25 before 25: Travel out of the state, somewhere other than FL


One negative about moving out of state is that most of your “vacations” are spent going back to your home state. Obviously, I love visiting Florida and I would never give up time with my family and friends to go on other trips BUT it is really exciting when I get to go on a vacation to a state other than Florida, especially when it’s somewhere I’ve never been before.

Two weeks ago Keith and I went to Seattle. We were so lucky, his dad and his dad’s wife bought us flights up to join them for Comic Con! First off, Keith and I had never traveled together. And secondly, I’d always wanted to go to Seattle but never had the chance. Plus I got to meet the other half of his family and he got to see them for the first time in like four years. Can you say win, win, win, win?

OH WAIT – how did I forget the biggest win? I won over $400 within a few hours of landing! How rad, right? Seriously, if you know me you know that I’m sort of an insane planner and even on vacation, I’m super conscious of money so winning that money meant being able to totally relax and spend without stress. Also buying dinner for everyone one night! I seriously LOVE being able to treat others.

Okay, so I’m already all over the place and I could go on about this trip forever so instead I’m gonna choose 5 things to talk about:

1) Families are so different. Growing up you only really have any info about how your own family works. So anything different from that is automatically bad but as you grow up you start to realize that it’s kind of awesome how different everyone is though it definitely causes some serious problems. (Especially when families start to merge, huh?) But this trip I got to meet Keith’s dad and his wife, his siblings, a couple aunts and uncles, a few cousins, and his grandparents. And even though this isn’t the family Keith grew up with, it was awesome to see how much is has in common with them and to just be accepted in as a part of this new family.

2) I should totally live in Seattle. No, seriously. I loved it so much. The weather was gorgeous, even when it was drizzling. The sights are amazing. The people seemed rad. Honestly, the whole weekend I walked around begging Keith to move to Seattle with me. Obviously this isn’t realistic, we both have jobs that keep us in LA and neither of us want that to change anytime soon. But it was fun to walk around day dreaming about packing up and moving to a new place. Honestly, part of the reason I want to move is because I could wear boots and scarves like every day, and most people walk around wearing all black. If that’s not a place I belong, then I don’t know what is! And their buses come like every 15  minutes and its SO easy to navigate their public transportation. UGH. Seriously. I need to live in Seattle.

3) Food is always one of the best parts of any trip. I know some people aren’t foodies but honestly, I don’t understand those people. One of my favorite things to do in a new city is try all the food the locals love! My favorites this trip were: Piroshki Piroshki (Russian buns – so warm and comforting), Beecher’s (free fresh cheese curds – yum), and Molly Moon’s (Thai tea and Stumptown coffee ice cream – are you serious?!). Keith and I also took a 4 hour sandwich adventure, which leads in to my next point very well…

4) Traveling together shows you a lot about your relationship. I’m a planner, and Keith is quite the opposite. And obviously we already knew that about each other and have been dating for quite a while and live together, but I was kinda worried traveling would bring out the bad sides. I would be lying if I said it was 100% perfect… Of course we had a couple moments of frustration. For example, I wanted to get on the plane as soon as boarding began, but Keith wanted to hang out in the terminal til it was closer to take off. Overall, though, we were great! We worked together, navigated the city via bus, walked up some serious hills, and overall had so much fun together. There were moments I would look over and it would hit me all at once how lucky I am to have him in my life and as my forever travel-buddy. Honestly, any man willing to go on a 4-hour adventure for a sandwich is the man for me!

5) Comic Con is fascinating. Totally not my world, but really interesting! If you ever want to people watch – that’s the place to go! It was cool to be surrounded by people who all love the same thing. It made me wish I was a huge fanatic about something because it’s so cool to see how much people LOVE their comics. I really enjoyed going to panels, too. Even though I didn’t really know what most of them were talking about, and a lot of the jokes went over my head, I really just enjoyed listening to people who are the experts in their field.

But of course, as happy as I was to visit Seattle and have the chance to travel, I was equally as happy to come back home! Isn’t that what makes traveling even better? Having a home that you’re so excited to get back to.

Who knew gum could be art?
Pike Place was my favorite.
People go all out at Comic Con!
Beecher’s Mac & Cheese!!!!!!
Exploring a city on public transportation is the best.

2 thoughts on “25 before 25: Travel out of the state, somewhere other than FL

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  2. LOVED this post, Chelsea!! I love that you were able to go on this little trip & scratch something off your list of things to do before turning 25! Amazing! I’ve been to Seattle twice now, but both times equated to about 10 hours in total. So clearly, I need to go visit and STAY haha.

    I love what you said (and totally agree) : “Food is always one of the best parts of any trip. I know some people aren’t foodies but honestly, I don’t understand those people.”


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