Thursday, September 22, 2016
New York City is expensive. Period. The food is expensive, the lodging is expensive, the attractions are expensive. Everything is expensive. So naturally, you'll probably want to save a few bucks everywhere you can. And since even getting into the city is expensive, you'll probably want to start there. So if you're heading to NYC for a visit, here's how to save money on transportation into the city.
Monday, September 12, 2016
I recently returned from nine months traveling around Australia and when I descended into my parent's basement to sort through the handful of boxes of things we had left there a few years ago when we began our transient lifestyle, I nearly had a panic attack.
Pictured above: "Yikes! Let's get rid of some of those clothes shall we?"
Thursday, August 18, 2016
|Fireworks over the bay in San Diego. Photo: Hornblower Cruises and Events|
There's so much to do in San Diego this summer it would take months to uncover it all! Fortunately, our friends at the San Diego Tourism Authority compiled an awesome list to keep you busy this summer! So grab your flips and get to it! Here are 25 things to do in San Diego that won't cost you a dime.
1. Get active: Bike, walk or jog along Mission Bay Aquatic Park's many trails. Outdoor exercise enthusiasts share more than 20 miles of scenic paths winding through sunlight and shade near the shoreline with workout courses at planned stations along the route.
2. Enjoy the arts: Experience all the Liberty Station ARTS DISTRICT has to offer by attending a free Friday Night Liberty art walk on the first Friday of every month from 5-9 p.m. Meet working artists, enjoy dance, theatre and music performances, visit museums and galleries and explore the growing historic district.
3. Have a pint: Check out the local craft beer scene during free tours and events at many of San Diego's breweries. Beer lovers can download a free brewery guide map of San Diego's more than 120 breweries to discover.
|Take a dip in the beaches at La Jolla. Photo: SanDiego.org|
4. Get wet: Go scuba diving or snorkeling off San Diego's shores to see spectacular creatures of the sea. La Jolla Shores and La Jolla Cove offer some of the clearest waters on the California coast, as well as miles of protected underwater preserve to explore.
5. Get historical: Witness the living legacy of California's birthplace in Old Town State Historic Park, San Diego's first “downtown.” The six-block park features 12 acres of Mexican lore and historical sites presented in shops, restaurants, museums and several carefully preserved or restored adobe and wooden buildings. Free “Living History” tours are offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily.
|San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter beckons. Photo: SanDiego.org|
8. Go swimming: Put on your bathing suit, grab your towel and head to one of San Diego's 30-plus beaches, all open to the public, and perfect for body surfing, boogie boarding, building sandcastles, collecting seashells and basking in the sun.
9. Have a wander: Visit Seaport Village and the new Headquarters at Seaport on weekends for free entertainment, hours of leisurely strolling and window shopping, and a small free police museum including vintage jail cells open to the public at the site of San Diego's former police headquarters.
10. Market it up: Sample some of the more than 200 varieties of fresh produce grown in San Diego at one of the region's many Farmer's Markets, held daily at locations throughout the county.
|The farmers market in Little Italy abounds with all manner of food and wares. Photo: Annie Pearson|
|Spreckels Organ Society is a great place to catch a free concert in San Diego. Photo: Robert Lang|
12. Roll with it: Rollerblade, skateboard, bicycle or people watch along the Mission Beach and Pacific Beach Boardwalk, a scenic three-mile esplanade running along the coastline of these lively neighborhoods.
|The busy Boardwalk at Mission Beach. Photo: Brett Shoaf|
14. Lace up your boots: Hike the trails of Torrey Pines State Reserve in La Jolla and see the rare and elegant Torrey pine trees, a number of wild flower and animal species, and miles of unspoiled beaches below.
15. Get outside: Visit Mission Trails Regional Park featuring a state-of-the-art Visitors Center where guests explore and learn about the wonders of nature and the native people who once lived on the land. The park also offers more than 40 miles of natural and developed hiking and biking trails.
16. Find Nemo: Explore the clear, shallow tidepools of La Jolla Cove and Point Loma when the tide is low and the pools are teeming with aquatic life.
