Hi. My name is Alissa and I’m traveling around to meet strangers from the internet. Actually, this is the third time I’ve done this. But let me back up. This kind of all started back in college when I started developing blogger friendships. Sara emailed me and told me that she actually had a relative in Kansas and we started chatting. For months. Then texted. And then I was head to New York and she traveled to meet me there at a Top Chef contestant’s restaurant. I was alone, not only in New York, but meeting a stranger. And then I flew to her bachelorette party to meet even more strangers that are now friends.
Then on the flip side, Melissa I’ve know for five years. She’s re-done my blog, designed everything in the world for me, sent me cookies and sour gummy worms. We’ve pretty much done everything friends do. Except meet. I could repeat this story for at least 10 other bloggers who I’ve been lucky enough to “know” but not meet. Heck, I’ve sent birthday gifts to people I’ve never met before.
Later this month I get to visit Jess for dinner and catch up on let’s day like, the last two years, in one night! I have a work trip in Chicago that I found a way to work in some personal fun. In September I’m working at an industry trade show in Dallas. I excited to get to go to the event, but I’m taking two days to travel to Austin! I’ve wanted to meet Nicole, Chelsea and Rachel soooo badly. Plus Austin has been on my travel bucket list for years!
I’ve got 2 days in Austin and the entire time is basically me meeting a bunch of strangers that I’ve “known” for years. Don’t worry mom, I promise you they aren’t serial killers. Check out their blogs. Anyway, I’m jumping on a 45 minute flight the morning after and booking my own Air B&B (I am SO excited about this!) and exploring! I’m calling it a mini “creative retreat” because I’m taking a photography + editing lesson from Chelsea and I am going to explore Austin which I know is going to spark so much creativity and visual inspiration. Plus the food. Omg can we talk about the food?
I want to make an Austin bucket-list for the very short time that I am there. I know that the girls are going to be uhhhhmazing tour guides and I am going to eat way too much and also spend too much money. But I anticipate having the morning to myself and I’d love to know what to do! I want to stay in one pretty central location (South Congress I think?) that I can hit a lot of spots in one or two trips!
More than anything, it’s amazing to me that I’ve had friendships with people for years, we’ve supported each other, been cheerleaders for each other without even knowing what each other’s voice sounds like! Side note: I have a thing about not doing videos on social media. I think that hearing someone’s voice can be a detriment to what you think they sound like. I know, it’s strange, but I stand by it.