Hello everyone! I haven’t written in a while, but I’ve decided to come out of my hiatus and share some of the awesome things that I’ve been doing. This summer has been FULL of traveling to some really amazing places, and I can’t wait to share it with you guys. In fact, the early part of my summer was so full of traveling and adventuring that I’m just now getting around to organizing everything so that I can write about it and share it with you. In the meantime, I thought now would be an opportune time to finish up the Virginia Beach posts that I started so long ago.
Virginia Beach is an incredibly fun vacation destination. There is always something happening, and usually for free! I was amazed at how many things were open to the public for free. I expected to pay through the roof for everything that I wanted to do, and I thought that most of my free time would go toward swimming and relaxing by the ocean (which was never a disappointment), but that wasn’t the case at all. I spent my days finding free things to do, and my evenings on the ocean.
I’ve got a big cross-country trip coming up in about two weeks (which you may have read about here) that I’m really excited about. For cost saving purposes, the group that I’m going with will be splitting up and staying with host homes almost every night of our 15-day trip. It’s no secret that housing can be one of the most costly expenses while on vacation, and staying at host homes, or trying programs like couchsurfing, are great options.
Living in Michigan means that winter is going to last most of the year, though some of us choose to live in denial. Most of the time I can be found daydreaming about the days when I’m financially stable enough to move somewhere warm and tropical. As far as I’m concerned, it should be at least 75 degrees and sunny all year long.
This past winter in particular really took its toll on me. I’m not normally one to complain about having to stay indoors because of the cold, but this year ‘spring fever’ hit some time in December and I’ve been itching to get outside every chance I can get. Though all of the colors are currently shades of brown, and the sky is cloudy and overcast, it’s finally warmed up enough to get back outside and adventure (though that may not last long because Michigan weather likes to play practical jokes on it’s residents).
Luckily for me, my college has a really beautiful campus to explore (for free!). Who said that you have to break the bank in order to have an adventure? Sometimes it’s best to start right in your own backyard, even if that’s just a precursor to adventures to come.
I also took this opportunity to fully embrace my inner child. I’m never one to pass up an opportunity to put on my rain boots and go splash in some puddles, and that’s exactly what I did! I dusted off my tried and true rain boots and put my hair in braids (the perfect rainy day hair style because it keeps your locks under control and combats humidity) and headed into the great outdoors.
I also took the chance to break in my new raincoat. My mom recently got me this beautiful Calvin Klein rain jacket as an early Easter gift. It was the perfect time to throw it on because it was just heavy enough to keep me warm, and sturdy enough to keep me dry. Not to mention that by tying the belt in a bow, it gave my outfit a nice soft feminine touch.
Sometimes the best way to end a rainy day adventure is to come back inside, curl up with a nice blanket and pour yourself a warm drink. Stay warm out there and have fun!!