The Thrifty Travelista

Travel the world & keep the change

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 →

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 →

A Weekend in the Capital: Guadalajara

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... Continue Reading →

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