Category: Los Angeles

Information on Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.

Planning a Perfect LA Vacation

I’m excited to announce a contribution from freelance writer and mother of two, Jenny Holt. She loves nothing more than getting away from it and taking her pet Labrador Bruce for long walks, something she can do a lot more now she’s left the corporate world behind. She has written a post for us today about planning your perfect LA vacation. I hope you enjoy her article!

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Don’t call it Cali (and other ways to peg yourself as a tourist in Southern California)

When a lot of us travel, we like to blend in to our surroundings and not walk around with a big sign over our heads that says, “Hey! I’m a tourist!”

I get it. I do the same thing when I travel. That’s why I wanted to write this little piece about what not to do if you want to blend in while on holiday in the Golden State. This piece is all in good fun, of course. The truth is, we’ve an incredibly diverse state with people from all over the U.S. and indeed all over the world living and working here. Still, there are a few things we born and bred Californians say and do that brands us as locals. Want to do as the locals do? Follow this guide. If not, that’s cool too. Honestly, it doesn’t matter too much and we’ll accept you either way.

Life in California: Perceptions vs. Reality

I get a lot of different reactions from people when I tell them I’m from California. It’s interesting, because no matter where you go in the world, people seem to have an opinion about what California and Californians are like. Some people assume I’m rubbing elbows with movie stars and living the glamorous, “Hollywood” lifestyle. Others assume I must be some kind of a surf bum who smokes weed all the time and talks like a valley girl. Yet others still assume I must be snobby, or rich, or even a crunchy granola hippie. I’ve heard it all.

Check out L.A.’s Laid Back South Bay!

I might live in San Diego, but I grew up an L.A. kid. Once an Angelino, always an Angelino. I love L.A. like only a local can. That big amazing city is full of anything and everything you could possibly want in life, and plenty of things you don’t want. It’s a city of extremes. It’s big. It’s loud. It’s both beautiful and ugly at the same time. It’s full of traffic, but it’s also full of delights.

Places to get your zen on in L.A.

If you’re visiting Los Angeles, you’re going to have so many things to see and do that your time in town will easily be filled with fun, exciting activities and you’ll never be bored. That being said, this is one hectic city and you might end up needing to take a breather somewhere. You can always head to the beach, where the ocean waves gently lapping on the shore (or crashing and roaring, depending on the tide) will put you in a calm state of mind.

That being said, the beach isn’t the only place to find a little peace and serenity in the City of Angels. I highly suggest you check out some of my favorite places to find a little zen in L.A.

Spend the day in L.A.’s Little Tokyo and Koreatown

The cool thing about Los Angeles is that it is an amazingly diverse city full of culture and unique experiences. When most people travel to L.A. for the first time, they are likely thinking about the beach, Hollywood, Beverley Hills, etc. Those are certainly great things to go and see and those areas alone have so much to do in them, but I wanted to talk about two of my favorite areas of L.A. for a moment: Little Tokyo and Korea Town.