Lately life consists of:
♥ a short trip to San Francisco ♥ little kittens
♥ tagging my name on a friend’s wall ♥ lots of delicious coffee
Recently I read a blog post about 8 Great Alternative Budget Vacation Ideas by one of my favorite travel bloggers, Nomadic Matt. One of his tips was to be a local tourist. I don’t know about you, but I have not taken full advantage of all that my city has to offer. Have you?
So in light of this idea, I ventured off on a mini road trip last weekend with family and friends to explore the little gold rush town of Julian to go apple picking and wine tasting. Only an hour drive away from San Diego, we hit the sierras and escaped the local beach towns and large highways for little windy roads and beautiful fall leaves. It was a refreshing change of scenery without having to venture too far.
So be a little spontaneous this weekend and be a tourist in your city. Happy Friday!
Venice Beach is my go-to city for EPIC people watching. Take a stroll down the boardwalk for five minutes and you will have probably turned your head at least twice to get a double look at some spectacle. Whether it is a shirtless tattooed guy being pulled on a skateboard by three dogs, a publicly acclaimed “pot head” rambling on about their perspectives on life, advice, stories or anything for a little bit of cash, a very muscly man in a speedo with horns attached to his forehead or a homeless person passed out in the middle of the sidewalk in a Santa Claus outfit in the middle of the summer; you are sure to be entertained. If that doesn’t amuse you, there are a ton of shops, tattoo and piercings galore, street vendors, art, and medical marijuana doctors. If you are in the area (and by area I mean anywhere in California) go to Venice Beach, at least once. You are sure to come back with at least one story.
San Diego, California is beautiful. Few would doubt me. For many, this is a vacation spot; I am lucky enough to call this my home. Recently my family relocated to a new part of San Diego county which has allowed me to reappreciate the gorgeous city of Encinitas. Located just north of San Diego county along the coast, this beach town has an adorable downtown with some artsy shops, delicious places for breakfast (Potato Shack, 101 Diner), unique boutiques, vintages shops with some incredible finds (Home, Flashbacks) and some stellar bars (D Street Bar and Grill). Encinitas is one of the few areas that still has firepits on the beach (there was a ban on them a while ago on most if not all beaches in San Diego) for those summer nights on the beach. Just get there early to save the pit, its a novelty for both locals and visitors.
Ok San Diego……you got us beat. After procuring the daily weather report, I had to do little to find out my instant disappointment of snow…..yup thats right, snow. In March. The end of March. After a beautiful sunny day in the 60s.
I don’t know how New Englanders can handle this every year. Studies even show that we do better in warm weather. New England is not warm.
“The best temperature for humans is about 72 degrees because it is the most temperate. That explains why people in southern California are so happy all the time.” (Feldman, 2010)
If you need proof of this phenomenon…live in a sunny place. You will see that this study is 100% correct. For those of you who already live in a warm place, smart choice. If you would like to read more about the study of how weather affects your mood, just click the link after the quote. Or you can google it; there is so much information. Besides that, my highest recommendation is to test this theory….move to a warm place. Its better for everyone.
Check out the current weather cameras below:
(Choose the City and Click the Link)