The world is bigger than we could ever possibly imagine, and it’s scary to think we will never even scratch the surface in this lifetime. Even if we do travel to the same places, we see the world through different eyes, creating a unique experience. As I dive head first into travel, I am inspired by each of your adventures and am starting Sonderlust Secrets as a series showcasing this. Interested in being featured?
I’m sure you’re asking yourself 1 of 2 questions right now. Who is this girl guest blogging and when does Shane come back! Good news guys – Shane won’t be gone for long. ME on the other hand, have been given the opportunity to guest blog here on Sea Salt Secrets. I am SO honored and excited! I started my blog, moving in with independence, a couple months ago. I reached out to so many of my favorite bloggers for help and only two ever answered. Shane was so sweet and offered to help me out right away and offered a spot guest blogging.
I’ve been bragging about going to Greece soon! I’m on a bit of a traveling high which includes just buying tickets whenever I damn well feel like so I figured I’d start reminiscing on my past trips as a way to kill time to my next trip. Recently I went to Phoenix Arizona for a girls trip! Two of my best friends and I decided to take a girls trip to do some hiking and exploring. Talk about quarter life crisis…ya girls needed some time away to just relax and enjoy a change of scenery. This is just the scenery I needed….Starting off with accommodations…anyone who follows or knows me, knows I’m an avid airbnb encourager. The cutest trendiest little spots for affordable prices – you literally can’t go wrong! We rented this one which we fell in love with! Even though when you’re traveling you don’t spend all that much time in your hotel, theres just something about loving the room you’re in when you’re in there! It makes it feel like a home away from home. If you’re ever in the Phoenix area, I’d definitely recommend using this host. We had a problem with getting in the gate to the pool, and she drove RIGHT over and gave us a new key! Super helpful and we were so happy about that.That night we grabbed some groceries and kind of got settled in. We had to be up early to go on our first adventure…
Camelback mountain was the hardest hike but most rewarding hike I’ve ever been on. There were points in time where we were like scaling rocks and being some serious mountain climbers. There were so many people who were running this trail, it was unreal.The views were unlike anything I’ve ever seen. I’ve hiked a lot back home in New York and some places in Pennsylvania but I’ve never had a view like this. I wish I could post all 300 pictures I took up there but its just too much. You could literally see for miles! SO beautiful. Some people enjoy clear blue beaches, I enjoy this. This is my happiness 🙂Later that night we went to get something to eat and walk around CityScape Phoenix. Really nice shopping/dining plaza that spans a couple blocks. We went to this restaurant called Copper Blues. Beautiful restaurant with so many craft beers, which is right up our alley! We got some gourmet pizzas and beers and called it a night! We had to be up early again for our next hiking adventure…
Another awesome day of hiking! Not even half as strenuous as Camelback but definitely worth it. Theres actually a cave once you get all the way to the top, but there was a HUGE bees nest and there were warnings all over the park. So once we got to the top we didn’t even get to go in the cave. But it was still beautiful nonetheless!After this hike we rewarded ourselves with some in-and-out burger which was a first for us New Yorkers. It was so great! Later that night we went to a brewery for dinner called Four Peaks Brewing Co. This was by far my favorite meal of the trip. We tried so many craft beers and beers local to the area, it was so much fun!Man, blogging about this trip really makes me want to go back. Unfortunately our time was short in Arizona, but if you’re a hiker and looking for a totally new adventure with a relatively reasonable budget PLEASE go to Phoenix and tell them Bri sent you 🙂 We had SO much fun and I would go back again in a heartbeat.
I recently decided to move out of my parents house for the first time in post-grad life. Its been quite the ride. As a way to document and tell my stories and adventures, I started my own blog. Its still super new but its become an outlet and really like an online diary for me and I love that. Shane giving me the opportunity to do this, really opens the door for me to get my story out to so many more of you and for that I am so thankful 🙂 I hope ya’ll will follow me and my adventures over at moving in with independence. bloglovin, twitter, facebook