Tired of the same old parties that you feel like you have to attend to celebrate the new year? Tired of dressing up every year just to go clubbing or bar hopping for the New Year’s Eve celebration? Why not use your holiday time off to travel?
My boyfriend and I have a tradition on New Years. We told ourselves every first day of the year, we will be somewhere we haven’t been before. Since we only have a couple of days off, we decided to go somewhere out of town for a quick road trip because we want to start the new year right by traveling. Of course, we took our little Maltese, Mr. Bubba, our adventure dog and packed our bags to drive up the coast.
Last year, we were at the Grand Canyon and this year, we drove up the coast on the 101 and PCH from Los Angeles. We stayed over night at this beautiful and peaceful town in Little River, ate breakfast in Mendocino, Ca, and then we were on our way to Oregon. We stopped by a few small towns and also stopped at the Trees of Mystery. Bubba and I rode a gandola for the first time, went 750 ft up on an observatory and saw an amazing and breathtaking view of the green mountains.
Create your own personalized stickers by purchasing regular mailing label stickers and adding your message with the person’s name. It adds a little more personal touch from the giver and the recipient will put a smile on their face knowing that the giver took the time to not only wrap the gift, but also created something special.
- Buy mailing labels such as the Avery 8163 stickers.
- Follow the instructions to create your labels using their online tool service
- In this case, I went to www.Avery.com and looked up the product number in the search engine.
- Clicked the correct product with 10 labels per sheet.
- Clicked design and print which will give you hundreds of templates that are ready to use
- You can choose a blank template and start from scratch which I did.
- Once you created your design for the entire sheet, you have the option to only select one label at a time to change the names.
- You also can choose a different icon on the labels as well.
- You can choose thousands of icons by using www.iconfinder.com and search for any particular icons. I chose a Santa, reindeer, and a snowman icon.
Now that you have created a template for your labels, you can place the sticker possibly on the corners or the middle of the wrapped box or even place it on the edge of a gift bag.
From Los Angeles to Cambodia
There are so many exciting places that are jaw dropping in this beautiful and humble country. In just 7 days, we absolutely had time to really enjoy the warm weather by the beach, meet locals that are welcoming and kind, see temples that have been around thousands of years, and also see free roaming elephants that live in a protected sanctuary.
“Time is money friends!” The time difference from Los Angeles to Asia is quite lengthy so first, consider booking a flight that may beneficial to fly overnight. After we got off of work on a Friday afternoon, my boyfriend and I already had our bags ready, dropped off our dog to my sister’s house the night before, and all we needed was to change into our comfy plane clothes, and headed to LAX at 7 pm with his best friend. Although we were stuck in rush hour traffic, we were there two hours before our flight boarded- perfect timing!
15 hours later, TOUCH DOWN! Our driver Khen (like CAN of soda) picked us up in Phnom Penh, and that’s when we hit the road. In the hustle and bustle of the busy city, we were definitely not at home. First stop–WATER! In every trip you make whether it be outside of the country or out side the state or hometown, you must be equipped with necessities.
Day 1- Phnom Penh to Mondulkiri Province (5-6 hour drive)
- Arrived at Mondulkiri around 7 p.m. and ate dinner.
- Slept early because our day will start at 6 a.m.
- Slept in the huts that cost about $7-$15 a night- it was a cray experience hearing the sound of the jungle at night- UNFORGETTABLE
Day 2- Mondulikiri Province
- Full day at Mondulkiri Elephant Sanctuary Trek- fed the elephants, bathe with them, and had a wonderful time exploring the jungle with the free roaming beauties.
- The sanctuary served homemade fresh veggies lunch! YUM
Day 3- Mondulkiri to Siem Reap (8-9 hours drive)
- On route at 3 a.m. Stopped over Kampong to eat breakfast.
- Arrived at Siem Reap- checked in the hotel, had lunch, a massage, and relaxed at the pool.
- Checked out Pub Street, the street food, and the hundreds of tourists partying at the local clubs.
Day 4- Siem Reap
- Woke at 5 am to get our temple passes. They took our picture and pretty much used it as a badge to get in the temples.
- We went to Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple (high stair cases), Ta Phrom (trees), Angkor Thom (faces).
- We had a cultural dinner and show at our hotel in the evening.
Day 5- Siem Reap to Sihanoukville (7-8 hours drive)
- On route to Sihanoukville at 3am. Stopped by on the sides of the roads to see mini temples and also bought souvenirs from the local artists.
- Checked in our hotel by the beach and had lunch.
- Relaxed at the beach and went to town to check out the nightlife.
Day 6- Koh Rong Island
- Took an early ferry to Koh Rong island.
- Went snorkeling- I suggest you bring your own gear because they have limited amounts and sizes available.
- Relaxed by the beach and snorkeled for hours.
Day 7- Sihanouville to Phnom Penh
- One route back to Phnom Penh at 3am.
- Ate breakfast and went shopping in the city for more souvenirs.
- Boarded the plane in late afternoon.
- Back to Los Angeles!