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Mexican Riviera Cruise Ports – Highlights and My Favorite Experiences

Sailing along the golden coast of Baja California has long been one of the most popular cruise itineraries – just watch reruns of “The Love Boat” if you don’t believe me. So when Crystal Cruises approached me about sailing with them in this near perfect part of the world, I very quickly accepted. Sailing from Puerto Vallarta to Los Angeles, most of the trip was along the shores of Baja California, an area that was completely new to me. Over the course of a week I enjoyed the many ports of call ...
Tags: Travel, California, Mexico, Americas, Los Angeles, San Diego, Cruising, Pacific Ocean, Destinations, La Paz, Baja California, Puerto Vallarta, Planes Trains Ships, El Faro, Mazatlan, Anaheim


Best Free Things to do in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the United State’s second most populated city and is home to approximately 4 million people. With a vibrant history that dates back to the 1500s. Covering 502 square miles and home to some impressive landmarks, Los Angeles sees temperatures of approximately 58 Fahrenheit in January and 74 Fahrenheit in August. But the weather is not the only advantage of living in Los Angeles. There is so much to see and do in LA that it could be easy to spend a lot of money in a very short time...
Tags: Travel, Usa, California, La, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Venice, Travel Blog, United State, Hollywood Bowl, Observatory, Hollywood Hills, Griffith Park, Runyon Canyon, Muscle Beach, Venice Boardwalk


How to Fly as an Air Courier in 2019

Is it still possible to fly as an air courier? Back in the day, being an air courier used to be a popular travel hack that would get you free flights. Ever since the attacks on September 11th, though, the industry took a nosedive and looked like it would never recover. But…has it? Earlier this year, I took a round-trip flight between Los Angeles and Shanghai for the sole purpose of trying out a new air courier service that intrigued me. Everywhere I’d read online told me that air c...
Tags: Travel, China, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Tips, Xinjiang, Budget Travel, WINSTON, LAX Airport, AirMule, Travel Hack, Air Courier, Winston He


Austin’s Localeur, Millennial-Focused Travel Startup, Hits 100 Cities

Austin—Localeur, a travel recommendation startup, is celebrating its (nearly) fifth anniversary by announcing its 100th city.The Austin startup focuses on recruiting a group of local residents who can provide insider information on each travel destination. The “localeurs”—a portmanteau of local and connoisseur—are millennials catering to the tastes of their own. Localeur made its debut in 2013 at South By Southwest with Austin as its first city and then expanded to San Francisco, New York, and ...
Tags: Travel, Apps, Texas, Instagram, Tinder, Funding, Los Angeles, Trends, Tech, Diversity, Investment, Vc, Austin, Innovation, Millennials, Venture Capital


Best Chinese food in Los Angeles

For many, Los Angeles ends at the river. But if you stop there, you fall short of exploring one of the best Chinatowns in America. The San Gabriel Valley in East LA is known for strip malls, but not the soulless type of strip mall devoid of culture you’d find most everywhere else in the country. Drive down Valley Boulevard and you’ll see that it’s an artery that connects the hundreds of Chinese restaurants in the cities of Monterey Park, Alhambra, San Gabriel, and Rosemead. These strip malls...
Tags: Travel, California, La, China, US, Los Angeles, Beijing, Beverly Hills, North America, Xinjiang, Taipei, Arcadia, Mongolia, Chinatown, Sichuan, Southern California


California camping [4]

This will be the last installment of this mini series from October 2002. We left Death Valley and headed even further south, through the Mojave Desert and on to Salton City and Borrego Springs. We had a campsite reserved in the Anza-Borrego State Park. Again, there were very few campers around and we had a great choice of site. The rustic shade shelter and stone picnic table at our site, with the Jeep and Collette, of course. Some of the sites available included beautiful stone shelters with l...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Camping, California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Central Valley, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, Death Valley, Ken, Collette, WCS, Mojave Desert, Borrego, Borrego Springs


Travel: Largest cruise ship ever to be based year-round in Southern California coming to Long Beach

Come December, Southern California cruisers will say “ahoy” to the new 4,000-passenger Carnival Panorama, currently being built at the same Italian shipyard where the ship it’s replacing, the 3,100-passenger Carnival Splendor, was constructed a decade ago. Just months away from a sea test at the Fincantieri shipyard near Venice, Italy, the Panorama is the third vessel in Carnival’s Vista Class, following the 2-year-old Carnival Vista and 9-month-old Carnival Horizon. It will not only be Carnival...
Tags: Travel, Australia, California, Mexico, La, Singapore, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Hawaii, Italy, San Diego, Long Beach, Trevor


