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 →


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 →

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 →

Summer Camping Series: Sequoia!

Raise your hand if you love National Parks! *raises hand* But I have a confession to make. Until earlier this year, when I visited Joshua Tree the only National Park in California I’d visited was Alcatraz Island in San Francisco.... Continue Reading →

Summer Camping Series: Lake Cachuma

Summer vacations might not be a thing anymore after leaving school, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the longer hours and warmer weather with a weekend get away. If you’re looking for a thrifty way to step away from... Continue Reading →

Three Reasons You Should Try Camping

When I was growing up my parents and I used to camp a lot.  We would go on week-long excursions to Northern California, or camp along the Baja peninsula on the way to our timeshare in Cabo San Lucas.  My... Continue Reading →

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