Audios Los Cabos

Travel

Towards the beginning of this year my stepdad obtained a job with United airlines, which is pretty awesome considering my whole family now gets great flight benefits. So, at the beginning of this week when a few of my closest friends and I decided we needed a beach in our lives, we started pulling together all the funds and packing the summer essentials. I mean winter is gross and finals had just ended, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to take advantage of some extremely cheap flights.

We arrived in Chicago on Saturday and planned to leave for a beach of some sort by Sunday morning. There were two requirements for our trip: the beach needed to be warm and somewhere out of the country. Unfortunately for us, our sights were set a bit too high. (PSA: don’t try flying on weekends during the holidays. It’s a trap.) Flying standby during the holidays is nearly impossible, let alone with four girls. In a matter of minutes we saw our travel opportunities dwindling, and even at one point considered calling the trip off all together. Sunday passed. Then Monday. No flights to any beach destination anywhere. We tried everything. Finally, by Monday morning we caught a lucky break. There were 7 seats available for the 9:09 a.m. flight to Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur. We were going to Cabo, and it was smooth sailing from there.

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We found an absolutely gorgeous airbnb, and truly this trip could not have fallen into place more perfectly. The first day we went to the grocery store and at night ventured down to the beach to check it out. We really didn’t care what we were doing as long as we were in shorts and t-shirts. IMG_1091.JPG

On day two we found the cutest market and snack bar right down the hill from where we were staying. The locals were all retiree’s who had made the snack bar their daily gossip space. It was such a fun little atmosphere to have experienced. I can definitely see myself at 60 spending my days at a snack bar in paradise.

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Our last day was spent basking in the sun and swimming. The Pacific is still mildly cold, so not much time was spent in the water. None the less, we were all so thankful to be out of our stressful college town lives and in the sunshine.

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I’m so thankful for spontaneous friends and all the opportunities to travel the world with them.

Until my next adventure,

xoxo

Madison

It’s all Greek to me

Travel

“Welcome to Greece”

These are the words you’re met with as you exit the gate into Athens airport… well at least I think that’s what it said. I’m not really sure…

I don’t speak Greek.

And I quickly learned that that was going to be a slight problem if I wanted to make it anywhere… Literally anywhere, I didn’t even know what bus to take from the airport to my airbnb. And just in case you’re wondering;

This is what the bus sign looked like:

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…Yeah it was not helpful.

Luckily I was not alone and had traveled with a group of friends; One of which who had been in the army and was very handy with a compass. We did not stop and ask for directions. We didn’t dare pull out our phones and use the last bit of data we had left.

Oh no, we looked at our airbnb on a picture of a map we had screenshotted on a phone and we USED A COMPASS TO NAVIGATE 50 MILES OF BUS ROUTES. It was kind of amazing actually. Me- a millennial

And later when I told my parents about it they gave me this look like “lol wow good job you learned to use a map honey.” so anyways.

 
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Going to Greece had always been a dream of mine, and I jumped at the chance when I learned I was able to go for my birthday this past December. I was living in Italy at the time for school, so it ended up being super cheap. And it was honestly the chance of a lifetime.

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The weather ended up being perfect the entire trip. It was sunny and 65 in December! I never get to have birthdays where I can wear a t-shirt. Honestly, between that and the ocean and the fact that I got to have Starbucks for the first time in I don’t even know how long (spoiler alert Starbucks does not exist in Italy), It was a perfect trip in the perfect place and made for a perfect birthday

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On my last day, I visited the acropolis and was surrounded by history and culture at every turn. I only had two days there, but two was really all i needed. I do hope to go back again though. Maybe next time to visit Mykonos.

Xoxo,

@madisonpwoodruff