Settling Back In & Winter Travel Plans!

I’ve been home from LA now for a little over a week now. It has been… the longest week and a half of my life. Ever, if I’m being completely honest. It’s been busy and I’ve been settling back into life back in Fresno and part of me feels bad. I know my family is happy to have me back… and my friends are planning get togethers with me so I can tell them all about my adventures, all I can think about is my next getaway and planning my next trip. Adjusting to life back home after being gone so long is trickier than I expected. It didn’t exactly feel like home before I left, and it feels even less like home now. After getting a taste of how exciting my life can be, all I want is to be anywhere but here.

Luckily, this week has been mostly good to me. I recently learned that I might actually be able to afford another getaway much sooner than anticipated. My birthday is coming up in two months (December 21st!), I figured since I will most likely be able to afford it, why don’t I give myself the ultimate birthday present? Go somewhere I’ve never been, on my own, just for about a week between semesters. Nothing is set in stone yet, but plans are slowly coming together. They’ll probably come together even more when I finally decide on a destination. There are three that I am currently considering.

  1. Orlando, FL. I was on Google Flights and couldn’t decide on a possible destination so I did what any traveler might do… I used the I’m Feeling Lucky feature. It told me to go to Orlando. I figure why not? Maybe I’ll make friends with an alligator or something. Also, I just really want to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  2. Portland, OR. Portland is somewhere I’ve always wanted to go. I actually had planned on moving there in the next 5 years before I committed myself to a life of travel after college. I have done so much research on the general lifestyle in Portland and completely fell in love on that alone. Actually visiting it for a week would be a dream. However, a friend and I are planning to go there this coming summer. I might just take Portland off the list for now because I know there’s a chance I’m going anyway later on.
  3. Vancouver, BC, Canada. Just another place I’ve always wanted to visit, for similar reasons as Portland. Plus it’s Canada. Also, I just really want an excuse to get my passport this year. There’s so much to do and see in Vancouver, I would love for it to be my first trip abroad.

As of this moment, I am thinking over the pros and cons of Vancouver and Orlando. I really can’t think of any cons for either.

  • With Vancouver, I get to experience a real winter. I don’t get a lot of that where I live and Florida’s winter is still swimming weather… which isn’t bad either. I like to swim, it would be fun to be able to do that in December/January.
  • Orlando has The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which is a place I wanted to go literally ever since it was announced.
  • Canada has poutine. I’ve never actually tried poutine, but I really want to.
  • With Florida, I will finally be able to honestly say I’ve been in another state, and I do kinda feel like I should explore other states in my home country before running off to other countries.
  • Vancouver would not only be the cheaper flight (more than likely), but it also doesn’t have a theme park that will cost me around $200. It’s ironic, considering Canada is generally more expensive than the US.

And there are plenty more reasons for one over the other on both sides, even though I know I need to make the decision sooner rather than later, especially if the choice it’s the one that requires a passport. I just can’t make up my mind one way or the other.

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