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Want to take better travel photos? 📸Take a page from travel bloggers & simply start wearing a bold color, like red or yellow, on trips. Look how I just POP in this photo. But, if my coat was black or white, ehhh I think I would just blend in into the castle landscape. ❤️💛⠀ ⠀ ⠀ I get asked all the time for photography tips & honestly, the new iPhones are pretty dang great, though I have a blog post (link in bio) that covers in detail all the photo gear Robin and I use. 🙌⠀ ⠀ ⠀ On top of wearing colors that stand out in photos, another quick way to start taking better travel photos is to shoot in the best light of the day. Sunrise & sunset golden hours are ideal, but pretty much just avoid harsh noon light and I promise you that your vacay photos will be LIT. ☀️⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Got any other questions about travel photos, blogging or anything else? Drop 'em blow, tonight Robin is making tacos & I got lotsa time to answer questions! 🌮🙌 #whimsysoulxBC #phototip #travelblogger


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“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” — Albus Dumbledore, J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban The (head) lights among the lava tubes of the Kaumana Caves. What a fascinating experience to stand in a cave where lava once flowed and moss now grows. I love the way colors come to life among the darkness of night or inside of a cave. Amazed at all of the natural beauty and diversity of Hawaii on the Big Island! An infinite amount of epic experiences (and therefore photos) to dig through from this past week #nicolora #nicoloraphotography #kaumanacaves #thebigisland @backroadstravel #backroadstravel #hilohawaii #wanderher #fujifilmxt3 #xt20 #gltlove #wanderingphotographers #nomadiccreators #globelletravels #nicolorae #womenwhoexplore #sheisnotlost #womentravelphotographers #hawaiiphotography #cavephotography #lavatube #igershawaii #whimsysoultravels #numinad #nicoleadriennecreative #nomadict #hawaiiadventures #digitalnomadlife #numinousadventures


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All the calm, all is bright ✨ Our Christmas Eve traditions always include homemade chili, 🍷, Harry Potter and tons of holiday music. What's yours? 🎄#christmaseve #whimsysoulxsierranevadas


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ARE YOU: team matching ornaments or mismatched personal ones on your tree? 🎄My mother started a tradition when we were kids to gift an ornament each year that reflects a big moment or fun memory from that year. (Since my nickname is Karabear, many of these ornaments were bears, too!) ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ When I fell off the monkey bars in kindergarten, I got a bear with a cast. 🐻My first paid job at the local pizza place as a teen = a slice of pizza. 🍕When I learned to play the guitar? You guessed it: a bear with a guitar. I've kept that tradition up as an adult, so our tree is a whole hodgepodge of random stuff and memories. I always write the year and thing on the bottom of the ornament so it's easier to remember (gets hard on the 20+-year-old ones!) ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Some of my favorite ornaments is our Tardis, marking the day Robin introduced me to Doctor Who while we were visiting Florence. He chose to start with the Angels episode, & Florence is probably the worst city to watch that in 😂 (Who fans know what I'm talking about.) 👼Also, the Guinness bottle opener marking our honeymoon, but also is handy to open beers with. 🍻A small wine bottle marking our first visit to wine country, which was a terrible trip because we were both really sick but it was Valentine's Day & neither of us wanted to cancel on the other. And my "baby's first Christmas" book full of photos of 4ish moth old Kara. ❤️⠀ ⠀ ⠀ So, are you on team matching or mismatching? And do any of ou collect memory ornaments, too? If you don't, it's a super fun tradition to start, especially if you have kids!! 🎄⠀ ⠀ ⠀ 📸 photo location: Van Dusen gardens in Vancouver #christmas #whimsysoulxbc #christmasornaments


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When your hotel has a cute AF dog in the lobby that's available for pets and belly rubs, you get this big grin ❤️🤩 I'm one of those people who remember dog's names... but never their owners' names. When passing dogs on the street, I always try to sneak in a pet as they pass (Robin always thinks it's funny.) I grew up with Goldens and would love to have one, but Robin wants a wiener dog so he can put it in sweaters (true story.) Our apartment doesn't allow dogs (plus we travel too much for one right now) so I live through everyone else's pups.🐶 Like Winston, here, the @fairmontempress hotel dog!! He's on the blog today, along with more photos from our stay at the Fairmont in British Columbia. LINK IN BIO TO READ. ✨ . . PS, I've linked my outfit on @liketoknow.it -- I've been wearing this cozy pink sweater nonstop this winter! #ltkunder50 #fairmontmoment #doglady #whimsysoultravels #whimsysoulxbc


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I read this passage on FB a few weeks ago & it's been sticking with me a lot lately, so I wanted to share here ❤️ "The winter solstice time is no longer celebrated as it once was, with the understanding that this is a period of descent and rest, of going within our homes, within ourselves and taking in all that we have been through, all that has passed in this full year which is coming to a close... like nature and the animal kingdom around us, this time of hibernation is so necessary for our tired limbs, our burdened minds. Our modern culture teaches avoidance at a max at this time; alcohol, lights, shopping, overworking, over spending, comfort food and consumerism. ...and yet the natural tug to go inwards as nearly all creatures are doing is strong and the weather so bitter that people are left feeling that winter is hard, because for those of us without burning fires and big festive families, it can be lonely and isolating. Whereas in actual fact winter is kind, she points us in her quiet soft way towards our inner self, towards this annual time of peace and reflection, embracing the darkness and forgiving, accepting and loving embracing goodbye the past year." - -Brigit Anna McNeill 🎄❄️🎄❄️ I have just a few more days of work before I can set my Out Of Office reminder on email & actually take a break. (I know there's this stigma that content creators never actually work which is so far from the truth.) This fall + holiday season has been VERY busy for us, in a great way but I'm so looking forward to hibernating for a couple of week & coming into 2020 feeling refreshed. I hope you all find hibernation time for yourself, too! #hibernation #victoria #whimsysoultravels #whimsysoulxbc 📸 photo location: Parliament in Victoria, BC


