It has long been a dream of mine to go to California.
I think it started in high school, when I was a devoted fan of the TV show The OC. (I still am. I actually just started a full series rewatch a few days ago.) I was always captivated by the opening credits: the sun jumping off the crystalline blue waves, the exuberant sunset sky, the crisp shape of a sailboat cutting across the horizon. Every single cell yearned towards California.
I talked about it. And I thought about it. I looked up flights and things to do. But I never made real plans. I never did anything to make my dream a reality.
One of my favorite travel bloggers, Kate, had an interesting perspective in a post from January of this year. She basically said that the best way to make it to that destination you’ve always dreamed of was to make a commitment to going there this year. Not just a resolution, but a real commitment. Instantly, I knew that I wanted California to be where we went on our honeymoon. We flirted with a few other destinations (New York City, New Orleans) but I kept coming back to California. So we agreed that we would celebrate our marriage in the place that I have dreamed about the longest.
Originally, we were planning on San Diego (SoCal is, after all, where all the movies, etc, take place). But there were other adventures in store for us. We looked at flights to San Diego during our timeframe, and they were all strange times, or had way too many stops, or weren’t available from our location. On a whim, I plugged in San Francisco instead, and boom, we immediately found flights that were well within our budget, convenient times, and the flight there was even direct! We talked about it for about 15 minutes, and then booked ’em.
Which is how I got on the path of making my California dreamin’ a reality. There are benefits to being flexible in how your dream comes to fruition.
We head to SF in September, and I could not be more excited. I’m already planning things to do, places to eat, where we’ll stay. It’s hard to believe that something that has been in the back of my mind for so long is going to be a reality.
I can’t wait to share all of our Cali adventures here on the blog!
Have you been to California? Where did you go? If SF was on your itinerary, what was the best place you went/saw/ate?