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After Oil Spill, Are Santa Barbara’s Beaches Safe This Summer?
Beach Vacations / California / Family/Kids Travel / Summer

After Oil Spill, Are Santa Barbara’s Beaches Safe This Summer?

Santa Barbara is located just 95 miles north of Los Angeles (and a three-hour drive from LAX). On May 19, a land-based oil pipeline ruptured near Refugio State Beach, which… Read More…

Long Beach, California: Recommendations From A Local
Beach Vacations / California / Culinary Travel / Pop Culture Travel

Long Beach, California: Recommendations From A Local

Located a little over 20 miles to the south of Los Angeles, the city of Long Beach is often overlooked as a travel destination. Contributing writer and Long Beach native… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: Discover History in the Santa Ynez Valley
California / Voluntourism

Voluntourism Spotlight: Discover History in the Santa Ynez Valley

Located in northern Santa Barbara County, Santa Ynez is known for its wine country, but it’s really the history of the area that is  surprisingly robust. The opportunities for giving back are also quite… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: Enjoy the Outdoors While Giving Back
California / Voluntourism

Voluntourism Spotlight: Enjoy the Outdoors While Giving Back

If you’re traveling to Northern California, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. But what about giving back while kayaking, hiking, or sightseeing? Check out the voluntourism program… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: Help Animals with The Milo Foundation
California / Voluntourism

Voluntourism Spotlight: Help Animals with The Milo Foundation

Voluntourism is a great way to travel and give back to the local community. No matter where you’re visiting, there are opportunities to give back all over the world. This… Read More…

Photo Credit: pvplc.org
California / Voluntourism

Voluntourism Spotlight: Help Nature Preserves With PVPLC

If you’re planning a trip to Southern California, there are a variety of options for voluntourism opportunities. But instead of staying in Los Angeles, you can visit the Palos Verdes… Read More…

Catalina Island: Southern California’s Ecotourism Playground
California / Eco Travel / Like a Local / Videos

Catalina Island: Southern California’s Ecotourism Playground

Catalina Island is one of the best-kept secrets among Southern Californians. It was once the stomping ground of celebrities like Charlie Chaplin and John Wayne. Today, Catalina Island is the go-to… Read More…

The Hidden History of Catalina Island
California / Destinations

The Hidden History of Catalina Island

Depending on where you’re coming from, Santa Catalina Island is about 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles. This 22-mile-long island has a rich history, which includes playing host… Read More…

Kids Stay and Play for Free in San Diego
Budget Travel / California / Daily Deals / Family/Kids Travel / Hotels & Accommodations / Travel Deals

Kids Stay and Play for Free in San Diego

Your kids are back in school, but that doesn’t mean your family can’t travel this fall. Many hotels are offering discounted prices, but a select few are going the extra… Read More…

Temecula Valley: Not Just for Wine Travel
California / Culinary Travel

Temecula Valley: Not Just for Wine Travel

Lately, the Southern California region of Temecula Valley has been gaining ground as a wine-lover’s destination. But there is more to this area than vineyards and tastings. Ashleigh Whelan explores… Read More…

Don’t Overlook San Luis Obispo & California’s Central Coast
California / Culinary Travel

Don’t Overlook San Luis Obispo & California’s Central Coast

California travelers flock North to San Francisco and South to Los Angeles, but some of the state’s greatest rewards can be found in the central coast. Contributing writer David DeVoss… Read More…