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. 🙂

We found our perfect honeymoon destination! 🏝

Hi all!

My husband and I got married last May and it’ll be a year since we’ve been married in about 3-4 months. We pushed off our honeymoon to save some money and pick the perfect destination since we didn’t have a wedding. After doing lots of research and thinking, we’ve decided we want to go to Hawaii! At first, we looked at going to Honolulu, but I think we are leaning more towards Maui. 

We chose Hawaii because we’ve never been there before and it seems like a great place to spend a couple days relaxing and exploring. The top two places we’d go to would be Honolulu and Maui. Honolulu is the capital, so that means there will be lots of tourists. We had a friend who said it’s kind of like when you go to Florida, like that kind of vibe. And then Maui is more exploring, hiking, beaches, and mountains. I think Maui would be so much fun especially if we could find like cool little waterfalls and stuff like that. It would be lots of fun exploring the area instead of being in a touristy place. 

Another plus about Maui is that it’s closer than Honolulu, it’s the island right before it. 

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The red pin is where Maui is and you can see it’s a little closer than Honolulu. The flight times aren’t THAT much of a difference. We would have to fly from our city to LA or somewhere in California and then to Hawaii. The total flight time would be 8 hours and 35 minutes. So 4 hours from here to LA and then from LA to Maui would be another 4 hours. And that’s IF it’s a flight from here to LA, if it’s somewhere else it’s probably going to be more like 11-12 hours. That’s a LONG flight that I’m not sure I’ll be able to sit through, but it’ll be worth it!

Was looking for ideas of what to see in Maui and found this awesome video! Now I’m wondering if we’ll need to rent a car, hmm…

But really though, so many turtles!!!! Would be so cool to see one snorkling! 

Here’s another good informative video, I feel like I’ve watched this before – I’ve watched pretty much every single video on this youtube channel (don’t judge me) and now I’m really looking out for things to see!

When we book our flights and hotel, I will be posting my travel essentials for this trip and more! Stay tuned! 🙂

 

My top 10 cities I want to visit in 2019! ✈️

2019 will be a great year, looking forward to lots of happiness, love, and personal growth. I plan to travel as much as I can and as much as my vacation days at work allow me. We’ve already started planning for some vacations, so they’ll be included in the list as well. So here’s my top 10 cities I want to visit in 2019 in no order whatsoever.

  1. New York – when it’s warmer, probably sometime in the summer. I’ve only been in December, so I would love to see Central Park in all its beauty in the summer time. And we’ll we’re in NY, I would want to go see Niagara Falls because I saw it as a kid, but my husband never has been
  2. Mexico or Dominican Republic – my mom wants all of us to go together (the families) so that should be fun
  3. Chicago – in the summer because that’s the best time to go. Lots more you can do when it’s warmer outside like swim in the lake, visit rooftop restaurants, etc.,
  4. Bosnia – we really want to go visit our mainland, but I don’t know if it’s feasible this year with my vacation days. It would be great to see my grandparents and introduce my husband to my family whom he’s never met before
  5. Seattle – we want to go for a couple days in the summer since we were there in the fall time. And this time, we wouldn’t just stay a day! It would be more like 3-4 days which gives us time to explore more of the city and hangout with friends
  6. This will be a placeholder for our honeymoon – we don’t know where we want to go yet, but we’re definitely planning to go in 2019
  7. Los Angeles – have been applying to win Ellen tickets again like I did that one time, but I wasn’t able to go. I heard she was retiring in a year, so I want to go before she stops doing the Ellen show. We went to LA over 5 years ago, so I’d love to go back and explore it better than I did the first time (and visit Santa Barbara <3)
  8.  Yellowstone National Park – this is on my list for sure! This one would take a lot of planning
  9. Miami – I kind of want to go here for my birthday this year, just a weekend would be nice. My birthday falls on a Thursday, so I could just go for 3-4 days and it would be fun! I still need to plan for Mirhad’s birthday, we’re trying this thing where we just go visit somewhere for our birthdays instead of staying at home! His is on a Friday, so it’s much easier to take off 1 day of vacation days and go somewhere for 3 days
  10. Lake Tahoe – my mom REALLY wants to go here next summer too. We had a lot of fun there in 2016 and she wants us all to go again including my husbands parens. I think it’s a great idea and Lake Tahoe is such a beautiful place

I really hope I can visit all of these awesome places because trust me, a girl needs a vacation multiple times a year especially when you work all the time! So here’s hoping we all get to visit the places we have planned to visit in 2019! ✈️✈️✈️

 

Are you guys planning on going anywhere in 2019?? Let me know! 🙂

 

Tips for happier flying and a more enjoyable flight! ✈️

We all get excited to go on a vacation and if we get to fly out somewhere we know that eventually it gets boring on the plane. On my last trip, we had a four hour plane ride and I was losing my mind half way through it. I wish I had a list of things that would’ve improved that flight and made it more enjoyable which is why I am making a list of tips for future reference and for anyone else out there that gets bored on flights 🙂

  • Download games on your phone/iPad
  • Listen to some nice, relaxing music – since you usually don’t have Wifi on a plane unless you pay for it, I download a playlist on Spotify to use offline
  • Have a comfy pillow or blanket with you
  • Bring a coloring book or download a similar app on your phone
  • Bring your favorite snacks if you don’t like what they serve on the flight
  • Meditate – I have an app called Headspace that is great for this
  • Use essential oils to relax you
  • Make yourself comfortable
  • Bring a notebook and write down your thoughts, plans, goals, or lists
  • Read a good book
  • Plan out your week/trip if you haven’t already or a future trip
  • Buy a crossword puzzle book – I got a set of 3 game books that had Sudoku, word search, and a crossword
  • Clean up your phone – delete apps you don’t use, organize your pictures, clean out your contacts list, etc.,

So that’s my list, what do you do on a plane to make it more fun or relaxing? 🙂

West Coast Road Trip Pt.2: Seattle!

