Road Trip: TX to LA

In the beginning of January, my boyfriend and I flew to his hometown in Texas to pick up his car and drive it back to LA! I don’t have a car here so it was definitely going to be a big life improvement for us!  No more ubering everywhere!! We had around a 1,436.8 mile road trip ahead of us, and it would take just over 20 hours if we had decided to do it all in one day! Instead of doing the drive with no breaks, we decided to take 2 stops! One in New Mexico, and one in Arizona!

I had never been on a road trip that took longer than 6 hours, so I didn’t know what to expect! I wasn’t exactly excited about sitting in a car for 20+ hours, maybe even a little nervous, but I didn’t let Taylor know that lol!

We were only planning on staying at his home in Texas for a couple nights, but his mom convinced us to stay for an extra day! Our time in TX was mostly just spent with the family! One day we went to a vineyard for a wine tasting, and that was super cool! They were selling some merch after the tasting and I thought this shirt was pretty funny…hahah!

Texas Road Trip Tara Michelle

Taylor loved being home because that meant he was able to have some quality time with all of his dogs!! His family has one tiny tiny tinyyyy dog, a pretty chunky smaller dog, and a medium sized dog! It really was so cute seeing how happy those dogs were to have him home!!

After packing up his car FULL of extra stuff to bring to LA (including tons of food that his mom packed us!), we were on our way! Having never been on a super long road trip, I didn’t know if I’d be able to survive sitting in the car for 6 hours at a time! The first day we were driving a little over 5 hours to get to his grandparents cabin in Alto, New Mexico. I felt pretty okay about that because when I was younger, my family would drive 5 hours to Montreal pretty frequently! So I knew it wouldn’t be super difficult!

Our drive to NM was fuuuull of different climates and terrains, which made it more interesting than just driving on the highway! The first hour was completelyyyy foggy, it was almost scary actually! Thankfully we were driving on pretty empty roads, but it was very hard to see in front of us! By the time we got to the cabin, it was already completely dark and there was SNOW on the ground!! Yes, it was January so that makes sense, but I’m so not used to seeing snow anymore and I was excited! Living in Toronto, Canada for the first 19 years of my life, I was so ready to be done with the cold weather! Now that I’ve been living in LA for 3 years, I love getting to experience the cold weather (especially knowing that I don’t actually have to LIVE in it anymore!).

The cabin was perfect, more like a house but they call it a cabin! The night we got there, Taylor built a fire and we just sat and watched a scary movie!! It was the perfeeeect scary movie environment; we were in the middle of the woods and it was storming outside!! Right before we turned it on, the power actually went out!! So scary haha!

The next morning we woke up and the fluffiest snow was falling from the sky! It was soooo pretty out the big picture windows! Taylor and I were staying up in the loft, which was super cozy and nice. We spent a full day there and went around the town looking in all of the little shops!

Texas Road Trip Tara Michelle

After walking around the town for a couple hours, we were pretty cold and Taylor drove us to this really beautiful lookout! It was near his grandparents cabin and apparently normally it’s super green and the mountains are very tall, but it was really foggy so it looked really different! I still thought it looked really cool though, almost like it was a green screen in a movie!

That night we dug through the old games they had in the back,  we built some puzzles, played some games, and had a perfect chill night by the fire! It felt really good to get some time away from our usual busy lives, and just hang out the two of us in a different environment! We were both pretty bummed to be leaving the next day, but we needed to get back on the road!

We drove 8 hours that next day, stopped in Phoenix for the night, and then another 6 or 7 hours back to LA the following day.

After getting home, I couldn’t understand what I was so worried about! The road trip was such a fun time and it didn’t seem nearly as bad as I expected! The drives went by pretty quickly, the nights were relaxed, and it was a great experience! I’ve learned that I actually can survive sitting in a car for multiple hours on end, I guess I must be growing up or someeeething like that haha! I’d definitely do it again and I’ll be looking forward to when that day comes! 🙂



  1. May 19, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    How fun! My husband and I did the opposite drive (LA to TX) a few years back. Now we’re like addicted to road trips. We see so much more than flying. I love how you did this post with the pictures and everything! Great job

    • Tara
      May 20, 2017 / 12:27 am

      aw thank you!!! yeah it actually was such a fun drive, i loved it!! would definitely do it again! 🙂

  2. emily ascroft
    May 20, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    love this so much. your blog is awesome. I love how much content is on here. most blogs start with hardly anything. nut your is awesome. you have inspired me to take more time on my blog 🙂 xx

  3. Dayna
    May 21, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    hi tara!! i just looked through all your blog posts and i would just like to say i am so proud of you. my first video i ever saw of yours was in 2014, one of your cruise vlogs. i instantly fell in love with your channel. it’s amazing to see how much you have grown over the years. i absolutely love this blog and i cannot wait for more. thank you for being an inspiration. LOVE YOU!!! <3

  4. Mariana
    May 22, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    I’m about to do a long trip as well in a couple of months, & reading your post was awesome. I’m even more excited now!

    Loving your blog! ????????????????????

    Ps. I accidentally left this comment on another post by mistake, & I don’t know how to erase it. Sorry :s.

    Much love :).

  5. May 24, 2017 / 1:16 am

    Okay, so i just read every single one of your posts. I’m LOVING it 😀

  6. May 26, 2017 / 8:46 am

    aww I love how you share your anxieties towards the long drive . Whenever I see a someone who I follow open up about their personal anxieties towards things, it always makes me feel a little less crazy 😛
    I feel it’s also extremely inspiring and motivating whenever I read about people opening up about how they feel. It reminds me that everybody has their own personal struggles and anxieties about things. And as someone who struggles with severe anxiety, It makes me think to myself “hey they have anxieties too! and they did it! maybe I can too!” lol

    So thank you SO MUCH for putting yourself out there, I can only imagine the difficulties that come along with putting yourself/your life on the internet. I appreciate it SO MUCH! and im sure there are dozens (if not hundreds, probably even thousands!) of others who feel the same way. Even though probably only like 1% of us choose to comment, I’m sure you have changed SO many lives! Never forget how amazingly inspirational you are 🙂
    I don’t think I would have ever had the courage to start my business if it weren’t for all the vloggers I have gotten inspiration from over the years 😛

    Also I love seeing how you write compared to how you vlog!! its such a neat perspective 🙂 This is also a really neat idea because now you can have like a scrapbook-style entry for your memories!

    Pictures fit in great with the writing 🙂 Love the blog! Lovely idea! Can’t wait to see what else you come up with!
    ~I hope your day is as wonderful as you are 🙂

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