Antelope Canyon and My Number 1 Travel Tip of All Time

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Antelope Canyon and My Number 1 Travel Tip of All Time

My number 1 travel tip? Expect the unexpected.

I used to have high expectations in anticipation of an upcoming trip and I would fantasize about it as the “perfect” getaway. I already envisioned the pictures I was going to take, the outfits I would wear, and generally how things would play out. But when things didn’t go as planned, I’d get disappointed by whatever “disaster” interfered and it would become the “worst” trip ever.

Whoa, was I crazy or what? I don’t know what kind of expectations I had (obviously one of an insane perfectionist), but that is no way to enjoy any situation. The truth is, no matter how bad things go, there is always a bright side — you just have to look. Also, if you’re not having fun, well, that’s your fault. You have a choice.

Let me tell you a story of my trip to Antelope Canyon.

I’ve always wanted to see the canyon, especially with everyone on my Instagram feed posting magical photos that looked straight out of National Geographic. I just had to see it for myself. After texting a few friends, three of them were 100% confirmed to go. We had the hotel and tour booked for four; everything was perfect.

Or so I thought. Last minute, two of them couldn’t go (for absolute valid reasons, love you guys) and out of all the sunny days in the spring…it so happened that it was the one rainy/cold weekend of the season. For some reason, I was in complete denial about the weather. I mean, how cold could it get in Arizona aka in the desert? Well, let’s just say I will never question Yahoo Weather ever again. But being the stubborn person I am, I didn’t bring enough layers. Did I mention that I got pretty darn sick the night before? I was so uncomfortable, I probably had boogers the whole time, oops.

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It doesn’t stop there.

It was just my friend Rizza and I; we had the tour booked the same day of arrival. After driving 90 mph to get there, we had time to kill. With 30 minutes to spare and being 5 minutes away from the canyon, we decided to head over to find that our tour had already left! I could go on and on, but long story short we missed the Upper Canyon Tour (because we were supposed to be there half an hour early). All the other slots were booked and the Lower Canyon Tours were canceled due to the rainstorm. Oh and that night, I ran into the bottom of a steel staircase and hit my head hard (don’t ask how).

Have I hit rock bottom at that point?

Not even close. Despite all the silly drawbacks, we still ended up having the best time ever. We drank wine, ate delicious steaks, put on face masks and busted out our best attempts at Arabian dancing in the middle of nowhere. We made the most of it, regardless if we were going to see the canyon or not. Ok, I’m going to cut to the chase. We lucked out the next day and we were able to get on the tour list and if it weren’t for the rain, there wouldn’t have been gorgeous clouds the next day.

I didn’t intend on making this post so long. So I’m going to stop here. Basically, you’ve got to have bad days, to truly appreciate the good days. Expect the unexpected and choose to make it an epic trip!

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  • candy
    Posted at 17:34h, 31 October Reply

    I know what you mean about preparing for your trips. I have an itinerary, the shots I want, and have my outfits picked out. I think the weather (RAIN!!!!) is what makes me resort to Plan B. I was in Japan and wanted to take photos in the bamboo forest and it happened to rain that ONE day I wanted to shoot. I was so bummed at first, but found other things to do 🙂

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 17:43h, 31 October Reply

      Aww that’s always tough, especially when you have limited time. We once went to Thailand for Maya Bay, but it ended up raining so we couldn’t go. It was the 1 thing we were looking forward to. 🙁

  • Amanda | Chasing My Sunshine
    Posted at 17:10h, 27 July Reply

    Your pictures are fantastic! Somehow, I feel that Antelope Canyon has been on my Instagram feed every single day this past month. I was recently on a road trip, and I was heartbroken when my travel companions didn’t want to take a detour. Although, to be fair, that would be another detour that I asked for. Ha! I really hope to get out West soon again. I am glad everything worked out with your trip in the end! You’ve definitely got a good story to add to your collection.

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 17:18h, 27 July Reply

      Thanks Amanda!

      That’s exactly how I felt the month I went. Haha I’m sure you still had fun with the one detour. Yeah definitely pay the west a visit again, Antelope will still be here! 🙂

  • Katie
    Posted at 08:37h, 24 July Reply

    Your photos kill me every time. So freaking gorgeous!!

    It’s funny how travel can make you less of a perfectionist. Last year, I had a similarly disastrous trip with my friend in northern Thailand. We went on an overnight trek to see wild elephants and saw none (we were the only people all season!), we had a huge swarm of wasps crawling into our mosquito nets and we got in a motorscooter accident. All of that, and it was by far one of my favorite experiences during my year in Thailand. I can’t wait to go back!

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 03:58h, 26 July Reply

      Haha moments like that make good stories! Seriously Katie, you are too sweet. Thanks girl! <3

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