Right now I’m in Texas with a head cold, but all I can think about is Portland. I’m watching and possibly re-watching episodes of Portlandia. I’ve never visited a new city knowing that I’d return, possibly to live there.
Christmas in Hawaii is another deal altogether. All of the Christmas spirit is there, but paired with the chill vibe of the island. (Mele Kalikimaka!) Also, gorgeous weather. Hawaii was one of my favorite vacations of all time because we had a bit of everything. Sun, surf, mountains and culture.
Unlike my other travels, I was alone in San Francisco. Well, I was visiting one of my best friends & going to Outside Lands with her. However, I was alone during the day while she was at work. There’s something to be said about exploring alone. I don’t think I’m well-versed enough on the topic yet, but I have a theory. When you’re in the mood to spontaneously explore a place–do it alone. If you’re in the mood to really chill, relax and just soak up the atmosphere–do it with your family. If you want to just have a good time and do a bunch of activities/road trip, go with a big group of people. Anyway, San Francisco was a perfect place to be alone.