I just got back from an absolutely eye-opening trip to Los Angeles, California. This trip was a lot of firsts for me being that I am a 22 year old who has never flown in a plane nor have I ever traveled to the West Coast. I have always had a love for travel in my blood but I have either not had the funds or I was honestly too scared. I never thought I would get to ever experience any traveling besides in my own little East Coast bubble.
All that being said, traveling to Los Angeles has changed my life forever. I never thought visiting there would impact me as much as it did. It made me crave more adventure and just more out of my life as a whole. I completely fell in love with the city and everything about it. It truly is the City of Angels.
I want to start off by talking about my plane ride because WOW!! I was so scared of what to expect when I knew I was gonna fly so I had all these ideas about how flying was scary, but it was far from it. The window seat was all mine so I got to see everything, and my eyes never left that window the whole flight. The moment we took off I knew I wanted to do this all the time now. It was such a rush and I never ever want to forget that feeling. I saw so much ethereal beauty from up there that it brought actual tears to my eyes just knowing that I could have been seeing this my whole life.
Landing in LA was such a surreal experience, it didn’t even feel real that I was actually there after all this time. It was an hour drive from LAX to where we were staying so driving through the whole city was just so overwhelming seeing all these places I’ve only ever seen in pictures. As we pulled up to our place in Hollywood, it really hit me that we were here. We rented a little studio apartment from Airbnb so it fit well with the LA lifestyle.
The first thing we did was go see the Hollywood Sign, and it left me so speechless. It was so much better than I ever could have imagined. The weather was beautiful so it made it even more breathtaking. I am so glad that was was the first thing we did because it really set the mood for my whole trip. The week was filled with many adventures, tons of food, and music.
My mom and I experienced so much within the 6 days we were there, and there was still so much we didn’t even get to explore. One thing I really fell in love with in LA was the people. We encountered so many types of people with so many different stories, and I found myself so enraptured by what they had to say. Many of Uber drivers were eccentric and they were so fun and engaging that I found myself wanting to be friends with them. It really blew my mind how much I talked to them and I wanted to know more about how they got to the place they were currently at. The thing that made me the saddest though was the high number of homeless people there. People that live there are used to it but I was so in shock. It was so different than Nashville. Everyone that I encountered though were all super nice and friendly. My heart just ached for all of them.
The iconic places I visited all really amazed me, and I don’t think I stopped smiling the whole time I was there. We visited Hollywood Walk of Fame, Universal Studios, Santa Monica Pier, and so much more. Universal Studios in itself was such a wonderful experience so I’ll probably be writing separately about it, but it was so beautiful. I lived every childhood dream I ever had when I went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I felt nothing but pure joy.
I also got to go to some cool music venues while I was there which I will be writing about in separate posts as well because I have so much to say. The Hollywood Palladium was where I saw Niall Horan, and it was such a cool venue. Niall was absolutely amazing as well. It was just an overall happy atmosphere. I also went to The Greek Theatre in LA to see…. Harry Styles, and it was honestly so iconic. The venue itself is at the bottom of where the Hollywood Sign is located so it’s surrounded by mountains. It made the acoustics sound so mind-blowing. The concert itself was one of my favorites and thanks to Harry I felt so unified with everyone there.
The food scene in LA was so extraordinary. I had a list of so many places I wanted to visit, but also found some gems along the way. It was so funny to me how there were so many healthy places to eat there, but they also had so many good, unhealthy sweet shops. It was perfect for us because we would have a healthy lunch, and then sweets or junk food for dinner. #balance
When some people go to LA all they worry about is meeting celebrities, I did not really worry about if I saw someone or not. I saw a few Youtubers and JAKE GYLLENHAAL, but I honestly was not interested in pictures. I am too awkward for that, but it was cool to see people that I recognized. If I was more of an outgoing person I probably would have wanted to sit down and ask them a ton of questions about life because I am honestly that weird. If you are looking to go to LA just to see famous people, visit somewhere else because there is so much more to the city than that.
Los Angeles became such a special place to me. I am so glad that I got to experience it with my mom because it made me realize that she is just as adventurous as I am. My visit there only fueled my craving for adventure even more, but I honestly could see myself there permanently one day. I truly fell in love with the city in every single way. It opened my eyes to so many possibilities in my own life. I now have a sense of wanting to do better in my life. I am capable of so much more.
Thank you to my mom for willingly coming on this trip with me and always supporting my adventurous heart. Thank you Harry for selling out all your tour dates and influencing me to think that traveling 1,700 miles was going to be the best option for me. Most importantly, thank you Los Angeles for opening my eyes to so many possibilities and opportunities. I will definitely see you soon.