Costa Rica Sunset

My first trip to Los Angles was when I was 11. It’s one of the most vivid trips from my childhood. Part of it I can remember as if it was yesterday, like breakfast (and the subsequent conversation with our waitress) one morning at the InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles, located just off Santa Monica Boulevard in Century City. “Oh, you are nearly a Southern Californian being so tall and with such curly hair, but not with that accent.” I blushed, as she continued on, telling me that maybe,…

Santa Monica california pier

Growing up, Los Angeles (and in general, Southern California) stood out to me as this Rivendell-esque type of place. It resonated with me much more than many other cities, since it was home to so many things I only found in bits and pieces elsewhere, from beaches to mountains to celebs to Disneyland. And when I visited Los Angeles at age 11 it didn’t disappoint, even if our cab driver drove off from the Getty Villa without my mom. So at the end of last summer, just months…

Australia Great Barrier Reef

So summer evidently arrives in Los Angeles this week. Or at least summer, as most people tend to think about it. While it was a nippy (nippy to me at least) and windy 60 degrees at the beach on Saturday, it warms up this week to a balmy 97 degrees in L.A.. So I’ve virtually unrolled a scroll, made a quill pen and dabbled it in ink to start making my summer life/bucket list. If you follow me on my blog or on other social channels, then you…

Lake Okanagan British Columbia

I sat on a bench in Savannah’s Ellis Square, rubbing my forehead with my hand (as I often do when I’m nervous or stressed), as I held the phone up to my ear with my other hand while my mom gave me one of her staple pep talks. “Well son, I don’t think you need to jump right into dating.” I chuckled, quickly snapping back to my mom, “Mom, I’m getting a divorce, and as far as I’m concerned, girls have cooties.” Here I was, a 27-year old…

Seal Beach Southern California

It was three years ago this month that both my best trip and best decision to date saw its final moments on a beach in Costa Rica. Seven months prior, in my “home” of the Carolinas, following several years of struggle that came to a head with a divorce, I sold and gave away everything that couldn’t fit into a backpack, quit my job to start my own business as a freelance writer, and set out to travel the world. Life had lost its luster. In honesty, I…

California lighthouse

The days between my 30th birthday last year and my 31st birthday one month ago today saw me undertake something of a social experiment, where I committed to 12 months of living experientially. Something I called, my “30 at 30 List.” It wasn’t so much a travel bucket list, since it involved a lot of things that weren’t related to travel, but rather a life experiences list. While travel has been central to my personal growth the last few years, it’s not the end, but rather a means…

Sunset in Los Angeles

It was six months ago this month that I packed my car up in Seattle, and like I imagine many aspiring actors and actresses have done, hit the road for Hollywood. Six months later and there is no one place that has felt more like home than Los Angeles. I have a local watering hole that knows what I want before I order, the 7-eleven cashiers and I are on a first-name basis, and just last night I hosted my first Oscars party. (Could I be anymore L.A.?!)….

“A person who travels.” Can you guess whether that is the definition of a tourist or a traveler? The answer: both. Due to the nature of my travel and work (as well as the places I’ve lived), I hear this tourist versus traveler debate frequently. I’ve heard many travelers quote G.K. Chesterton as saying, “The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” However, I find a fundamental problem in arguing about two things that essentially mean the same thing. It’s almost…

Los Angeles is huge. There is no city that I’ve explored so much, yet feel like I’ve seen so little of. Yet its grandiosity and uniqueness is what sets it apart from other metropolitans around the world. Where else could you surf, explore a museum, take a hike, and ski (that’s right, there are ski slopes less than 90 miles from L.A.), all in one day? But while most days would have me talking about outdoor adventures or offbeat things to do in L.A., today marks the first…

Anyone who knows anything about me knows there is one things I like. Alright, throw in seersuckers, food trucks, and boozy milkshakes, and maybe there’s more than just a couple things that stand out about my interests. However, anyone who follows me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram knows that I love sunsets, but not just any sunset, interesting vantage points of sunsets, such as reflecting off my revered aviator sunglasses. Since today on Twitter is the weekly FriFotos, with a theme of “mirrors,” it seemed only appropriate to…