Daunt’s Albatross Motel

Black and white of people on beach sunbathing and surfing, with misty view of mountains in the background

Why We Travel and Why You Should Too

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

Leo and Lacey here, we are about to head out on a trip to New Zealand, and felt compelled to give you all a little reason + the push you may need to book your trips too!

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

Why I Travel: By Lacey Daunt

It’s so much more than the epic views, the beautiful scenery and the lack of “work.” Of course I travel to see what beauty is out there, but I travel mostly to be reminded of what is within me.

Traveling has made me a stronger individual because it has taught me to keep it together in moments where it all feels like its falling apart.

It has reminded me of love in moments where it feels (and looks) as if I am on my death bed on a remote island off Indonesia where no one speaks a lick of english, yet my home stay mom rushes me to the closest doctor and keeps watch over me all night.

It has reminded me what happiness is when I am wandering the streets of Colombia and the children without shoes, clean clothes, or clean water are running around playing in the mud outside of their homes (without roofs).

It has reminded me what gratitude means when I find myself being taken to a hospital in London with a friend I had just met only weeks prior.

It has reminded me the importance of companionship when I am watching couples hand in hand relaxing in the beautiful scenic parks of Rome.

It has taught me how to lead a judgement free lifestyle when I am forced to teach, live and get to know those that I may not have chosen at first sight.

And above all, it always keeps me thankful to come home to such a beautiful place. To come home to my family and friends. It allows me to learn how to release attachment, yet still love and be grateful for everything I have been blessed with in my life.

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.

Why I Travel: By Leo Daunt

I have a routine. I wake up in my comfortable bed, with my comfy sheets and pillows, and make the same breakfast, have the same coffee, and take the same shower every day. I work, I play, I eat dinner, and I sleep, rinse repeat. It’s home, it feels good, I feel safe. It’s comfortable. That’s why I travel, to break that comfort zone. On every trip, whether it’s for two days or five weeks, multiple things are bound to go wrong. Cars break down, busses are late, arguments arise. Things can become uncomfortable quickly. Good. Striving for more is inherently uncomfortable. Emotional, financial, and personal growth is not guaranteed, it needs to be pushed for, chances need to be taken.

Sometimes you fail miserably, sometimes you win. Sometimes the trail to the left never leads to the scenic overlook the guy in the lodge promised you. You get turned around 14 times, wind up caught in a torrential rain storm, and trudge back to your place soaked and disappointed. But you know what, that is the story you tell when you get back. So, next time you feel yourself getting too comfortable, don’t think about all the things that could go wrong, all the potential roadblocks you might hit. Don’t travel for the social media fame, or to be known as “the guy/girl who’s been everywhere.” Travel to feel uncomfortable, to realize that the strangest moments in life have a way of turning into your best memories.

Five reasons to make Daunts Albatross your destination

  1. It’s Home – For us, and for you.

40 Years ago Poppy and Meme (aka Richard and Frances Daunt) bought our motel on the basis of housing friends and family in their favorite town. Our guests aren’t just guests, you aren’t going to a corporate business, you aren’t just a number (no hate on the corporations, though!) – you are staying at a family owned motel, in which the family still resides. This makes you family as well.

  1. It’s pet friendly!

We love furry friends. That is why our entire outside property allows pets and we have singled out a few rooms in which we allow pets in. Call to book a pet friendly room!

  1. We are steps away from a beautiful sunrise, and gorgeous sunset.

The sunrise from the beach 100′ from our door is unreal. I can vouch for this because I watch it every morning. The sunsets from our location are even more beautiful. Check out our instagram if you don’t believe me @dauntsalbatrossmotel.

  1. Get your yoga on

Our vision for the future is to move in the direction of health and wellness. This is why we have put so much work into opening a new Yoga Studio and running affordable private lessons for all guests. Get $10 class rates and discounted private lessons per room. Can’t get any better than that.

  1. Experience Montauk

Montauk is one of a kind. It’s not only the place that the movie “Jaws” is based on (and now the most popular “Stranger Things.”), but it’s a place filled with some incredible history, some breath taking views and some even better people.

Use Promo Code SNOW for the months of January + February and receive 10% off your entire stay!


To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.

10 Reasons to Get Up and Go

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”

  1. Traveling teaches you about yourself.

The choices you make while traveling help teach you who you are in a way that can only be learned while on the road.

  1. Traveling takes you out of your comfort zone

There’s nothing like being thrown into a situation where you are grilling next to complete strangers that you are forced to start up a conversation with. I know I can vouch for countless guests who have made great companions at our location doing that same thing!

  1. Traveling allows you to create life-long friends

See above^ But really, the people you meet and the relationships you develop on the road tend to become some of the most significant bonds in your entire life. They also become a new place for you to visit along the way.

  1. Traveling builds character and creates strength

The road away from the comfort of our own home is never paved beautifully. There are cracks and pot holes along the way. Each one of these trials and tribulations makes us a stronger individual upon our return.

  1. Traveling allows you to see incredible places that you may not otherwise see

Whether its a mountain, or an ocean or a historical building, traveling allows you too witness all of the beautiful wonders of the world.

  1. Traveling educates you

Whether you’re going for an educational trip or not, there’s no way you aren’t going to pick up a few different facts about the places you’re visiting along the way.

  1. Traveling immerses you in other cultures

Culture shock is a thing! Traveling forces you to dive into and learn about cultures all around the world – or even the habits of people only towns away from you.

  1. Traveling leaves you with unforgettable memories

No matter what you do or where you go, the stories you have after traveling are with you for life. And that is priceless.

  1. Traveling helps you develop skills you didn’t know you had

Traveling breaks you out of your shell and while it does this it helps you develop skills. Whether you’re learning to surf here in Montauk, or learning to fish on on of our viking boats. You’re bound to do things you have yet to try at home.

  1. Traveling makes you appreciate what you have

Probably one of the best reasons to travel. It’ll make you miss home and appreciate home more than you would having never left. So what are you waiting for?



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