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Chaco Ambassador Lizzie Watson indulges her inner-traveler and shares on one of her favorite travel experiences.

I love traveling.  If I won the lottery there are many things I plan to do:), most of them include traveling.  My dad instilled that love of traveling in me at a very young age.  He used to take my brother and I somewhere during our breaks from school.  We traveled all over the US including the "great West", we went to Paris when my dad's brother and his family lived there, we went to Mexico, in high school my dad took us down the Grand Canyon for 5 days and 4 nights, we traveled a lot and I’ve continued the tradition in my “adult” life.

One of the most beautiful places I have ever been was the Maldives. I was working for the Four Seasons Resort located at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, in Teton Village, WY.  The biggest perk about working for the Four Seasons is the comp nights.  We were able to stay for five nights at the Four Seasons in the Maldives for free! We flew into the main island of the Maldives and then took a float plane to the Four Seasons' private island! The views on the way to the island were incredible and they made us realize how remote the area was.  That was my first time on a float plane.  What a crazy experience to land on the water!

  

Below is the view we had while doing yoga every morning:

After yoga we would have coffee at the end of our little dock and enjoy the peaceful sounds of the ocean.

We went snorkeling and saw sea turtles near the shore.  Then we went by boat pretty far out into the ocean and snorkeled with manta rays.  They are unique creatures.

 

This little guy was hanging out near our little dock one day.

The Maldives hold a special place in my heart.  I hope that someday I can make it back.  Next time I probably will not be staying at the Four Seasons, but the islands speak for themselves.  The white sand and crystal clear water are what I think of as the perfect beach vacation.

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