Catalina Island’s Two Harbors – a world away, close to home

You may be apprehensive to leave home and travel too far during these unsettling times. Catalina Island is the perfect place to dive into nature and distance yourself from others during the pandemic. Traveling to Catalina Island for a few days was the excitement we needed. It may feel like you are entering the Amalfi coast in Italy, but you are just 22 miles off … Continue reading Catalina Island’s Two Harbors – a world away, close to home

Escape LA to the mountain town of Idyllwild

My curiosity about Idyllwild was piqued when I saw a travel writer friend hike to the top of Mount Jacinto in a weekend jaunt from LA several years ago. Always intrigued by her snow-filled woodsy photos, this small mountain town just a few hours from LA came back on my radar during the pandemic. We would have been in Europe this summer but instead, we … Continue reading Escape LA to the mountain town of Idyllwild

7 Best Parks in LA for Socially Distant Gatherings

Is there anything better than summertime in California? However, in the era of the novel coronavirus, many regional attractions remain closed, while others reopen with new restrictions. Have you caught cabin fever yet? Guess what? You don’t need any money or roller coasters to enjoy fun in the sun, California-style. LA boasts a wide array of parks, and you can find plenty of space to … Continue reading 7 Best Parks in LA for Socially Distant Gatherings

How to Make the Most of Hawaii (the Big Island) in a few days

Screams of whooo and wheee and whoo hoo echoed around our boat of about a dozen people as iPhones were on full video mode and some of us just hoped to memorialize the experience in our minds. You may have thought we were at a concert as we sipped and cheers-ed our Kona Big Wave beers, but we were on a 25-foot inflatable zodiac in … Continue reading How to Make the Most of Hawaii (the Big Island) in a few days

17 Unexpected Experiences on Maui, Hawaii

This article was first published on MoneyInc, July 2018. Hawaii is America, just a 5-hour flight from the West Coast, but in some ways feel so foreign. Each island is unique and has its own character. Maui, the “valley isle”, is considered one of the best places to visit in the US.  And while certain areas of Maui can feel overcrowded, the island’s diverse terrain … Continue reading 17 Unexpected Experiences on Maui, Hawaii

LA Escape: La Jolla’s Historic La Valencia Hotel

The Pink Lady with her rosy stucco exterior and iconic tower is almost 90 years old. Oh, if her walls could talk! Recently, we drove to La Jolla for a mini staycation at the captivating and luxurious La Valencia Hotel, La Jolla’s grand dame who strikes quite a pose in the charming seaside cliff-hugging San Diego suburb. While residing, we heard rocker band Guns and … Continue reading LA Escape: La Jolla’s Historic La Valencia Hotel

Escape LA: Loreto, Mexico’s Hidden Oasis

ESCAPE LA: LORETO, MEXICO’S HIDDEN OASIS Posted first on WeSaidGoTravel.com Off the Sea of Cortez lies a very special place, one that is quite hard to find in a world where once such spots of natural beauty are discovered they quickly become tourist meccas with little peace in site. But Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto just south of Loreto, Mexico along with the pristine islands … Continue reading Escape LA: Loreto, Mexico’s Hidden Oasis

LA Escape: Find Pleasure in Sin City

Find Pleasure in Las Vegas Sin City is way more than just gambling and lap dances, but the world’s playground has some of the best entertainment, pampering, and restaurants in America. After living in Las Vegas recently for 20 days, I’ve combed the land to help you rev up your experience in this nonstop action packed desert city. Caution: Everything on the Vegas strip is … Continue reading LA Escape: Find Pleasure in Sin City

LA Escape: Animal Tracks and Vasquez Rocks

Often I find myself needing to Escape LA for some solitude, even for a day to recharge my soul and come back ‘filled up’ to deal with the beautiful hectic LA hustle. This recent spring day trip from Los Angeles included my fascination with a recent Instagram account I discovered called Animal Tracks, and the realization I could go hiking afterwards nearby, even with a baboon. … Continue reading LA Escape: Animal Tracks and Vasquez Rocks

Best Hiking Spots in Los Angeles

If you had told me 8 years ago that moving to Los Angeles included a city surrounded with breathtaking hiking spots, I wouldn’t have believed you. Los Angeles is the perfect city because you can escape into the wild so easily, from Malibu to Griffith Park. I am constantly discovering new hikes in the mountains and canyons around our city that bring peace and contentment … Continue reading Best Hiking Spots in Los Angeles