My name is Carlie. Welcome to the travel and lifestyle site that I've created!
By now you've probably guessed that I live in California, but what you may not realize is that I'm originally from Louisiana (thus the Cajun in the site name).
Despite the distance, I still have very strong emotional ties to my state. But this small-town girl was restless and ready to see what else the great big world had to offer!
So, back in 2011, I packed up and headed out West to California with my beau, The Professor. He'd gotten a job offer in the Los Angeles area and simply couldn't refuse. Deciding to follow him here was an easy choice for me, even though all my family and friends questioned my decision at the time. But adventure was calling, and this Southern girl needed to answer.
Fast-forward to 2016: I'm a 36 y/o mental health professional living and working in Los Angeles. I have a Master's degree in Social Work from Louisiana State University. I love helping others in crisis situations. But being in a constant state of crisis can really wear on your spirit and bring you down.
So, how do I cope with my stressful job? You guessed it, I TRAVEL! Getting away from the everyday and diving into a new city or culture is a great way to gain new perspective on your own situation. It can also be a great way to relax and unwind.
Enter The Professor
Meeting The Professor in 2008 opened my eyes to a world of new things, especially travel. I'd always dreamed of taking "big trips" but never got further than the Gulf Coast. I'll never forget the look of surprise on his face when I told him I didn't even have a passport. I'd never needed it.
I'd always dreamed of taking 'big trips' but never got further than the Gulf Coast.Click To Tweet
In 2009 I took my first trip abroad to Paris. Well, needless to say, Paris sprinkled some wander-dust on me, and I've never looked back. I travel as often as I can. But, like most working class people, I'm limited by cash.
Thankfully, The Professor gets to travel for work A LOT. I usually try to tag along, which saves me money and allows me to spend time with my man. Regardless of whether its work related or not, we are usually pretty budget-conscious when we travel. And over the past few years, I have learned a thing or two worth sharing.
Enter the Blog
My move was life-changing in many ways, but none quite as obvious as the silence of my keyboard. Long ago and far away I once had a quaint little blog dedicated to the kitchen experiments I liked to call "cooking". I worked hard on that blog for 2 years before leaving Louisiana. Little did I know that it wouldn't survive the move.
Relocating to Los Angeles meant a new job, new commute (arrrgghhh, traffic!), and new interests. Before long the blog roll went quiet. As the dust settled on the keyboard, it became harder and harder to go back. I had changed; LA had changed me. (Cue sad violin music here...)
"LA had changed me."
As I surveyed my new city, I found myself less interested in cooking and more interested in learning as much as I could about my new city. Luckily LA has SO much to offer that I'll never get bored. Being here really helps scratch my travel itch when I can't afford to travel.
Which brings us back to a Cajun in Cali. This blog is a collection of my local adventures, my travel experiences, my thoughts, and my photos. My goal is to share what I've learned about travel in hopes that it inspires others to get out of their small town to see the world a little! I want you to get the most out of your time off and live the most meaningful life you can. After all, we only get one shot, so aim well.
If you'd like to learn more about my mission or how to use my blog, please visit my About page for the blog.
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In the meantime, happy adventuring, y'all!
let me be your guide to NOLA!