5 Things I learned from my trip to Washington, DC

Washington, DC trip - November 2014

Hello! I just got back from a 5-day vacation in Washington, DC. I would have mentioned it before, but I honestly couldn’t think of anything interesting to say other than, “I’m going to Washington, DC.” Brian and I took advantage of a Virgin Airlines $99 flight deal and chose Washington, DC as our destination. I really don’t have a good reason for why we chose this particular place; we both just really wanted to go there and it seemed like a great starter trip for newbie travelers like us (this was Brian’s first time on a plane!).

We had an AMAZING vacation. The weather was perfect (everyone said it would be cold but it was actually warmer than Dallas at the time), we saw almost everything we wanted to see (we even got to go inside of the White House), we stayed in an awesome hotel (pictured above), and boy did we eat some good food. But I also learned some things from my trip that I’m going to apply to my life and business.

I wanna be free.

Taking this trip made me want even more to just be free, and to not be held back by my job. I want to be able to work from anywhere, even if it’s just the coffee shop down the street. I want to be in control of how I spend my days. I want to be able to make my own schedule and take time off when I need it. I know now, more than ever, that I want to be an entrepreneur.

I should take time to enjoy my life.

I hate monotony. The very idea of doing the same things every day for the rest of my life scares the hell out of me. I need to shake things up a little! Travel more, experience more, and just work on being more present in my daily life. It also doesn’t hurt to take some time for yourself to just relax. I don’t think I had a problem with that before, though!

I need to be more active.

People in Washington, DC are so active! There were always people walking, running, and biking, whether it was for work or leisure. We chose to walk everywhere since things were so close together, and walked so much (in one day we seriously walked 10 miles) that our feet were sore every night. Don’t get me wrong, we’re active here in Dallas, but it’s not as noticeable because everything is so spread out and you pretty much have to have a car. In DC, everything is so condensed and compact that you can really see and feel the energy all around you. I’m not able to walk, bike or even use public transportation to get to work because I live way too far, but I can work on being more active in my spare time.

I feel more inspired.

I’m not exactly the same person I was before I left. Something about traveling inspires me in so many ways, and I truly believe it when people say travel can make you so much wiser. Seeing all the historical monuments & architecture, learning more about our history, taking in different scenery and being in a place so different from where I came from gave me a different perspective.

There’s no better time than now.

Even though we booked our trip 6+ months in advance, it was still a last-minute decision. It would have been “safer” financially to do this trip at another time but the deal was for November so we had to take it or not go. I’m so glad we did! It turned out to be the best vacation I’ve had in a very long time. When I eventually become a full-time entrepreneur/freelancer, there will be so much work to do and I’m sure there will be times when things won’t work out the way I planned, but that’s exactly what I want and need. I need to take those risks without being afraid to fail. I’m so tired of playing it safe.

Have you taken any trips lately? There are so many more places I’d like to go!
  • What an amazing trip, you seem to really have enjoyed it! And you’re right, traveling is the best way to find some inspiration x


    • Tanea

      It was a great trip! I’m ready for another one 🙂

  • I love D.C.! I just visited there in August! The first time was in 5th grade and I fell in love with it then! People really are very active there! I saw so many runners and bike riders! Great post!

    • Tanea

      Thanks, Sara!

  • I love this post because you really hit the nail on the head. I agree that life in Dallas can be not as active because it is so spread out. BTW, I’m glad that you’re also a fellow Dallas blogger 🙂

    I’m so glad that you got a different perspective because I recently have as well and I can’t wait to share more with you (gonna tweet you right now).

    Girl, your blog is beautiful!! I almost forgot to tell you that 🙂

    • Tanea

      Thanks, Bella!

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