Recently I was searching for some specific photos and realized how many photos we never got around to sharing from our travels to California earlier this year. We were lucky enough to make it out there a handful of times this year, mostly for work, but each time we made sure to hang out a day or two extra to enjoy wherever we were. The first trip out there was for a fantastic photography workshop in Santa Barbara: Photo Field Trip. After the conference was over we spent a day driving up the coast with some new friends from PFT, on our favorite road in the states, pulling over here and there to take in the gorgeous California coastline.

California in March + Travel Plans!   Lovely Ember Photography

This time of year I always get the itch to take off to somewhere new, (okay, it’s possible that I always have that itch) but with weddings nearly every weekend we try and make the best out of any free time and enjoy Wisconsin summer. Going through our pictures since being married (aka, the one of the only ways I remember when things have happened in our lives) I’ve noticed that this is the time of year we typically make some sort of last minute travel plans and take a week to fly someplace new. This year, however, we’re waiting a little long until our wedding season is finished. Eric and I have decided we’re going to make the jump and really take off. We’re going to be leaving the country for a few months, and saying goodbye to hopefully the entirety of Wisconsin’s winter. Scroll through the rest of these photos to the end to find out where we’re headed!

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Where have we decided to travel? We finally settled on Japan and New Zealand! The trip is still in the planning stages, despite the fact that our journey starts in about 7 weeks from now, but luckily we have a couple friends in both of those countries, so if nothing else we’ll be able to have them help us plan things once we arrive. Much of our free time has been involving trying to figure out what to pack, how to pack, where to go, what coffee shops we must visit, how to get around those countries, among many many other things that we have’t decided upon yet. We’ve never taken a trip like this, and really have no idea what we’re getting into, but that’s just half the fun.
So, with that being said, if you happen to have any experience in traveling or living in Japan or New Zealand and have tips for us, let us know! Or if you are or you know anyone in those countries, we’d love to make new friends and meet new people along the way!