Palm trees and permanent sunshine are great, don’t get me wrong, but I come from the woods where we have four seasons, and I think I need that. Fall in Los Angeles is the hardest – where are the beautiful colors? That smell in the air? The only reason I know it’s fall right now is because of the date. Luckily, just over two hours away from dusty LA, there is Big Bear. Continue reading “Go To: Big Bear, California”
If you go to Thailand, make your way to the islands. Bangkok and Chiang Mai are awesome must-sees, but the islands are the truly lax, tropical wonderlands that we seek on vacay. Rules go out the window, along with time schedules and shoes. Each island has its own culture, its own traditions, and its own unique features to explore. If you can, hop around for a wide range of experiences. If you only have time for one, decide on your priorities and find the best fit.
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If the weather is nice, the beautiful parks in Seoul will be busy. Families head to Yeouido Park on the Han River to play in the fountains and pools, or to listen to music and dance by the band shell. Tourists climb or take a cable car up to the top of Namsan. Beyond the gorgeous botanical gardens there, you can get in line for Seoul Tower’s Digital Observatory, the highest point in the city.
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This road trip was an introduction to California for me. I had just moved to Los Angeles from Seoul, South Korea and wanted to see as much of the state as possible before starting my 9 to 5. In early August, we drove up on Route 1 along the coast and it was gorgeous. Of course, it takes a lot longer than a direct route to San Francisco, but so worth it if you have the time. We stayed with friends in Oakland for three nights, which cut down on a major cost of visiting San Francisco, before heading toward Yosemite. Even in August, temperatures were low everywhere we went and I was wearing every warm layer I had with me the whole time.