Hit your own reset button with a solo summer getaway.

Olivia Christine Perez (@ochristine) heads to Joshua Tree with OWN presents: THE KNOW for some mindful tips on relaxing and renewing when you’re traveling alone.

  • Explore a new environment
    “Growing up in New York city, I would take the subway from the Bronx to Brooklyn. I began my love of travel before I even knew I loved to travel.”
  • “One of my first road trips was across the country for three months and my first stop in Cali was Joshua Tree. There are no words to describe the magic of this place.”
  • Mini Flap Backpack - Universal Thread™
  • Oversized Beach Towel Stripe Gray / White with Fringe - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia
  • Takeya Actives 32oz Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Insulated Spout Lid
  • Olivia Christine Perez driving her white jeep to her campsite in Joshua Tree, California.
  • Tufted Half Circle Square Throw Pillow - Project 62™
  • Geared Planter White - Project 62™
  • Photo of Olivia’s tent and outdoor patio seating.
  • “When I was first diagnosed with lupus, travel was not an option. The disease is triggered by stress. But when I finally took time to explore and to be in nature, it was just what I needed to reduce stress.”
  • 32"x20" Wedge Rug Natural - Opalhouse™
  • Weekender Bag Green - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia
  • Photo of Olivia inside her tent journaling and relaxing on her queen sized air mattress complete with a plush yellow velvet comforter and cozy throw pillows.
  • “I needed to make more time for me.”
  • 2ct Ballpoint Pens Black/White - UBrands
  • Moleskine Volant Journal, College Ruled, 96 sheets, 5" x 8.25" - 2 pack - Green
  • Sonia Kashuk™ Large Organizer Bag Woodblock Cream
  • Textured Stripe Square Throw Pillow - Opalhouse™
  • Kids Alarm Clock - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia
  • Velvet Tufted Stitch Quilt - Opalhouse™
  • Reflect on your purpose
    “When I think about my self-care, it means happiness. Sharing my joy and knowledge with others is happiness.”
  • “I want women of color, especially, to see that there has always been room for us.”
  • Women's Drive 4 Spacedye Heathered Sneakers - C9 Champion®
  • Manduka Cork Yoga Block - Light Brown
  • Photo of Olivia doing yoga in the desert.
  • Dragonfly Yoga Pure Yoga Mat (6mm)
  • “We’ve been travelers, we’ve been adventurers, we’ve been hikers and climbers. There is no reclaiming of space because we’ve never left this space.”
  • Photo of Olivia with her sunglasses and water backpack getting ready for a hike. She has a camera on hand for taking photos along the way.
  • Outdoor Products Norwood Hydration Pack - Black
  • Fujifilm Instax SQ6 Instant Camera
  • Women's Surf Shade Sunglasses - A New Day™ Purple
  • “We can give ourselves time to breathe.”
  • Share what you’ve discovered
    “I had no idea that my voice and my experiences could be a platform for other women. It’s something we all can do.”
  • Women's One Piece Swimsuits - Xhilaration™ Animal Print
  • Lars Pergola with Solid Slates - Black - Project 62™
  • Women's Rylie Knotted Slide Sandals - Universal Thread™
  • “I celebrate who I am by simply existing, sharing my message with the world, and not being afraid to share it.”
  • Woven Multi Striped Towel - Threshold™
  • Southport Nesting Patio Coffee & End Table Black/Brown - Opalhouse™
  • Black Girl Sunscreen Broad Spectrum - SPF 30 - 3 fl oz
  • Women's Metal Round Sunglasses - Wild Fable™ Gold
  • “It’s so easy to get caught up in the planning and the perfection of the photos and the itinerary that you forget to just be present.”
  • Women's Plus Size Sleeveless V-Neck Button-Front Tiered Midi Denim Dress - Universal Thread™ Light Wash
  • Bead Duo Necklace - Universal Thread™
  • Straw Inlayed Button Earrings - A New Day™ Natural
  • Ultimate Ears WonderBoom Wireless Speaker
  • “Don’t forget to live. That’s my mantra.”
  • Watch the full story on Own presents: THE KNOW 

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