All posts by Mimi McFadden

Mimi founded The Atlas Heart to create a community of travelers inspired to see the world. The Atlas Heart is a space where you'll find anecdotes on slow travel, craft beer, outdoor adventures, and all the eccentric bits in between that this world has to offer.

Travel Resolutions 2013

And so the countdown begins, 25 days until departure. I’m ready for the new experiences 2013 is sure to bring.

Recently leaving behind a two year relationship, I’ve come away with the feeling that there’s nothing left to be afraid of. I have confidence in my own strength to tackle whatever life throws at me in the next year. I think it’s going to be one hell of a year.

I’ve realized the only way to love the life I live is through passion, optimism, and spontaneity. So, this year my travel resolutions will revolve around just those things, letting go of the negative aspects in my life in the process.

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Exploring My Own Backyard in Julian, California

A short day trip from San Diego, you’ll find Julian and the best apple pie in southern California.

Last weekend, I convinced my roommate to take a road trip with me to Julian, CA. I invited a few other friends, and next thing I knew, we had a full car, cruising up to Julian to indulge in everything apple-related on a beautiful southern California day.

I’m talking about the apple pie capital of the world, and it was only an hour and a half away from me this whole time I’ve lived in San Diego!

I’ve been wanting to visit Julian since I heard the words apple and pie in the same sentence, and even more so in the last few months of checking off my San Diego bucket list.

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Walkabout: La Jolla Edition

I love walking. I walk everywhere because I don’t own a car, but even more than that, I walk because it brings me moments of clarity and simple bliss.

Sometimes I walk with no destination, just for the purpose of fresh air, exercise, gorgeous views, good music, and a way to clear my head and maybe even figure some things out.

I call these particular walks my  “walkabouts” – the irony of which has not escaped me with my upcoming trip to Australia.

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What to Consider When Moving Abroad

A few things to think about when moving abroad for the first time.

My big move across the world is a little over a month away. This realization has made me consider a few different aspects that have continuously been popping up in my stream of consciousness recently.

Here are the main issues I’ve been thinking about while getting ready for my travels:

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6 Free Things to Do in Santa Cruz, CA

Free Things to do in Santa Cruz, California | West Cliff Drive | The Atlas Heart

My Favorite free things to do in Santa Cruz! How to enjoy the best that this seaside town has to offer without spending a dime.

Okay, so maybe Santa Cruz doesn’t have as much going on as Los Angeles, San Francisco, or San Diego. And maybe I’m a little biased being that I was born and raised here, but I do believe that Santa Cruz is a place that you should visit at least once in your lifetime.

Sure, it’s a small beach town like many that exist on the West Coast of California, but the city has its own unique charm that I have yet to come across anywhere else, and there are a ton of free things to do in Santa Cruz to make it even more attractive for the average visitor.

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My Top 15 Travel Songs

A playlist to inspire your next adventure around the world.

I’ll happily admit it, I’m a music nut. Whether it’s on my daily bus rides around the city, a long flight across the country, or simply a workout at the gym, I’m dependent on my iPhone and my love of music. I have a soundtrack to most things I do in my life, and I love getting to know people through learning about their music tastes.

For any of you who are as addicted to music as I am, I give to you my favorite travel playlist that inspires me to get up and go explore the world.

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Postcard from Veneta, Oregon

When my dad told me he was moving out of the house I grew up in and relocating to Oregon, I was nostalgic and sad to let go of so many memories from my childhood and adolescence.

Well, I finally had the opportunity to see his new place just outside of Eugene, in Veneta, Oregon, and I fell in love with my new home to come back to.

I’ve been to Oregon a few times before, but I forgot just how incredibly beautiful a state it is. I can see why so many people are relocating there, it’s a one of a kind place.

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Postcard from the Top of the Empire State Building

Nighttime views of NYC from one of its most famous landmarks – the Empire State Building

As it was my first time visiting New York City over the holidays, I made sure to check all the tourist attractions off my list, including the Empire State Building. Although, the wait to get up to the top was close to unbearable, it really is something that everyone should do once in their lifetime.

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