By: Cynthia Cunniff
When the average person thinks of Maui, the idealistic swaying palm trees on pristine sand beaches and fruity drinks with tiny umbrellas perched to the side of a coconut cup come to mind. I love the state of Hawaii, each island has a different flavor, but they all have the commonality of the understated, chilled out Hawaiian way of life. Maui is no exception, and if you’re one to want a real taste of the culture you’re visiting and a break from the touristy coastal scene – head Up Country, which lies at the foot of Haleakala Volcano and is the home to poniolos (Hawaiian cowboys).
by: Melanie Warner
Yosemite is an international destination with much to offer. Just south of the main gate to Yosemite, is the sleepy town called Fish Camp. It’s a great place to stay when visiting the park because you avoid the hustle, bustle and traffic, you still have cell phone coverage, and there are many activities to choose from. We tried and tested this “escape” in just one day. It’s affordable, kid-friendly and easy to access from anywhere in California.
Planning a trip to Orlando, Florida can be both exciting and frustrating. Between where you’re staying, which theme parks to go to and planning a solid itinerary to make sure everyone has a great time can be a job much more exhausting than any day job. The good news is that there are plenty of tips and tricks to planning the best itinerary while staying on budget.
It’s hard to single out the best part of Yosemite National Park. There are so many treasures. The must-have photos are ones just outside of Tunnel View and El Capitan. Whether you enjoy hiking, rock climbing, swimming, camping, photography – there are just so many things to do that it’s hard to narrow it down to a quick day trip. It’s no wonder the park hosts more visitors per year than Disneyland.
When it comes time to plan your winter vacation, a lot of people think about heading south to the beaches of Florida, or hitting the coast of California. But, what better way to experience winter than in a place like Boston?
Not only does Boston sparkle with all the white holiday lights and a little dusting of snow, but there are actually a ton of fun (and inexpensive) things to do in the city during the winter.
By: Melanie Warner
I lived in Los Angeles for ten years, but never made it to Oxnard. I was thrilled when I had the opportunity to go check out this area for the first time. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought it would be more industrial, but was pleasantly surprised at the warm and inviting, burgeoning travel experience that Oxnard has to offer. With its nautical themes and maritime feel right on the ocean, I was often reminded of other charming locations, like Kemah near the Gulf in Texas, or Marina Del Rey and Venice Beach in Los Angeles The view of Channel Island from the beach was so beautiful at sunset, we were practically moved to tears. The beach was empty, but far from lonely. I was also impressed with all of the local culture, art, talent, cuisine and history that is displayed and easily accessed in this town.