Yes, it’s safe to travel to the United States

I’ve heard people from other countries say that they are afraid to travel to the U.S. for a myriad of reasons. One reason is that they are afraid they may not get in (fair enough, our visa policies can be tough and I apologize for that even though I have no control over it personally). However, many others have expressed concern over things like gun violence, terrorism, or just a general feeling of unwelcome from Americans. These are the fears I am here to dispel.

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Let’s Talk About Shoes For a Moment…

Really, we all need some good travel shoes. These recommendations are based on both shoes I’ve worn traveling and loved in the past as well as the enormous response from many, many people with their recommendations.

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.

Following in the Footsteps of Constable

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 Following in the Footsteps of Constable, a famous painter. I hope you enjoy her article!

Spanish Lessons: Useful Phrases for the Spanish Speaking World

If you’re planning on heading to the Mexican riviera for some beach time, to Madrid for some tapas, or for a lovely stroll around the streets of Buenos Aires, chances are you’ll want to brush up on your Spanish a little before you go. As with anywhere in the world, a little bit of the language goes a long way, so I wanted to prepare you with a few useful phrases that you can use when traveling through the Spanish speaking world.

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.

On Venice Beach…

I remember going to Venice Beach in the 90’s and seeing such delights as a man with no legs who danced to M.C. Hammer music so well that it put those of us with legs to shame. Then there was the fabulous array of street peddlers hocking everything from handmade bracelets to paintings to baked goods. Not much has changed since then. It’s still one of the quirkiest places in Los Angeles and absolutely worth a visit.