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I think I wore this scarf every day while in Canada 😅 Let's just say that after growing up in Wisconsin where I wore scarves basically every day in the winter for 23 years, I've got a soft spot for a good scarf. ❄️🧣 And this year, there are SO MANY fun ones that also happen to be on super sale right now for the holidays. So on the blog today, I rounded up my top favorite 10 beautiful, cozy scarves to wear all winter long. Link in bio. #scarves #vancouver #cozystyle #whimsysoulxbc


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The REAL story behind this photo 👉 @justinavanessa and I planned to meet at 7am so we could drive to Nevada City yesterday since they have a cool Victorian Christmas Market every Wednesday and Sunday afternoons. (Nevada City is an old mining town in the foothills of the Sierras, the entire downtown is registered as a national historic place, so it's super-duper charming!) ❤️ I woke up with what was probably the worst hangover I had in YEARS. 🤮🤮 I felt like a cartoon character my head was throbbing so much. But I didn't want to wait a whole year to visit the Christmas market (plus I didn't want to cancel on my friend) so I rallied. @sundayscariescbd helped a bunch, and I totally🤮 on the way up but by the time we arrived, I felt so much better. After fancy AF toast at this cute hipster spot in Nevada City, I was a brand new woman +✨ had such a fun time running around this adorable town. 🎄 This is a little more TMI than I normally share, but I can't look at these photos without thinking about how rough my morning was. Plus, I never want to sugarcoat the life of a travel blogger. We constantly are running into problems and setbacks on trips and if there's anything I have learned since starting Whimsy Soul: if something can go wrong, it probably eventually will. But good friends and room to embrace the mishaps will usually always lead to fantastic memories. And fancy AF toast in adorable Victorian mining towns. #whimsysoultravels #whimsysoulxsierranevadas #nevadacity #girlstrip #chirstmasmarket


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Repost from @thewhimsysoul 💕: If you travel and aren't using @ardencove STOP & get yourself one of their purses!!🛑👛 I've been using an Arden Cove bag on every trip since our honeymoon to Europe a few years ago & can't rave about them enough!! 🙌 The women behind Arden Cove are local to SF and have designed what I personally think is the BEST anti-theft travel purse on the market. Most travel purses are, well, kinda frumpy and look like anti-theft bags. But these purses are super cute!! Plus, they come with all the anti-theft stuff you want (like waterproof +) slash-proof lining, RFID blocking materials & locking zipper chains. This was the only bag I brought with me to our British Columbia trip & it was PERFECT. I know a lot of you are heading on fun winter trips and I think you'll love these purses (they also have backpacks, too!) ❤️ ❤️ linked it on my @liketoknow.it profile! #ardencove #vancouver #whimsysoultravels #whimsysoulxbc


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Don't mind me, just sipping away on some glühwein because I'M OBSESSED!! 🍷All German Chrismas Markets have glühwein (mulled wine) which is a wine that's spiced with things like cinnamon, cloves, orange peels, and other mulling spices. It's served hot and the perfect thing to sip all night long while eating chimney cakes and running around the market. 🎄Actually, here I'm drinking Feuerzangenbowle - which is a mulled wine that's made by setting a rum-soaked sugarloaf on fire and letting it drip into the wine. And yes, it's AMAZING. 😍 And yes, it's super hard to pronounce and I really just can't no matter how hard I try. 😂⠀ This market is in Vancouver, but I've been spending today exploring Nevada City here in California with @justinavanessa because they also have a Christmas Market!! 🎄🎄 And because I'm not driving, this gal got to sip on some glühwein 😏 Hop over to my Stories to see more of Nevada City (blog post guide coming soon!)⠀ #christmasmarket #vancouver #whimsysoultravels #whimsysoulxbc


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If you travel and aren't using @ardencove STOP & get yourself one of their purses!!🛑👛 I've been using an Arden Cove bag on every trip since our honeymoon to Europe a few years ago & can't rave about them enough!! 🙌 The women behind Arden Cove are local to SF and have designed what I personally think is the BEST anti-theft travel purse on the market. Most travel purses are, well, kinda frumpy and look like anti-theft bags. But these purses are super cute!! Plus, they come with all the anti-theft stuff you want (like waterproof +) slash-proof lining, RFID blocking materials & locking zipper chains. This was the only bag I brought with me to our British Columbia trip & it was PERFECT. I know a lot of you are heading on fun winter trips and I think you'll love these purses (they also have backpacks, too!) ❤️ ❤️ linked it on my @liketoknow.it profile! #ardencove #vancouver #whimsysoultravels #whimsysoulxbc


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And yes, in case you were wondering, they were blasting the theme song to Elf over and over again throughout the park and IT WAS PURE MAGIC!!! ✨ We visited the @capilanosuspensionbridge tonight and holy moly, it's worth the trek to Vancouver just to see this park first hand! The park is open year-round but during the holidays, it gets all dressed up in millions of lights, they play Christmas music and it's just SO DANG PRETTY! 🎄😍 I recommend coming at around 3pm to see it in the daylight and then stick around until dusk/nightfall to see everything transform into a Buddy-approved park. 🙌 #canyonlights #capilanosuspensionbridge #vancouver #whimsysoultravels #whimsysoulxbc


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You know I can't resist a good outdoor hot tub 🙌❄️ We've been walking SO MUCH this trip (averaging 10 miles a day!! 😝) so my body is super sore and extra happy to soak right here, with this stunning view at @shangrila_van. ❤️ Today we're wandering Downtown Vancouver then going to the suspension bridge park for their light show!! Get ready for WAY more holiday vibes coming to a feed near you soon. 🎄😉 #Vancouver #shangrilavan #shangrila #whimsysoultravels #whimsysoulxbc


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Frohe Weihnachten from the Christmas Market in Vancouver! 🎄🎅 Robin and I spent over 3 hours hanging out here tonight. Highlights include: chimney cakes (with Nutella), gluhwein 🍷, German bier, brats, pretty lights, and holiday cheer!! #merrychristmas #vancouver #whimsysoultravels #whimsysoulxbc


