Memorial Day Trip Options in SoCal

Memorial Day is coming up at the end of next month, so it’s best to plan now. Here are my recommendations for the best Memorial Day Trip Options in SoCal by type of trip. Best Couples’ Destination: Terranea Resort Okay, so Terranea Resort is not really that far outside of Los Angeles in Palos Verdes,Continue reading “Memorial Day Trip Options in SoCal”

Things to Do in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is located 95 miles north of Los Angeles and is approximately a 2 hour drive. It is known as both a beach and party town, although I am far more interested in the beach and adventure parts of it. So, below, I will go through my favorite things to do in Santa Barbara.Continue reading “Things to Do in Santa Barbara”

5 SoCal Cities to Visit

There is so much to do in SoCal that it would take many, many posts to list everything. I’ve brought together a bunch of hidden gems, so here are 5 SoCal cities to visit. 1. Santa Clarita Santa Clarita is a small town located approximately 1 hour north of Los Angeles via the 101 Freeway.Continue reading “5 SoCal Cities to Visit”

9 Things to Do in Santa Barbara for Kids

It can be hard planning a trip, especially when you have kids or pets along, so here are nine things to do in Santa Barbara with kids. 1. Santa Barbara Zoo When looking for things to do in Santa Barbara with kids, the Santa Barbara zoo should be at the top of your list. TheContinue reading “9 Things to Do in Santa Barbara for Kids”

1 Day in San Diego Itinerary

Pet owners know what it’s like. You plan a weekend getaway that includes your pet–arrive Friday evening after work, have Saturday to spend there, and then return home Sunday. If you’re lucky, you have Sunday to spend out with your pet, but you really only have one day that isn’t limited to pet friendly activities–theContinue reading “1 Day in San Diego Itinerary”

The Raptor Encounter: Get Blue to React

Normally, the Raptor Encounter is just a photo op. You line up and everyone gets their turn to stand with Blue, and get their picture taken. But, if you want more of an interaction, bring a prop. Bring a Prop to the Raptor Encounter I’ve done the encounter with Blue three times–once in Orlando, andContinue reading “The Raptor Encounter: Get Blue to React”

Off the Beaten Track: Gibbon Conservation Center & Gilchrist Farm

One of the tips in my ebook “How to plan an epic vacation on a budget”–go here to sign up for my mailing list to get your free copy–is to find smaller, lesser known attractions off the beaten path. In October of 2021, I went on a tour of the Gibbon Conservation Center in SantaContinue reading “Off the Beaten Track: Gibbon Conservation Center & Gilchrist Farm”

Spending Christmas Alone

Christmas is always a little bitter sweet for me. I’m not close with my family, and I don’t want to intrude on my friends’ holidays. What I’ve learned though, is that it’s important to make the holidays my own. And it’s important to celebrate them in a way that makes me happy–even if that meansContinue reading “Spending Christmas Alone”

Disney Animal Kingdom

For those who believe in the magic of Disney and do not want anything to change that, I recommend you not read this post. I unfortunately have very little good to say about Disney or Disney Animal Kingdom as a result of this trip. Not My First Time Now, I should start off by sayingContinue reading “Disney Animal Kingdom”

Florida Adventures Manatee Tour

No, this is not a picture of me or anyone on my tour swimming with a manatee, but we did go on the Florida Adventures Manatee Tour on Monday, November 22. The Drive We went through a company called Florida Adventures, which picked us up at the Orlando Flyer. This was about 10 minutes awayContinue reading “Florida Adventures Manatee Tour”

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