Traveler Thursday – Favorite Cities of 2019

I haven’t posted much about traveling at all in 2019. I’ve been so caught up in the read/book aspect of my blog, that unfortunately the other two have fallen quite short. I intend to change that in 2020!

Traveler Thursday will be a consistent segment!

So to kick things off, I thought I’d share some of the places I visited for the first time last year. 2019 was a domestic travel sort of year. But I had the pleasure of crossing off two states and a few cities from my travel bucket list. 

Las Vegas, Nevada 

In the month of March, my sisters and I ventured out to Vegas to celebrate my sister Mary’s birthday! And boy did we celebrate. 

It was my first time on the West Coast and Las Vegas, and let’s just say I’m looking forward to taking trips there annually lol 

Hotel Accommodation: Planet Hollywood Las Vegas 

We were picked up at the Las Vegas airport by one of the hotel’s limos. It was a short but great experience as the airport is not too far from The Strip. 

We stayed in the Ultra Hip 2 Queens Fountain View room. Very basic but also elegant and lovely. We had a partial view of the Bellagio Fountains as well as the Planet Hollywood pool. But to be honest, we were only in the room to sleep. 

Hot Spots: 

NuLeaf Green Room: 

Probably one of the prettiest weed dispensaries I’ve been to. Keep in mind it was also the first dispensary I’d visited at the time and so I kind of looked like a kid in a candy store. If its something you regularly partake in or just want to have a “fuck it, it’s Vegas” moment, I highly recommend coming here. The staff were very helpful and understanding with my naivety. Pricing is also not bad, depending on what you’re looking for. 

In-N-Out Burger: 

Okay so this is mostly because I’m from the East Coast, BUT, finally getting a chance to see what the hype is about regarding these burgers were definitely a check off my bucket list. Spoiler: they’re sort of worth the hype. But I am forever team Five Guys! 

Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken: 

All i’m gonna say is, get the mixed box! You won’t regret it! 

Drai’s Beachclub Nightclub: 

One of the major reasons I need to go back to Vegas is to experience a night at this awesome rooftop Nightclub across from THE Caesar’s Palace! My sisters and I hung out poolside, one calm afternoon and it was gorgeous and relaxing. The DJ played some great tunes and of course there were beautiful views of the strip. 

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden 

Stunning, Gorgeous, Breath-taking.

I mean I could’ve stayed in this beautiful masterpiece of a room for hours and hours and would not grow tired of it.

What I wish I knew Before: 

That I was going to walk, literally EVERYWHERE

Make sure you bring your walking shoes and have your cute sandals or flip flops in hand. Because honey they don’t call it the strip for nothing. We literally trekked from one side to the other daily. And I, unfortunately, did not pack proper shoes so my feet were KILLING me! 

The plus side to that is, you get to experience all the strip has to offer. From the beautiful Palm Tree pathways in the Aria Resort & Casino to the show lights over by Bally’s.

Watch out for “Free Show Tickets”

Nothing in this world is free mmkay! You’ll think you’re going to check out new hotel rooms and end up on the other side of town being scammed into purchasing a TimeShare. Just don’t do it!

California

I also had the opportunity to travel to California for the first time for my best friend Nia’s birthday. (looks like Birthday trips are my thing lol) And we visited a few cities. Listed below are my top two places. 

Oxnard 

Prior to my trip, I hadn’t heard of Oxnard but boy am I glad that I was able to visit. Its a beautiful small-ish city located about an hour and a half west of Los Angeles. Also it’s a seaside city! Hello Pacific Coast! 

Santa Monica 

This gorgeous coastal city made my heart swoon and I can’t wait to visit again! 

We walked through the downtown area a bit before making our way to the beautiful Santa Monica Pier. The hustle and bustle of the crowd mixed with the waft of salty seawater surprisingly made me feel right at home. 

We dined at Seaside on the Pier, had delicious street churros for dessert and I made the mistake of walking down the miles long Santa Monica Beach. But all in all, it was a great day. 

This year, I’m hoping to visit more states and cities on my travel bucket list. And maybe, just maybe venture out to new countries and add more flags to my collection.