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British Columbia sure doesn't have a shortage of castles. 🏰 Technically, this is the 3rd castle we've visited since arriving to Canada! Not mad about it. ❤️ @craigdarrochcastle was built in 1890 by Rober Dunsmuir. My California friends probably recognize that name (Dunsmuir is a town near Mount Shasta!) and oddly enough, the castle has a LOT of connections to the Bay Area. We really loved our tour today. This castle (really, just a super big house that looks like a castle on the outside) has been used as a home, hospital and college over the years. Make sure to check this out on your Victoria, BC trip!! #craigdarrochcastle #victoriabc #whimsysoultravels #canada #whimsysoulxbc


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Pinkies up!🎄 Never wanted our @fairmontempress Holiday High Tea to end. ❤️ #christmas #hightea #whimsysoulxbc


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Holiday High Teas are sort of becoming a yearly tradition of mine (missing the girls at this one, though!) 🎄🥂 The tea at @fairmontempress is AMAZING! Such perfect clotted cream, tasty pastries and I adored my Rose Tea. Have you ever done an Afternoon High Tea? Tell me where you had yours (or where your favorite one is!!) #fairmontmoments #victoriabc #whimsysoultravels #whimsysoulxbc


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SWIPE to see real-life magic ✨ Robin and I took the ferry from Vancouver to Victoria for the weekend. First thing we did? Visit The Butchart Gardens' light show. 🎄They have a 12 Days of Christmas theme - everything from a (faux) pear tree with a partridge to 12 drummer's drumming and it's super fun to see how they chose to bring each number to life. This area isn't one of the themes, it just looks really cool, doesn't it? I originally started writing this caption as this "Somebody call the Doctor, the Ood lost their balls!" but Robin didn't think any of ya'll would understand that reference. 😂 Prove him wrong? #ButchartGardens #whimsysoultravels #christmastime #whimsysoulxbc


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I'M ON A BOAT. Everybody look at me 'Cause I'm sailing on a boat. 🚢 😝I’m on the ferry to Victoria, like, right now!! I’m trying to be better about sharing more “insta” photos and not worrying so much about making the perfect feed by rather sharing stuff I think looks cool. Like this ride from Vancouver to Victoria (stunning!!) The fog is lingering over all the little islands we passed, the seagulls are circling the rooftop deck and it’s so peaceful. We’re spending the weekend exploring Victoria before heading back to Vancouver. Drop me all your Victoria recommendations if you’ve got them! #Victoria #imonaboat #whimsysoultravels


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I think Buddy the Elf would lose his mind at this place. 😂 Vancouver as a whole, really. BC seems to go ALL OUT for the holidays (I'm talking multiple different light shows and holiday festivals, a Christmas market, holiday teas and so much more!!) 🎄⭐️ I'm uber giddy to track down all the best Christmas cheer around BC this week (and of course singing loud for all to hear while I’m at it.) Maybe, if I'm lucky, I'll even find the World's Best Cup of Coffee somewhere or even rescue a stranded Santa in Stanley Park! 🙃🎅 Really, I'm just warning you now: get ready for Canadian Christmas OVERLOAD. 😃🎄🎄🎄🎄 #vancouver #VanDusenFOL #whimsysoultravels #veryvancouver


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Under the desert sky ✨🏜 Our apartment has been SUPER cold the past few days & making me miss our week in Scottsdale last month. Especially the heat and all the towering saguaros, aren't they so fun?? 🌵🌵🌵 I've been writing up a storm over on whimsysoul.com and have a few new Scottsdale blog posts you should check out if you're planning a trip to Arizona. My favorite new post is my Scottsdale Bachelorette Guide! If you're a Type A planner like me and in charge of putting together a bach party for your lady next year, make sure to check my guide out and see why Scottsdale is like, the PERFECT place to party! 👰🙌 ⠀ #whimsysoul #whimsysoultravels #scottsdale


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Today Robin and I are relaxing at home here in San Francisco (lots of football, reading, baing and nice smelling candles happening up in hurr.)🏈 BUT, if we still lived in the Midwest, we'd probably be spending Thanksgiving in Eau Claire with my aunt and uncle! 🦃❄️ #travelbackthursday to our winter trip to Wisconsin this January - I had been coming to Eau Claire for years and years since family lives there, but we mostly just spent time at their house, so it wasn't until our trip with @travelwisconsin that I really got to explore all the city has the offer. (Like, tons of cool street murals like this one!) 👉 SWIPE to see some of my favorite memories of that trip. And yes, those are llamas. My aunt apparently just came home with them one day 😂 I love her. PS I have a whole Eau Claire city guide you should check out on the blog (whimsysoul.com) if you're ever heading to Wisconsin! #eauclaire #whimsysoultravels #thanksgiving


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Found fall in @downtownnapa 😍🍁 Robin and I are spending a couple of days up here to kick off the long Thanksgiving weekend. I'm watching the news right now and it looks like pretty much everyone in the country had fierce weather yesterday. Mini-blizzards, tornados and here in California: tons of rain!! ☔️Luckily, #downtownnapa is so dang walkable, so we were able to stay dry and literally pop from one tasting room or restaurant to another in like 30 seconds because they're all within a few blocks of each other here! 🙌 Catch my Stories to see more of this famous wine country town and in a couple of weeks, my travel guide on whimsysoul.com! 🍷Ok, now I'm curious: what crazy weather did you get yesterday? ❄️⛈🌪💦 #donapa #fallfoliage #whimsysoultravels


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If you are changing yourself for any other reason except your health (physical or mental) it’s the wrong reason. . . . # #travelblog #whimsysoultravels #whimsysoul #shesnotlost #solotravel #solofemaletravel #scenary #landscape #landscapephotography #surrey #surreyhills #england #uk #guildford #guildfordsurrey #may


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Some of my favorite weekends are hanging out with these ladies in wine country. I hope you enjoy my vlog showing you around Healdsburg, the CUTEST little town in Sonoma County. We also found a place that's basicallllly a Game of Thrones winery 🦁👑 Here's to good friends, good wine, fall colors and zero untimely deaths because we all queens already, we don't need to battle for a throne. 😉 #healdsburg #winecountry #gatherinsonoma #sipsonoma #got


