I’m back! I recently spend 5 days on the West Coast for a medical conference for work. The conference was in San Diego, and I came back a little tanner and truly in love with the West Coast.
Rather than bore you with every detail, I thought I’d just hit some of the highlights and let the city show you itself how gorgeous it really is. San Diego is, by far, my absolute favorite city I’ve visited yet (maybe even a potential new home in the future 😉 ). The food, the weather, the people — everything was perfect.
While I did have to work, I managed to get away and explore a little and meet up with friends who live outside of LA for a dinner on the water one night.
One thing on my bucket list? Hit up in-n-out burger.
I had some extra time my last day, and spent some time exploring Coronado Beach. The Hotel Del Coronado is one of the most famous (and most beautiful) in the world. The town itself is an adorable beachside community, and the beach itself is miles of pristine sands and clear, blue water.
And of course, the food. I ate amazing tacos every, single day I was there. If that’s not a perfect place, I don’t know what is.
When you think of a day trip, typically it’s an hour or so drive to get away for the day. This past weekend, I took a day trip 12 hours south to Myrtle Beach.
Zoe was home for winter break and was scheduled to head back on Saturday. Since it’s no fun to drive that whole way alone — and one-way tickets from Atlantic City to Myrtle Beach cost $30 — I decided to come down, spend some time playing tourist and fly back all in the same day.
Well I’m back. Ten states, 7 days and thousands of miles later, Tom and I have returned from our weeklong road trip vacation across the country.
The entire trip was awesome — I got to spend time with Tom after a summer away from him, get a taste of the country and have the ultimate adventure. Plus, we were perpetually in the right place at the right time — we ended up in Kansas City the day the Royals won the World Series and spent some time in Nashville just before the CMA awards. All-in-all, it was one of my top trips.
Part of the reason I took my current job was for the travel.
I LOVE traveling. I always have.
Because of my job, I’ve had the opportunity to go to some pretty great places recently: Nashville, Las Vegas, San Antonio and New Orleans.
But those weren’t enough to satisfy my travel itch this year. I’ve also spent time this summer in D.C., Richmond, Myrtle Beach and Montana. And now, I’m off this Thursday to embark on a week-long road trip with Tom: Montana —> Denver, CO —> Kansas City, MO —> Nashville, TN —> Home.
I’m so excited. But since I only want to take a carry-on bag (checked luggage is such a hassle and an added expense), that meant that I had to get creative with my packing.
Luckily, I’ve gotten this down to a science. Here are a few of my must-have items that make any air travel or long drives a little easier.
I cannot believe it’s already October. Holy cow. Back in May, when Tom left for Montana, October felt like forever and a day away. Now, it’s here and I’m off to San Antonio next week (let me know if there’s a cool place I should check out!). Then I’m headed out to Montana the last few days of the month to road-trip home with Tom: Missoula>>Denver>>Kansas City>>Nashville>>Home. I’m pumped.
But since it’s the start of a brand-new month, I thought I’d recap some of my favorite things from September.