There are a lot of different reasons to travel. For me, travel has almost always been inspired by the desire to escape the clutches of mainstream society. It’s not just that I don’t feel like I fit in, it’s also that I don’t want to.
I’m reminded of this while traveling with my partner for weddings in upstate New York. I’m reminded that liberal states like New York love to look down on conservative states like my home state of Kansas. I am always disappointed by the holier than thou attitude Northerners and Coastal Elites have- especially when they are…
Travel can entail finding yourself in a radical way where one is stripped bare, but it can also entail running from a part of yourself that you don’t want to be a part of you. A lucky traveler is able to access both of these dimensions of themselves while on the road, and grow.
This summer of travel my partner Carp and I have tried to access both of these facets of ourselves. …
“Babe, we have 7 followers on A Cheap Trip!”
“Really? I don’t know who they are but god bless them.”
With our newfound “influence” we decided to compile a totally biased ranking of the cities we have visited thus far this summer. What follows is my viewpoint, and to view the trip through my partner’s eyes check out A Cheap Trip. There was a week where we saw different places (my partner Carp was in Alaska and I was in Southern California/ Mexico) but other than that we experienced all the same places.
We spent a beautiful night camping right on Lake Tahoe, and bathed in it before leaving. After traveling for almost a month, we were on the last leg of this trip. Someone taped an aggressive “Learn How To Drive” note on our car, which didn’t give a good impression of the west coast to most of the east coasters I was traveling with.
After I dropped my friend Jess off at the airport in San Francisco, I picked up Ben’s brother and cousin from the airport. We drove straight to Half Moon Bay for drinks and lunch on the ocean.
Jess and I had been raging against the patriarchy this morning, and how men need to do better. Similar to how as white people it’s our responsibility to hold ourselves and other white people accountable, the same goes for men. Men need to hold each other accountable and talk to each other.
Jess is one of my favorite people in the world, and I am so happy to be spending time with her in San Diego. It has ocean, mountains, Mexico, and desert all available for day trips.
We began the trip with some exciting job searching for Jess which might not be appropriate for this blog, and enjoyed brunch next to some trash cans.
My brother and I traveled a lot together as kids thanks to our wonderful adventurous parents. However, we have not traveled together much as adults but we definitely should do more of it.
On Wednesday we picked up my brother Ben and his fiance Kate from the Phoenix airport, and then drove two hours north to Sedona, AZ. None of us had ever been to Sedona before and didn’t really know what to expect, but had been recommended it multiple times by different people. Turns out it’s just as gorgeous, and rich, as you might expect.
Day 3 of our trip began in Albuquerque, grabbing an early brunch of green chili burritos at the classic Albuquerque Frontier restaurant. Honey comes with the meals in Albuquerque, to put on tortillas/sopapillas as a desert. Why would you need desert though when you have green chili?