July: A month in Review

Hello interwebs! Long time no see! Here we are again for my usual series, a month in review.

July is always my favorite month, in a more obvious way than you would think, because of my birthday. Besides that, I love July because some of my favorite things to do happen in July. First off, Anime Expo. Surprisingly, I wasn’t actually able to go this year because of my family Girls trip to Hawaii. Though to be perfectly honest, I’d much rather be in Hawaii. Second fun July thing is Comic Con. I never really go to Comic Con because the tickets are so expensive and hard to obtain so we will usually just go walking around downtown and check everything out, which is equally as fun. However, this year my boyfriend got me a ticket and I ended up going with his family. It was amazingly fun and nerdy and I had an amazing time.

Of course last but not least, my birthday. This year I turned 18 ( July 29) which was kind of a weird experience. You are an adult in the eyes of everyone yet you don’t feel like an adult yet. I mean, I still watch Disney cartoons so how could I be an adult? Regardless of these weird feelings of adulthood, I had an amazing birthday celebration ( a trip to Disneyland and a family dinner) and I am very thankful for all the people sending me well wishes.

As for looking toward the future, it’s very scary. I am leaving for college in a blink of an eye which means leaving home for the first time and leaving my family and boyfriend behind. It’s an exciting and scary experience because I love where I’m going to college and I have lots of people I’ve already begun making relationships with, but I’m also scared that I won’t be able to make it on my own. To this, I advise ( you and myself) to trust that everything will work out and believe in your own abilities. We’ve been preparing our whole lives for this moment so if we give it our all, we should turn out okay.

Well, that’s it for today. I’m going to be posting more about my college experience and all the stuff  I got for the new school year.

Stay classy,

Lia

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My Summer of Traveling: My best travel advice

Hello, Interwebs! I know its been quite a long time since I’ve posted anything but, I just recently got back from all of my summer travels!

As you know, I recently graduated high school (yay!) and as my graduation present my parents took me to Japan. To preface this, I have been interested in Japan and Japanese culture since I was a little girl, therefore, my parents promised me that if I did well in high school that they would take me to Japan. Japan was absolutely amazing. The people there are the kindest, most loving people I have ever met in my entire life. There were so many instances where we would have gotten horribly lost without the help of random kind people. We were in Japan for almost three weeks so packing was certainly an issue for us. We knew that we were going to be buying a bunch of souvenirs so we had to decide carefully what we were going to do.

1. Carry-on suitcases are the way to go

Honestly, I can’t stress this enough. A good carry-on suitcase along with learning how to pack better is the best way to travel. For our trip to Japan, we decided to all take carry on luggage ( because no way are we paying $30 a bag) and then buy a suitcase there. We actually needed a new suitcase anyway so this worked out. The biggest part about this is learning how to pack. Learning to pack more efficiently helps keep you organized and allows you to only take the smaller suitcase ( and not pay the money! YAY!)

2. BACKPACKS

I absolutely love backpacks. I never carry a purse and use backpacks for almost everything. Especially when you are traveling long distance backpacks help keep everything organized and usually they are more comfortable and safe than purses.

3. Camera

Decide what camera you want to take based off of a) what you have and b) what you are willing to carry around. I brought my big DSLR thinking that I was going to take a bunch of photos and videos ( don’t get me wrong I used it a ton) but toward the end of the trip I just wanted to enjoy the time there instead of being stuck behind a camera. It just depends on what you’re comfortable with.

4. Planning vs Spontaneity

I am always for planning vacations. I think a lot of times there are things that are necessary to plan in advance.However that being said, make sure everyone is on the same page with what they want to do, or else one person ends up planning the whole thing which leads to no one getting to do what they want. Being spontaneous is also something that I recommend. Not having a plan for EVERYTHING makes for a better trip and interesting experiences. Don’t be afraid to just go out there!

 

Well, that’s all I got for you today~ I’ll be posting all of my photos of my trips soon. If you want a more in-depth travel guide from my trip to Japan let me know!

Stay cool,

Lia