Have the Perfect Year in California With These Seasonal Destinations

People insist that California doesn’t experience all four seasons, but that’s silly. The weather is different, but each season is beautifully represented in typical West Coast style. Visit California in spring, summer, fall, and winter to see for yourself.

Watch the Wildflowers Blossom in Spring

Head inland in the springtime, away from the coast. Later in spring, wildflowers pop up along California’s sandy coastline, but as the season gets going, the greenery struggling to bloom again craves warmer temperatures. It’s cooler near the water, even in sunny California. During March and April, springtime explodes. There’s less fog, the hotel rates are lower, and the crowds are thin.

Yosemite is one of the best places to watch the flowers return to the landscape. Head to the north of San Diego and let the Carlsbad Flower Fields steal away your breath. In Huntington Garden, camellias reign supreme. Check out Mendocino, as well. The rhododendrons in the Coast Botanical Garden will make you feel brand new.

Welcome Sea Life in Summer

Along the coast of California, marine life joins the tourists in flocking to the shores in the summertime, although many of them come from the opposite direction. Along the beaches of La Jolla, the leopard sharks are the most welcomed guests. In spite of the name, these sharks are harmless. The big, brightly colored critters are personally responsible for drawing divers, kayakers, and snorkelers to La Jolla every summer. Their visit almost always begins in June, but they tend to hang around in July and August, as well. Consider taking a swim with them this year. Dive down and say hi.

Experience the Perfect Fall in SoCal

Southern California puts on a spectacular show every autumn. Visitors never expect it because the stereotype is that California has no seasons, but residents of LA know better. The air doesn’t have the same crisp nip you experience on the East Coast, and you can still swim as you bob for apples and plan your Halloween costume, but multiple fall-friendly activities are on offer.

Just as you can in nearly any New England town, you can go apple picking around Oak Glen. You can spend an hour or two in a pumpkin patch picking out the perfect jack-o-lantern. Lose your way in a corn maze, or desperately find your way out of a haunted house. A drive through Los Angeles will even reveal breathtaking fall foliage. Keep your eyes pointed toward the mountains, or peep at the gardens throughout the city.

Spend Winter in Big Bear Lake

Believe it or not, California is home to some exceptional skiing. It’s such a hot destination that you need to make reservations well ahead of time. Check out HotelPlanner to find Big Bear Lake hotels in November, December, or January. In addition to skiing, snowboarding, and sipping cocoa at the lodge, you can play in the powder, make snowmen, and experience winter in an entirely new climate.

Have you ever thought of taking a seasonal vacation? Where would you go?

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Money Saving Hacks For The Global Traveler

Are you keen to extend your travel adventures and stay overseas for even longer? You may need to start saving a little more money at each destination. It’s difficult to earn money while you are away from home, so spending less could be the only way to extend your stay. Still, there are plenty of different ways you can do this. Here are just a few of the easiest approaches to squeezing a few more weeks out of your travel plan:

Money Saving Destinations

There are two ways to check which destinations are the cheapest to travel to. Start with your exchange rate. You’re looking to get the most for each dollar. Next, you need to look up the cost of living for each country (or city area) you’re hoping to spend time in. The lower the cost of living, the less money you’ll need for food, accommodation, and local travel solutions. Places like Thailand are likely to be cheaper to spend time in than Hong Kong, but each region can vary. Do your homework, and make a plan.

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Money Saving Travel Solutions

Getting from A to B is a lot cheaper, quicker, and easier than getting from A to Z. Of course, there are times when you can cross the border quickly and cheaply. Keep your eye out for empty leg flights that will save you a lot if you can be flexible with your departure times and dates. For the whimsical traveler with few plans, this can be perfect. It’s also a lot safer than trying to hitchhike your way from one place to the next.

Money Saving Accommodation

If you don’t mind sleeping under canvas, then your tent could become your home for a while. Of course, in many places, you must book into a designated camp site that may incur a charge. You’ll also find there are times when you want a few of the facilities a formal accommodation might offer. Again, last minute opportunities may be a cheaper solution and offer more freedom than pre-booking. Stay safe, and look for places that are shared to cut the cost even more.

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Money Saving Food

If you’re prepared to cook for yourself, you can save a fortune on food. Unfortunately, travelers don’t always have access to refrigerators or cookers. Bottled water is often a must, so be prepared to spend wisely here. As for a hot meal, look for local hospitality, takeaways, and market places with licensed street vendors. You want to avoid a poorly tummy, so it can sometimes be best to spend a little more. Keep your hands clean with a travel bottle of hand sanitizer.

Earning money while you’re traveling isn’t always easy, but it’s not impossible. You can write from anywhere in the world, providing content for blogs or copy for marketers. You can also sometimes pick up laboring jobs like fruit picking. Check your visa restrictions before engaging in local work. The point of traveling is to enjoy the experience so don’t stay so long that you’ve sacrificed all those little pleasures. Happy traveling.

 

 

Do You Need Something Different From Your Next Trip?

Travel really is a wonderful thing. It broadens the mind and can open you up to new experiences that you’d never otherwise have. Which makes it all the more unusual how often people tend to get themselves stuck in something of a routine when they travel. Far too often people find a single travel destination that they fall in love with, and then they visit that place over and over again until it loses so much of what once made it so magical. It’s amazing that many people can take something as wonderful and exciting as travel, and actually find a way to make it boring! Of course, things don’t have to be that way! Here are a few ideas for some different things that you can do on your next trip.

Get off the grid

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One of the things about traveling is that it takes you out of your comfort zone a little bit. This can be one of the very best things about it. If you go back to the same hotels and resorts time after time that feeling can fade away, leaving things feeling stale and pedestrian. If you really want to turn that on its head then why not take a trip where you’re completely and totally off the grid. Strip yourself of all of the typical comforts that you associate with a vacation and get back to basics in a big way. Doing this allows you to learn more about survival, remind yourself that you don’t need to be glued to technology all the time, and remind yourself of how it feels to be alive when everything isn’t constantly provided for you. Sure it might not be the most relaxing trip, but it will certainly be one that you always remember.

Go somewhere where you don’t speak the language

Another way to really shake things up and sweep out the cobwebs is to go somewhere where everything is completely foreign to you. Of course, there are many destinations where English isn’t the dominant language, but many of those have dedicated tourist areas that make allowances for you. Instead, try going somewhere that doesn’t make those concessions. Take a phrasebook with you and really engross yourself in a culture that’s completely alien to you. It won’t take long before you come to understand it better and you’ll often come away with a much greater understanding of the world around you and the different cultures in it.

Choose the opposite to your normal destination

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If you want an immediate shake-up to your normal travel plans, but you don’t really know where to start, then start with what you’re used to, and flip it on its head. If usually travel in cities and enjoy a degree of luxury, take some time out in the wilderness, if camping is usually your thing then get stuck into the incredible energy and culture that cities have to offer. By going in the exact opposite direction to what you’re used to, you can discover a whole new world of possibilities that you might never have even considered before.

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