Travel Tales // Highlights from San Diego & Thoughts About Traveling Solo

Hey all! Today I thought I’d share some photos from my recent trip to San Diego and what it was like to explore a new city by myself. This was only my second time in California (I’ve been to San Francisco previously) and my first time exploring a city all by myself. When I visited London in college I used to take day trips to certain sights by myself, but this is the first time I went on a mini, solo vacation! I was in San Diego for three days for a work conference, and after hours, I had a whole list of things I wanted to do and see. Luckily, I managed to do most of them, and I’ll always love this gorgeous city. Here are some highlights:

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While I was there, I visited the Gaslamp District, which is the old, Victorian part of downtown San Diego that has so many beautiful old buildings and a lot of awesome food and nightlife. I also visited Seaport Village, a old-fashioned shopping complex by the Bay that was so charming and had a lot of little specialty shops, as well as a carousel (I love carousels!).

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I also had time to go uptown to Old Town San Diego, the birthplace of California! I loved the Historic State Park, which had so many old buildings and shops, live music, street tacos (seriously amazing) and a whole lot of ambiance.

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But my favorite place was probably La Jolla Cove, where I spent an hour surrounded by the most beautiful water and rocky shoreline, as well as dozens of seals and sea lions beaching on the rocks! That natural setting just put me at ease and made me feel very peaceful and happy.

I was definitely adventurous while I was there, wanting to see as much as I could in a short period of time. But I think what made this trip so lovely was going solo. Because I’d never really traveled by myself before, it was a nice change: being able to do anything and go anywhere I wanted, and taking time to relax and spend time with myself! Sometimes I brought a book with me, but most of the time I just had my camera. I also really liked eating at restaurants by myself, because it’s something that is usually out of our comfort zones, but once we get over the fear of judgment or whatever, it’s actually very peaceful.

I definitely want to come back to this city with family and friends one day and show them all the amazing places I’ve visited. 🙂signoff

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  • I LOVE SD!! We are about 7 hour away now, so we visit often when we visit my family in Carlsbad. Have you been to Coronado? It is GORGEOUS!!

    • I didn’t go to Coronado but maybe next time! I’ll definitely be back.

      • Yes definitely plan to spend a day there. Parking is expensive but it is worth it. there is so much to see and do, and so many beautiful shops to walk to!

  • So glad you went to Old Town! I love the food there too; it’s one of my favorite places to eat in SD!