A Hawaiian Cruise Down Memory Lane

Here’s a fact I bet you didn’t know about me: I’m a published Los Angeles Times writer. Big deal, right? Uhhh, perhaps let me explain first. In fourth grade, my teacher asked the class to write a blurb about our most memorable vacations. She submitted our assignments to the L.A. Times, and I got my first brush with fame when mine was published in the children’s section. So, okay, perhaps I can’t exactly include this feat on my resume, but, hey, it’s technically true!

Boogie boarding Hawaii cruise

Journalist and Hawaiian boogie boarding prodigy from an early age…maybe?

The topic of my paragraph? A series of trips that even today hold a very special place in my heart. For several summers in a row, when I was aged roughly nine through twelve, my extended family cruised the Hawaiian islands with American Hawaii Cruises on the S.S. Independence. Continue reading  

Travel Giveaway! Win a New York City TV/Movie Tour

Living overseas, one of the things I miss most about living in my hometown of Los Angeles is the buzz of the entertainment industry. Over the years, I’ve attended talk show tapings, been a seat filler at major award shows, wandered down from my UCLA dorm room to spot celebrities at red carpet movie premieres, and stopped to watch film sets I’ve accidentally stumbled across.

Attending the Juno premiere in Westwood in 2007. (Jason Bateman! Allison Janney! Michael Cera! Rainn Wilson! All up close and personal)

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2015: The Travel Year in Review

Another year in the books already! Just a few days into 2016, I’m going to make a bold prediction: this will be one of the best years of my life, on account of a big travel announcement I’ll save for an upcoming post. That said, 2015 was also quite the year. Though it didn’t take me to as many destinations as other years have (see my recaps of 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014), I marked my second anniversary of moving to Australia and continued exploring the country and beyond. Here are my travel highlights from 2015.

Trinidad, Cuba

Wrapping up 2015 in Trinidad, Cuba

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Home Sweet Home + The Travel Plan I’ve Been Dreaming of All My Life

November is already here, believe it or not, which means that NaNoWriMo is under way, and I’m challenging myself to draft a post per day for my NaNoWriMo Travel Blogging Challenge. I look forward to reminiscing about past trips and finessing my blogging skills, and stay tuned as those posts are published over the next few months. But before I get deep into the challenge, I’m taking a look back on my trip home last month as well as sharing a very exciting announcement about where I’m headed next.

Griffith Observatory view of Los Angeles

Overlooking my hometown of Los Angeles from Griffith Observatory

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10 Disneyland Tips to Make Your Visit the Happiest on Earth

I’ve been a bit quiet lately, as I just returned from a trip home to California – more on that later! So while I’m getting caught up, today I feature a guest post from Tim Aoki, one of my very best friends from college whom I met on the first day of freshman year when he lived down the hall. I am an absolute Disneyland fanatic and former Annual Passholder (before I moved infinity and beyond miles away), but Tim puts my Disneyland appreciation to shame by visiting on a weekly basis. If there’s anyone who knows the ins and outs of the park, it’s him.

Disneyland Sleeping Beauty castle

The magic of Disneyland

Disneyland is the happiest place on earth, but it’s also the busiest place on earth, depending on when you go. Being an experienced Annual Passholder, I’ve accumulated a number of tips and tricks that will greatly enhance your experience at the park. These tips will hopefully help you get the most out of your time spent in Walt Disney’s original Magic Kingdom! Continue reading  

A Tribute to My All-Time Favorite Unassuming Vacation Spot: Parker, Arizona

I’ve been to some truly exotic locations across six continents, fallen in love with cities thousands of miles from home, and found myself fascinated by foreign cultures few get to experience first-hand. But, at the end of the day, if you were to ask me which travel destination has meant the most to me over the years, I’d have to tell you that it’s a lackluster town of 3000 people a mere four-hour drive from home.

Colorado River Sunset, Parker, Arizona

But with some truly spectacular sunsets, like this one from our trip there in 2012.

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