17. Play away: Walk along downtown's beautiful new Embarcadero, featuring new parks, promenades and an 830-foot-long water fountain to splash and play. Visitors can view impressive public art sculptures and memorials celebrating San Diego's international ties, cultural diversity and military and maritime heritage.
|One of San Diego's many art installation at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo: Pablo Mason|
19. Bring the dog: Watch tail-waggin', Frisbee-catchin' and stick-fetchin' dogs splash in the surf. Man's best friend is permitted to roam leash-free at all hours of the day on designated “dog beaches” in Ocean Beach, Mission Bay, Coronado and Del Mar.
20. Take a walk: Stroll through Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park in the United States, and discover its beautiful Spanish Colonial-Revival architecture and remarkable gardens. Visitors can take advantage of the park's free ranger-led walking tours at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Sundays.
21. Light the night: Gather friends, family and firewood for a cozy beach bonfire at one of San Diego County's bonfire-friendly beaches located in Coronado, Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and Oceanside.
22. Guess that sculpture: Go on a self-guided walking tour of The Stuart Collection, a display of contemporary sculptures scattered throughout the University of California, San Diego campus in La Jolla. Tour maps are available at the Gilman Drive campus entrance.
23. View the stories: Experience the history of the local Hispanic community's struggles and triumphs with a visit to the Chicano Park Murals, established by activists in 1970. This cultural park has received international recognition as a major public art site for its commanding mural paintings set beneath the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. Some of the murals narrate the history of Barrio Logan, where the park is located.
|Pack a picnic and attend a free summer concert in Spreckels Park. Photo: SanDiego.org|
25. Be entertained: Check out the monthly Ray at Night art walk in San Diego's North Park neighborhood, featuring gallery exhibitions, artisan crafts, live music showcasing local bands, and fresh local food. The event is held 6-10 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month along Ray Street.
For more information and even more free things to do during your San Diego visit, check out the San Diego Tourism Authority's website at www.sandiego.org.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Above: The View from the top of Diamond Head on the island of Oahu.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Above: You know you've found Esplanade Park when you spot the ferris wheel.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Perth may be one of the most expensive cities in which to live in the entire world, but it's not all bad. There's plenty to do for free or very little in and around the city (including Fremantle, post coming soon!) so don't cross the Western Australia city off your list if traveling around Australia. It may be out of the way, but it has a completely different feel from many other Australian cities and is a great jumping off point for some good day and weekend trips.
Above: The view of Perth from King's Park can't be beat.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Darwin, much like Cairns, isn’t a bustling metropolis like Sydney or even Brisbane and it's one of the most expensive cities in the world in which to live. However, for those who find themselves in the Top End backpacker city, there’s still a few things to keep you occupied, especially where Crocodiles, outdoor adventure, and Aboriginal culture are concerned. So get ready to sweat and start exploring!
Above: Sunsets in Darwin rarely disappoint. A popular sunset viewing spot for locals and visitors is Mindil Beach.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Above: No trip to Australia is complete without paying a visit to iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock).
Sunday, May 22, 2016
I’m gonna be straight with you: Cairns (that's pronounced cans for you non-Australians) is far from the most exciting city in Australia unless you're really into nightlife. It’s touristy, there’s not much going on in the way of culture, it's hot and humid... So why bother visiting Cairns? One reason: The Great Barrier Reef. It’s why backpackers and holidaymakers flock to the city in droves. And as the largest reef in the world and a world heritage site, it’s no wonder why. But getting out on the reef can be expensive, so here’s our trusty guide to Cairns on a budget.
Above: The view from the lookout atop Fitzroy Island off the coast of Cairns.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
No post about the East Coast of Australia would be complete without a guide to Fraser Island. Sure, it doesn’t get the publicity that the Whitsunday Islands receive or the renown of Sydney or Brisbane, it's amazing, none the less. Any traveler winding their way up the east coast has probably been handed a guide or photos of the world’s largest sand island just off the coast of Hervey Bay, but is likely to overlook it for more glamorous locales. Which is too bad because Fraser Island is a fantastic destination. It’s got surfing beaches, it’s got calm wading beaches, it’s got white sand, it’s got dunes, it’s got crystal clear lakes, it’s got dingoes. It’s a beautiful place. Unfortunately, it also costs a fortune to get there. Fortunately, there are ways to see Fraser Island on a budget!
Above: The sand dunes on Waddy Point on the top of the island offer sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.