Growing up, I had never heard of a hostel. Perhaps I had seen it in writing, but I’m sure the word nerd in me figured it was just someone misspelling “hotel.”
Two years ago, I quit my job and booked a one-way ticket to California. At 23, I had never been to the West Coast and was excited about my first solo travel adventure.
I needed a fresh breath of air and this trip provided so much more than that.
New experiences, friends, and memories to last a lifetime.
Over a year ago I wrote this piece for my blog. I was gearing up for a new adventure and couldn’t have been more excited. It’s amazing how life changes in 365 days. To think it was only last June that I was wandering around San Francisco, by myself, enjoying ice cream (the best ever) in Dolores Park. I was single, unemployed and gave zero fucks. I was on an ADVENTURRREEEE and loving every single second of it.
It honestly feels like yesterday.
I remember so vividly staying at the Green Tortoise Hostel, wandering around Pike’s Place Market with my new travel buddies and meeting back up with newfound friends in Vancouver. It was such an invigorating few weeks that I’ll always be able to look back on with smiles and laughter.
And that’s why I love to travel.
I strive to live a life rich with memories and moments, small and large. I love looking back on photos and journals detailing my crazy adventures — those mean more to me than any other material possession.
Now, I’m back to work in NYC and I’m in a long distance relationship! You’d think I was in a relationship with some guy I met during my travels, right? Nope. Someone I met SIX May’s ago at a summer job and reconnected with after my adventure last summer. And now I know what being in love truly feels like and it’s all the clichés I could’ve ever dreamed of and more.
Long distance is rough and it’s something I honestly never thought I’d be down for. But when it’s love and it’s real, it’s worth it and the distance isn’t even a factor, it’s just a hump to get through. (Military boys, amiright?)
ANYWAYS – wishing you all a fantastic week! Hope the weather is warm and sunny wherever you are 🙂
Spread kindness and cheer, xo
It’s been SEVEN months since I ventured to Seattle for the first time. I’d always been drawn to the city for some inexplicable reason and it was so much fun to finally get out there. I don’t think it rained once while I was there; in fact, it was always sunny and really, really hot!
I’ve put off writing about this topic since there are so SO many other articles flooding the internet on the whole kids vs. no kids outlook. I’ll spare y’all a really lengthy post, but this morning I had the following encounter with a neighbor and I’m finally fed up.
My neighbor was asking me about my travels and asked if I could see myself living in any of the places I had ventured to. I said, yes! I could totally see myself living in Seattle or Vancouver one day. He asked why I’d want to go to a place where I don’t know anyone to which I responded, “I’ll make friends.” Then he said, well what about when you get married and have kids – you’ll want your family around to help you. To which I said:
“I don’t want kids.”
And he said:
“Yes you do. You’ll see.”
[Oh, really? I’m glad you think you know me better than I know myself.]
When I tell you I don’t want kids, I have really specific reasons for not wanting kids. I’m 24 years old. I KNOW I don’t want kids in my future. When I tell you I don’t want kids, why don’t you ask me WHY instead of TELLING me I’ll change my mind. You tell me I’ll change my mind like it’s something that needs to be changed. When I tell you I don’t want kids, I expect you to respect this decision and not dismiss me like some childish youth who can only think about herself.
AND my response to all those who say I’ll change my mind when I hold a baby for the first time…have you ever held a puppy?
Spread kindness and cheer, xo
p.s. If you’re feeling charitable and adore animals as much as I do, please check out Best Friends Animal Society. I was fortunate enough to spend a week at their main sanctuary in Kanab, Utah back in 2013 and it was an incredible experience. Did I mention they’re a no-kill organization? Huzzah!