Travel: No ship of fools for these cruise performers

Garry Carson has heard it thousands of times from cruise passengers before showtime: “I don’t like magic, but let’s see if the guy is any good.” Some entertainers would have bruised egos overhearing such comments, especially on a crowded elevator ride to the deck of the theater. But after 500-plus cruises over 22 years, the seafaring magician knows the life of taking an act on the road where there are no roads. “These people aren’t there because they love or even like magic,” said Carson, pointi...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Florida, New York, Texas, Australia, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Brooklyn, Brian Wilson, Long Beach, New Orleans, Miami


Retirement Travel – 7 Trips You Need to Take as Soon as You Retire

You’ve worked hard all your life and now it’s time to retire. You might be thinking what next. You are so used to working that retirement scares you. Luckily, you don’t have to worry anymore because we have a suggestion that you’ll love. Take a trip around the world and discover what different cultures have to offer. Since you are now free, you can do some exploration. You definitely deserve it because you have always been helping others. You worked hard to make sure that your family got a nice ...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Australia, China, Israel, US, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Rome, Islam, Las Vegas, Costa Rica, Sicily, Scottsdale, Mardi Gras, Scottsdale Arizona


Epic Games receives an “F” from the Better Business Bureau

The Fortnite community may be polite, but that doesn’t mean they’re getting the customer service they deserve. The Better Business Bureau gave Fortnite maker Epic Games an “F”, the lowest possible grade. The Better Business Bureau, which is not a government agency but rather a national network of non-profits that measures how well businesses handle dispute resolution and relays that information to customers, says that 247 of 271 BBB complaints filed in the last year have gone unanswered by Ep...
Tags: Travel, TC, Los Angeles, Better Business Bureau, Epic Games, BBB, Kotaku, Fortnite, Epic An Epic, Better Business Bureau Here


A Disneyland Christmas – Tips and Lessons From My Holiday Experience

Planning a Christmastime trip to Disneyland can be a little daunting for anyone, especially for someone like me who is new to all things Disney. After an incredible, albeit brief, experience in the Happiest Place on Earth earlier in the year, I was excited to experience the park during the December holiday season. After a lot of research, I knew that Disneyland takes Christmas very seriously and in addition to all of the normal attractions, I couldn’t wait to enjoy the special events and foods ...
Tags: Travel, Disney, Los Angeles, Earth, Marriott, Luigi, Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney, Destinations, Anaheim, Disney Parks, Hyatt House, Disney California Adventure, Disney California, Disneyland Resort Disney


Best places to travel this February

Though for much of the world February is the cold, barren home stretch of winter, it’s also one of the cheapest times of the year to travel since everyone is still feeling the burn in their wallets left by the holiday season. Well, what are a few extra hundred bucks on the Amex if it means killer flight deals and almost no crowds? While Carnival and Mardi Gras fall in early March this year, plenty of Carribean destinations will be kicking off their celebrations early in February, giving you a...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Hollywood, Travel Planning, Kentucky, Oregon, La, Los Angeles, Taiwan, Antarctica, Finland, Willamette, Nye, Vancouver, Lapland, Vietnam


Panama cruise from Los Angeles to Fort lauterdale.

Arrived at the ship mid day and got settled in our room The Holland America Amsterdam. Weather is lovely the crew are very nice looking forward to our journey through the Panama. As usual ship delayed leaving but a fine dining room and a good night sleep
Tags: Travel, Los Angeles, Panama, Fort, Holland America Amsterdam


Four Things You Should Know About Crystal Cruises

There are many cruise lines around the world and, even for people who travel frequently, appreciating what makes each cruise line different can be a daunting task. I’m a firm believer that there is a cruise experience for everyone, whether you enjoy bumper cars at sea or a thrilling expedition to the polar regions. Cruising has never been more popular, thanks not only to the accessibility of the travel style, but lower costs and a greater willingness by travelers to do something a little differ...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Los Angeles, Cruising, Crystal Cruises, Puerto Vallarta, Planes Trains Ships, Crystal Ocean Cruises


Where to travel by zodiac sign

Maybe you think astrology is stupid. Maybe you think it’s a bunch of hippie-dippy junk science people use to excuse bad behavior. “Well you should have known I was going to was going to cheat on you, Janet. I’m a Scorpio!” Ok, well put that aside for a second. Because if you buy into astrology — if only for the time it takes to read your horoscope — it can be pretty entertaining. And sometimes, surprisingly accurate. Besides, even if you’re not into astrology, there’s a good chance someone yo...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Instagram, Montana, Mexico, La, Israel, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Barcelona, Colombia, Thailand, Maine


Best VPNs for China 2019 (that still work despite the ban)

