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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.