How a Spontaneous Decision Leads to Adventure in Arizona

How a Spontaneous Decision Leads to Adventure in Arizona

January 08, 2021

Story submitted by traveller Matilda

As my weekend came to an end visiting my sweet friend Angela in Gilbert, AZ....she dropped me off at the airport & I ended up doing something adventurous!!

I made a quick 5 second decision, changed my flight reservation, rented a Jeep, took the top down, music blasting, sun shining and drove 2 hours to Sedona from Phoenix. As I arrived, I then quickly changed into my hiking clothes in the back seat of the Jeep and hiked up the Cathedral Rock, making it just in time for sunset!!! I witnessed engagement photos, I met new friends along the way, captured breathtaking pictures and cried when I got back to the Jeep! Everything was just so surreal. I couldn’t believe what I had just accomplished. 

Timing is so divine, so beautifully orchestrated, allow it, trust it, surrender to it….

I had no idea yet where I was staying. Sometimes you’ve got to stop looking so far ahead. The unknown is a viiiibbeeee & exciting!! It’s ok not to have an exact plan. 

Live in the present moment, it’s FUN!

I ended up coming across this beautiful hotel with stunning views, sipped on cocktails, ate dinner & reflected on this dream that just came true. 

Now, I am not a morning person, but the hotel had a viewing deck on the third floor. I set my alarm and woke up at 6:15am, made coffee, grabbed my blanket and walked to the deck in my pajamas. I got to witness the sunrise slowly come up from the canyons! WOW! 

I checked out of the hotel, went to Starbucks & then drove to see The Chapel of the Holy Cross, talked to God, cried again, accidentally came across this river, sat quietly as I listened to the sound of the water, got back in the Jeep and drove 2 hours back to Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport & boarded my plane! 

Limitations, rules & expectations aren’t my thing. Give me freedom, adventure, authenticity, spontaneity, unconditional love, passion, self expression, soul expansion....In every aspect, always! 


𝚃𝚑𝚊𝚝𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚑𝚒𝚝 𝙸 𝚌𝚛𝚊𝚟𝚎.

Matilda's Instagram: @bossbabe_realtor

This post was submitted by a traveller as part of our Trade Your Time for Travel program. Click here to learn how you can earn travel credits towards a future trip with us, just by sharing a memorable travel experience.  #tradeyourtimefortravel



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Souvenir: Wholesome stories that stay with you.

Mindful in Maui: A Solo Trip to the Valley Isle
Mindful in Maui: A Solo Trip to the Valley Isle

July 22, 2021

Lessons learned on a solo road trip in Hawaii

Read More

I'm in a jungle in Sumatra and there are no other tourists...
I'm in a jungle in Sumatra and there are no other tourists...

July 09, 2021

What happens when you're camping in the Indonesian jungle?

Read More

American Expectation of the Italian Lifestyle
American Expectation of the Italian Lifestyle

July 02, 2021

Read More

Save $100 off your first trip.

Your weekly dose of good travel.

Tips for exploring in a way that makes you (and the planet) feel nice + and incredible human stories. You will love it, we promise.