It's that time of the year when the pumpkin people come around and can't wait to wear their newest scarves and eat pie. Can you tell how excited I am about autumn?
Surprise surprise, I am sad that summer is officially over. However, instead of complaining about it like I do every year, I decided to put a positive spin on it and make Fall 2016 interesting with a travel bucket list (although I'm not sure if Summer 2016 can ever be beaten). I am curious to see how much of this I can accomplish but that's what makes it fun!
1. Visiting Hill Country and going to a vineyard
I went to a winery for the first time on my 26th birthday in California and it was such an awesome experience. Considering the fact that I have been living in Texas for going on 6 years, I have yet to visit a winery in our state's own Hill Country. Now, if I somehow managed to go to Napa Valley during fall, I would gladly take that option too.
2. Traveling to a Blog Conference
I went to a leadership conference hosted by the DFW chapter of Urban League Young Professionals and it was such a great investment. I have since realized that I need to make even more investments into the baby [this blog] and I would like to attend a conference by the end of the year. The one that has my eye the most is Be Blogalicious in Atlanta because it is catered towards bloggers of color.
Have any of you ever been or are you going? Make sure you reach out.
3. Visiting a museum in a brand new city.
Los Angeles has been on my radar pretty heavily as of lately. I read on another blog about a light exhibit in the contemporary art museum that I absolutely geeked out over. Now, I know that it's usually booked at least a month in advance, but dreaming never killed anybody (I don't think). I know some folks are completely opposed to museums but there are so many types and I adore the interactive ones. I try to visit one during each trip because it's a fun way to learn something new about where you are. There are even tequila museums, so obviously, the game is changing and these aren't your mama's museums.
4. Tailgate at a Non-Cowboys NFL Game
Unfortunately, my Dallas Cowboys don't have too favorable of an away game schedule when it comes to my finances. However, I live close enough to other larger cities to tailgate and just join in on the fun. I've been checking out the Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints home schedule and maybe I can have a fun weekend getaway while watching this great sport we have.
5. Attend a festival in New Orleans
Speaking of New Orleans, I definitely have to get back there! It's one of my favorite cities in the US and I have not been in about a year. The great thing about NOLA is that there is always a festival going down, and the fun does not stop in fall. I've search a few and the ones that look the most intriguing to me are Oktoberfest (for obvious reasons) or the Bayou Bacchanal. The weather would be perfect and who doesn't love a good party every now and then? I can get over my disdain for crowded streets when it comes to my love for New Orleans.
6. Ride a bike on a scenic path.
While I was in London, I rediscovered my love for bike riding. Aside from it being a great way to work out, you get to explore cities at the perfect pace. The leaves will begin changing soon and finding a path in a random city to take a spin on the bike sounds appetizing to me. It was way too hot in Texas to do that over the summer. Whatever city I visit next, I'll check out their bike rentals and report back to you!
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7. Catch a sunset on the beach.
Lastly, and most importantly, I will see a sunset on the beach. I have lived on the cost for 26 years and I have never been so landlocked until I moved to Dallas a year ago. The beach is my happy place and is where I gain peace to regroup, talk to God, and just be still. I love my toes in the sand and how carefree I feel. It does not have to be a tropical beach abroad, as I am fine with a Texas shoreline, but I will still have to do some light traveling to get there. I know that the water is too important to me to go without it for an extreme length of time.
For all of my Summer babies, I am with you. I despise Daylight Savings' and the crisp weather. I'd rather sweat than wear sweaters, but let's try to put a positive spin on the inevitable.
What do you have planned for the fall season and what are you looking forward to? Do you have any suggestions for me to add to my list? Be sure to let me know in the comments below and share this post if you know someone that needs an autumn mood booster too.