Hi. I’m Agnes. I’m a Filipino American currently living in Los Angeles, and I decided to create this blog a few years ago when I realized I had hundreds of photos from places I’d previously visited just sitting on my computer.
Why not do something with them? I thought.
That “something” ended up being this blog 🙂
Truthfully, traveling was never really something I was interested in doing. It costs a lot of money, and it’s not like you can actually fully grasp what it’s like to live in a city or country in a short period of time, right?
Well, something changed along the way and I found myself wanting to venture outside of sunny Southern California, even if only for a few days or even a few weeks. I’m not sure what it was, but up until now I hold a strong desire to travel. And while a brief stay might not necessarily equip a person with an absolute understanding of a city or country, simply being exposed to a new environment certainly widens horizons.
Of course, it’s not always possible to travel long distances to foreign countries. But who says that’s the only way to travel?
You don’t need to go far to do that 🙂
The mission of this blog is to inspire others to explore, appreciate and travel within their backyards, whether that be in cities close to home or countries across the globe. It’s easy to get caught up in wishing to be in another state or country, even when our own cities and states are filled with amazing destinations and things to do.
On this blog I’ll be posting photos, written stories and (occasionally) videos about places I visit, both near and far. I’m excited to share these with you and hope you can find leisurely reads on my backyard (Southern California), feature articles on travels beyond my backyard, fun photos to look at, useful and relatable suggestions on budget traveling, as well as personal experiences and lessons I’ve learned from traveling.
Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like to say hi or have any comments/questions/suggestions 🙂
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