The Thrifty Travelista

Travel the world & keep the change

How to Celebrate your Birthday on Catalina Island

So, I turned 33 this year. I’m still trying to wrap my head around that, BUT I did have a great time celebrating the day regardless.  Did you know that you can get a free ride to Catalina Island on... Continue Reading →

Twelve Hours in Boston

Boston has been on my travel list since high school, ever since I found out who the Mighty Mighty Bosstones were. But as time went on getting to the east coast seemed less and less a possibility and my plans... Continue Reading →

Summer in Nantucket

What do you know about Nantucket Island?  If you said, “not much” I think you’re in good company.  I can admit that pretty much the only thing I knew about the island was that there was a dirty limerick about... Continue Reading →

Joshua Tree National Park: Chasing the Superbloom

After hearing about the so-called ‘Superbloom’ for weeks on the news, my Meetup group and I caravanned out to Joshua Tree National Park in Twentynine Palms to see it for ourselves. This was my first time in this National Park... Continue Reading →


My family and I have been vacationing in Baja California for as long as I can remember. I believe the first time I went I was six years old.  In fact, my parents had both been traveling to Baja independently... Continue Reading →

San Pedro: LA’s Best Kept Secret

San Pedro is a small community within the city of Los Angeles nestled at the tip of the Palos Verdes Peninsula between Rancho Palos Verdes and Terminal Island.  This hidden gem is oft overlooked for the nearby, much larger Long... Continue Reading →

A Roman Holiday

I was sixteen the first time I went to Europe. My mom’s friend was working in Barcelona at the time so my parents and I spent a week visiting her and another week seeing Austria, Germany, and Italy. We only got a few days in Italy, spending the night in Vernazza - part of the Cinque Terra - and one day in Florence. Even though I have trouble remembering what I did yesterday, I still have vivid memories from that trip and have been wanting see more of the boot shaped peninsula since leaving it eighteen years ago. (eek!) So when I was living in Germany and my friend said he was planning a trip that would include Rome I had no problem inviting myself along.

Exploring Washington: Highlights of the Olympic Peninsula

How do you plan for a trip somewhere you’ve never been before? If you were going to New York, you’d probably aim for NYC. If you were headed to California you might want to go to San Francisco or Los Angeles. Looking to anchor your excursion in a place you know has plenty of action makes a lot of sense. But maybe you want to see something different and not be surrounded by tourists. There are lots of things to see and discover off the beaten track.

Thanksgiving in Baja: A Beginner’s Guide to Thrifty Travel

When I started traveling on my own, the first thing went through my mind was, I want to go everywhere!  Followed immediately by, I don’t think I can afford that.  The urge to see the world is exhilarating but the thought... Continue Reading →

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