Update January 2019: As many of you know, China spent a good portion of 2018 cracking down on VPN usage throughout the country and even threatened to ban all non-state sanctioned VPNs. Obviously, that hasn’t happened (expats are still using VPNs today). So what’s the deal? Do the best VPNs for China still work? As an expat who has spent over a decade in China, I’d like to offer my thoughts and recommendations. Sadly this website, like many others, has been blocked in China since 2009 ...
Tags: Travel, Asia, UK, China, US, Los Angeles, Apple TV, Netflix, Internet Access, New York Times, Tips, Vpn, North America, Xinjiang, Wall Street Journal, Facebook Twitter and Instagram


Stay in the Middle of the Magic at the Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim

My head hit the pillow and I snuggled down into a soft cloud. Oh My goodness this bed is comfortable. I felt the exhaustion drain out of my body and my last thoughts before slipping into dreams of magic carpet rides was, “Oh this is exactly what the body needs after a long day at Disneyland.” And then at 5:05 I woke up. No alarms needed. I felt refreshed, alert and in awe of how I had slept like a log (not a baby as they don’t sleep). The girls had succumbed to the comfort that evening as well....
Tags: Travel, Usa, Pinterest, California, Disney, Los Angeles, Starbucks, Theme Parks, Snow White, Marco Polo, North America, Disney California Adventure Park, Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Sam, Pluto


Travel News: January 8, 2019

National Park Service tapping into entrance fees to keep operating Travel Weekly The National Park Service says it is taking the extraordinary step of dipping into entrance fees to pay for staffing at its highly visited parks in the wake of the partial government shutdown. P. Daniel Smith, deputy director of the service, said in a statement Sunday that the money would be used to bring in staff to maintain restrooms, clean up trash and patrol the parks. He acknowledged that the Trump administrat...
Tags: Travel, Los Angeles, Tsa, Newark, Iceland, United, National Park Service, News And Deals, Daniel Smith, Trump, Dunkin' Donuts, Travel Weekly The National Park Service, United Launches Boeing, Kringlan


Norwegian sale one-way Europe

On the heels of rumors that the airline was about to shut down entirely, Norwegian Air is offering one-way fares for as low as $99 to a variety of European destinations from the US. Flights are available from several major US cities, including Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Oakland, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Boston. A full list of fare options is available on the official sale site, but here are a few of our favorites: New York to Guadeloupe for $59 New York to Edinburgh and Dublin...
Tags: Travel, Europe, New York, London, Boston, US, Los Angeles, Chicago, Paris, Edinburgh, Dublin, Guadeloupe, Oslo, All, Fort Lauderdale, Flight Deals


The Circle is Complete: ExpressJet’s Long Journey Ends Where It Began

It has been a long road for the regional carrier ExpressJet, but the recent announcement that ExpressJet would be acquired by United (through a subsidiary) brings the airline right back to where it started. It returns to its roots as a partner-owned regional airline flying only for that partner, Continental’s corporate successor. ExpressJet began life as many regional airlines did… by rolling up a bunch of different operators into one bigger one. In this case, it was the doing of Frank Lore...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Los Angeles, Indiana, Psa, Delta, United, Southwest Airlines, New England, Continental, Comair, Midwest, Piedmont, Rocky Mountain, Eastern, SkyWest


6 Reasons to Stay at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale

If you follow us on social media, or on the blog, you might have seen that our stay at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale was to surprise my visiting family from Australia. Westin Kierland Resort Scottsdale We flew into Phoenix from our home in Raleigh, but they weren’t expecting to see us until two weeks later in Los Angeles for our trip to Disneyland. They were in Scottsdale staying at another hotel down the road to kick-off their four week USA road trip, so I thought why not...
Tags: Travel, Usa, New York, La, Los Angeles, Usda, Arizona, Las Vegas, North America, Grand Canyon, Destinations, Piper, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Raleigh, Sedona


Tacotopia’s taco wonderland

If you’re obsessed with tacos and looking for the perfect outlet for your infatuation, Tacotopia is it. This taco-fest, intended to encourage interactive and expressive art, is coming to Austin, Texas on March 1, and it’s got everything you could possibly want in a taco experience. The three-dimensional, immersive art exhibit will feature over 20 unique environments with huge taco-related installations. These include sliding down an oversized tortilla chip into a giant pico de gallo foam pit,...
Tags: Travel, Los Angeles, Austin, Mexico City, All, Scottsdale, Tacos, Austin Texas, Pop Ups, Pop Up Exhibits, Tacotopia, Austin the Tacotopia, New York Miami Chicago


Alitalia Business Class $538 Roundtrip Barcelona – New York (and Other Cities)

