How to Spend a Day in Santa Monica

It truly astounds me how freakin’ big Los Angeles is.  On my last trip there, I spent my time near Huntington, Laguna and Hollywood, but despite my two weeks, I only experienced a dusting of this West Coast hub.  I recently spent a day at Santa Monica and fell in love with this urban city [...]

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How to Spend a Day on Catalina Island

Step into the life of the rich and famous on Catalina Island just miles off the coast of Los Angeles.  The moment you step off the ferry from mainland California, a deep blue harbor, quaint shops, hilltop homes and a grand casino nestled on the coast.  Bought by William Wrigley in 1919, this island was [...]

Round Trip Roundup: DECEMBER

"How am I supposed to slow it down so I can figure out who I am?"  This Judah & the Lion lyric resonates with me greatly looking back on this past month, semester and year overall.  It's true what they say about life getting faster the older you get.  Here's a quick recap on the [...]

6 Museums to Visit in Los Angeles

Los Angeles: Home of Hollywood, City of Stars, La La Land. L.A. is a city I fall more in love with every time I visit. Admittedly, it helps that several dear friends provide free room and board in a rather expensive city, but every time I start packing my bags to head back home, I [...]

A Love Letter to Travel

Darling Travel, I’ve known about you for most of my life.  I’ve seen you at a distance through family stories and friends’ posts on Facebook.  You looked glamorous but a bit out of my league.  You seemed nice but way beyond reach.  I remember driving home with my dad on a cold January night when [...]

To Those Sick of New Year’s Resolutions

You’ve already pledged to work out five times a week.  And promised yourself you’d eat salad one meal each day.  That you’d get up 30 minutes earlier.  Maybe that you’d read one book each month.  You’ve lived 20+ years and realized there’s literally nothing new about New Year’s Resolutions.  You follow through for maybe two [...]

5 Things I Didn’t Know Before Starting A Travel Blog

Two whole years.  I still can’t believe I started my WordPress blog two years ago on December 1.  No, I haven’t sold all my possessions (which would really only be a phone and a laptop) or stormed out of my 9-5 office job to travel the world, but I have learned a thing or two [...]

4 Lessons I Learned from Travel

I don't know many people who never dream of escaping to the beach or cuddling up with a good book in the mountains every once in awhile.  The jury’s out: vacation is fun.  Duh.  And even though most of us have had the opportunity to get out and see some part of the world (even if it’s [...]

Why A Picture is Worth a Thousand Lies

I can’t think of many people who hate the holidays, but I know almost no one who enjoyed taking the family Christmas card.  Ever.  Just one more, kids.  Here, let me just lick my finger and get that random smudge off your face (#ew).  JUST SIT STILL ALREADY AND LOOK LIKE YOU LOVE EACH OTHER.  [...]