Vacation planning for May 2019 ✈️

Hi all!!!

This is a very exciting post for me because I’m going to write out our long 9-day trip that’s happening in May, day by day! We are calling it our honeymoon part 1 because there will be a part 2 eventually. We’ve been talking about going back to Santa Barbara for a while now and originally we were only going to go for four nights because everything was so expensive, but we found a way around it! We actually ended up making it a 9 day vacation and it wasn’t as expensive as it should’ve been. So here’s how we are planning it out.

Saturday May 25th to Sunday May 26th: Our flight leaves for LA at 5am and we will be there by 10am. We chose the LAX airport because it was much cheaper flying into LA than SB. That’s when we decided to go two days earlier than we planned and just stay in LA that weekend. We planned to go to the two parks in Disneyland and Universal Studios from the start, but just by making it a day trip from SB, but this is much easier and that way we have two full days to do whatever we want in LA. We also were able to find a cheap Airbnb right by Disneyland. But we are going to Disneyland and Universal Studios!!! I am SO pumped! It’s my first time so I’m acting like a kid, but I am too excited! 

Monday May 27th to Sunday June 2nd: We rented a car so we will drive that morning from LA to SB, take a nice long cruise by the coastline, and enjoy some road trip time together. Cannot wait to see the views by the ocean and the mountains, it will be beautiful! We decided to spend the next 6 days in Santa Barbara because we found a really cheap Airbnb so we were able to stay longer than we thought. This will give us time to really soak up SB and enjoy what their city has to offer. We haven’t planned out every single thing we are doing yet, but I will update when we do! On that Sunday, we will drive back to LA and spend some time there before our flight in the evening. This is going to be the longest we’ve ever stayed in California, it’s going to be great!

That’s what we have planned so far, we literally just booked all the Airbnb’s, bought the flight tickets, and rented the car just yesterday! In a month, we’re going to purchase the Disneyland and Universal Studios tickets since those can really be purchased at any time. 

Side note: I surprised Mirhad with this camera he has wanted so he could start filming (his dream is to be a director one day) and I went and bought it last night for him. He totally didn’t see it coming and had the best reaction! I told him this will be great for him taking pictures and videos of me on vacation 😂 Anyways, I’m happy he can finally use his own camera instead of mine and I know he is too! Hopefully he can learn how to use the camera like an expert by May so we can get some cool footage. Maybe by then my Youtube channel will be started?! 🙂

But yeah, that’s our trip planning. Has anyone else been to Disneyland or Universal Studios? Anything we HAVE to see?? Any recommendations for food in LA and Santa Barbara? I will do some research, but I’d love to hear from personal experience. 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving + weekend plans! 🦃

Hello!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Just wanted to write a quick post about my week/weekend! We had a nice Friendsgiving on Wednesday night, so we ended up not doing anything yesterday which was totally fine because I literally just relaxed. I took paid time off today because I wanted to have a 4 day weekend and just relax. So far, it’s been super relaxing and I am hoping to extend that to the next two days as well! 

We went shopping today and I got some good stuff and I also did some online shopping. I’ll have a post about everything soon and also when the rest comes in! I mostly went to two actual stores and the rest was online. I wasn’t looking for anything particular, but I did need some new stuff so the things I did get were perfect. I did wait for Ulta’s online sale to start at 5pm and their website crashed for a good 45 minutes before I was able to even access it. That was super annoying, but I’m glad the items I wanted didn’t sell out. 

Our Friendsgiving was so fun and the food was so delicious! We just chilled and hung out after that, so it was a nice night. I’m actually craving all of that food right now, especially the turkey!! Makes me want to cook now after seeing that picture. 

Super glad I took PTO today because after the last week and a half, I really needed a huge break from everything especially work. I’m looking forward to the next 2 days I’ll have off next month. Speaking of that, I cannot believe that in a couple days it’ll be December and then we’ll be a month away from 2019! Like holy crap!!!!! This year FLEW BY! Seriously, it feels like I only moved into my new house and got married like 2 months ago tops… time slow down plz 🙂

Also, I think I already mentioned this, but I HATE the new post thing for WordPress.. does anyone know how to get back to the old one? This one is too much for me!

Tomorrow it’s going to be 62 degrees surprisingly, so I plan to spend a lot of time outside (hopefully) and maybe get a nice workout in. But like I said, I just want to RELAX 🙂 

But yeah, that’s it for now! Black Friday haul post coming soon!!! 

