Traveling last minute can be exciting but stressful if you are not prepared. Most of my traveling experience has been last minute so I have come up with a lot of little tricks over the years to make packing and getting out the door a little easier. Continue Reading…
Last weekend I explored the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach, CA. I had never been to the festival before so I wasn’t sure what to expect but it ended up being a really fun day. We walked around and saw work by hundreds of incredible artists who showcased their photography, paintings, jewelry, handmade goods, and more. There was such a wide range of art and I kept finding little gems around every corner. It was impossible to be bored! One of the little gems that I discovered was Laguna Sunshine by local artist Nansea Williams. Her whimsical style and adorably inspiring wood block art caught my attention and instantly brightened my mood.
My travel bucket list is always growing. There are so many incredible places in the world and I am currently itching to go somewhere new and exotic. My current obsession is with all things tropical. Any place with palm trees, crystal blue water, and fresh fruit is a perfect spot for me. These are my top five current bucket list destinations.
Road trips are one of my favorite things about summer. There’s nothing better than throwing everything in the car, blasting that new Alabama Shakes album, playing hooky from work and setting off on an adventure. Our destination? Pioneer Town in Yucca Valley, California. Near Joshua Tree National Park and home to musicians, artists, and desert gypsy creatives.
I was so excited to wake up today because of our Great Barrier Reef adventure! We will be spending the next 8 hours on the Tusa6 which will stop at two different reefs for snorkeling. Yippee! I can hardly wait.
This morning we had to wake up super early and head to the airport. We are going to spend two days in Cairns and explore the Great Barrier Reef! One train ride and a three hour flight later we had arrived in Cairns, Queensland. We went outside and immediately noticed the heat and humidity. It is definitely tropical here! We took a cab over to The Hotel Cairns and checked into our new home for the next two days. By the time we were all settled in we were starving so we went out to find breakfast. It seemed like it was about 10 billion degrees outside and we could already feel our skin starting to burn. We were dying and this was fall in Cairns! I can’t even imagine what summer is like.
Sunday March 22, 2015 aka day three of our adventure down undah! Today is the day I have been waiting for for over a year! We are off to the famous Bondi Beach and I am beyond excited. We stop for breakfast at a little cafe near the park then take a train to Bondi Junction. A ten minute bus ride later and we made it to Bondi. I instantly fell in love – Beach shops and little cafes line the beach walk, street art takes up the walls near the sand, groms are competing in a surf contest, wipeouts happen in the skate park, and tons of surfers are trying to catch waves. The energy is alive and the vibes are good. I like this place.
Bondi street art in the making.
Australia day two! Woohoo! We have only been here a short time so far but I am completely in love with Sydney. Today we did a lot of walking, saw some incredible sights, and had a little beach adventure!
We started off the morning at Joe Black Cafe because it was so convenient and delicious. We got brekkie muffins and fancy cappuccinos which lasted about five minutes. Australia really knows how to make good coffee! After breakfast we headed back through Hyde park and over to George Street. There was a parade on George for returned service men and women from Afghanistan. We stopped to watch before continuing on up to The Rocks.
Today is a very exciting day for me because I am checking a major item off my bucket list. I have always wanted to go down under and I finally got the chance to make that dream a reality. After a 15 hour flight (which thankfully wasn’t bad at all because I had a row all to myself) my brother and I touched down in Sydney, Australia! We left on Wednesday March 18 and touched down on Friday March 20th, totally skipping out on Thursday which was really weird. We went through customs, grabbed our Australian vodaphone sim cards, and bought a train ticket into the city. If you are trying to save a few bucks I would recommend taking the train into Sydney rather than a taxi. It was super easy and only cost about $13 USD compared to $46 for a cab. We are staying at the Travelodge Sydney for a few days which is really reasonable and right in the heart of Sydney. Everything is within walking distance and our room is quite nice for the price.
I’ve driven through Paia town before, hoping we could make a pit stop and window shop. Today that little dream became a reality and I spent the whole day exploring the gem that is Paia. Located on the north shore of Maui, Paia is the raddest town I ever did see. Good vibes, big waves, delicious pizza, vegan options galore, and hippie dippie treasures all around. Every store is painted a different color and every store and restaurant is amazing. What more could you need? Continue Reading…