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Santa Cruz Tourist Attractions You Can’t Miss

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

amusement park ride

About an hour south of San Francisco is Santa Cruz, a quirky beach city known for surfing, its famous boardwalk and its role in American history as a center of the counterculture movement. It’s a major stop for tourists, and once you visit, you’ll see why. Here are some Santa Cruz tourist attractions you can’t miss when you visit.

Walk the Boardwalk

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk may be the city’s most popular attraction. Now in its 110th consecutive year of operation, the boardwalk is California’s oldest amusement park. The family-owned boardwalk is home to roller coasters and other thrill rides, as well as more kid-friendly attractions and the usual carnival games. You’ll also find miniature golf, laser tag and a good variety of arcade games at the park, which covers 24 acres along Monterey Bay.

The rides require tickets, which can be purchased individually. A full-year pass for all rides is just $81.95 — about what you might pay for a single day of entry to some amusement parks. (more…)

5 Las Vegas Casino Tips to Make the Most of Your Trip

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

las vegas sign

It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time on the Las Vegas Strip or your 50th — it’s easy to end up stuck in a tourist trap, lost in a huge crowd of folks. Here are a few Las Vegas casino tips to help you navigate the Las Vegas Strip like a pro.

Learn the Games

This sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many folks put money down on a table because the game looks interesting — but they don’t really know how it’s played, let alone how to bet wisely.

Most of the big casinos actually offer free gambling lessons. You can find a schedule here. This way, you’ll know what you’re getting into when you pull your wallet out. Even if you think you’re already a pro, it might be worth swinging by a lesson to make sure you’ve got all your bases covered. (more…)

Outdoor Spring Activities in San Diego to Enjoy

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

flowers in spring

Spring is approaching in San Diego, and while we know that winter in Southern California isn’t much to recover from, it’s still an exciting time. Flowers will be blooming and more folks will be spending time outdoors. If you’re going to be in town this spring, you need to take advantage of this. To help you out, here are a few spring activities in San Diego to get you out and enjoying the beautiful climate. (more…)

Check Out These Beautiful Travel Photography Blogs

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

woman with a camera

Traveling presents a great opportunity for amateur photographers to capture new people, places and things with their cameras that they’d otherwise never get to see and document. Do you like taking photographs when you travel? If you do, we know you’ll appreciate these travel photography blogs.

Ken Kaminesky

Ken Kaminesky’s travel blog isn’t so much a tale of his travels as it is a massive photo gallery of beautiful photos. Divided into two categories — travel and people — you’ll find gorgeous images from around the globe fit for magazines and billboards. That’s little surprise, because Ken has had his photos published in lots of prestigious places. (more…)

Hit the Slopes at the Best Skiing Destinations of 2017

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

downhill skier

It’s winter, and that’s great news for skiing fans everywhere. If you’re looking to get away and hit the slopes, now is your time. Here are some of the best skiing destinations for 2017.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Lots of online publications deem Jackson Hole the best destination for skiers, and it’s easy to see why. Nestled between Grand Teton National Park and huge swatch of dedicated wilderness — and not too far from beautiful Yellowstone National Park — Jackson is a true getaway destination. (more…)

4 Money-Saving New Year’s Travel Resolutions for 2017

Friday, December 23rd, 2016


If you’ve never quite been the international jetsetter you’ve wanted to be, you’ve got 365 days to become one in 2017. You can make the most of it while still not blowing your budget. Here are a few 2017 New Year’s travel resolutions to help you save travel dollars.

Buy Cheaper Flights

Of course, we all wouldn’t mind buying our flights on the cheap in 2017, and any other year. But it’s easier than you might think. (more…)

Check Out These 3 Snowy Winter Travel Destinations

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

snow in winter

Folks have mixed opinions on winter — some love the snow, some hate it. Some people live in places that are buried in snow each winter, while others live in sunny locales where “snow” might as well be a word in a foreign language.

Last week, we offered a few options for snow-weary folks to escape the cold and get some sunshine this winter. Today, we do the opposite. For those of you who are looking to get a taste of what winter is all about, here are some winter travel destinations for you to consider. (more…)

4 Sunny Winter Travel Destinations

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

woman on beach

While winter doesn’t technically start until Dec. 21, if you live in much of the U.S., you know it gets cold long before that each year. While some of us love snow, many folks make a habit of getting away from winter for a bit by taking a trip to a warmer, sunnier locale. So, for those of you looking to escape the cold this winter, here are four great winter vacation destinations to consider.


The don’t call it the “Sunshine State” for nothing. Visit pretty much anywhere in Florida to escape the dreary winter and you’ll understand why it’s the go-to retirement destination for people from the Northeast. With more than 1,300 miles of coastline on the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida is the perfect place for a warm winter getaway. (more…)

Cheapest Places to Travel — And What to Do When You’re There

Thursday, November 17th, 2016


Coordinating with travel booking site Kayak, Money compiled a list of destinations that dropped overall in price for 2016 — some as much as 26 percent. All are cities that offer a wealth of activities for visitors. So let’s take a look at 4 cheap places to travel at the moment, and explore what you can do while you’re there.

Hong Kong

Money’s report says that the overall cost of visiting Hong Kong was down 26 percent in 2016, thanks largely to the rising strength of the American dollar. As a World City, Hong Kong has more to offer than any visitor could ever see in one trip. (more…)

Can You Survive the Best Haunted Houses in the U.S.?

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

halloween jack o lantern

Did you know that Americans spend billions of dollars each fall visiting haunted house attractions? The best haunted houses are high-budget, Hollywood-style affairs where the scares are real, not cheesy.

When’s the last time you went to one? If you’re traveling this month, you’ve got a great opportunity to check out some of the coolest haunted houses and other Halloween attractions around the nation. Here are some of the best.

The 13th Floor — Denver, CO

Find out in terrifying fashion why the 13th floor is an unlucky one when you visit The 13th Floor, a Denver haunted house that’s been featured on TV more than once. You’ll find werewolves, zombies and psychopaths with chainsaws at The 13th Floor, which includes Slasher Remix, an attraction modeled after slasher films. You get to star as the victim.

The same folks behind The 13th Floor also operate The Asylum Haunted House in Denver, which has also received a lot of positive fanfare. (more…)