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BRB filming an Old Western movie, catch me on Netflix soon 👀🤠 Jk, Pioneertown WAS a film set for westies in the 1940's but now is a tourist destination town but it's super cool and totally worth a visit. I loved walking around the corral & pretending I was living in the Wild West. We visited this spring while staying in Joshua Tree and drove over on a random Monday morning so we basically had the whole town to ourselves. Come on a weekend for "gunfights" and acts, and the stores will be open as well. Super fun!!!⠀ 🌵⭐️ PS today on whimsysoul.com, I'm sharing all my favorite Joshua Tree Airbnbs, so if you're heading there soon or have it on your bucket list, head over via link in bio (or search for it on the blog) to bookmark my fave spots. I personally REALLY want to stay at the land yacht next time... ⠀ #travelbackthursday #pioneertown #whimsysoultravels #whimsysoul


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Welcome!🌿Let me start by introducing myself, my name is Deanna. I currently work as a NICU nurse and am a twenty something aspiring travel blogger. I love my tiny humans but find myself longing for the days where I have the freedom to travel to places near and far. Sturmfrei: (storm free) meaning “freedom of being alone and being able to do what you want” is the word I would use to describe myself and what my blog is about. Adventuring to national/state parks is one of my great loves in this short life, and I plan to see every single one. The other is plants. The prickly and pokey, big and small; I love them all! So the idea sprung for a place to capture it all. Parks to Plants is dedicated to traveling and odd plants found within those travels. I hope to create a place where is we can all #pausethemoment and take in the breathtaking views of nature. #leaveitbetterthanyoufoundit #nationalparks #stateparks #parkstoplants #travel #travelblogger #getoutside #radparks #findyourpark #joshuatree #joshuatreenationalpark #parksproject #national_park_photography #optoutside #thewhimsysoul #whimsysoultravels


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Found this wall while in Denver, it's one of my favorites. The older I get, the more I realize that most of life's accomplishments come from like, 10 seconds of sheer courage. ⭐️For me, my big moments of courage were deciding to move us to San Francisco (without any jobs or housing) and then promptly telling everyone so I couldn't back out. 🌉 Posting my first photo here opening up about body image. Quitting a job that totally underpaid me when I first moved to the city. 💰 And also - and I'm actually very serious about this one - putting up green wallpaper in my apartment because it could have been a massive FAIL but worked out and makes me really happy. 😂 Really, I think most adulting is operating on courage and the blind trust that nobody knows what they are doing and we're all figuring it out together. ❤️ What are some of your 10 seconds of courage? #nothingwithoutcourage #denvermurals


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Thank you @thewhimsysoul! Repost: Have you heard of the International Church of Cannabis in Denver? It looks like an ordinary brown church on the outside but this STUNNING rainbow chapel is hiding on the inside! 🌈😍 Only open to the public a few hours a day, the ICC offers a tour with a guided meditation and a laser music show. Yes, you read that correctly. A LASER MUSIC SHOW. 🎶 It was such a cool experience, nothing like I had ever done before and I highly recommend everyone visiting Denver go do. (Don't worry - you don't have to be a cannabis user to attend or enjoy the tour. Using cannabis at the church isn't allowed for non-church members, this isn't a toking circle tour.) I personally felt really refreshed after this. We had spent 3 days running around Denver squeezing as many murals, beers & hidden gems into the day. And then we came here, the lights were turned off, we meditated and then saw a 25-minute laser show. I walked in tired and walked out totally ready to tackle the rest of the trip. And of course, I went CRAZY taking a lot of photos of this chapel, it's so freaking stunning! 🙌🌈 Looking for more Denver ideas? LINK IN BIO for my 3 Day Denver Travel Guide (or just search for it on whimsysoul.com!) #denver #internationalchurchofcannabis #whimsysoul #whimsysoultravels


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Thank you @thewhimsysoul! Repost: Have you heard of the International Church of Cannabis in Denver? It looks like an ordinary brown church on the outside but this STUNNING rainbow chapel is hiding on the inside! 🌈😍 Only open to the public a few hours a day, the ICC offers a tour with a guided meditation and a laser music show. Yes, you read that correctly. A LASER MUSIC SHOW. 🎶 It was such a cool experience, nothing like I had ever done before and I highly recommend everyone visiting Denver go do. (Don't worry - you don't have to be a cannabis user to attend or enjoy the tour. Using cannabis at the church isn't allowed for non-church members, this isn't a toking circle tour.) I personally felt really refreshed after this. We had spent 3 days running around Denver squeezing as many murals, beers & hidden gems into the day. And then we came here, the lights were turned off, we meditated and then saw a 25-minute laser show. I walked in tired and walked out totally ready to tackle the rest of the trip. And of course, I went CRAZY taking a lot of photos of this chapel, it's so freaking stunning! 🙌🌈 Looking for more Denver ideas? LINK IN BIO for my 3 Day Denver Travel Guide (or just search for it on whimsysoul.com!) #denver #internationalchurchofcannabis #whimsysoul #whimsysoultravels


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This secret spot to watch the sunset over San Francisco is on the blog today! Link in bio to find directions! ❤️🌉☀️ I'm always mad about less daylight in the fall & winters, but dang do the sunsets ROCK this time of year! I'm one of those people who really thrives off daylight. It's been extra hard since the holiday season is our busiest (always so many brand campaigns, holiday style inspo, gift guides, travels, etc) to make & share. AKA lots of late nights that are really hard for me since it gets dark at 4:30pm and my brain wants to eat dinner then and then by 6pm I get sleepy. 😂 Anyone else the same way? Tell me how you counteract the 😴 😴 😴 #hawkhill


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TRAVEL HACK: Wake up early & hit the hot tub while everyone else is still sleeping. (Make sure to bring your coffee, too!) ☕️ It's literally my favorite thing to do while traveling, especially on mornings I'm feeling bleh (ahem somebody had too many tasty margaritas last night! 😂🍹) I just adore taking a little me-time to wake up in a stunning location like the @omnimontelucia. When the resort is empty, tt feels like it's alllllll mine & eases me into the day perfectly. 🙌 What do you do while traveling? Do you wake up early or do you usually sleep in? ☀️ #whimsysoultravels #scottsdale #arizona


