I wanted to write this post for two reasons – one, because a few of you have been asking about planning our West Coast road trip and two, because I wanted to give you a heads up about why there will be a very obvious lack of blog and YouTube content over the next couple of weeks.
I also wanted to flag super early on that this post is kindly sponsored by ASOS, which basically means I got to swan about in a new summer dress from their holiday range for the photos – I’ll admit I’ve had worse paid gigs and I’m forever grateful to you guys for making these wild opportunities a reality. You da best.
As you’re reading this, Chris and I will hopefully be somewhere between Los Angeles and San Francisco, waist deep in Walmart car snacks and polaroid photos.
Chris finished a five-year part-time degree a couple of weeks ago, and has always said that his grand plan was to go on a once in a lifetime trip when he finally graduated.
We toyed with Australia but it’s winter there, we toyed with Asia, but rainy season makes the weather quite hit and miss, and we toyed with Interrailing around Europe, but it just didn’t feel quite big enough.
So here we are, road trippin’ in the U S of A.
Whilst I’ve been lucky enough to explore places like New York, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Washington D.C., I’ve never made my way over to California.
We booked flights to LAX purely because they were cheaper than flying into San Fran or Las Vegas, and hired a car through Hertz, mostly because they seemed slightly cheaper – we’ve gone for a medium SUV which scares the bejesus out of me, so I’ll let you know how we get on!
The only other thing we booked before we left was our first night’s hotel stay. We’re staying in a Super 8 in Culver City (which is in LA) mostly because it’s cheap, but also because I’ve stayed in a few Super 8 locations whilst on Trek America and have always been really impressed with the standard of the rooms for the price.
Everyone we’ve spoken to has told us the best way to do a West Coast road trip is to plan carefully and book every night’s accommodation in advance so lol obviously we’ve done the complete opposite.
I like the idea of waking up every morning and having the freedom to decide where I want to go and what I want to do – although I’ll probs not be saying that when we’re stranded at midnight on the side of a highway with nothing but a hyena for company but sure.
I’ve also decided not to pack my laptop (woah first trip away from my homegirl since I started blogging) and have replaced it with a Nintendo Switch and Mario Kart 8 as well as a book. Going utterly old school and v v happy with it/
And whilst there won’t be any blog posts or new videos for two weeks, there should still be plenty of action over on Insta (you can follow along at @hannahfgale) and I am packing my camera and GoPro and will be hoping to make some sort of travel vlog along the way.
I’ll also be switching off my emails and ignoring my inbox whilst away, because I hate the idea that we could be in one of the most beautiful places in the world and my conversation starters will be about the things landing in my inbox.
Life is too short to not switch off, to not appreciate the little moments and to not make the time to relish in your offline life as much as your online life.
Thank you for sticking by me and supporting me, here’s to having the sweetest damn summers.
(And on a side note – this dress is one of the comfiest damn things I’ve ever had the pleasure of dressing of throwing on my curvy gal body. It is perfect for random British heat waves because HELLO it doesn’t stick aggressively to my back fat, plus the bright stripes make me feel like a deck chair in the best possible way. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m just off to pack it in the ol’ suitcase along with the biggest bottle of dry shampoo I’ve ever seen and three pairs of tassel earrings. See ya!)
This post is sponsored by ASOS but all outfit love very much my own.
All photography by Debs from Bang On Style.