This weekend did not go as planned.
When I booked my personal, post-grad “Spring Break” to California, I pictured hiking and biking and bumming out on the beach. I pictured sunny weather with clear skies and maybe even getting a slight tan from afternoons spent window shopping.
None of those things happened.
In an odd case of events, Southern California was hit with rainy clouds and moody weather. The skies were dark and ominous and unforgiving. This torrential downpour threw a wrench in my carefree, outdoorsy dreams.
We made the most of it.
Donning a rain jacket and new joggers my friend Sarah and I hopped from restaurant to coffee shop to friend-to-friend and made memories along the way.
One of the best things about travel is it shakes me out of my Type A, strictly scheduled comfort zone and forces me to go with the flow. It makes me more carefree, fun-willed and open to adventure.
Here are my top takeaways from my Cali trip:
- You’re never too old to splash in a puddle.
- You can’t let the weather affect your sense of adventure.
- New friends are great, but old ones are invaluable.
- Never underestimate the usefulness of a good rain jacket.
- Don’t take yourself or your schedule too seriously: be open to bigger, better things to come.