Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2016 & 2017 Destinations...an overdue blog post

I've been thinking a lot about updating this blog, especially since that Florida post isn't exactly finished, but I just learned I started it and never finished it, and why pick up where I left off over a year ago when I can just start over.  I link this site on my Twitter and other social media and what a bummer it is to be taken, as the reader to an out dated blog!!!

Coming soon....sooner rather than later.

My 2016 Travels - Florida & Trip #6 to LA (including a Los Angeles Top Ten Must See)

My 2017 Travels - Cancun, Florida,  Montreal, & LA (yes, it's been an exciting year)

What's in Store in 2018....

I'd also like to start a public Instagram page with photos, so that is coming soon as well.

2016 - The Year of New Travel

When my friends bailed on our Aruba idea, I was determined to still have my beach vacation this year...something I've been needing for the longest time.  I settled for Florida.  I've been to Daytona and Key West, but never seen the Gulf of Mexico side of Florida, nor the Palm Beach area.

The last week of April, I flew into West Palm Beach - which, by far is the nicest airport I've been in to date.  I spent the first night in Palm Beach Garden at a friend's house.  We spent the day in the Jupiter area, and I must say...I was SO impressed with this area, so very high end!!! It really puts areas that I've seen in LA to shame, that being...the high end areas.  I'm having serious thoughts about relocating to this area one day.
We had quite the "Sunday Funday" in this area of Jupiter right on the water...bars with live music, and boat tours which are $10 that last a half hour.
After spending some time over here, we had dinner at Tiger Woods' Restaurant followed by drinks at a few bars in the Palm Beach Gardens area.  Visit my YELP page for more details on these locations.
The next day we had our "Fabulous Beach Day" at The Palm Beach Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa  Seriously....check out that water temperature!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

A Year Has Passed...So Have Three Vacations!

I cannot believe it's been over a year since I posted a blog of any kind on here...I've traveled! Three times, in fact.
I came across this interesting link today that I thought would be helpful to my fellow travelers, so check it out! 15 Airport Tech Hacks Every Traveler Should Know

I spent too much time at LAX in October trying to find an outlet not being used, only to find a pretty cool charging station by verizon...I forgot to charge my kindle to watch a movie on the plane so I was able to charge both there, and engaged in some interesting conversation with fellow travelers in need of charging their equipment too!

So 2015 was a year of traveling for me, and one of my New Years Resolutions is to travel to places I haven't been (for 2016).  Right now I have a tentative trip planned to ARUBA in April, and hopefully San Francisco in Fall, to visit Alcatraz.

As for this year, I spent my birthday in April in Los Angeles, I went to Las Vegas in June for a wedding, and back to BOTH places in October and checked an LA/Vegas Road Trip off my bucket list!  For better reviews of the places I'm about to mention, be sure to check out the good, the bad, and the ugly on my Yelp reviews.

April 2015 - Trip to Los Angeles

Another thing I REALLY wanted to do was hike to the Hollywood Sign.  I've been way more active these days so I thought this would be fun!  It was...not sure if my friend who isn't active agreed.  I believe since this hike, they did close off this area for tourists, though I could be wrong since I don't live there.  I suggest googling the Hollyridge Trail - this will give  you all the details you need for this hike from parking to where to turn, etc.  Enjoy the view from up there!

When visiting LA, a personal struggle is finding a hotel that is reasonable in price, doesn't charge a fortune for parking, and is in a safe area.  This particular trip we stayed in Calabasas at a boutique hotel called The Anza.  I found a great deal through booking.com  I did enjoy staying here, though it was a bit of a hike back and forth to Hollywood, it was very convenient for our travels to Malibu & Santa Barbara.  Also, the entire area north of LA is very nice - Westlake Village, etc.  I'm still a little sad that I had NO sightings of famous people while I was there (both times this year, in fact.)  Again, check out my Yelp page for reviews of restaurants and more from this trip.

June 2015 - Trip to Las Vegas

This was trip #9 to Las Vegas for me...and seriously, I was vegas'd out by the time that trip was over.  Traveling there in June comes with HOT weather, but I'm not at all complaining about it.  I embrace hot weather...that's why every hotel has a pool there!  I realized not much has changed or been added since my trip in 2014, so there isn't much to highlight about this trip.  I will say I spent a great deal of money eating at some pretty good restaurants on this trip.  All reviews are posted on my yelp page.  I don't think I'll be back here till 2017 or 2018...it will be that much more exciting if I wait. 

October 2015 - Trip to Los Angeles/Las Vegas

While I was in LA in April, I was talking to my friend who lives out there and he suggested flying to LA and driving to Vegas because it's cheaper...rather than the other way around.  For some odd reason I always thought about the trip to Vegas, and a stop to LA and that doesn't make much sense.  As for this trip, I did a lot of googling about the road trip from LA to Vegas...learned of a highlight along the way, and that is stopping in Baker, CA to see the World's Largest Thermometer.  I'm easily amused, so we stopped here both ways!

Again, the struggle of finding a hotel...thankfully my friend who I was traveling with works for a hotel chain and took care of this part.  We both traveled on airline miles, and the miles took care of the rental car too so it was a very reasonable trip for the both of us.  This time we stayed in Manhattan Beach - I HIGHLY suggest staying here while visiting LA, as it's super close to LAX and really nice!  Even make a vacation out of visiting the beach cities south of LA - I think my next trip out there will consist of a lot more of this!  So many nice stores, restaurants and well...the BEACH!!!  Most of the country was having a heat wave the weekend we visited so it was in the high 90s, maybe 100 degrees while on this trip.  Again, no complaints.

Make note that the entire state of California goes to Vegas for the weekend, and this was very clear considering the traffic coming back to CA on Sunday as we headed there.  We drove out to Vegas on Sunday, to return on Monday.  We really had no itinerary on this trip, so we just winged most of it.  While in Vegas we stayed at Excalibur and covered a LOT of ground while we were there because we had a car.  Again, being my 10th trip to Vegas and second for the year...I was absolutely Vegas'd out...though I do love to show people around there who haven't been there ten times like me!

I'd have to say the trip back and forth goes by very fast...you may be traveling through the desert, but it's still very scenic.  When we got back to LA, we stayed at a hotel by the airport. I never thought about doing this, it's actually a good idea... decent hotel, and well the location is very convenient for when you're leaving to go back home.

Readers of this blog - feel free to post comments here at any time if you have questions about places I've been.  This was my 9th and 10th trip to Las Vegas, and 4th trip to LA so I'm at level: expert now when it comes to both!