Just since Monday we've seen the amazing Cathay Pacific business and first class fare deal get honored and we've seen business class between Chicago and Sydney for under $1500 roundtrip. Now it looks like there's another special fare deal out there. There's an Alitalia business class offer starting at $538 roundtrip between Barcelona and New York JFK -- and possibly also Los Angeles and Chicago. Continue reading Alitalia Business Class $538 Roundtrip Barcelona – New York (and Other Cities)...
Tags: Travel, New York, Advice, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Chicago, Sydney, Alitalia, Cathay Pacific, New York JFK, Roundtrip Barcelona


LEVEL budget airline review

In 2017, a new budget airline called LEVEL took its inaugural flight from Barcelona to Los Angeles. It’s owned and operated by IAG (the same company behind British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia, and others) and is based in Barcelona. The early impression from flight experts like the team at The Points Guy weren’t great — even for a budget airline — but just over a year into the company’s short life, LEVEL is hitting its stride. Like many late-20s professionals, I’ve been experiencing the newfou...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Europe, Budget, New York City, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Netflix, Paris, Manhattan, Airlines, Tripadvisor, Iag, Iberia, Level, Budget Airlines


Crystal Cruises: What The Luxury Cruise Experience is Really Like

In 2003, I boarded a large cruise ship on a sailing of the Western Caribbean. I call this itinerary a training wheel cruise for would-be travelers because they offer a good first insight into what the experience is all about. Since then I’ve been on many other cruises in nearly every corner of the world, averaging at least one or two a year. It’s not how I always decide to travel, but it is a style I enjoy and over the years I have fine-tuned what it is I like and don’t like about certain compa...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Los Angeles, Antarctica, San Diego, Michelin, Cruising, Pacific, Caribbean, Crystal, Crystal Cruises, La Paz, Baja California, Puerto Vallarta, Planes Trains Ships, Cabo San Lucas


Hurry: Business Class to Sydney on United, Air New Zealand Under $1500 Roundtrip

Right on the heels of one of the best airfare deals we've seen in a long time being honored, you can fly Chicago - Sydney roundtrip in business class from $1492. This is on Air New Zealand (fly Chicago - Auckland non-stop on their 787 and on to Sydney) or fly United through Los Angeles or San Francisco. At this price you can definitely get yourself to and from Chicago for the journey. Continue reading Hurry: Business Class to Sydney on United, Air New Zealand Under $1500 Roundtrip...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Sydney, United, Air New Zealand, CHICAGO SYDNEY, United Air New Zealand, Chicago Auckland


BLLA Announces Speaker Line-Up at Annual Stay Boutique Conference Los Angeles

Los Angeles (January 4, 2019) - In just 5 weeks, the Boutique & Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA) will congregate in downtown Los Angeles February 11-13 at the Magic Box @ The Reef to showcase some of the world's best brands and independents to discuss the future of the boutique sector globally.
Tags: Travel, Los Angeles, BLLA, Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association BLLA


7 Air Travel Myths – Fact and Fiction

We’ve all been there. Someone says, “This is the trick to finding the cheapest airfare ticket” and so begins a long and confusing explanation that leaves you wondering what’s real and what’s just a myth. We’re here to help, to bust some myths, sort fact from fiction, and save you some money. Myth #1: Your favorite cheap airline always has the best deal False. No airline always has the cheapest deals, not even Frontier or Spirit or Ryanair. A recent look at fares from Los Angeles to San Franci...
Tags: Travel, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Spirit, United, Frontier, American Delta, Allegiant Frontier, False Airlines


Best Beach in Los Angeles? El Matador in Malibu!

Best Beach in Los Angeles? El Matador in Malibu! One of our great travel pleasures of 2018, was discovering one of California's most beautiful beaches!  One of our great travel pleasures of 2018, was discovering one of California's most beautiful beaches! El Matador State Beach is one of the best kept secrets of Los Angeles. Not as popular as the beautiful beaches of Santa Monica, Venice, Hermosa, Manhattan or Newport beaches, but known by some photographers and filmmakers who like ...
Tags: Travel, Music, California, America, Los Angeles, Blog, Malibu, Mozart, Around-the-world Family Travel, Newport, El Matador State Beach, Santa Monica Venice Hermosa Manhattan


Fantastic Fares: Australia From $639 Roundtrip From Several US Cities

Qantas roundtrips between the US and Australia as pricing as low as $639 roundtrip out of several cities including Chicago, Charlotte, Dallas, and Los Angeles. It's a long way to go in coach but at these prices you'd expect to fly to Sydney, Canada rather than Sydney, Australia. Qantas 'O' fares earn 100% of flown miles when crediting to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, just 25% of flown miles crediting to American AAdvantage. Continue reading Fantastic Fares: Australia From $639 Roundtrip From Sev...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Advice, US, Los Angeles, Qantas, Alaska Airlines, Sydney Canada, Chicago Charlotte Dallas, Sydney Australia Qantas



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