For the Love of Travel Series- Carolyn from Carolyn Horne Illustration (Guest Post)

Carolyn is a former colleague and great friend of mine from Georgia. She and her husband Daniel (the one with the epic 'stache) are two of the most creative people you could ever hope to meet. I mean they designed their own wedding invitations, created their own decorations, and perhaps most impressive of all, they made their own wedding bands. So sweet! You can see some of her work at Carolyn Horne Illustration, when she updates it. (hint, hint).  Here is Carolyn's story:

Where are you at this moment?

In my apartment in the Atlanta suburbs.

Where did you grow up?

Mostly in Augusta, GA. Which is a great place to grow up, until you hit about 14 or 15- then it becomes Disgusta. (I say that with love...)

Do you have to travel for your job?


What is your favorite destination and why?

That’s so hard! That’s like choosing your favorite child- they’re all different and beautiful in their own way. It’s funny, I love museums and cultural attractions and history, and I don’t consider myself super outdoorsy. And yet my very favorite places I’ve visited so far are Zion National Park, Miur Woods, and the El Yunque rainforest. There’s something really transcendent about these primal, unspoiled places.

What is your least favorite destination and why?

I can’t say that I’ve ever really disliked a destination. I usually travel with family or friends; even with the more touristy/commercial places that I wouldn’t normally choose to visit on my own, I still enjoy seeing new places. With the right company, anywhere can be an exciting destination.

What is your favorite vacation memory?

There are so many good ones, but since my husband and I just celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary and I’m feeling sentimental, I have to go with one from our honeymoon. After the day-after-the-wedding brunch, and after the goodbyes to our friends who attended the brunch, and after we had somehow, miraculously, managed to smash all of our luggage into our car, we finally hit the road. And as lame as that sounds, driving down I-95 singing along to Journey and Queen with my shiny new husband will always be one of my favorite vacation memories.

How do you pack and do you have any items that you have to take with your?

I pack the night before, like a maniac. A camera is a must, and I also try to bring a sketchbook and some drawing supplies.

Do you have any trips planned for the future?

I’m really hoping to go visit my sister in DC this spring, and I’d love to be able to visit all my far-flung friends. She means me, well and some others, but mostly me! 

How do you plan your trips?

Honestly, I’m not usually the planner of the trip. I specialize in finding bizarre attractions and activities to inflict on my travel companions once we’re there, like the time I made a group of friends accompany me to the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg, TN.

What is your dream vacation?

A very leisurely tour of Europe, with time to satisfy all of my art nerd desires.

What kind of traveler are you?

I enjoy cities and usually think of myself as more of a city person, but I love visiting beautiful natural places as well. I’m not a huge fan of flying, but will put up with the indignity of a public boob grope by a surly airport worker for the sake of adventure. I’ve never really had the opportunity to join a tour group, so I’m not sure if I would like that.

Thanks so much Carolyn, if you have any comments for Carolyn, or would like to commission an amazing art piece, leave your comments below! Have I mentioned how much I love comments?

17 Mile Dr, California 

San Francisco Tea Garden, California 

San Diego, California 

Muir Woods, California 

Grand Canyon

El Yunque Rain Forest, Puerto Rico 


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Thanks!!  This was really delightful.    I love to travel and I will check out your blog.
It was fun to hear what Carolyn said.   I traveled with her on most of the trips.

Thanks for reading Phyllis. Carolyn is one of my favorite people of all time.