So when we finally made it to Seattle, it was about 9:30ish. Irhad came to pick us up and the first thing we did was go find a place to grab some quick food. Mirhad ended up finding a place called Dick’s Drive-in and it was pretty good. We got 2 burgers, fries, and a shake. The shake was delicious. We headed back to Irhad’s house and literally got straight into bed because we just traveled for 6 hours. 

The next morning, we woke up and everyone had gone to work so we thought of some things to do until 5pm. We found this yummy breakfast place and headed towards it as soon as we got ready, but not without a couple selfies first 🙂

So we got to this place, I can’t remember the name, but I have this photo of what I got there! 

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It was soooooo delicious! Mirhad got Eggs Benedict with a side of hashbrowns and salmon inside. I’ve never tried Eggs Benedict before, but it was really good! After that, we had one of Mirhad’s friends from college pick us up and we drove around for a couple of hours. We went to some park, went downtown to see some scenery, stopped at a coffee shop, and then headed back to the house. 

So after we got back to the house, there was no way in and Irhad wouldn’t come back home for like another 2 hours. We decided to get an Uber and go chill at a Starbucks. The first one we went to was OKAY, but then it got super sketchy when I stepped outside to run into Walgreens next door. That’s when we looked up the area and realized that this isn’t the BEST place to be lol. So we called another Uber and went back to the Starbucks that was close to where we got breakfast. We just stayed there until Irhad got off work and picked us up. After that, we just chilled for an hour and headed out to dinner. 

You can see the first picture where I was annoying Mirhad as he was trying to sneak in a nap lol. We went to a yummy place for dinner and the waitress heard it was Mirhad’s birthday the next day and gave him a pecan cheesecake (I think that’s what it was). After we were done with dinner, we went to see the very first Starbucks ever made which was cool, it was so interesting compared to the others. And then we went down to the gum wall which was nasty, but cool.  I don’t have pics, but I did have a video. We didn’t stay out too late as we had a flight to catch the next morning so we had to be up by 4am! 

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Tried to catch the mountains, but it was too cloudy the whole time we were there. Couldn’t even see Mt. Rainier, but maybe next time 🙂

So next, we headed out to San Fransisco which will be all in the next post!!! 🙂

West Coast Road Trip Pt.1: The start!

Hi there!

Finally getting started on my travel post! So I wanted to make a post for every city we visited because putting everything into one post would be wayyyy too much. This one will be all about the start.

I went to work that day (it was a Tuesday) and came home as soon as I was done with one of my last meetings before 11:30. I left as soon as I was done and started getting ready. I still needed to shower and pack a few more things like my camera battery that was charging overnight. We had to leave to get to the airport by 12:50-1 and we left around 12:15 (lol what’s new tho). So we finally got to the airport, had no trouble with TSA and that’s when our trip started. I recorded some things – I would post on here, but I don’t think I can. I will make a whole video and post the link later tho 🙂

So the next couple of things will just be some pictures I took during the time we were waiting for our flight and when we got to Dallas waiting for our flight to Seattle. 

The first three photos are waiting at our airport and finally getting to our seats. Then flying and landing in Dallas. We tried some sourdough grilled cheese and we came to the conclusion that we both don’t like sourdough so we didn’t finish the sandwich lol. It was very cheesy though and looked soooo good. Then you can see that we got back onto the plane heading towards Seattle. The sky was so beautiful before it got dark, wish I could go back to this moment and watch again 🙂

So I was already saying our trip has begun when we arrived to the airport, but of course it really began when we landed in Seattle. Next post will be a BUNCH of pictures so get ready! 🙂

Quick update! 🌿

Good morning!!

Writing this quick little update! My flight is around 3 so I don’t have much time for anything, but I thought I’d sit down and write about what’s going on. 

So we are leaving for our trip today, we’ll be in Seattle tonight woohoo! Last night I packed for 2 hours (late) and seriously next time I’m packing 5 days in advance because that was stressful lol. Hopefully I packed everything I needed, if not then oh well I’ll buy it over there. Last weekend was crazy busy, we did yard work everyday. I’ll post some picture when I’m back to show how I redid the front flower box in front of our house. It took a lot of work, but it looks much better now. I think I can find a before pic somewhere, too. 

I probably won’t blog at all during the next 5-6 days since I don’t think I’ll even have time to sit. I feel like we probably won’t even sleep forreal because there’s so much to do in so little time! So there will deff be a couple blog posts probably about each place we visit so I’m excited for that 🙂 right now I need to go take a quick body shower and get dressed because we leave to go to the airport in like 45 to an hour so I am running low on time. 

Went to work this morning and then got back around 11 to work from home. Drinking a cup of coffee right now so I can get some energy because I can never sleep the day before a trip because of excitement. Just like first day of school back then in like middle school, was so excited the night before I couldn’t even sleep! Ah, I just got nostalgic lol. Reminding me of the days where we’d be waiting at the bus stop and it’s a little dewey outside early in the morning. Aw, miss those days! 

Okay well really quick update, I’ll post photos maybe on my instagram. 

See ya later! 🙂