Jess: Exploring the US (and How to Travel on a Budget)

Thinking back to the first trip you took that left a real lasting impression, what memories stand out? 

It was my first trip to Alaska, flying over the mountains and into Fairbanks. I remember my excitement and absolute awe. I was definitely not in Michigan anymore. I remember landing and how bright it was outside, and then stepping out of the airport and noticing how different it smelled. I think it was then I knew I needed to travel. I needed to collect these memories, these smells, these sights.