West Coast Road Trip Pt.4: Yosemite!

After SFO, the next stop was Yosemite. We let ourselves sleep in, got up, had breakfast, and started our road trip to Yosemite. So it’s about 3 hours and 20 minutes to Yosemite and we got there pretty fast.

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Last year when we went to Yosemite, we came from Lake Tahoe so it was faster overall. The side we came from last time was very pretty, but this time there weren’t a lot of good views. There were some parts that were cool, but mostly it was just trees and dead trees from the recent fire. Some parts were scary to drive through, but nothing like the first time we went!

When we finally made it to the part where it has two road options, we decided to go towards the beach side because our Airbnb was that way anyways and Mirhad just couldn’t wait to see that. We didn’t have time to go back and see the falls on the other side, but that’s for next time! It took about an hour to get to the beach area and when we got there, Mirhad fell asleep right away on the sand.

It was as beautiful as the last time we were there. We stayed at the beach for a good hour, soaking up some sun and just relaxing after our long drive. After chilling for a bit, we decided to explore the area and take some pictures since we couldn’t drive to the other side. We got some cool pictures though using the self timer on our camera so it was fun to click the button and run quickly to get in a good pose.

We got hungry after a while and went to this gas station to eat. We had a REALLY good burger, we were actually shocked as to how yummy it was. This was also the same gas station we went to last time we were in Yosemite so it was cool to reminisce on those memories. After we ate, we grabbed some snacks and we started driving towards our Airbnb. I didn’t expect the Airbnb to be SO nice. We had mountain views and everything we needed. Although, we didn’t really spend time outside when we arrived… we went straight to bed as we knew we had another day of driving ahead of us. Next up, Vegas!!!

SNOW DAY!! ❄️

Hello hello hello!!!!!!

Happy Thursday! I’m ECSTATIC this morning because we got our first snow!! 🙂 I can’t remember the last time we had good snow where we could actually go and sled and when things like school were actually cancelled. It’s so beautiful outside and I am just enjoying this as much as I can. Times like this make me realize how lucky I am to be alive and well and that I get to enjoy these moments. It really is all about the little things in life! 

Today I’m obviously working from home, no way was I going to drive up to work at 7am this morning with the roads the way they are! The best thing about this is that I got to wake up refreshed and I got to drink my coffee without rushing! I have the BEST views right now and it keeps getting better because it’s still snowing so much. 

Todays snow confirmed me wanting to live in Colorado 100%. This is why I’m so excited for the future!!!! Also, I’m supposed to go there again early next year, so I think I will run into some snow 🙂 🙂 🙂 

I have a couple things I want to do today besides work! I really want to go sledding when I’m done with work today and I want to find our next Airbnb for our vacation coming up. I do need to get a sled first though 🙂

Anyways, this was a quick little post because I just had to share that we got snow! Here are some pictures. 

Also, side note: I don’t like this new editor/publisher thing that WordPress changed… it’s too confusing. 

Dallas, Texas Trip 2018

Hey there!

Earlier this week I promised a Dallas blog post and I am here to fulfill that promise 🙂

So this Dallas trip was meant to be a short, weekend trip. It was my birthday last Wednesday and we decided to leave on Thursday after I got off of work. One thing I will never do again is wait last minute to pack… I literally came home at 3pm and we wanted to leave at 5 so that left me 2 hours to pack everything I needed and also take a quick shower. It was lots of pressure to get out of the house by 5, but we did it and had to go grab some food and go to Walmart because we forgot something. So we actually ended up leaving around 6 lol. For a second I was annoyed because that means we have to drive until like 3-4am, but I got over it because after all IT IS a weekend trip 🙂

We had lots of fun on the drive, lots of good music, some good snacks, and just the open road. Honestly, I feel like there really is no better feeling in life than taking a trip, driving out on the open road, blasting your favorite music, and forgetting about all of your worries.

We arrived at our Airbnb around 3-4am, I was a little scared of walking around so late at night in a new city, but it actually ended up being perfectly fine and safe. Our garage was right next to the Airbnb so we checked in with security. As soon as we got into our room, we knocked out. Woke up the next morning ready to explore. We swam a lot on the rooftop pool, ate lots of BBQ, and explored what the city had to offer. I didn’t take lots of pictures, but I took some and they are good memories to me.

 

It was a very fun trip and for the first time in my life, I heard Mirhad say “that was fun, we should do it again, I’m excited for the next trip!” Literally have never heard him say that, so I was so excited to hear it and that means many more weekend trips to come 🙂 and also going back to Dallas because we had so much fun and it’s not that far!

