This is a post I’ve meant to get around to for a while now. I was finally inspired by something I saw on Instagram the other night. I saw a post from my friend and she included a caption about how with any journey, those who you travel with are just as important as the destination. Reading this took me back to this past Labor Day weekend when my friend and I surprised our other good friend with a surprise birthday trip to Los Angeles from Dallas. Los Angeles is home for her, so we didn’t have to pull out all the stops and give her the typical LA sightseeing tour. We were able to relax and have fun in the city we all call home, and I had more fun than I had in a long time. We didn’t do anything spectacular, go anywhere out of the ordinary, or blow a ton of cash. The fun ultimately came down to being in one another’s company.
As with any journey who you travel with can be more important than your destination
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect that weekend so of course we spent a day at the beach. I love the beach and I always enjoy going, but I can’t say I ever really have FUN there. For me it’s more of a place to go to relax, people watch, catch an amazing sunset and so on but I had a great time! We spent some time in another one of Los Angeles’ beachside neighborhoods, Manhattan Beach. From having a late breakfast at Uncle Bill’s Pancake House, to playing in the ocean to having our own photoshoot on that sand it was a perfect Saturday.
I learned a lot about the importance of friendship that weekend. How experiences aren’t just made up of destinations and landmarks, but those you share it with. Familiar destinations can feel new with the right company and a fresh pair of eyes. I approached my Labor Day weekend with this attitude and walked away with new memories with old friends that will last a lifetime.
As strongly as I advocate taking advantage of three day weekends and getting out of town (click here), this was one time I was glad I stuck close to home and played around in my own backyard. Drop me a line below and tell me about a time your friends made the experience for you!