A few months ago I found out about a JetBlue fare sale, and convinced a couple of my friends to meet me in D.C. for a weekend. The timing was a bit awkward because of the discount flights, and I also happened to forget my wallet (yes, I am the worst) and delay my first flight even further. I got there late Saturday and stayed through Tuesday afternoon.
I under-packed like I always do (how?) but I bought a cheap t-shirt from Target and made it work. My packing strategy usually involves bringing my favorite basics, and hats to spice up my outfits. I brought 3 pairs of jeans – one high-waisted, one black, and one straight leg pair. Then I brought 3 sweaters of varying thicknesses, one black turtleneck, one t-shirt and one sweatshirt, all in neutrals. I packed a pair of sneakers and wore ankle boots on the plane. I also brought a bakers boy hat, a beret and a beanie (I know 3 hats is a lot, but hats are very in right now and I kind of like it.)
So add one extra t-shirt that I should have packed, and I’d have had the perfect amount to get me through the week. The one thing I didn’t consider was an outfit for going out. One of my t-shirts could have worked, but I ended up borrowing my friends dress instead and pairing it with my white trainers.
I did my best to hit all of the touristy spots, but it was a struggle fitting them all in. I’m no photographer, but I did snap a few pics of the major sites. My favorite was the Lincoln Memorial. I actually have a quote from Lincoln tattooed on my back. The Arlington Cemetery was pretty intense too. If I’d had more time I’d have liked to see the National Archives, which were closed because of the stupid government shutdown, and the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum (I saw the National Gallery of Art and the Natural History Museum.)
My friends had to leave early for work and school and I spent the last day and a half there by myself. I’d never traveled solo before and thought it might be a bit scary, but it was actually totally fine and quite nice being able to do things at my own pace. The only thing I’d make sure I did if I ever traveled alone again, would be to have a power bank with me in case my phone died. Being alone with no way to call an Uber or pull up a map is not cool. Luckily that only happened to me for about 5 minutes before I found a way to charge mine (the battery has been dying randomly lately.)
Overall it was a pretty good weekend if you ignore that one of my Uber drivers almost got in an accident, another dropped me at a military base instead of my destination and took off before I realized it, and my white shoes now look brown. Would definitely do it again.
I mean…we had to.