Hello beautiful people! I trust you have all been doing well.
Hopefully, judging by my greeting; you can tell i’m in a good mood. Who wouldn’t be it’s Tax refund season! That special time of the year where we finally get a little piece of the pie. Thankfully, this year I have received a nice size of the pie. And have come to the conclusions with my twenty-seventh birthday slowly but surly coming up quickly, I need a vacation….I deserve a vacation! Last year’s birthday total sucked and I really didn’t have fun. I was broke, and what little money I did have, went to paying off the cable bill, only had a little left to get me some food no presents!
Well, this year; I’m not making that mistake again. I even took time off from work. I have decided, I am leaving my state and I am going somewhere else! (Most birthdays, I take the time off, but stay at home: sleep in, go out, buy my cake, flowers and food etc, but it never feels like a vacation. In the back of my mind I’m thinking of “work” because I didn’t go anywhere, so it never feels like a vacation but rather, simply “a day off”. I really wanted to go some place warm, I was thinking of Los Angeles; technically I had/have the money to get there (LAX) but I’d only have about $70 or so, to cover me for three days (not including lodging or transportation) So I quickly scrapped that idea. Then I thought about going to Miami or Orlando, Florida. I watched various YouTube videos about visiting and went on the websites and the only feelings I had about that place was “I am so bored.” So then I thought about what are some things I would love to do?
Well I love museums (total nerd response-I know.)
, I love learning; and learning about cultures. That, and I haven’t visited a museum since the fourth grade! I want to be in an interesting enough city where I can walk around and take in the culture, and the people itself. Try new foods, it’s been awhile since i’ve been in a restaurant. I’d love to stop off in a bar and grab a drink, (haven’t been in a bar since college). *The key here, is that on this trip I will be going solo, so I have to be careful about the things I choose, it’s one thing if I was going out with friends then there is a sense of strength of numbers. But when you’re by yourself especially in a new place I can’t really hop on the whole “night life circuit”
. That’s what I really didn’t care for when it came to Miami and Orlando, it seemed like if you weren’t going to the Space Station, or the Amusement Park, clubbing is where you wanted to be. To be honest with you, clubbing never really interested me. So after some more deliberation, I was thinking “I don’t want to go NYC again, I’ve already been there, I want to try some place new..: So I settled one *Drum roll* Washington,D.C. I did/have been checking the weather and it’s going to be in the sixties so a lot warmer than it’s been here. It’s only like six or seven hours (depending which way you go) away. So I get annoyed and want to come home early, I’m not that far away. So about a week or so ago, I ordered a Travel Guide for D.C. it came came in today, I like how they gave price ranges for things. I’m spending my birthday in the Smithsonian!!!, I liked that majority of the things I want to see are all collectively in the same area. So i’m thinking “Sweet, that means all I have to do is find a nice parking spot and stay there!” I have gone through the book and highlighted different things I want to do. The main goal for the trip is to try something new, so I only highlighted a few things that I definitely want to do; but I also want to leave the rest of my day open. So I don’t burn myself out. I found out they have a china town there; so I’m definitely going there. I’m staying pretty cheap on this trip. The most expensive attraction on my to do list is Madame Trousseau House of Wax, I had been to the one in NYC about eight years ago, it was expensive, and half the building was shut down for reconstruction but they didn’t feel the need to cut the price in half. That always irked me. That clearly was a rip off. I was looking at the pictures and it hit me, I need to buy a selfie-stick, it hit me as I was looking at the pictures, I won’t have anyone to take the pictures for me so i’m gonna need the stick.
I am really looking forward to my solo trip. In previous post I had talked about how I wanted to travel the world if I ever won the lottery. If I ever win, I’m going to be solo; so doing this domestic trip I think will be a nice segway, into seeing if traveling is something I like to do, and if I can traveling on my own.:) I see it as a challenge and I’m really looking forward to it.
Here is some of the things I want to do in D.C
- Madame Trousseau
- China Town
- Go to my first Sushi restaurant, and try sushi and sake
- Visit a Comedy Club
- Go to a Spoken Word (where poets do their things, while I get to sit in the audience and eat.)
- See the famous Monuments
- Visit a Botanical Guardians
Unlike last year, when I had to put responsibility before fun, this year to block that, Thanks to my Tax return coming in early. I have already went shopping for the trip. Already ordered my birthday presents, Most importantly I went ahead and paid my bills. Thankfully the 24th (my birthday) is pay day, so around noon I’ll have some extra cash that is all my own to do with as I please. I personally cannot remember a time I got to have a paycheck that was solely my own . I think it really would do me a world of good, to simply take a break from my life. All that is left to do is Rent the car, and reserve the hotel room and of course get me a selfie stick. P.S. if anyone has any suggestions of what I should see or do, or which foods to try while i’m there, please leave a comment. I’m open to suggestions =D