Banff National Park is one of Canada’s gem next to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ( you thought it, I said it). During the summers one can enjoy the turquoise and crystal clear lakes of Lake Louise and Lake Moraine, but the winters in Banff are not to be missed! Surrounded by a village of aspen trees and the snow capped Canadian Rockies you are transported to a winter wonderland!
Now more than ever, it’s become much more affordable to fly domestic in the continental U.S. Why? Airlines are competing for your business. Thanks to these “airfare wars” you can fly to cities like Los Angeles or Las Vegas, one way for the price of a dinner in the city!
Hello locals and Colorado lovers! Did you know there exists these miles, and miles of toddler sized sunflowers? ME NEITHER! As per usual, I was double-tapping away on Instagram and getting my daily dose of travel related stimulation , when I scroll on my friend Actual Flair's IG, and see this gorgeous bohoesque picture of her in a field of these magnificent flowers.
About a month ago I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and going trigger happy on some travel bloggers’ pictures as per the usual. I ran across one picture that looked intriguing. I clicked and it was a fellow travel blogger and Girls Who Travel member, Alyssa Ramos from Mylifesamovie.
I had been following her for some months now and her travel adventures— which are amazing! She had posted a picture of herself on paddle board at the La Jolla Caves in San Diego. I thought, “ How, cool would that be!”
I had been paddling once before on a lake in Nicaragua this past summer. But paddle boarding on a lake vs. the open ocean are truly different. I learned that lesson very quickly…keep reading.
I continued to read the caption in the picture and saw that she was co-hosting a giveaway for two free paddle boarding cave tours for the winner and a friend with a company called Surf you to the moon. So of course, like anyone would, I tagged my friend who lives in LA and said, “ Girl pack you’re bags we are going!”.
Didn’t think much about it after that.
How often do people even win these Instagram competitions anyway, right? I think I checked it over once again and the picture had about 1,514 likes and 138+ people had entered. I’m out!
You know how people say you have a better chance of getting struck by lighting than winning the lottery? Well, this girl had just won the Instagram lottery.
“Congrats, you’ve won paddle board cave tour”.
Best message…all day!
Within a few hours, I had booked myself a flight to San Diego and an Airbnb in La Jolla for the weekend. Now remember I had only paddle boarded once before and considered myself basically a “pro”. Plus, I grew up in Southern California so I was genetically pre-disposed for mermaid life.
Here are my 5 ways to become a MacGyver at paddle boarding:
Calling Mother Nature aka Hurricane Patricia
The day before we were set go out into the water, the Pacific Coast of Mexico was projected to have one of the worst hurricanes in history hit the shores. Damn Patricia. We could def. see the force of the waves . There was about 7 Ft. swells that day.
Falling lot…or actually never standing up once
Out of the 6 people that were in our group only about 1 actually stood up for small amount of time. I had my balance just right and go to stand up I’d get knocked down. Thanks Patricia!
No mermaid left behind
I was the last person to paddle out and meet my group at the caves. I decided to meditate and “be one with the water”. It was a really tender moment. Actually, with all the falling and paddling I was doing my arms were turning into noodles. At that point I just let the waves take me. No shame.
GoPro no, bro
You’ll never see footage of me…cuz noodle arms, remember? To make it up one of the instructors added a cool Snapchat story of me…
I will never recover from my 15 minutes of fame.
Laugh until you can’t breathe
Between falling, and swallowing a liter of salt water, I completely forgot about myself and my insecurities. There was so much positive energy out on the water you could feel it. Traveling solo is great, and I do it all the time. Having the chance to share this experience with a group of friends is even better.
Thank you again to Surf You to the Moon and Mylifesamovie for a great weekend in San Diego!
If you're ever in San Diego, give Surfyoutothemoon a call/email for paddle boarding , snorkel or surf lessons.
More info: www.surfyoutothemoon.com
Myworldmytravels remains unbiased in our content
I have to admit that my number #1 favorite destination are :beaches. Beaches have always been my favorite just because of growing up in Southern California, they were accessible and as short as an hour car ride. Now, that I've moved to Colorado about 7 years ago, I realized how the natives just LOVE, I mean LOVE their mountains. And for good reason!
There is something quite peaceful and serene about the open air, the tall trees and the mountain peaks. You feel so tiny, yet feel so privilege to be surrounded by the majestic mountains. If you are at all Christian, you can remember the passage in the Bible when Moses goes to the mountain to speak to the Lord. I too feel like people do the same, in general. Camping is about being away from all distractions and just being one with your body, mind and spirit.
If you're ever in Colorado...this is #1 place I would recommend for a short weekend trip.
Visit the Rocky Mountain National Park + campout at Glacier Basin
There are plenty of trails were you can find deer and Elk! Some of which decided to great us during dinner one night. Beautiful waterfalls that are less than 4 miles hike or even a close trail at Glacier Basin Lake. It makes sense why Colorado has so many visitors that come time and time again.
The old town of Estes Park is just a quick 15 min ride into town where you can eat Elk Burgers at Penelope's and buy some famous Salt Water Taffy just down the main road.
Do I need to give you more reason to plan a short get away? I do? Okay....keep scrolling but trust me you will want to kick yourself for not coming sooner!