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Last night’s dinner outfit for our final evening in Scottsdale!! It’s been 80 something every day and the nights are still warm, so I picked this flowy dress from the Mothership (@target) for margaritas & camelback views. Will be sad to leave Arizona but dang i sure do miss @tinytwyla!! 🐈 👗 🌵 #ootn #scottsdale


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Up up & away!! I found this gem on my phone from our first trip to Scottsdale 2 years ago. SWIPE TO SEE MORE! 👉 We were still newlyweds back then!! #babies We didn't get a hot air balloon ride this time here in Scottsdale, but it was an amazing, epic experience that I think everyone should do at least once. ⭐️ It's sort of a wild ride: you have to wake up at an ungodly hour (think 3:30am) and ride out to the middle of the desert in pitch black to a spot the crew has deemed safe to launch from. Hot air balloon companies seem to work together to all launch from the same place, so there was about 5 balloons taking off that morning. As the sun slowly starting to peak on the horizon, everyone starting inflating the balloons. And then it was go-time! You have just a few minutes to jump in the basket before take off. We were all pretty silent during the ride, just soaking in the beauty of the desert. And then it all ended with a pop-up bubbly and breakfast next to the 🌵🍾 Have you done a hot air balloon ride yet or is it still on your bucket list?? 🤔 #scottsdale #hotairballoon #whimsysoultravels #whimsysoul


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The desert calls for tons of COLOR! 🌈 Wore this red & pink outfit for dinner at our hotel last night. I love how color can make my entire mood shift - I totally feel the most confident in something BRIGHT & LOUD! I find that when i wear something fun, it usually makes others smile, too! Confidence truly radiates 😊 Today on the blog is this outfit! Link in bio to shop my entire look + see more photos of this stunning hotel in Scottsdale. ❤️ #whimsysoultravels #ootn


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Have you heard of the International Church of Cannabis in Denver? It looks like an ordinary brown church on the outside but this STUNNING rainbow chapel is hiding on the inside! 🌈😍 Only open to the public a few hours a day, the ICC offers a tour with a guided meditation and a laser music show. Yes, you read that correctly. A LASER MUSIC SHOW. 🎶 It was such a cool experience, nothing like I had ever done before and I highly recommend everyone visiting Denver go do. (Don't worry - you don't have to be a cannabis user to attend or enjoy the tour. Using cannabis at the church isn't allowed for non-church members, this isn't a toking circle tour.) I personally felt really refreshed after this. We had spent 3 days running around Denver squeezing as many murals, beers & hidden gems into the day. And then we came here, the lights were turned off, we meditated and then saw a 25-minute laser show. I walked in tired and walked out totally ready to tackle the rest of the trip. And of course, I went CRAZY taking a lot of photos of this chapel, it's so freaking stunning! 🙌🌈 Looking for more Denver ideas? LINK IN BIO for my 3 Day Denver Travel Guide (or just search for it on whimsysoul.com!) #denver #internationalchurchofcannabis #whimsysoul #whimsysoultravels


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The Shamim | how would you describe the photo in 3 words? . . Shake off your Monday, dance, and whip your hair around! A candid capture of @liloo_j missing your joy and our deep conversations my love! . In my last post I mentioned I am officially starting my own photography and creative company! And as a part of that I am taking a course with the amazing @jennakutcher — in order to get the most of the first assignment is focused on defining our style, I would love your feedback on more of my photography to really develop — what words would you use to describe my work? . . Flashback from Lima, Peru @remoteyear #ryuroboros #remoteyear #numinad #numinousadventures . . #limaperu #nicolorae #all2epic #fujiframez #creativeentrepreneurs #nicoleadrienneart #nicoloraephotography #tplinsiders #womentravelphotographers #sheisnotlost #nicoloraephoto #whimsysoultravels #fujifilmx #digitalnomadspirit #portraitphoto #ofhumans #wanderingphotographers #thephotolab #littlethingstheory #southamericatravel #jennakutchercourse #nomadiccreators #nicolora #roamtheearth #somewheremagazine


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Not sure who needs to hear this today but: life is too short to spend it at war with yourself. You already spend 1/3 of your life sleeping, you don’t need to spend a 1/3 of it in negativity!! The world and you, darling, are just too dang beautiful to miss by being in your head.❤️ #loveyourcurves


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Guy, Denver IS LIT when it comes to murals & street art! I had no idea until we visited a few weeks ago.🌈🔥 We tried to visit as many murals as possible & grab photos & addresses for ya guys (aka today's blog post, a Denver mural guide!) LINK IN BIO to read or pin for later! It also has some really important tips to know before you go - like when their annual "crush walls" event is, when a lot of the murals are painted over and replaced. 😱⠀ What's your favorite Mile High City mural right now? This was one of my faves, the face moves when you move. So fun! #denver #murals #whimsysoul #whimsysoultravels


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Apparently is SNOWED in my hometown in Wisconsin this week. Like, a lot of snow, too. ❄️🤪 I always joke with people that ask why I moved to California, I say "to escape the snow" but there's some truth to it. I love being able to drive to snow, to make it optional, but not have it forced upon me, especially in October when I'm still vibing on fall leaves and pumpkins, man! 🍁⠀ I found this photo on my phone, it's from Yosemite National Park a couple of winters ago. I LOVE heading to the mountains for winter trips, it's always so peaceful up there. On this trip, we visited on a random Tuesday on December and drove in around 9am while it was snowing. Nobody else was else, which is really rare for Yosemite. We pulled over to snap some photos at the famous church in the valley. And of course, in proper mountain weather style, by 3pm it was 65 degrees and all the snow has melted. 😂 Good memory nonetheless. ⠀ Anyways, this is my day-late #travelbackthursday & a reminder to everyone back home in Wisconsin: if you're as mad about the October snowstorm, just move to California. It's great out here. ☀️😉 #snowstorm #yosemite #whimsysoultravels #whimsysoul


