Staycation.

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I travel every year, venturing to far away places. The average time I spend on a plane is 9+ hours. There is definitely a layover or two along the way. 

This past summer I traveled all around Europe with my best friend and loyal travel partner, Hailey. England, Poland, The Netherlands, Belgium and Portugal were our stops. Staying in hostels, trying to navigate on a couple hours of sleep. living off of baguettes and craving baths sums up the trip beautifully. Oh, and I always come home broke as heck. 

We were in Italy three years ago when a man said something I will never forget. 

"We're all just building our life portfolios, right?"

He explained that it's important to immerse yourself in different cultures, explore your outer boundaries, take chances and rake in these experiences that fundamentally build your "life portfolio".  

This may be the exact reason why I travel every. single. year. I gotta have the best portfolio ever!!! Right..?

I recently realized (seriously four weeks ago) that I can work on my life portfolio right where I am. There is no need to venture across the globe. Of course, you may experience more "firsts" when you're far from home, but that doesn't take away from the potential of your current life, right where you are. 

I may have an advantage here, and I don' t mean to brag, but I think I reside in the best place on the planet. Yes, I have a lot more exploring to do and places to see, but as far as I know, nothing beats the California coast. So why the heck do I keep leaving the country looking for beauty, bliss and adventure when it's in my own backyard?

So here it is, my first of many weekends exploring my own home (and how many minutes it takes me to get to these places from my couch). 

36th Beach // 30 seconds from my couch

36th Beach // 30 seconds from my couch

Carmel, CA // 1 hour from my couch

Carmel, CA // 1 hour from my couch

Davenport. Ca // 20 minutes from my couch

Davenport. Ca // 20 minutes from my couch

Moss Landing // 25 minutes from my couch

Moss Landing // 25 minutes from my couch

Davenport, Ca // 15 minutes from my couch

Davenport, Ca // 15 minutes from my couch