Leaving for Months at a Time

An appropriate travel quote for the moment:

“People don’t take trips, trips take people”

-John Steinbeck

I get to work from home 8 months of the year, but the 4 months of the summer are reserved for constant traveling. Beginning today, I will travel around the United States (and beyond), living out of a suitcase, teaching cheerleading as a profession.

I’ll be in a new place every 4-5 days, I’ll take what feels like a million flights, and I’ll meet lots of new people (mostly within the cheerleading world).

My travels are intended to include, but are not limited to:

  • Texas (many, many times)
  • Memphis, TN
  • Savannah, GA
  • Wisconsin Dells, WI
  • Costa Rica (a first time visit for me!)
  • Reno, NV
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Minnesota
  • Los Cabos (besties are getting married)
  • Utah
  • Alabama
  • Riviera Maya, Mexico (more marriage)

And of course… a whole bunch of Colorado visits/work trips in between!!

I’d be lying if I said I haven’t cried a few times in the last couple days about leaving for so long again. This is my eighth year traveling for the summer, each year demanding more of my time. I tend to get super emotional leading up to my departure from home/Tanner.

In actuality, these trips allow me to serve what I believe is my purpose and flourish in my work. While teaching UCA Staff/athletes at camp, including newly legal stunts (that many 26+ year olds can no longer execute), I increase my understanding and become a better teacher throughout the year.

Not to be lame, but honestly, it’s pretty rewarding to help others in their love to improve within cheerleading. Even though my competitive days are over, I still have the ability to give back in a powerful way.

I’ve basically established myself as an expert now, so here are some 2019 travel tips from someone used to long-term trips:

  • Only bring articles of clothing that match other items. Multiply your outfit options.
  • Invest in TSA Pre Check/Clear, always get to the airport 1 hour before your flight if you’re checking a bag, and stand up to board only when your number is called.
  • Be mindful of elevation changes. Higher altitude will make your liquid makeup/lotion/shampoo explode & your skin super dry.
  • Be nice to the airport employees. Smile at them and remember to tip the curbside check in guys.
  • Sign up for multiple airline rewards programs. Doing this helps expedite the process to include your KTN (known traveler number… for pre check).
  • Don’t drink the coffee served on the plane. The open water is rumored to be stored in less than ideal ways. ~Sparing the details~
  • Take extra steps to care for your skin. Constant changes in the climate can make you break out more easily!
  • Use traveling as a time to be more eco-friendly. Take a reusable cup with you and reduce your need for plastic alternatives.
  • Appreciate the tiny details of the place you are traveling to. Everywhere has something to offer.

If you’re traveling this summer as well, look out for me in various airports at any given moment!!! If you’re on UCA Staff and have any questions on how to fit your life in a bag under 50 lbs, feel free to use me as your go-to girl for advice. I guess you could also follow my travels on Instagram: cheer stuff @ucakait and cooler stuff @kaitsexton :)))))

Safe travels to everyone this summer!

Byeeeee ✈️ #KaitMerch Click for our hat!!!


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