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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
How to make a trip to The Big Apple budget-friendly.
My first week in New York City was a learning process of what and what not to do, especially in terms of keeping to a tight budget. Here’s the short list of what I found out.
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.
A look at Southwest vs. Jet Blue vs. Alaska vs. Delta airlines in the US.
To celebrate making my Australia move official and buying a plane ticket to Melbourne a few days ago, I’ve decided to review some of the airlines I took over my vacation to Santa Cruz, New York and Portland this winter.
From the time I was very little, I remember looking up at the sky every time a plane would fly over me on my daily walk to school.
I would imagine where the people up there were going, what adventures lay ahead for them. Every time I would see an airplane in the clear blue California sky, I would make a promise to myself that someday soon it would be me on my own adventures.
It became a promise that structured my whole life around when I could travel next.
Last June, I walked across the stage at my college graduation with the words “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams“ glued to my cap.
I found the quote appropriate, not only because my college at UC San Diego is called Eleanor Roosevelt, but because those words are what I hope to live by as a recent graduate.