Category: North America

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. 

Advertisements

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.

Historically-rich Restaurants in the USA

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 historically rich restaurants in the USA. I hope you enjoy her article!

Day trips to Mexico from San Diego 

Day and weekend trips to Mexico are a time honored tradition for San Diegans. We love going South of the border to shop, eat, explore, and have wonderful beach weekend trips. Rosarito and Ensenada are especially popular with the surfing community.

If you’re going to be in the area, you might want to add a little excitement to your trip with a side-trip to Mexico. You can go to Ensenada for the weekend if you want to spend some time really relaxing and getting to know the place, but if you only have one day, it’s still definitely worthwhile to head down to Mexico.

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!