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.
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.
I can assure you that it DOES snow in California (yes, even Southern California), and when it does, we flock to the mountains, strap on our boards or skis, and have a great time! If you’re planning on visiting my fine state this season, you may be wondering just where you can go to get your Winter on. Well, friends…that’s what I’m here for.
This one is for all you Southern California campers out there. A camping weekend can be such a fun little getaway where you can relax, get out into nature, have some fun, go hiking, and just enjoy a change of scenery.
If you’re on a budget, camping can be an amazing getaway that can help fuel your desires to travel and explore all while staying within the confines of your tight budget.
If you’re in Southern California like me, you might be looking for good campsites that aren’t too far from home. Sure, it’s fun to go camping at Sequoia or Yosemite or Big Sur, but those places are a pretty long drive to get to, and sometimes you just need to get away for a weekend.
Hello, and welcome to my home! If you’re going to be visiting Southern California, you’ll probably want to take a little something home to remember your time here by. Sure, you could head into your nearest tourist shop and buy a shirt that says “Los Angeles” or “San Diego” on it, pick up a few postcards, and leave on your merry little way. Nothing wrong with that, and I’ve certainly done the same sorts of things when traveling to other places. That being said, if you’re looking for something a little more unique to the area, you might want to consider picking up one of these items.
Ok. I’ve been meaning to write a post about this place for a while. You see, when I found out I have celiac and can’t eat gluten, this food lover went into a deep state of depression as I lamented all of the wonderful things I would never be able to eat again. There’s something about being told you have a medical reason not to eat certain foods that just makes you want them so badly. One such result of this spike in trendiness is my first experience eating a doughnut in years. And oh, it was delightful. I think a tear came to my eye and I requested a moment of silence so that just the doughnut and I could share this special moment together.
That place, my friends, is Sidecar Doughnuts in Costa Mesa, California.
A guide to gluten free dining at Disneyland.
I spent five years living and attending college in Laguna Beach, California, so it would be a shame if I didn’t write up a post on my favorite Laguna Beach experiences. Laguna is a small beach town that packs a lot of fun into a small area. I can only describe the community as part art colony, part hippie haven, and part fancy rich person playground. It is a town of gorgeous ocean cliffs, of galleries galore, hiking trails, and delicious food. If you’re planning on visiting Laguna Beach, here are a few of my favorite things:
That’s right. I went there. I decided to write an entire blog post dedicated entirely to the awesome goodness that is an In-N-Out Burger. My fellow Californians will agree with me: there is really nothing quite like that sweet, burgerey goodness that satisfies a deep, primal craving.
If you’re in Southern California for the first time, there’s probably a good chance you’ll be visiting Disneyland. I don’t blame you! As cheesy as it sounds, Disneyland is still fun even after living in California and going there my whole life. That being said, there are certain times when I won’t go anywhere near it due to obscenely large crowds that make the whole experience more brutal than magical. So, with that, I would like to give you some of my favorite tips for visiting Disneyland.