america, New Jersey, Travel

Surprise! I Drove Across America to Start my Adult Life

June 6, 2019

Tears rolling down my face, I kissed each of my dogs goodbye, hugged my sister and drove to my grandparents’ house, where my dad was waiting. I tried to talk normally, but my grandma could tell I was in pain and said, “Look, she’s already been crying.”

Today I left my beautiful, perfect home in New Jersey to move to Los Angeles, California. While I am absolutely heartbroken to leave my favorite place on Earth, I know I need to make this move to start chasing my dreams of being an entertainment reporter. As I jokingly told my family, this is what happens when you encourage your kids to chase their dreams.

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The starting point of the road trip. Photo Courtesy of MapQuest. 

Luckily I have some distraction from my heartache, as I am embarking on a small cross-country road trip with my one and only partner in travel, my grandfather (Pop Pop), which I am forever thankful for.

Over the last two years, I really contemplated what I would do after graduation. I would definitely apply to jobs. Maybe I would teach English in Asia. Maybe I would become a European tour guide. By the time grad school rolled around, I narrowed it down to finding a “real” job or getting a summer internship, saving up and going on a long, well-rounded cross country road trip in the fall. The “real” job won, but technically I am still getting my cross country road trip.

In just about two weeks, I will be starting my career at Entertainment Tonight as a production assistant. But first, I have people and places to see. Tag along on my journey as I share with you my adventures to:

  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Wilson, Kansas
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, Utah
  • Boulder City, Nevada

Whitmanythought 1: I can’t wait to check out America!

Whitmanythought 2: I wish I could bring a dog with me


7 thoughts on “Surprise! I Drove Across America to Start my Adult Life”

  1. I feel like I am traveling with you and loving every minute of it, even though I have
    visited many of the same spots.


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