.

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    Samantha S says:

    I once had to spend the night in the Denver airport (possibly one of the worst airports for it, as there isn’t a single seat without armrests), and since then, I’ve tried to look at airports as mini-adventures rather than temporary nuisances. Lately I’ve been surprised at the frequency with which I meet people when I fly. It usually takes a simple remark on the skyline or my seatmate to glance at what I’m reading to start a conversation, and I meet all sorts of people–a grizzled old horse racer whose face lit up at the mention of his grandchild; the nervous young stock trader flying home from an interview; a community college student who’d just become an English major with hopes of eventually teaching; soldiers on home leave. These small connections, I find, can make such a difference on how I experience my destination–if I’ve met interesting people, I’m much more likely to land looking for adventure and open to chance.

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    Kat says:

    My husband I had weren’t able to take a honeymoon because our yellow lab needed surgery. During our first year of marriage, I got pregnant, so we decided that a trip for just the two of us on our first anniversary was definitely in order.  We went camping for a week.  On our actual anniversary, there was a tornado sighting in the area, and we were instructed to take shelter.  We huddled in a spider-filled restroom with a few other families to take cover.  The tornado didn’t come near us, thankfully, but I’m pretty sure that was the least romantic way to celebrate an anniversary.  We always laugh about it though!

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    Amie A says:

    My sis and I took a roadtrip across country, from Sacramento, CA to Pontotoc, MS, travelling on a shoestring budget through Route 66.  Some of our experiences were so traumatic:   pubic hair of Sascrotch in one of the bathrooms, a peeping eye camera in another, no heat in icy conditions and getting pulled over in Texas where we apparently didn’t know that going “90 mph will land you in jail.”  We even got stuck in the middle of a blizzard and had many rude awakenings along the way (“No, we don’t have any gourMET coffee stores ’round these parts”).  When I had given up and started crying over how things had gotten so bad, my sis reminded me that if it weren’t for those experiences, we wouldn’t have any funny stories to tell.  To this day, those horror stories ARE the best stories and we tell them over and over agian.   It was the most memorable trip ever.  We can’t wait to do it again.

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    Ginger G. says:

    So many travel stories! One of my most memorable trips was when I was a senior in high school.  I had the opportunity to go to Hawaii and dance on the field at the Pro Bowl.  There was an audition for spots to dance on stage, so my two friends and I jumped at the chance.  All 3 of us were selected and we were thrilled!  I believe one of the backstreet boys was supposed to be the entertainment that year, but the whole Janet Jackson boob sighting at the Super bowl(?) caused them to cancel!  A Hawaiian band filled in, and it was truly a special day!  

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    Kate B says:

    I’ve been lucky to find a husband who likes to travel and is fearless and pushes me out of my comfort zone, so we have had some really excellent adventures together. However, the most memorable will likely always be the time we drove our dog Captain across the country (we live in Ohio and we went to Seattle) to see if he was a good fit for Conservation Canines, a program that uses dogs to detect animal droppings in the wild for scientific research. We tried for a year to give our dog the best home possible, but in the end he was extremely reactive and had severe separation anxiety, and we knew that a family environment was just not right for him. Being a working dog with Conservation Canines gives him a purpose and uses his talents without requiring him to be alone or face thing things he finds scary and upsetting.

    The trip was very unusual because we had to find dog-friendly hotels on the way out and at every stop, the driver would drop the passenger and Captain far away from where the people were so he could stretch his legs and relieve himself while the driver headed over to the gas station to fill up and use the facilities and then the humans would switch places so the other could go to the bathroom. We ate a lot of picnic meals that we packed so we wouldn’t have to deal with people while getting food, and we felt like covert spies trying to get Captain into the hotel without encountering other hotel guests that would make him upset. While handling all of these stressful situations, we were driving through the most beautiful parts of the country and the whole experience was very surreal. I’ve never had the opportunity to drive cross-country before and I’m glad that it’s the final gift that Captain gave to us before he found a new life that was much better for him. We still follow his exploits on the Conservation Canines Facebook page and we couldn’t be prouder of the work he’s doing. We’d make the drive again in a heartbeat for him! (To learn more about the program, feel free to visit: http://conservationbiology.uw.edu/conservation-canines/meet-the-dogs/)

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    Regan says:

    My favorite travel story is officially 15 years old now. Wow! After studying abroad, I traveled with a friend from the study abroad program, and my best friend traveled with her boyfriend. Though we were both trekking through Europe, our itineraries were quite different, so we realized that we probably wouldn’t see each other all summer. We embarked on our separate adventures, and my friend and I traveled through Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic before heading finally to Amsterdam. When we arrived, we didn’t have a reservation at a hostel, so we took out our Lonely Planet and called and called and called until finally we got lucky. As we were standing in line to check in at the hostel, I heard a familiar voice in the lounge. It was my best friend! She and her boyfriend were waiting for their room to be cleaned before heading up to drop off their stuff. We’d already gotten our key, so my friend and I went ahead and got settled, promising to meet up with the others as soon as we had gotten comfortable. As we were choosing our beds and getting our gear ready, there was a knock on the door. We opened it, and our friends were standing outside. Unbeknownst to all of us, they had been assigned to the exact same room as us. It was ideal–two bunk beds, four travelers. Basically being able to have a private room was such a treat, and having our friends with us made the experience in Amsterdam that much more exciting and enjoyable. You never realize what a small world it is until you travel.

