Worth it! Los Angeles Winter Trip

Ah, my poor neglected blog! Don’t worry, I’m still around! Like many other bloggers, I’ve caught cant-get-a-post-published-itis. I’m starting a foundation to fight this illness. Together, we can find a cure. Or I could manage my time better, but that would require effort. Unthinkable!

“Los Angeles is completely different city in the summer.” That’s what my (amazing) AirBnB host told me. I wouldn’t know. I visited LA for the first time in third grade on a trip with my mother to see family. While that was during the summer, we didn’t do much sightseeing, and I was too young to remember most of it. The next time I returned would be with my aunt in December of 2014, and I fell in love. Therefore, it’s no surprise that I settled on LA (and San Francisco, but that’s another story for another time) as my winter-break destination. LA as a whole may have a warm weather “vibe” – especially with the palm trees, which by the way, are not native to California – but I think it’s overlooked as a winter-break destination. In fact, it’s kind of my ideal winter oasis: a multi-faceted, unique city with tons of vintage clothes, delicious ice cream, gorgeous parks, and stunning cityscapes – all wrapped up in 60 degree weather.

What can I say? I’m not a fan of the beach. But hiking through mountainous parks, catching a Lyft to a delicious ramen restaurant, and then topping off the night with some roller skating? Or wandering through neighborhoods filled with oddity stores, vintage shops, and vegan ice cream? Sign me up. Moreover, take me back! Please enjoy my top moments and photos in Los Angeles, while I cry over the abundance of schoolwork I already have. If you’re traveling to Los Angeles, hopefully this post can give you some decent, relatively cheap, less-touristy (ish? I’m not a local, obviously) itinerary ideas.

Barnsdall Art Park

I almost excluded this park from our itinerary because we were running short on daylight. That decision would have robbed me of a wonderful experience. This park is free (well, the outside), the view is beautiful, and the architecture is amazing. Several visitors were laid out on the grass enjoying the gentle breeze, amazing cityscape, and warm sunshine. We followed suit.

Fun fact: Barnsdall Art Park is circled around HollyHock House, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. I’m convinced that you can see Ennis House, which is also designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, from Barnsdall (not in the view pictured). Don’t quote me on that.

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Travel Anxiety – I waited too long

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Hello fellow wannabe full-time travelers, it’s Knurly. Today is a sad story of how I increased my Costa Rica trip’s cost by a hundred dollars, due to an inability to “pull the trigger.” Of course, my new trip time-slot has allowed me to take a Summer II semester course, but that’s not the point of this post. I found an amazing flight from my city to San Jose, round trip for two people, for a total of 730 bucks. However, I waited too long due to some commitment anxiety and I lost my opportunity. In fact, the ticket prices increased so significantly I was sure my trip had been cancelled. Alas, I was able to figure it out. Note: I always figure it out.

Note: I do not watch Riverdale

However, this new cheap flight, which by the way, is costing me about 840 dollars total, has three layovers. Yes, my first trip without any parents will involve a trip with three layovers/change offs, and I’m not even quite sure what an airport gate is, how you find your gate, or even proper airport etiquette. In other words, I’m a mess, please follow my blog. That’s not to mention I’m flying two different airlines: Delta there and Southwest back. It could be worse, and I’m sure seasoned travelers are used to this. I am not.

 

Jean skirt, sneakers, and white ankle socks? Seriously?

Since we’re on the topic of mass anxiety, I am fearful that I am embarking on a cookie-cutter trip. It’s so hard looking at these amazing experiences that other travelers have, because it makes me question if I’m really getting my money’s worth. However, I have restrictions that some other do not have. For example, it’s too expensive for me to rent a car because I’m (not even) 21. Also, this is be my first trip without family. There’s always been another adult around, and they’ve planned the trip. I can rely on them. However, I planned this trip all by myself. I’m the adult now. And regardless of how the trip goes, I’ll learn and get better at planning as time goes on. Besides, seasoned travelers make mistakes. too

We can file this post under several categories: first world problems, overgrown young adult realizes they have to be mature now, and overcoming anxiety. Anyway, there’s a lesson to be learned here: PULL THE TRIGGER – after you plan everything out of course. I can fully understand some of you may have trouble parting with your hard-earned money. In fact, that’s what prevented me from booking my flight to begin with. Your bank account can be replenished, but you can’t enjoy a trip you never went on. That’s what I have to keep telling myself.

-Knurly