Falling From the Penthouse: Working, but Traveling for Leisure

There is something so flawless about friendships and making friends isn't there? The human emotion + the need to connect. Not too long ago I stood in the elevator of a hotel feeling like a rejected girl because I wanted to be friends with someone who just didn't reciprocate. I felt strangely out of place and sad because I tried and tried and maybe my heart was in the right place but somewhere there was a disconnect. It was not mutual despite our conversations and seemingly good place. I ended the night by humming to Hey Jude while accepting the fact that not everyone will want friendship. Sometimes it just is. And you must let it go. Let it be. I still learn those lessons today, and probably will for many years. We often create our own heartbreaks through expectation. And what else is there to do after letting go seems to fail us? Hopefully we become better humans for it, and hold onto what's left of our hearts. --- Part 2/3 creative writing project

It’s no secret I enjoy traveling, and stay-cationing and planning my next little getaway. Because I work full time in a career that isn’t travel related, and doesn’t require much, if any, traveling, a lot of people often ask how i get to travel as much as i do while holding down a corporate job and having to be in the office during the weekdays.

Getting out there has always been a priority for me. Whether it is visiting another state, spending time in the next big city or slipping away into the woods, travel opportunities do not end when you choose to have a career. I get that there are people who quit their jobs and become nomads from country to country, washing dishes for a couch, backpacking their way through the world, but it is not a reality for everyone and there are people like you and I who want to sustain our professional careers without sacrificing our love to travel.

Here are some pointers that have worked for me in the past.

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Roadtrip Series: Utah, AZ, NV

antelope canyon
antelope canyon

Travel Dates: 

Dec 28 2015 – Jan 2016

(reblogged from my other blog)

Did you all have a fantastic 2015? I remember around this time last year I made a few goals. They were to travel more, live with a spontaneous spirit , live and see the world as I am able.

I think I am quite happy of the fact that i did indeed do those things, whether planned or sporadic, i got outside and saw as much of the world as I could while balancing a full time job and other responsibilities. There was a getaway at least once a month, whether to staycation in a beach town in Monterey or a planned getaway to Canada, something always in the works. I am so glad to have had that experience, and I feel even more grateful than I did a year ago.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page.”

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Winter Wonderlust at Yosemite National Park

Travel Date: January 2016

Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Falls

Over the long weekend in January (MLK), a few of us visited Yosemite Nat’l Park. I’ve always wanted to go there but it was always so far when I lived elsewhere, but now that I’m in the Bay Area it’s SO much closer. In fact, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to even think about going. What was I thinking? Photography may have motivated me just a tad. You can’t deny you can get effortlessly gorgeous shots in one go.

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Take Me Back. Back to New Orleans.

Travel Date: Nov 2015

Oak Alley Plantation
Oak Alley Plantation

 New Orleans, the city with its old buildings, horse drawn carriages and cast iron balconies that resemble less of the American city and more of an old European city, sits in the Southern region of the US famous for its cultural mix of food, architecture, voodoo and jazz.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know I took a few days to visit the beautiful city – a city that’s been high on my list to explore. Four short days, but packed with activities and memories. The city is absolutely fantastic with its rich history, honeyed air, indulgent food. I found myself moving to the languorous rhythm of the city’s heartbeat.

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Road Trip Series: SF, LA, Vegas, and Death Valley

Lovers Lane, San Francisco, CA
Lovers Lane, San Francisco, CA

SF –> Los Angeles –> Vegas –> Death Valley –> Back to SF

Road tripping down the California coast to the valleys and back is not a trip for the faint of heart. It requires lots (i mean LOTS) of driving, good company and ambition. Also, hydration, snacks and an ample music collection is essential.

To give you some context:

SF –> LA = 6 hrs

LA –> Vegas = 4 hours

Vegas –> Death Valley = 2.3 hours

Death Valley –> back to Vegas = 2.3 hrs

Vegas –> SF = 8 hours

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