I have missed traveling so much since COVID-19 started earlier this year. I had a couple of national and international trips lined up this year that have been cancelled, but there’s always next year, right??? So until I can travel again, I wanted to reminisce on some of my favorite traveling memories (in no particular order).
Tulsa, Oklahoma (April 2019)
When I was planning this trip, I knew I was going to visit two places: Transformation Church and Mercantile. One of my favorite preachers is Pastor Michael Todd, and I was happy to see him preach at Transformation Church. The other place I had to visit was Mercantile, which if you’re a Pioneer Woman fan, you understand. The food at her restaurant was hearty with generous portions, and I picked up some merch from her store before I left. Although I planned my trip around those two places, my first stop was actually the Greenwood Cultural Center, where I learned more about Black Wall Street and the 1921 massacre in Tulsa. On the second day of my stay, I visited the Boxyard, finding some unique clothes and accessories. The best surprise at the Boxyard was an ice cream parlor where I savored Vietnamese coffee and lavender ice cream. And my trip would not have been complete without riding down Route 66 while singing “Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts.
Barcelona, Spain (May 2017)
My desire to visit Barcelona stemmed from watching Cheetah Girls 2 (no lie). In the movie, everything looked beautiful and I wanted to see it firsthand. As a graduation gift to myself for completing my Master’s degree, I booked a week-long trip to Barcelona. I wrote a couple of posts about the places I visited and the foods I ate, but I’ll still mention some of my favorite memories. Every since my 7th grade crush on Terrell, I’ve been semi-interested in fútbol; so of course I had to visit Camp Nou, home to FC Barcelona. La Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell were two of the places that were visited or mentioned in the Cheetah Girls 2…of course I went there re-enacting the scenes in my mind. Another favorite memory of mine was the food tour, which I would highly recommend. The tour guides took us to family owned restaurants, small bakeries, and local markets for us to taste all that Barcelona had to offer. This was my first solo international trip, and by far my favorite trip so far.
San Antonio, Texas (May 2018)
The stars at night are big and bright (clap, clap, clap, clap) deep in the heart of Texas. I was super excited to visit Texas because I had only visited cities on the East Coast or West Coast…and Texas was home to some good food. Speaking of food, my father and I went to La Panaderia almost every morning for breakfast. Not only did they have the most amazing breakfast sandwich, but Guy Fieri visited the bakery on his Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives (DDD) show. My father and I went to see the large cowboy boots at the mall, and boy were they huge! I went to Top Golf for the first time in San Antonio. And my father and I went bike riding around the city, eating churros, and exploring the cute local shops. Overall, I enjoyed my trip to San Antonio, and can’t wait to explore more of Texas. For more about my trip to San Antonio, check out this post.
New York City
New York City is one of my favorite cities in the whole world. I have visited that city so many times over the past couple of years that I consider myself an honorary New Yorker. And when I see the skyline from my window seat on the Megabus, I start playing “Empire State of Mind” by Alicia Keys feat. Jay-Z. Some of my favorite NYC memories include: watching Broadway shows at a discounted price, eating at Red Rooster Harlem, eating at Momofuku, eating through the Smorgasburg in Prospect Park, visiting the Statue of Liberty with my friend, finally attending the New York City Wine and Food Festival, getting lost trying to find the Brooklyn Bridge, and biking around the city with my family.
Los Angeles, California (August 2017)
I have visited California (more specifically, Los Angeles) twice, and both times were church related. The latest time I went was the most memorable because it was my first mission trip! Our group visited Venice beach, partook in the famously delicious In-N-Out Burger, and hiked the hills to see the Hollywood sign. But of all the fond memories of the trip, my favorite had to be the times I stepped out of my comfort zone and prayed with and for others. They didn’t care about my Bible knowledge or accolades in life, they just appreciated me spending time with and listening to them. And for all of the ways that I was able to benefit from and benefit others, Los Angeles will always have a special place in my heart.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed walking down memory lane with me, and that it gave you some ideas for your future trips. Once it is safe again to travel (hopefully within the next couple of years) I would like to visit Italy, NYC, and Waco, Texas…I told you I love NYC. Anyways, comment below with your favorite travel memories and follow me on IG (@my_attempt_at_adulting) to see all things travel, budget, food, and inspiration!
Peace & Blessings,