So far in 2018 I’ve been to a bunch of abnormal places compared to the usual LA to ATL to NYC tracks I make across the map (That’s not to say that I haven’t done those usual trips though- ya girl is still as bicoastal as ever).
January started off with a day-trip to North Carolina to pick out a puppy. A week later I took a short flight from LA to San Jose with my family to explore the Red Wood forests and the California coast. We stayed in Monterrey and drove through Big Sur, Carmel, and Santa Cruz. I had never explored any other part of California besides LA and San Fran, so I was awestruck to discover just how beautiful California is.
A couple weeks later I road-tripped to the desert with some friends- we went to Joshua Tree for the weekend! Let me tell you, Joshua Tree did not disappoint. It truly is one of my favorite places I have ever been, and it’s only a short 2-and-a-half-hour drive from LA. There’s nothing like a weekend spent climbing giant rocks and exploring nature with little-to-no cell service.
Another divergent path I took was a trip to London a couple of weeks ago. It’s no secret that this city has my heart, but I don’t get to go often since it’s so far across the pond. However, a couple weeks ago I decided to take a little weekend trip to visit a friend who is studying abroad, and I’m happy to say the city was as magical as ever. I went to my first football game, got 3rd row tickets to the hottest show in London, shopped til I dropped in the midst of a beautiful snow shower, and danced the night away. I can only hope that my next trip will be sooner rather than later.
Finally, last week I kept it weird in Austin, Texas. I’ve been to Austin once before, but this city was definitely different as a 21-year-old, plus as a 21-year-old attending a film festival for the premiere of 2 movies she’s in. It was an incredible 5 days away from the realities of life, and I fell in love with the vibrance of the city.
And of course, as mentioned above, I have made the usual cross-country treks to Atlanta and NYC a couple of times as well, which I will continue to do throughout the rest of this year.
But something has changed in me concerning travel this year. In my last blog post I mentioned that I am not going to try to travel, I’m just gonna do it and live my life. I’m not going to hold myself to any number of flights or any stress-induced travel ideas. I want to travel for the right reasons, and so far I’ve succeeded in that goal this year.
This major change has come from the fact that I am finally at a place where I can call LA “home”. Upon coming back after Christmas break, I made stronger relationships with the people here, and have found a new sense of self-confidence. LA may not be perfect, but it is where I need to be and that is ok with me for now. It’s liberating to finally feel like I can completely be myself in a city that tries so hard to strip your essence away.
I haven’t felt the desire to “get away” as I used to. In fact, I took a 3-week break from traveling in February and stayed in LA- and it was one of the best months ever. I was even reluctant to travel to London this month because I was sad to leave LA. I know, right? ME?? Who would’ve thought.
But once I start going, I keep on going. I can’t stop. I get overcome with this lust for adventure and a new experience. I went from London to Atlanta to LA for less than 24 hours, back to Atlanta, then to Austin, then to LA for 3 hours, and then NYC for 24 hours exactly. I got back to LA exhausted yet invigorated, ready to travel again after 3 days of rest. And that’s what I’m doing now- I’m currently on a plane to Atlanta to take dance classes and spend some time with my new puppy.
My spring and summer is already filling up with travel ideas- there’s potential trips lined up to Cleveland, Hong Kong, The Keys, Cannes, Guatemala, Hawaii, Seattle, Vancouver, and Rome, with the usual New York and Atlanta trips in between. Where will I go? Stay tuned to find out.
It’s not that I am trying to escape- in fact it’s the opposite. I want to take advantage of all of the incredible opportunities out there while I am young. Call it wanderlust, call it the millennial attitude, call it dumb- hell call it whatever you want but I just want to see the world!
I have Nowhere to Go but Everywhere
-The Fly Girl