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    Holli says:

    My husband was in a wedding in L.A. when our son was 9 months old. We packed up all (too much) of our baby necessities and headed farther west for a week. Three airplanes and a rental car later, we were situated in our hotel. 

    I am an art lover and hold my degree in the arts—somewhere in the middle of my education I fell in love with Van Gogh. Not really just love, but luuuuuurve. While we were in L.A. my husband took me on a surprise trip, landing us in the most amazing museum which was exhibiting Irises and Starry Night.

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    cindy says:

    When I was 16, I spent my junior year of high school living abroad in Barcelona. My parents came to visit for the holidays and we traveled around the country. My mom felt like a fish out of water because she only spoke English and French and couldn’t understand the locals. She was so convinced that she couldn’t understand anyone that when someone walked up to her on the beach and asked “Where are you from?” she turned to me in a panic and said….”Cindy—help me out!!” I had to point out to her that the woman was speaking English and re-iterated “WHERE. ARE. YOU. FROM??” We all thought it was hilarious and just a reminder to slow down and listen to others. You’ll be surprised just how much you do understand even if they aren’t speaking your language 😉

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I went to Disney Land for fun and was having a great day – as night came my friend and I were walking around and just so happened to run into an old college friend. I couldn’t believe we crossed paths in such a busy place and even when it was dark out – we got to catch up and exchange emails and it was awesome to see my old friend again. 

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    Sparrow says:

    When I was college, my best friend and I went to Italy by ourselves. We didn’t realize it was the weekend that the new pope was entering office, so Rome was INSANE! AT one point I got lost in a pressing crowd of Neo-Nazis. It was terrifying. But I found my friend and we fled to the coast for some reprieve, only to find that the coast was concrete and there were gangs of ruffians all around. We hid in a gelato shop and ate ourselves silly until we could creep back to the train station.

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    Jaime says:

    I have been kindly given the chance to travel a number of times in this life and I have lived abroad too but the most exciting and crazy place I have ever been to would have to be India. I spent two months in India. Some of the things I seen in India cant even be adequately told in words. I seen a rat temple in Bikaner where about fifty or so rats drink milk out of a tub and if you see a white rat you should let it crawl on your because its good luck. There were hundreds of rats crawling around this temple. I got the chance to ride a camel in the desert in
    Jaisalmer,. Also, I go the chance to try camel milk from a bag and I seen young camels being born at the research facility there. I seen burning bodies on the Ganges in Varanasi. We took a boat ride and a man drank the water next to a body. People go to the Ganges to die. This was one of the most shocking things I have seen in my life. I almost fell out of a train in Mumbai. There were so many people I couldn’t even fit. I toured the slum from Slum Dog Millionaire. I seen the amazing rock formations in Hampi. and the Taj Mahal in
    Agra. At the Taj so many people tried to take my picture when I wasn’t looking! Overall, India was crazy and amazing. It changed my life. I seen things that I cant even explain in words and I appreciate everything in my life these days because I was lucky enough to have this experience. I am forever grateful!

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    Susanna B. says:

    Thinking about this question is making me realize I need to travel more!! My favorite story happened when my now husband and I were on a backpacking trip soon after we first met. We had so much fun together for 3 or 4 straight days together, but I particularly remember one day we accidentally set up camp hours before sunset because we didn’t have a way to tell the time and it seemed like it was getting dark. But we just sat around goofing around for hours and had so much fun. 

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    Jennifer says:

    Remember about 13 years ago when Michael Jackson announced to the world in Las Vegas with Siegfried and Roy that he had a third child? Well earlier that week I was shopping in Caesar’s Palace and I got locked in a store with him. It was a movie memorabilia store that I happened to be in when all of a sudden the gate to the front of the store was shut, locking everyone already in the store in, and locking everyone else out. It was a little alarming at first, until we realized that we were locked in with Michael Jackson. He walked around the store pointing to everything he wanted, while his handlers walked behind him buying the stuff. He gave us all autographs, but I don’t think he said a word the entire time he was there.

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    Nikki says:

    One time my husband and I started a trip driving down the Baja Peninsula, two days into it we literally turned around on the highway and drove up to Yosemite.  Great memories!!

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    Kate says:

    When I was 24, I decided to take a solo trip to London as a graduation present to myself. As an undergrad, I had studied abroad in Italy and absolutely couldn’t wait to travel again. After 8 days of adventure in England’s capital – taking in the sights, eating delicious food, and meeting lots of new people – I was scheduled to go home. However, due to a mechanical problem on the Tube en route to the airport, I missed my flight by about 10 minutes. Because of my dwindling budget, I resolved to stay in Heathrow for the night. In order to pass some time, I struck up a conversation with the cute guy seated near me. To my surprise, I learned that not only was he from Chicago like myself, he had just missed the very same flight I had! Joel and I ended up talking late into the night and even sat next to each other on our flight home. To make a long story short, if I had never taken that incredible trip to London and never missed that flight, I wouldn’t have met the man who I have now been married to for 6 happy years. I owe a great debt of gratitude to the London Underground!