Experience the Wildest Holidays of Your Life in Southern California

California is a big state that is split into Southern California (SoCal) and Northern California (NorCal). There are many cultural differences between the two thanks to the large, unique state that they both reside in. There are diverse groups of residents, plenty of tourists and outsiders and unique food cultures that separate the two. NorCal is known to some as foodie heaven with its Michelin-star restaurants, while SoCal is known for its authentic Mexican food and popular chain restaurants. With so many differences, visiting “just California” won’t do the state justice, which is why we’ve decided to write solely about the experiences you’ll have in SoCal alone.

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Disneyland Park

Of all the theme parks in the United States, Disneyland Resort is probably one of the most popular and well-known destinations that all children want to visit at some point during their adolescence. There’s plenty of fun to be had in this iconic location that is absolutely filled to the brim with your favourite Disney references and characters. Even adults can have a lot of fun here reliving their childhood memories—there’s always something magical here.

Universal Studios

If you’ve ever wanted to see your favourite movies come to life, then look no further than a trip to Universal Studios. With exciting attractions, plenty of rides and non-stop thrills to indulge in, it warrants more than just a day of your attention. Get a room at a nearby hotel such as Best Western PLUS Executive Inn and it’ll make it far easier to travel to and from this wonderful destination. There’s fun for the whole family here so no matter who you bring, you’re going to have a blast.

Hearst Castle

IF you love historic landmarks, then you’ll want to give Hearst Castle a visit. In 1954, the castle became a state park and is one of the most beautiful locations to visit in the whole of California, not just the south! There are tours you can take inside of the castle, and you’ll get to travel back in time to experience what it was like to be a privileged guest in this luxurious castle. There are also evening tours to let you sample what life would’ve been like inside the castle when the lights were out.This is truly a museum like no other and you’ll be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t stop by at least once.

Getty Center

If fine art, architecture and gardens are more your style then don’t miss out on a visit to the Getty Center. Here you’ll find beautiful art on display such as manuscripts, drawings, sculptures and European paintings that range from the 19th to 20th century. There’s also a wide array of food on offer that is made entirely with local ingredients. With so much to see here, you’ll definitely want to come back in the future to see newer exhibitions on offer.

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Dreaming Up the Luxury Holiday of a Lifetime

The majority of people will travel regularly throughout their lives. Many take annual vacations and the past decade has seen a large proportion of students take a gap year from their studies to discover the world. But there are certain destinations that are truly once in a lifetime trips. Some people will save this trip for their honeymoon. Others will wait until retirement. But there’s one thing we all have in common when it comes to that extra special trip: we want it to be perfect. So here are a few things to consider while you dream up your ultimate vacation.

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Where?

There are so many beautiful places on this planet that choosing an ultimate destination can be a tricky feat in itself. For your dream trip, the location should be somewhere distant. Somewhere exciting. Somewhere where you will feel as if you’re experiencing another world. Some top destinations include the Seychelles, Mauritius, the Caribbean Islands, and Hawaii. What have they in common? Pictures of paradise. White powder sands, tranquil, warm waters, and unfathomable cuisine. So get researching. Search online, visit your local travel agents and read travel guides until something catches your eye and your heart all at once. You’ll know the right place for you as soon as you see it.

When?

With these beautiful locations, it is important to know the best time to travel. Certain places will have monsoon seasons or rainy seasons. Get all of the advice you can on the best time to visit for the ultimate experience that you’ve been dreaming of. You may be able to save some hard earned cash by going out of season, but it’s usually worth forking out the extra for better weather and less chance of storms and heavy downpours.

Budget

Now you know the destination and the general dates you plan to visit, you can start working out a budget. Here’s where you decide whether to make it an extravagant affair or a more reasonable deal. Whether you splash out your savings on Air Charters and cruise lines or take a more modest approach with budget flights and rented accommodation, the trip is going to be wonderful. Work out where your priorities lie and budget accordingly. Don’t forget that you’ll need plenty of spending money if you like to bring back souvenirs, dine out in local restaurants and take part in excursions or day trips.

Take it Easy

Planning a holiday can be stressful work. But don’t let it get on top of you. This should be a fun and relaxing experience, from beginning to end. Pick up essentials like sunscreens and insect repellents well in advance and allow yourself plenty of time to pack. Plan transport to and from the airport beforehand, so you’re not anxiously waiting for a delayed taxi to drop you to the flight terminal on the day. Make a timetable for while you’re away but don’t stick to it too rigidly. Plans change, and you might find new exciting things to do that you hadn’t even considered before arriving at your destination.

 

Tired of Regular Holidays? Consider a Modern Camping Trip

For a long time, camping has been associated with setting up a tent in the woods, cooking canned food over an open fire and sleeping in bags. However adventurous it might seem, it does come with its fair share of frustrations and annoyances. For instance, there are bugs and animals to avoid or deal with, the food you cook isn’t exactly amazing (it’s just canned!) and you might wake up sore or hurting for a number of different reasons.

However much you love to travel, there’s nothing quite like the peace and tranquillity of a camping trip. Just don’t forget that you live in a world where cars can drive themselves and people fly into space. Using the power of technology, we can upgrade the classic camping experience and bring some creature comforts that set it apart from what we used to do a decade ago. So grab your bag and open up your shopping list, because these are the essential components that you will need to have a modern camping trip.

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Hammocks

Although you should still have a tent, if you really want to experience the sun and have a relaxing position to rest in, then learn more about hammocks and consider getting one to sleep or lounge in at your camping destination. They are inexpensive, they’re easy to set up and they’re much more comfortable than sleeping on the ground. Of course, you might need nets to prevent bugs and other creatures from disrupting you while you sleep.

Smart Phones

Mobile internet connections are easy to get nowadays and your camping location might even get a signal. This means you can always access the internet and do things such as watch movies, keep up with social media and stream music live to your phone. Many people say that camping should be a disconnect from real life and that you should never bring too much technology in case it gets overwhelming.

However, technology always has a use in camping and it can even help you get out of bad situations. For instance, if you get lost, you have a GPS on your phone to help lead you to safety. If you’re bitten by something or end up hurting yourself, then you can browse the internet in order to look for remedies or check if it’s something that requires immediate attention. Of course, let’s not forget the ever-useful torch app as well! Just remember to bring a couple of spare batteries or portable battery banks along with your smartphone.

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Portable Grills

If you’re worried about fires spreading or getting out of control when you’re ready to cook or heat up the campsite, then consider investing in a portable grill. Not only do these make cooking food much easier and open you up to more recipes, it’s safer because they can easily be turned off and you won’t risk burning down your campsite because you didn’t watch the fire. They’re easy to lug around, lightweight, and extremely versatile. You also might want to pair it with a portable cooler or freezer device so that you can keep meats and vegetables fresh and cool before you grill them.

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