His birthday is coming up so I am trying to figure out a cool city to visit, we want to take a train this time so it can literally be anywhere. Maybe Houston? He was saying he would like to visit Houston, but we’ll see. I think I’ll take off that Wed-Fri so that gives us some more time to enjoy his birthday week/weekend 🙂

Anyways, I recommend visiting Dallas if you haven’t already. It’s seriously a beautiful city, I mean all of Texas that we saw was super nice. Also – Southern Hospatality is so real, this is the first time I’ve experienced it and PEOPLE ARE SO NICE HERE! It’s so different compared to St. Louis and the people are so different and much nicer lol.

Go visit Dallas!!!! You won’t regret it.

 

LA Trip Planning

Hello!

So I am going to LA to go to the Ellen Show and explore LA for the second time! I spent a couple of days researching the best places to stay at and finding the cheapest plane tickets.

So first, I checked Frontier Airlines to see their prices, I know they usually have good ones. This is what I found:

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So as you can see, the prices are fine, but the problem is how long you will be traveling just to get to LA. The first one is taking me to Orlando and will take 14 hours and the second one is taking me to Denver (<3) and is much shorter than the first one, BUT the flight is just way too late. If I am going somewhere, I like to leave super early in the morning and arrive in the morning so I’m not wasting my whole day traveling! The returns were even worse, the first one would take me to Denver again, but this one takes 18 HOURS to get back home!!! So crazy, especially when there is a 6+ layover, I don’t know if I’d be able to sit at an airport for that long.. and the second one takes 9 hours, which is like 3 more than it should so it isn’t terribly bad, but it’s an overnight flight. So Frontier let me down, on to the next!

I figured I might as well try Travelocity and see if I could get a bundle deal that would include hotel + flight because that’s what I ended up doing the first time I took Mirhad to LA about 2 years ago was it??? I’ll have to check on that time. Anyways, the prices went from $600-$1,200+ a person for flight and hotel which I mean isn’t bad if you paid $600 for each person, but I just wasn’t finding a good place to stay at. I’m really picky when it comes to where I have to sleep while traveling just because I need for it to be clean in order to stay there. So these are examples of what was available on Travelocity:

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I really wanted to stay in the Beverly Hills – Hollywood area just because I am familiar with that area from my last trip, but it was hard to find a hotel that was a good price, in a good area, and clean looking. Last time I went, I booked with Mama Shelter and I loved it there, it was such a cool scene.. I looked into booking there again, but it was a little too expensive for me so I passed. Plus, it’s always cool to stay at different places if you’re visiting the same place again!

So by this time, I went to check Airbnb’s and they had a lot of nice ones! So I checked for Airbnb’s around Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Santa Monica, and Venice Beach.

So I mean they had a lot of choices, the part that was difficult was finding a good price. Yes, it’s LA, yes it’s California, so I didn’t expect anything super cheap. My main concern was making sure I was in a safe part of LA, I know there are some parts you deff need to avoid and after doing some research I knew where to stay away from.

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Reddit was very helpful because I got real insight from real people. Obviously, wherever you go, act normal and don’t act obnoxious to the point where you draw bad attention to yourself. Anything can happen anywhere, but if I’m in a good neighborhood, then I’m happy! So, I looked around for a couple of days until I finally found one that was like $80 a night, which is a steal! It’s in a great area, it’s around everything I need to be around, and it’s cozy and clean! A++++++.

But I couldn’t book this without finding a way to get there first, obviously! So I went back on Travelocity and searched for some cheap tickets. I ended up finding a good deal, but I had to move my trip back one day which was fine anyways since we’ve been there before we now know exactly what we want to do.

Overall, this trip ended up being $600 cheaper than it was in the course of those couple of days of searching for good deals. So it ended up being about $550 per person for flight and Airbnb, which is a great deal. I think I paid maybe $200 more the last time I went? Glad we got it to a good price so we can spend our money on doing cool activities. We won’t be renting a car since we won’t stay longer than 4 days, but hopefully one day we can come back and stay a little longer and explore out of LA into more mountain areas!

If you plan on going to LA or anywhere for a trip, make sure to browse around for a couple of days (if possible) because prices really do change and if you search too quickly, you might find something cheaper later but you might not be able to cancel it. And don’t forget to always make sure you are staying in a good area, surrounded by lots of places to go eat!