The Thrifty Travelista

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Honolulu: What to See When You Only Have One Day

Honolulu and Waikiki Beach are almost synonymous with Hawaii itself. A wide angle shot of the soaring hotel high rises lined up along the beach is used in movies and TV shows over and over again.  When you’ve only got... Continue Reading →


Why the Trip to Windsor Castle is Definitely Worth It

London is hands down my favorite city. I might be a little biased because I studied abroad there in college, but the magic of the city is hard to deny, even to the most skeptical.  There is so much to... Continue Reading →

LA Museum Day

I’ve been fascinated by history for as long as I can remember. When most kids played in a cardboard box pretending it was a car, I wrote Mayflower on the side of mine and pretended to sail to America. When... Continue Reading →

Kauai: A Week on the Garden Isle

The Aloha State. The Sandwich Islands. Hawaii is one of those places that seems to entrance everyone who steps foot on one of her islands. I know of dozens of people who return back again and again and I’ve never... Continue Reading →

Summer Camping Series: Mount Laguna

Labor Day - the traditional end of summer (although fall doesn’t technically start until three weeks later) and that three day weekend right after the first week of school has become a popular holiday for spending time outdoors. Gotta soak... Continue Reading →

Celebrating Fall at the Ludwigsburg Kürbisfest

Summer’s almost over and the fall season is just around the corner.  That means cool weather, cozy sweaters, changing leaves, and pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING.  If you think this seasonal obsession with pumpkin is just an American thing, think again.  In... Continue Reading →

A Glimpse into the Past at Rancho Los Cerritos

One of my favorite things to do when I’m on vacation is visiting historic sites, whether it be churches and castles in Europe, temples in Asia or ancient structures in Mexico, I love envisioning what life was like in that... Continue Reading →

Discovering Point Loma: Ocean Views and State History on the San Diego Bay

There’s no doubt that San Diego is a beautiful city.  I might be biased since I grew up there, but I’m pretty sure a ton of people agree with me.  There is so much to see and do; sandy beaches... Continue Reading →

Welcome to Walhalla. Now Where’s Thor?

Just outside Regensburg, about 20 minutes by bus, is a most interesting sight. Something you wouldn't expect to see in a tiny little town in Bavaria. A German hall of fame inside a Roman neo-classical building named after the mytical... Continue Reading →

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