I definitely have been feeling the travel bug recently. For Christmas, I was so excited to receive an AWAY carry on suitcase, and a Lo&Sons carry on bag… Now I can’t wait to put them to good use. Here are a few of the destinations I already have planned, and an incomplete list of where all I’d like to go this year. 🙂

 

Domestic

San Francisco, CA –

Okay, so I am trying to parlay a work trip into a long weekend in San Francisco/Northern California. I actually have a few places I’d like to go in this region – Napa, Monterrey, Big Sur, Yosemite National Park… the list could go on. I also want to try to snag tickets to see Hamilton in San Francisco, so that may be a trip as well so I can be “in the room where it happens”. I have one trip planned next week, and hope to spend my Saturday taking photos and shopping for a bridesmaids dress for my friend’s wedding in July.

 

San Diego, CA –

I had drafted this post a while ago, and knew that I would be going to San Diego at some point early this year. However, I didn’t know it would happen quite so soon! I had a last minute trip to San Diego for work, and spent the weekend chasing sunshine and shorelines in Coronado and La Jolla. I’ll be going back down there soon, so I can’t wait to explore Balboa Park, Old Town, and maybe go out on a yacht to whale watch! I’m going down in early March and plan on spending my down-time in the sun on a sandy beach at the very least.

 

Washington, DC – 

I’ll be in DC this spring for my Grandfather’s Funeral. He was in the Air Force in World War II, and will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. While the reason for going is quite somber, I am very proud of my Grandfather’s service during the war, and am glad that I will be there to honor his life with the rest of my family. I was last in DC in high school for a future lawyers summit (lol), and as it has been quite some time, I’m hoping to visit some of the museums and monuments whist I am there.

 

Austin, TX

One of my best friends is getting married in July, and I will be in her wedding as a bridesmaid! This is actually my first time being in a wedding, and I cannot wait for all of the festivities to begin. I moved to Seattle from Austin two and a half years ago (!) and have been back only three times since. This year, I’ll be going back for a weekend spend wine tasting in the Hill Country for the bachelorette party, and then again for the wedding itself. I can’t wait to see my friends and see how much the city has changed. I’ll also be a red-eye flight pro by the time this is all said and done. The flight schedule between Seattle and Austin is seriously lacking… but it will be so worth it! 🙂

 

International Trips

Banff, Alberta, Canada – 

I think a road trip from Seattle to Banff this summer would be fabulous. I have had several friends go, and would love to bask in the beauty of Lake Louise and the Fairmont Chateau. It’s about an 8 hour drive, so it would be great to stop somewhere along the way, too. IF I go on this trip, I’ll need to find dog friendly options, as I think it would be awesome to bring Brodie with me. His instagram game will be so strong. More research is needed…

 

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (again) – 

I went to Victoria for a day trip with my Mom on one of my first trips to Seattle, and LOVED it. However, we spent a lot of time allowing me to photograph/admire harbour seals for hours. I would really like to visit the Butchart Gardens and spend the day photographing/admiring flowers instead. The Victoria Clipper high-speed ferry makes this a super easy day trip from Seattle’s waterfront.

 

Australia – 

This one is totally dependent on work things, but there is a possibility that I will be able to go to Australia for a second time. Last year I went to Melbourne for a week long business trip, and sadly didn’t carve out much time to explore. While my reasons at the time were totally valid, this time around I’ll want to extend my trip by a bit in order to see either more of Australia or New Zealand, or Fiji…? The possibilities are endless. I loved what I saw in Melbourne last year. I’ll need to do a post about that trip, as I surprisingly didn’t do much with any of the photos I shot due to work and life craziness at the time.

