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“We made it, we actually made it” is something I dreamed of saying when I was working part-time serving and attending college full-time in Ohio. Ohio is great, don’t get me wrong-but I thought to myself, there is something more to do, more to see, more to love, than this Midwest state. My partner of three years, Dylan, knew this way before I did.

Dylan traveled to California with his family when he was just a child. Between the beautiful weather, people, and attractions he fell in the love with the state right then and there. After he traveled back to Ohio he then would watch all the glamorous television shows such as Laguna Beach and The Hills depicting the life of a teenager whose only worries were what luxuries they wanted to purchase or the latest drama between hunk#1 and blonde #2. He won’t admit it, but that is the life he has always dreamed of and he was dead set on living it.

We graduated from college on May 10th, 2014 and packed up all of our stuff in to move back to our parents house. We gave ourselves one week to spend at home before we would set on our journey to Solana Beach, California. The time we spent separately at home was great. We could catch up and reminisce with family and friends one last time before we left. However, even if you’re spending quality time with your family, there is a lot of downtime in plain old Ohio after all. Dylan and I would text each other “I’m so bored” only making us more anxious to just get up and move out.

The time came to leave and I filled up my 2001 Ford Focus with all my basic necessities, clothes, and picture frames.

Saying goodbye to your family will not be easy. You will cry and that is OKAY, cry it all out girlfriend, because you are going to miss your family more than you can ever imagine. When you do finally say goodbye and you’re ready to embark on your journey, remember some of these tips.

  1. The drive will be LONG and stressful. Save yourself some hassle and pack away a 6 pack of your favorite beer before you drive out. You WILL need this 6 pack by the time you get to Omaha, Nebraska.
  2. Never let your gas tank fall below 1/4. You are never sure how far away the next station will be.
  3. Slow down, enjoy the scenery. This is not a race across the country. This is a once and a lifetime opportunity to see the rolling hills of Iowa or the vast green mountains of Colorado, that you might never see again.
  4. Eat at Mom and Pop restaurants in every state. This is something we didn’t do, but now wish we would have.
  5. Have AAA. I was a nervous WRECK driving through Nevada. At any moment my 13 year old car could have broken down from the sweltering heat. Knowing that we had AAA made me feel a little better.
  6. Book your hotels the day of using apps on your smartphone. Apps like Kayak will save you a ton of money.
  7. Eat at Garbanzo’s in Colorado. It’s the best Greek I’ve ever had and there are NONE of them in California.
  8. ALWAYS remember tip number 2. Get gas before you enter Utah. It is a wasteland and you will run out of gas if you are not prepared.

Here are some more tips for once you’ve made it to Southern California.

  1. Parking is a nightmare. Drive around for a little bit, there are often free parking lots hidden away.
  2. Craigslist is your friend. If you are looking for a job or a place to live, check Craigslist. Be weary of scammers, however they are few and far between.
  3. Learn your cities. It may be tempting to find a place to live near the beach, but moving father inland will save you money.
  4. Don’t be vulnerable. There are people who will try to take advantage of you. Use your intuition.
  5. Explore! There are so many places to see and things to do. Go for a hike at Double Peak Park, go for a run at Mission Bay, party Downtown, and swim at Moonlight Beach.
  6. Try all the breweries. If you are into craft beer, San Diego is the mecca.
  7. The first three months are the hardest. You are going to miss your friends and family the most during this time. Magically after three months, you will become adjusted.
  8. Make friends. Be yourself. People are very open minded in California.
  9. Be patient. Everything always works out. It takes time. Don’t give up. Which leads me to my final thought..

We’ve been here for 3 months now and we are very happy. It isn’t the glamorous lifestyle that Dylan always dreamed of, but it sure is close. Take chances, have fun, be prepared, and be patient. Things can get scary, lonely, or downright depressing; but at the end of the day you’ll feel deep satisfaction that you even tried. Getting here is an accomplishment in itself. You’ll say out loud and proud “We made it, we actually made it.”

Thanks for reading my very first blog post!

If you have any questions regarding the move or living in San Diego, please tweet me @_fakeplant