Good Bye 2012, Hello 2013!
One of my new year’s resolutions was to start a blog so here I am! Welcome to AwayBug Travel’s Blog where you can keep up with what’s going on around the world, interesting travel stories and pictures, travel advice, and many other travel related topics! My name is Angie and I live in Wilmington, NC where I have my own travel business. My specialty is wine and food travel and honeymoons but I plan all kinds of trips to many different destinations all over the world.
The holidays are behind us which always leaves me feeling a little sad but at the same time I am always ready to have my house back to normal and for things slow down a little bit. My husband, Kevin, grew up in NJ just outside of NYC and we travel to see his family every other Christmas. This was our year to stay home and we had a lovely Christmas Eve at our house with my mom, her boyfriend, and our two Japanese foreign exchange students. Kevin and I participate in our local university’s host family program where we “host” a student who is studying abroad here. The students live on campus and we just help them out when needed and try to share with them as much American culture as we can. This is our 3rd year and in the past we have had a German girl and a Kenyan boy from England. This year we have Chiharu from Japan and she could not be sweeter! We had the best time sharing our Christmas traditions with her and her friend. We took them to church where we enjoyed singing Christmas carols, then we returned to our house where our neighbors joined us for an evening of eating, drinking, and being merry. The only thing missing was a fire burning in our fireplace because it was too warm! But because of the nice weather we enjoyed a walk on the beach on Christmas Day which was really nice.
Participating in the host family program has been so rewarding and a great way to learn about other cultures. Every time that I’ve lived overseas there have been countless people who were so kind and generous to me when they didn’t have to be so it feels good to “return the favor” in my own country. I hope you had a lovely holiday wherever you were! Thanks for checking out my new blog! Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook and “follow” us on Twitter and Pinterest to keep up with the latest travel news, stories, and photos.