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This photo in three words? GO! Comment below . . As I launch my business I just started an amazing photography course with the ever inspiring @jennakutcher and our first assignment is focused on defining our style — what words would you use to describe my work? . . Flashback from Peru @remoteyear #ryuroboros #remoteyear #numinad #numinousadventures . . #rainbowmountain #gltlove #nicoloraephotography #womentravelphotographers #sheisnotlost #nicolorae #whimsysoultravels #fujiframez #digitalnomadspirit #tplinsiders #nicolora #jennakutchercourse #wandertheworld #nicoleadrienneart #fujifilmxseries #createandcultivate #peruadventure


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Curious what Denver, Colorado is like? We visited a few weeks ago to find fall foliage 🍂 drink a LOT of craft beer 🍺 take a billion photos of colorful murals 🌈 and just see what Denver is all about! And yes, that IS a building shaped like a milk can behind me. It's an ice cream shop!! 🍦 SPOILER ALERT they had a freak blizzard a couple of days before we visited which halted most of the trees from turning colors 😭 but it was still a lot of fun exploring the Mile High City! 🙌 Have you been to Denver before or is it on your bucket list?? 🤔 #denver #whimsysoul #whimsysoultravels


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On our last day in Denver, we did a HUGE bike ride around the city! 🚲 🍁I think we clocked in about 10 miles but it wasn't too hard since the city is pretty flat (though my thighs were sore afterward because I haven't biked in ages, haha!) 🤪 I loved staying at the @monacodenver for so many reasons, but a top one is they always have cute bikes available for guests to borrow for FREE! (Not just this hotel, most if not all Kimptons offer this!) Such a good travel hack, saved us the time & hassle of renting a bike from somewhere in the city. Today on the blog I'm sharing my full hotel review, link in bio to read it & learn why the Kimpton Monaco makes a great home base in Denver! #denver #kimpton #whimsysoul #whimsysoultravels


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Have you heard of Burney Falls?? #travelbackthursday time! ⏱ Tucked in Northern California near Mount Shasta are these beautiful waterfalls that don't require a crazy hike to get to! Just a short walk downhill & BOOM, you can be at the base of these falls. 😍⠀ .⠀ .⠀ A couple of Octobers ago, @justinavanessa and I spent a weekend running around this area. 🍁 We hiked to Mossbrae Falls (and I have a whole guide on whimsysoul.com on how to find those, as they're hidden!) and visited Burney Falls. 💦 We also ate at a Chili's since that seemed to be the only restaurant open in the small town we were staying at. Man, it was BUMMIN at this Chili's,I have this whole memory of having to wait about 20 minutes to get a table and thinking about how there's no place in California you can escape the infamous "long brunch line" (even if it's dinner in a random town at a Chili's!) 😂⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Anyways, if you've never been to the Mount Shasta / Redding Area, run! I love the mountain and there's tons of fun things to do & hidden gems to see, like these waterfalls! ❤️ I have a few blog post guides on this area, head to whimsysoul.com and search "Mount Shasta" or "Mossbrea Falls" in the search bar to find them, or DM me if you have any questions I can help with!⠀ Stay adventurous. #tbt #whimsysoul #whimsysoultravels #burneyfalls


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What happens when a couple of Wisconsinites visits Denver? We size up their craft beer, of course! 🍻We came to Denver on whim after finding an incredible flight deal from @southwestair. As I was researching things to do, I realized that Denver is a craft beer haven. 🙌 . . SO, I immediately made ourselves our own Denver brewery crawl itinerary around RiNo (and a couple of other neighborhoods) to bring you the definitive guide on where to drink craft beer in the Mile High City. If you love beer and are planning on visiting Denver at any point in the future, head to my blog (LINK IN BIO) to read & pin my guide for later! . . Have you been to Denver before and have you stopped by any of the breweries in RiNo? What one was your favorite? #denver #craftbeer #whimsysoultravels #whimsysoul


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What's a Mexican all-inclusive resort-like anyways? 🇲🇽🤔 Come tour the all-inclusive hotel the girls and I stayed at while traveling to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico a couple of weeks ago! EVERYTHING was included -- room, food, booze, you name it! It's also probably one of the prettiest hotels in all of Cabo in my opinion (just check out how stunning that pink dome is!!) 😍 --- --- If you're curious about what life at an all-inclusive hotel is like, make to watch. You can also find a detailed @pueblobonito hotel review (+ inside tips) on the blog. Link in bio to read or search "cabo" on whimsysoul.com! 🌈 --- --- SO, what do you think? WOULD YOU STAY HERE, YAY OR NAY??🤔 --- --- #cabo #pueblobonito #allinclusive #whimsysoul #whimsysoultravels #mexico #cabosanlucas #girlstrip #gltlove #sheisnotlost #dametraveler #ladiesgoneglobal #wearetravelgirls #globelletravels #sidewalkerdaily #femmetravel #darlingescapes #thetravelwomen #vivamexico #sfblogger #travelblogger


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My favorite time of day is dusk. I love golden hour and sunsets, sure, but I adore that 15-minute window of time when the sun is past the horizon but it's still light out. The street lamps glow in a magical way, patio string lights twinkle, somehow even the red brake lights on cars look pretty. And of course, the neon signs of the world POP. 🔥 --- --- On this evening in Denver, we were doing a beer tasting up the block from Union Station (which I kept calling Union Square the entire time. #sfproblems) and I watched the sky turn from bright to pink and then dusk. Union Station is pretty in the daylight but HOT DAMN its moment to shine is at dusk. 😍 --- --- What time of day is your favorite? ☀️ #denver #whimsysoul #whimsysoultravels


