California’s Best Beach Towns (& Where to Stay!)

California is known for its diverse terrain, including arid deserts, lush forests, and fine beaches. Here are some of California’s best beach towns, from north to south. You’ll find a couple of the characteristics that set each town apart as well as hotel recommendations for when you plan your trip.  The rest of this post contains some affiliate links. If you book using my link, … Continue reading California’s Best Beach Towns (& Where to Stay!)

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Angels Flight in Downtown L.A.

Have you ever wanted to ride the world’s shortest commercial railway? Or perhaps the remarkable towers caught your eye in their many vintage movie and TV appearances? The historic Angels Flight railway in downtown Los Angeles is a fun way to take a short trip within Downtown and experience the peak of 1901’s public transportation. Oh, and it’s affordable! Angels Flight opened at the turn … Continue reading Angels Flight in Downtown L.A.

A Day in Temecula’s Wine Country

If you’re visiting San Diego or Los Angeles, and want to get out of the city for a day, I recommend driving out to Temecula Wine Country. Located 60 minutes from San Diego and 90 minutes from L.A., a day among the rolling hills will be a welcome respite. Know Before You Go Many of the wineries on Rancho California Road are larger and more … Continue reading A Day in Temecula’s Wine Country

Your First Time Visiting San Diego (Local’s Favorites)

Putting together a post about my hometown has proven to be challenging. Finding a starting point is particularly tricky since I have years of recommendations for my ever-evolving city. Luckily, two of my close friends visited us at the end of last month. It was their first time visiting San Diego, which allowed me to make a itinerary for them and firm up my recommendations for … Continue reading Your First Time Visiting San Diego (Local’s Favorites)

Lunar New Year in San Diego (updated for 2018)

2015 was my first time celebrating Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year to some), and I had an amazing time. My friend invited a bunch of us out to dim sum on a Sunday morning. The food was amazing, the place was packed with families all giving off a festive vibe, and there was even a lion dance performance by a local community group. There are a number … Continue reading Lunar New Year in San Diego (updated for 2018)

RoboLights: Offbeat Christmas in Palm Springs

This post is from a member of the Voyageer Contributor Team. Find out how to have your post featured here! I tapped on the flashlight app on my phone, illuminating the narrow patch of concrete sidewalk in front of a row of meticulous mid century modern houses. Palm Springs, California is known as a playground for the well to do, but its lack of street lighting and … Continue reading RoboLights: Offbeat Christmas in Palm Springs

5 Ways to Maximize Sightseeing during Work Travel

I traveled to the Bay Area recently for a Thursday/Friday work conference, and I stayed in a hotel very close to the conference in Burlingame. I was disappointed to be far from the center of San Francisco, but I was determined to not let this stop me from visiting the city in the evenings and on Saturday morning before returning home to San Diego. I … Continue reading 5 Ways to Maximize Sightseeing during Work Travel

How to Halloween in San Diego

Okay, I am not a Halloween person. Judging by the amount of effort my neighbors are putting into decorations (more than Christmas it seems), Halloween is actually gaining in popularity as a holiday as the years go by. Although October 31st is on a Tuesday this year, there are plenty of opportunities to get the pants scared off of you leading up to the Big Night. … Continue reading How to Halloween in San Diego

5 Must-Eat Sweet Treats in San Diego’s Convoy Area

Starbucks might have gained notoriety this summer for the unicorn frap and the pink drink, but I have never seen a more broad option of sweet flavors than at a boba/bubble tea shop. When I’m in the mood for something sweet, I instinctively head up to the Convoy Street area in Clairemont Mesa/Kearny Mesa, San Diego. Located in the “wine glass” between the 805 and … Continue reading 5 Must-Eat Sweet Treats in San Diego’s Convoy Area