Solo Travel Is Cool Until You Don’t Want To

First, I guess I should tell you guys I’m going to Bangkok, Thailand in June. Once I figure out the rest, I will update you with my travel schedule.

Solo traveling, for me, is a means to an end and not a preference. I’ve said this a dozen times but I wouldn’t have been to half of the places if I waited on someone to join me. I know it’s not an uncommon problem to have but it’s annoying. Especially when you’re scrolling through Instagram and see all the squad goals pictures in exotic and interesting countries. For my 30th birthday, I thought that people would rally together to help me celebrate. I asked every person that I know and some said yes.

#Itinerary, #Thoughts

Los Angeles: Mini Reviews of AFI FEST Films

All of my adult life I would book random trips and then realized that if I did some research I could have went to some type of event. Whether it was a film or food festival, I would notice that I would miss out on experiencing cool events so this year I attempted to travel with a purpose. I originally wanted to go to New York Film Festival but I was too impatient for the tickets to go on sale. I didn’t want to book a trip and not be able to go because I could not get the tickets so I chose Toronto Film Festival.  However, after about a week of hurt feelings and tears from being denied by racist Airbnb owners, I completely gave up the dream. I searched every day for another major festival but every festival that I saw had already came and went or was days away. But then I stumbled upon AFI Fest and my dream was realized again.

#Itinerary, #Thoughts

Los Angeles: Santa Monica Disappointment

When I first visited Los Angeles, I was fresh out of college. It was a quick turn around trip for a job interview for the Beverly Hills Police Department. I stayed with a college friend named Velvet for the weekend. Outside of the excitement of the possibility that I might get to live in California, I was more excited to be there and see everything that I ever saw on TV growing up. She filled my head up with an A+ itinerary of things she would personally take me to see. Looking back, I don’t recall seeing anything worth seeing on that whole trip with the exception of Skid Row and the Staples Center. And I saw that to and from the airport. On my last day, we rode one train, took two buses to walk to a bus stop and stand there for thirty minutes waiting for the Santa Monica bus to pull up. As soon as it pulled up she changed her mind about going to the beach but instead wanting to go to some club. I blocked her number on the way to the airport.

#Itinerary, #Thoughts

Los Angeles: My Vacation. My Rules.

Sometimes when I go on vacation I feel as though if I don’t do certain things that I’m wasting my money. When I woke up the second day with movies on my schedule but still drowsy from that pill I took, I felt like a complete failure. A lot of times I push myself out of the hotel bed for the sake of having things to blog about but this day I did not want to move, eat, blink, or breathe. I just wanted to sleep. I laid in the bed all day trying to convince myself it was okay to not go outside. I was so riddled with guilt.

#Itinerary, #Thoughts

Los Angeles: AFIFEST & Mudbound

Do I say I hate flying a lot? If I don’t, let me say it again. I absolutely hate flying. Typically, a couple days before my flight, I start seeing things about planes crashing, emergency landings, and of course, the American trends of mass murder. My anxiety blows through the roof as soon as I check my bag.

As soon as I sat down in my seat, I took a pill to calm my plane crashing meltdown and that was the worst decision that I made. 1. I took the whole pill. 2. By the time the plane started taking off, I had calmed myself down. I was moments into a movie before my head flew down in front of me and I was out for the count.