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Found ONE really great orange tree in Denver! 😍 Why isn't there more this year? Well, just last week it snowed in Denver ❄️👀 So that early freeze halted most of the trees from turning colors (sadly!) but we hunted one down in City Park. 🍂 Yesterday was so much fun! We met up with @picturedanielle (who used to live next door to us in San Francisco, she moved to Colorado a few years ago!) who was such a doll & showed us around the city. Also got to hang out with her puppy so you know I was in my happy place!!! 🐶 --- --- We've been having bad luck with fall foliage hunting the past few years. We always seem to catch it a little too early or a little too late (or, in this case, freak weather prevents us from finding 🔥 trees!) Basically, I'm thinking next year we'll just have to go to Vermont and camp out for the entire month of October to ensure we catch some fall leaves!!! Hehe 😂 --- --- Does it look like fall where you live? #denver #whimsysoul #whimsysoultravels #fallfoliage


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Good morning Denver 😍 Fueling up with this pretty 7am light for a day of more exploring! ☕️☀️ Have you ever stayed at a @kimpton hotel? We're staying at the @monacodenver because we adore the Kimpton family. They always have cute decor (check out my Stories to see the wallpaper behind this bed, it's awesome!) + pet-friendly (so I can make new friends!), have a nightly free happy hour, bikes available for free and tons of other quirks we love. --- --- I have hotel reviews on the Kimpton Monaco Portland + Kimpton Amara Sedona on whimsysoul.com if you want to read those. Just search "Kimpton" on the blog or head over to my "hotels" tab to learn about all the hotels we've reviewed lately! + stay tuned for my Denver review coming soon! --- --- PS thank you for all the Denver recommendations! I think we'll just be eating and drinking this entire trip hehe. #kimpton #denver #whimsysoul #whimsysoultravels


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"I believe in body neutrality. I believe in just not thinking about your body... I just manage to get more things done in my day when I’m not thinking about my figure. I can’t stand in front of a mirror and say, ‘Oh I love my thighs, I love my cellulite,’ all day — I can just NOT think about them. And think about my bank account and orgasms instead, you know?” - @jameelajamilofficial 🏦🔥⠀ ---⠀ ---⠀ I've been thinking about this quote a lot since seeing her interview & I love it. I spent years working on myself and my personal body image & so thankful that I now spend most of my time NOT thinking about my body. It's so freaking liberating. Of course, I'm human and I still have days when negative thoughts creep back in, and I have to pause to work through them. (And I also have a lot of days when I'm super positive about my body, like when I do something hard like an intense hike and I'm like "WOW LEGS YOU DID THAT, YOU CRAZY GALS YOU!") The end goal in life is having more positive & neutral days than negative ones. ❤️ #bodypositive #loveyourcurves


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Different shapes & sizes, all beautiful inside & out ❤️ Packing similar colored swimsuits was not planned but I love that it turned out this way. Missing in the photo was our IG Wifey of the Year Jess who took over 100 photos of us on this boat in Cabo 😂 Honestly, this entire girls trip to Cabo was just fantastic. This is such a smart, easy-going, funny group of women & I didn't know how much I just needed a few days of GIRL TIME drinking wine & chatting about life over food.⠀ ---⠀ ---⠀ I have a low-key obsession with sailing when on vacation, so we booked this adorable sailboat & cruised around Cabo one afternoon. ⛵️We saw El Arco of course, but also went snorkeling & holy moly guys, there are SO many beautiful fish in Mexico!! Add in beer & guac on the boat, this afternoon was magic. ⠀ ---⠀ ---⠀ Today on the blog I'm sharing details on the exact company we rented from, swimsuit details to shop, more Cabo sailing photos + tips for when you plan your own trip down there! LINK IN BIO to read, or search "cabo" on whimsysoul.com! #cabo #whimsysoul #whimsysoultravels #girlstrip


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SO I DID SOMETHING NEW: I woke up for the sunrise every.single.day. while in Cabo! (Usually while on trips we'll catch one sunrise but not every one!) On the last morning, we swam in the ocean while watching the sun come up and really, all I can say is: MAGIC. Just pure magic. This is me feeling happy AF for mother nature doing her thing. 🌈 --- --- And also feeling happy that I'm in love with my curves - imagine if I were too scared to put on a swimsuit like the old days, I probably would have slept in each day and totally missed this magic moment. 👙Life is What Happens To You While You’re Busy Making Other Plans (or in this case, naps!) ⭐️ #cabo #loveyourcurves #whimsysoultravels #whimsysoul


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Wait, WHERE AM I AGAIN?! 🤔 This view looks like Greece, but I'm in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico rigth now. 😍 While the girls were doing a fitness class, I opted to explore the property at our hotel & stumbled upon this view. I turned the corner and literally gasped out loud. I felt like I found a magical portal to a Greek Island like Santorini, not a short flight down to Baja Mexico. 🇬🇷🇲🇽 I love the little surprises I always find while traveling. In the digital age, it's so so easy to have EVERYTHING all planned out and already have seen a destination 10 times from Instagram photos, Yelp reviews, etc. That's why I loved getting off the beaten path, even if it's in small ways like taking the elevator to the top floor of your hotel just to see what's up there. 🌈 Next time you're on a trip, challenge yourself to go on a mini-adventure off the path you had planned and see what you discover. ❤️ #cabo #mexico #whimsysoultravels #whimsysoul


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SWIPE TO SEE VIDEO 👉 I woke up before sunrise (like, on vacation?! Who am I?! 😂) & was treated to this STUNNING rainbow over the resort. 🌈 I was totally blown away. It helps that we somehow lucked out on a corner room right by the ocean so we have not one but TWO patios overlooking the property. It looks like I'm living in a movie, still pinching myself. --- --- I loved walking on the beach at 7am this morning. When we arrived yesterday afternoon, the entire playa was just covered in people lounging & swimming (and further down the beach, partying hard!) But this morning, it was empty minus a few people sitting alone in the sand taking in the beauty of mother nature. A total 180 from 12 hours ago. As the day progressed, more and more people crawled out from their air-conditioned rooms to sit in the sun, slowly the playa came back to life. I adore how you can get the best of both worlds here. Mexico is always such a joy! 🇲🇽 #cabo #mexico #sunrise #whimsysoultravels #whimsysoul


