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  • Dare to Go Bear: The Ultimate LA Escape Is Big Bear Dare to Go Bear: The Ultimate LA Escape Is Big Bear

    If you're from Southern California, you've certainly heard of Big Bear Lake. If you've only lived here for the last five years, you probably have never been. You see, Big Bear Lake is a ski resort town where Los Angelenos hit the slopes in winter,

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  • Welcome to Newport Beach, California — Where Life Is . . . Just That Welcome to Newport Beach, California — Where Life Is . . . Just That

    Beyond Los Angeles, a few miles south into the Orange curtain is the lovely coastal city of Newport Beach in southern California: known for its large, boat-filled harbor, palatial beach homes, fabulous restaurants (as well as fake boobs. overly bo-to

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  • Raetihi Lodge: New Zealand Hospitality the Kiwi Way Raetihi Lodge: New Zealand Hospitality the Kiwi Way

    The Marlborough Sounds are an extensive network of sea-drowned valleys at the north end of the South Island of New Zealand. And although New Zealand is known for its natural beauty, the beauty of this hotel and its staff caught me by surprise.

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  • Where to Have a Blast on a Budget? Think Pasadena Where to Have a Blast on a Budget? Think Pasadena

    As an LA resident, whenever I have an urge to go out of town but don't really have the time (or the budget) to fly out somewhere fabulous, I head to Pasadena. Yes, that's right: Pasadena. Sadly, many Angelenos have never even been to Pasa

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  • Sunset off the Grecian Coast: Ancient Magic in Oia Sunset off the Grecian Coast: Ancient Magic in Oia

    Whenever you open travel magazines or read travel blogs, there's inevitably the "Most Romantic Spot to watch the Sunset" article. From what I have read, Oia on the island of Santorini in Greece always makes the cut. So not only did I visit the town,

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  • Never Been to Spain? You’re Going to Like Madrid Never Been to Spain? You're Going to Like Madrid

    I have friends who visit Barcelona and skip Madrid thinking it's okay to visit one since they must be very similar.Truth is- they are completely two very different cities. Madrid and Barcelona may be in the same country, but they couldn't

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  • Oculus: New York’s Eye-Popping One Stop Shop Oculus: New York's Eye-Popping One Stop Shop

    If you're ever in New York City, one of its newest attraction is a subway station. Well, not just a subway station, it is possibly the grandest, most beautiful subway station in the world. Last year, this highly anticipated and expensive n

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  • Edwin’s Long and Wine-ing Road through France Edwin's Long and Wine-ing Road through France

    The call of the open road is just so wonderful. Nothing can be more freeing and relaxing than having a car and just driving through the beautiful landscape of the South of France. If you love road trips like I do, here's an important tip f

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  • A World of Wonder Awaits in New Zealand’s Queenstown A World of Wonder Awaits in New Zealand's Queenstown

    Jaw-dropping beauty and adventure thrills are the two components that await in the resort town of Queenstown, New Zealand. If you're a movie buff, you've seen Hollywood directors use it as a backdrop for such films as The Hobbit,the Lord of the Ring

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  • Edwin Santiago: My Accidental Budapest Staycation Edwin Santiago: My Accidental Budapest Staycation

    During the past holiday season, I was on a road trip through four countries in Europe when I got sick with a stomach flu. Oh, it was awful. I kept praying to God, please . . . Jesus, Take the Wheel. But he declined. I had to endure the long drive fro

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