Category: Destinations

So many places to go, so little time.

On Appreciating San Diego

I’m going to toot my own horn for a moment…

I live in an awesome city.
Sometimes I don’t really appreciate it as much as I should, because I get caught up in work and traffic and bills and cleaning the apartment and making sure I’ve bought enough eggs to last through the week, but when I do stop and take the time to look around me, I have to say, San Diego is pretty amazing. 

I haven’t always lived in San Diego. I’m an L.A. transplant who, like so many before and after me, gave up the glitz and glamour urban sprawl and crush of humanity for a mellower, more pleasant, more quintessentially “California” experience. 

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Cultural Differences Within the United States

One thing that people who live abroad tend to overlook is the fact that this country is absolutely enormous, and that there are 300 million very different, diverse people living here. Depending on where you go and what you do, your visit to the United States is going to take on a very different shape and you’re going to experience very different things. But that’s not what this post is about, either. No, this post is about subtle things I’ve noticed over the years. It’s sometimes the little differences that are the most striking.

Day Trips From Las Vegas, Nevada

While I could spend a whole weekend exploring strange museums and attractions, catching shows, eating at fabulous restaurants, and doing a number of unique activities (roller coaster through a casino, anybody?), this particular post is for those of you who want to escape the city altogether and enjoy some of the awesome attractions the area around Las Vegas has to offer.

Love them or hate them, the TSA has an amazing Instagram page

Here in the USA (and I’m assuming also among those from other places who have traveled to the USA as well), the TSA has a bit of a reputation for being a disagreeable bunch. Supporters tout their necessity and how they help keep us safe, but the rest of us just feel a little dehumanized when shuffled through airport security while we’re poked, prodded, and questioned on the contents of our snack bags. 

Love them or hate them, however, there is one thing that’s indisputable…the TSA’s social media team is top notch! 

If you haven’t had the chance to check out their Instagram page yet, you’ll be surprised by how…well…delightful it is. 

So, without further adieu, I give you a selection of TSA Instagram posts that made me smile. 

Spend an Epic Day in La Jolla, California!

If you’re going to be visiting San Diego, California, chances are that one point or another you’re going to end up in La Jolla. It’s known all over for being a beautiful place with awesome things to see and do, so it’s no wonder tourists and locals alike flock to the little beach community of La Jolla whenever the sun is out (and…this is San Diego, so the sun is usually out). If you’re planning on visiting the area and would like to check this awesome town out, you might be wondering just what to do when you get there. I have a few suggestions…

Ojai? Oh, hi!

If you haven’t yet heard of the little town of Ojai, California, you’re in for a treat. Located not too far North of Los Angeles, So Cal people in the know have long been retreating to this chill little hippie paradise, but I hadn’t yet had the chance to visit and had been really wanting to.

One Week on O’ahu

What’s nice about going in the Fall is that there are often some really good deals on flights from the mainland West Coast. As a result, I usually go to Hawaii in the fall. Our accommodations weren’t too expensive either (see next section), so really the biggest expense we faced was the rental car. Although I would have liked to forego the car, I love the freedom that comes with being able to drive anywhere, any time, so it was worth the cost.

Artistic Inspiration: Mike Barr’s Beautiful Australian Cityscapes

I love featuring artists from around the world on this blog who do beautiful works that inspire me to travel. Today, as I was looking around online as I usually do, I discovered an awesome artist by the name of Mike Barr. His specialty is beautiful cityscapes of Australia in the rain (as well as some non-rain landscapes and paintings as well) in the impressionist style. What could be more lovely? As both an art lover (and a huge fan of impressionism) and a travel lover, I can’t stop looking at these beautiful paintings and imagining myself in the scene. I had such an amazing time in Australia and these paintings are definitely making me want to go back for another visit. Check out some of his beautiful work.

Places to Catch Incredible Views in Paris

I’m headed to Paris soon! Hooray! This will be my second visit to what is, in my opinion, one of the most amazing places in the world. Last time I was there, I did the whole tourist thing and visited the obligatory landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysses, and of course the Louvre. This time, however, I’m on a mission to dive a little deeper and discover some new and amazing things in the French capital. I’ve been doing my research and I wanted to share with you all about the wonderful places I’ve learned have incredible views of Paris! Read on if you’re headed to Paris (or if you just want to read about Paris)…