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Don't mind me, just living my best life here in Cabo San Lucas. ❤️ Took approximately .05 seconds to change into a swimsuit & walk around town just like this, getting my bad self a tan & sipping on mango daiquiris. 🍹👙 --- --- Could I have walked around a whole town in my swimsuit 5 years ago? Hell no, but let me tell you, it's way more fun when you aren't thinking about how you look in a swimsuit (oh, and the tan lines are more even when you aren't working around coverups 😂) --- --- The only bad part? My right ear still hasn't popped from the plane 😑 and I feel like I'm sorta lopsided, but the unlimited all-inclusive guac & cocktails & fabulous girlfriends totally make up for it. 👯‍♀️ 🥑 #cabo #mexico #whimsysoultravels #whimsysoul


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Come pack with me! 🇲🇽 Tomorrow morning I'm heading to Cabo San Lucas on a girls trip (cue 🥑, 🍹, 👙+🌊!!) As a fashion AND travel blog, I get a lot of questions that basically go like this "What the heck do I pack for XYZ destination, Kara?!" --- --- So, I wanted to take you through my packing process, show you some of my packing hacks & routines I do to stay organized & not forget ANYTHING. And also show off some fun outfits like what I'm wearing to the airport (which is my go-to outfit type when flying!) 😊 Spoiler alert: everyone else is doing just a carry-on but I'm checking a bag because I LIKE OPTIONS. And full-size sunscreen bottles. #bloggerproblems 😂 --- --- I've linked *almost* everything I talk about in this video in today's blog post on whimsysoul.com. Link in bio or search "cabo" on the blog to shop my wardrobe! --- --- 🤔We're doing an all-inclusive resort, I haven't done all inclusive before, so I'm really pumped to see what that scene is all about & report back! Have you been to an all-inclusive resort? Maybe even on in Cabo? 🇲🇽 Tell me your tips or opinions about all-inclusive! I want to hear them!! #cabo #whimsysoul #whimsysoultravels #packingtips #girlstrip


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I THINK I FINALLY GET IT. Why there are some people obsessed with lighthouses. 💡🌊 I'm *pretty* dang sure this Mendocino Lighthouse was the first we visited after moving to California (almost 5 years ago!!) I found that first visit to be so quintessential small coastal town, not at all like the cornfields of Wisconsin. 🌽 --- --- Over the years, we've since visited countless lighthouses on the West Coast and every visit pretty much goes the same way: as we walk closer & closer to the lighthouse, I get excited and start walking faster while Robin always gives me that look that says "Hey weirdo, it's just a lighthouse." I then proceed to take a billion photos of it, read all the history plaques inside, and we go on a mini-hike around the bluffs. 🌿 --- --- We've visited the tallest lighthouse you can climb in California. I got dizzy going up those winding stairs, but the view from the top was STUNNING. Some lighthouses have really captivating Stories about the families that manned it, how they saved the tower after the 1906 earthquakes or all lived together in one house. Some have their original fractals lens still in place or on display. ⭐️ --- --- I think I love lighthouses so much because they are a visual reminder that I live in California. Next to an ocean instead of a cow pasture...that there's a different kind of US history all around me & I get giddy exploring it because it's still all new. 🐄 PLUS, lighthouses are like REALLY REALLY pretty! 😍 --- --- Do you feel the same way about lighthouses? What's the prettiest lighthouse you've been to (I gotta add it to my list!) #lighthouse #mendocino #pointcabrillo #whimsysoultravels


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Bandon, OR. Such a cute little beach town. The large, open beach is breathtaking, especially at low tide. We saw many starfish and sea anemones stuck to the big rocks. A few shots from the town are 👉🏻 including some from Sweet Peas, a very cute vintage treasure trove.


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Have you heard of Anderson Valley? That's where Robin locked our keys in the car a few weeks ago 😂& we had to pay $80 for roadside assistance to rescue us. I think Anderson Valley is basically the lost wine region of California - just 2ish hours from San Francisco but even Bay Area natives haven't been there before. 🍷⠀ ---⠀ ---⠀ Anderson Valley in on the way to Mendocino (one of our favorite places on the planet) and most people stop for a few wine tastings before ending up on the coast. Unlike Napa or Sonoma, most tastings are $10 (with large pours!) and there's even wineries that offer FREE tastings 😱⠀ ---⠀ ---⠀ After driving through & tasting in #andersonvalley for over 4 years, I'm FINALLY sharing my regional guide! Aka, my favorite wineries, where to wine taste for free, the best eats in the area & more tips. ⭐️⠀ ---⠀ ---⠀ And also there's a photo of Robin trying to jimmy his way into our car with a coat hanger. 🚘 And yes, I held the keys for the rest of the trip. LINK IN STORIES or search for the post on whimsysoul.com! #winecountry #navarrovineyards #visitcalifornia #whimsysoultravels #whimsysoul


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DO YOU: prefer one big international trip a year, or lots of small getaways? 🧐When I was younger, I thought of "Travel" only as that one big yearly $$$ trip (Mexico, Europe, etc) but the past few years we've been taking a lot of small one day or weekend trips & they've totally changed the way I think about travel and how travel serves me. ⠀ ⠀ Instead of dropping a lot of savings on ONE long trip to Europe, we're now in the habit of taking short "refreshers" in the form of weekend or day trips. Robin and I both work from home (aka our 480 sq foot apartment) and we tackled a lot of work projects in August, so by the end of the month, I was restless AND stressed AND overworked. Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge last week to start our trip to Mendocino, I felt like it was a breath of fresh air. ⠀ We only stayed two nights at the @brewerygulchinn but that was enough to reset, spend time together sans screens, and come back home with renewed energy. ⭐️⠀ ⠀ I tell people this all the time: Paris is magic, but you don't have to travel all the way to Paris to reap the benefits of travel (resetting, new experiences, learning, relaxing.) Which way do you find yourself traveling? Big trips or lots of small ones near your home? ⠀ ⠀ 🌊 PS - today on the blog I'm sharing more info & photos about Brewery Gulch Inn, link in bio to read! I also have a Mendocino city guide if you're curious to learn more about one of my favorite coastal towns! Just search for it in the search bar on whimsysoul.com #mendocino #whimsysoul #whimsysoultravels


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