5 T R I P S I W A S A B L E T O T A K E (PANDEMIC EDITION)

Updated: Mar 14

I have been very blessed and grateful to have had some amazing getaways that help boost my mental and physical health.


As I work on balance in my current season I am building in new routines that activate and cultivate where I'm at and where I want to go. I've never been great at longer do nothing else but relax vacations; however, I'm working on being present and working, playing and relaxing hardt!


Despite my relaxation short comings, one thing about me is imma do a staycation or mini getaway; that right there is my forte and specialty. So, below are some amazing trips I was able to take during the pandemic outside of lockdown. If you are able to take at least one trip this year, do it; and if you can't hopefully there are some takeaways you can implement into your own staycation at the crib.




CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA - BEACH CAMPING


I had the amazing opportunity to take this trip with my cousin and her little humans. Camping isn't necessarily my thing as I love nature, but I don't always like nature on me. However, top to bottom it was an amazing trip filled with laughs, smores and sleeping a little bit in my car.


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Family time

  • Seeing the sunset and sunrise on the beach

NOTES

  • Winter/Spring months can get pretty cold at night so prepare for that

  • You'll need cash for shower tokens

  • They have pits for cooking

  • People take tents, trucks, campers and RV's to pick you adventure

LOCATION INFO & LINKS

Carlsbad State Beach - Info, Reservations, etc.




 

WAIKIKI, HI (HONOLULU)


I had never been to this part of Hawaii and jumped at the opportunity to essentially go for 3 weeks as I worked remotely. The time difference had me up and working around 6:30am, but I'd be done around 2:30-3pm and had plenty of time then and on the weekends to take in the beauty of the island and the people.


HIGHLIGHTS

  • EVERYTHING

  • Got to celebrate a friend's birthday (best girl's trip ever!)

  • FOOD

  • EVERYTHING

NOTES

  • Respect the land and the people

  • Hawaii as a whole has a tight Covid-19 policy so make sure you have everything you need, this ensures seamless travel in the islands and provides you and those around you some piece of mind

  • As much as possible utilize locals/native Hawaiians for services and products

  • All of the seafood is bomb and fresh so yes, even convenience stores have fire poke

  • The people on the island aren't in a rush, and neither should you be when you're there no matter what you're there for, be respectful and chill out

LOCATION INFO & LINKS

I largely stayed in a condo while there, but took some mini stays at the Prince Hotel (10 out of 10 would recommend)

Goofy Cafe - has a unique menu that is amazing, and a quaint restaurant that feels like home.

HOKU CAFE - there are literally no misses here, local restaurant with fresh seafood and the sauce (cuz you can never have too much sauce) is the toppest tier okay!?



 

CORONADO BEACH, SAN DIEGO


This year gave me the opportunity to live in and experience downtown San Diego life. It has some of the things I miss about LA and some things I didn't even know I needed. While here, one of my favorite staycations or day trips has been Coronado Beach which is just a 10 minute bridge ride from my location.


HIGHLIGHTS

  • The beach is THAT beach okay!?

  • Sunsets

NOTES

  • It doesn't get too crowded on the water

  • There's so much to do from rentals, food and water activities

  • If you're looking for the perfect place for a photo shoot this is it

LOCATION INFO & LINKS

Hotel Del Coronado is my favorite place to lounge there.

The Brigantine restaurant is top tier.



 

RITZ CARLTON - LAGUNA, NIGUEL


There was a distinct pleasure I got from staying at the Ritz in Laguna Niguel. This was post lock down, middle panny and so they had specials so that every day people could visit, and yes I took them up on that offer. Aside from luxury, at the time I was recovering from a bad back injury and there were components that allowed me to enjoy my trip while having access to things I wouldn't have been able to do otherwise.


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Secluded beach that isn't ever too crowded

  • Sunset dinners

NOTES

  • They have a shuttle that takes you from the resort to the beach and beach rentals that are included with your stay which include chairs, umbrellas and towels

  • Nice pool and solid drinks

  • 180 Bleu Restaurant is a great space to have dinner and watch the sunset, it's first come first serve seating

  • Raya is also a great restaurant

  • They sell cigars on site

LOCATION INFORMATION & LINKS

Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel



 

SEATTLE & OLYMPIA WASHINGTON


This trip was pleasantly amazing and spontaneous. I was dating my girlfriend at the time and she invited me up to meet her best friend and I said yes. It worked out amazingly because I also got to visit with a friend of mine from high school that lives up there. I've always had a deep appreciation of Seattle, but this time I got to check out Olympia and Tacoma as well and thoroughly enjoyed every city and the company I was keeping.


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Padua High (IYKYK), the location they filmed a lot of the scenes from 10 Things I Hate About You

  • All the babies and kiddos

  • Hiking at 7pm and the sun is barely going down

NOTES

  • Without traffic Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia are 25-45 minutes from each other so it's pretty smooth to get from city to city to see all the things

  • It's not always raining but there is always moisture in the air so plan for that

  • Seattle features some amazing museums and exhibits, Tacoma has harbors and centers where there's a ton of stuff to do in one place (great for families) and Olympia is beautiful and features some amazing hikes and trails

LOCATION INFORMATION & LINKS

The Chihuly Garden is one of my favorite museums/exhibits of alllllll time.


So, if you can take a trip or two or ten this year. A lot of making a trip or vacation a trip or vacation is how you feel about it and letting things go and being in the moment. Anytime you're able to that and eat good food and have some amazing drinks you've succeeded.

Check out my Instagram for up to the minute trips, food, drinks and cute videos of my dog and other people's children @seoulstarr



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