 

Scottish Highlands –

I read that Scotland is a great place for solo travel, but if I’m being honest, the scenery and cinematography of the show “Outlander” was really all I needed to convince me that Scotland needs to be on the top of my list. I love driving and taking trips on the the open road at home, and I’d love to see Scotland and its castles, lochs, and mountains by car in the fall this year. I have a few friends who have been recently, and have had only the best things to say about their time in Edinburgh. While I’m there, I’d like to explore the city, learn about the history of the highlands, take copious photos of landscapes,

 

Iceland –

Who wouldn’t want to go on a trip to sit in a hot spring under the beauty of the northern lights? Sounds pretty ideal to me. Add in the panoramic beauty of glaciers, mountains, and fields dotted with Icelandic Horses, and I’m all set for things that I want to see, photograph, and commit to memory. Flights to Reykjavik from Seattle aren’t really all that expensive on Iceland Air, and they have a program where you can extend your layover in Iceland on your way to/from Europe. The idea of a two-fer on my UK trip sounds like a great idea.

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The Neighbourhood at SXSW 2013 – Cedar Street Showdown

#tbt might be my favorite thing on Instagram – well, aside from posting copious pictures of Zach and Erin (my family’s dogs) and ♥’ing and even greater amount of pictures of strangers’ dogs… 

My favorite band, The Neighbourhood, is coming to Austin tomorrow; and in honor of going to their concert, I thought I’d throw back to two of the six (yes six) other times I have seen them live. #tbt #obsessed #sorrynotsorry all apply.

Austin is an amazing place to live if you enjoy live shows and discovering new music. I went to Stubb’s with a few friends to see The Temper Trap in October of 2012, and had no idea how much I would love their opening band. I fell in love with “Sweater Weather” pretty much immediately, and started Googling who these guys were after the concert. Their whole black and white aesthetic is quite deliberate, and definitely added some mystery to a new band.

The next time I saw them was during SXSW 2013 at Cedar Street. To date, it was the BEST concert I have ever been to. To sum it up: St. Lucia, MS MR, Usher rocking out to MS MR not 50 feet from where I stood, The Neighbourhood, and Haim. FREEThis was a bit before each of these bands really blew up, so it was amazing to get to experience each performance in a small, relatively intimate setting. I went with a few friends, who then became hooked as well, which explains the subsequent four shows. 🙂


I can’t wait to see them perform again tomorrow, this time headlining their own show at Stubb’s. It is so cool to see bands come full circle like that. Aside from the show itself, I’m going with a group of some of my best friends and cannot wait to have some fun! 

Any recommendations for bands to watch out for, or awesome concert stories? Here are a couple of songs that I am excited to hear tomorrow:

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I really believe that “The Finer Things Club” isn’t restricted to just those with a ballin’ budget. Yes – you can enjoy actual Champagne on an ordinary Wednesday, on the cheap, and on the reg. I love to discover great deals and great experiences around the city, and prove that “Budget Ballin'” is real y’all. 


I love bubbles, I love cheese boards, and I love French cuisine; so naturally I love Arro.  When it opened last year, I was so excited to try it out. I took my Mom there for a lovely ladies dinner and forced her to try the Bone Marrow among other delicacies (it is amazing, for the record). She still pokes fun at me, comparing me to Bill Heder’s “Stefon” on SNL, because I was so enthusiastic about the restaurant.

“Austin’s hottest cheese plate is at Arro. It’s got everything; 
a killer wine list, a greenhouse, and none other than Easy Tiger bread making an appearance alongside some fancy cheeses.”

Well, my hands flew to my face the other day as I read about their new Happy Hour; 50% off by-the-glass wine, $5 drafts & 50% off all bread offerings including cheese & charcuterie selections, weekdays 5-7pm. I met up with one of my best friends to scope it out. 

Right as I arrived, the bartender was describing a truly fantastic deal on glasses of Bruno Paillard Cuvée. She made a great point that while $20 for a single glass is a bit much, $10 isn’t so crazy. I’m so glad that I tried it! Hailing from the Champagne region of France, this is the real deal, and one of the few winemakers that actually lists the disgorgement date on the bottle. I also tried an even more moderately priced bubbly Rosé – so refreshing!

For food, we split two cheese boards – the Chef’s Board (above) and the Large Format (below). The selections change daily, and this time, I particularly loved the paté, brie, and mustard found on the Chef’s Board. We ended up getting extra bread, lest we let that delicious cheese go to waste. 

After splitting the bill, my grand total before tip was a whole $25 dollars. Needless to say, you might be able to find me at Arro’s bar more often from now on. 


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