Exploring Laguna Beach, California

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:

4 Essential (Cheap!) Things to Eat in L.A.

If you’re going to be visiting Los Angeles, you’re in for a treat for your taste buds. This city is one of the world’s great cities for food. It is an incredibly diverse place where you can eat literally anything you might be craving. We have immigrants from every corner of the globe in this city and they have brought with them their recipes and opened amazing eateries all over the city. We also have innovative chefs, gastropubs, fine dining establishments, and every kind of fusion restaurant imaginable. If you’re a foodie, landing in Los Angeles is like landing in food heaven.

Wanderlust Wednesday: Myanmar

Chances are, you haven’t been to Myanmar. I haven’t been to Myanmar, and I don’t know anybody who has been. Known as Burma until recently, the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar was closed off to most tourism for decades. Only recently has the country opened up to tourism, and even now it’s not exactly the easiest place to get around. ATM machines are sporadic, if available at all, visa policies are strict, and transportation can be rough to say the least.

How to Budget for a Trip

I’ve talked about finance in this blog before, but today I wanted to go through the specific steps I go through when planning out and budgeting for a trip. I know sometimes the thought of taking a big, expensive trip can be a bit daunting, and there can be a fear of going over budget when you travel, so I’ve put together this guide for you on how to budget for a trip.

4 Cool Things to Do in Los Angeles

So…you’re going to Los Angeles. I would imagine if it’s your first time, your itinerary probably includes places like the Santa Monica Pier, Griffith Park, the Hollywood sign, and perhaps a jaunt down to Disneyland. Those are all Los Angeles icons and even after having grown up calling Los Angeles home, I think they are worthwhile to see. That being said, L.A. is such a massive, diverse place that there is a never ending abundance of cool things to do. Here are 4 of my favorite things to do when I’m hanging out in the city of Angels.

Niihau: Hawaii’s “Forbidden Island”

Every year, millions of people visit the Hawaiian islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island. Some visitors even make it to Lanai and Molokai.However, there’s another island in the chain that has always fascinated me, and that is the island of Ni’ihau. It is known by many as the “forbidden island” due to the fact that it is privately owned and not open to the public.

Wanderlust Wednesday: Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is one of the world’s iconic cities. We’ve all seen the stunning imagery of the city, the coastline, and the Christ the Redeemer statue. We’ve all heard about the delicious food, the relaxed dress code, and the sun soaked beaches. Still, Rio is one of those places that calls to me, and thus is the focus of this week’s Wanderlust Wednesday.

Here and Now: Cardiff-by-the-sea, California

For those of you who follow along with my blog, you’ll know that when I’m not traveling, I live and work in the San Diego, California area. I would like to take this opportunity to mention just how fortunate I am to call such a beautiful, fun place home. As much as I love being on the road and discovering the unknown, it always softens the blow of returning after an adventure when home is somewhere other people choose to take their vacations. Could be worse!