Category Archives: Travel

Honest Review: The Everywhere Bag by Away

November 11, 2019

When it comes to anything made by Away, there certainly is a lot of hype. The brand is known for creating aesthetically pleasing suitcases and travel bags that are on the expensive side.

Earlier this year, I purchased The Everywhere Bag by Away. It’s gone on a quite a few trips so far including a camping trip, weekend getaway, a long two-week vacation, and quick work trip.

Today I’m sharing my honest opinion about this bag and will reveal if it’s truly worth the investment.

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How to Pack for Paris in the Summer

September 23, 2019

Oh Paris! It’s the City of Lights and the capital of chicness, which can make packing a bit more intimidating than the usual summer vacation.

Here’s a packing list that will keep you cool (both in temperature and stylishness) while exploring one of the most beautiful cities on earth.

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Guide to Paris, France

September 3, 2019

There is something about Paris. This capital city has everything a bon vivant would ever want from the most alluring architecture to the very best in style, art, and cuisine.

It’s a given that you’ll fall for the city’s most iconic destinations and will get seduced by the Seine. But don’t be surprised if you’re equally charmed by the quaint neighborhoods and nonchalant nature of the chic Parisians.

With so much to love, it’s no wonder that the City of Lights is everyone’s dream destination. Join the ranks of thousands of lovers and make your way to one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

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Guide to Mexico City, Mexico

January 28, 2019

Walking in Polanco in the Guide to Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City is a huge metropolis filled to the brim with nearly 20 million people. In a place this big, it’s probably no surprise that there something for everyone.

Brave the traffic in an Uber to explore a neighborhood with immaculate museums and tasting menus at high-end restaurants along tree-lined boulevards. Then, hop in the metro to explore another area with colorful markets, colonial buildings, and a collection of pulque bars.

No matter where you go, you’ll be surrounded by insanely good food, art, and culture. And, of course, masses and masses of people!

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Guide to Seattle, Washington

December 20, 2018

Known as the birthplace of grunge rock and land of a booming tech industry, Seattle is a fun area to explore if you are into coffee, food, and fun. The city tows the line of being familiar and casual while also maintaining a modern and high-end vibe, which basically means there is something for everyone.

No matter what you do, you’ll enjoy views of the beautiful Pacific Northwest whether you are taking in the luscious green spaces or looking towards the waters of Puget Sound. Enjoy a long weekend here with your loved ones whether old or young!

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Honest Review: Le Méridien Bora Bora

November 26, 2018

Want to take the best vacation of your life?

Then, book a room at the Le Méridien resort in Bora Bora, Tahiti. The monsieur and I stayed there for five days about a year ago. It remains our best vacation to date and we’ve been to some pretty amazing places!

Located on an islet opposite of Mount Otemanu, this luxury hotel offers endless opportunities to bask in the French Polynesian sun, splash about in the bright blue water, and relax yourself into utter bliss.

Tahiti is paradise but this place on Bora Bora is a slice of heaven on earth. I’ll be sharing our experience with honest details on the room and amenities, restaurants, activities, and service.

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Guide to Portland, Oregon

November 8, 2018

Society Hotel Room View in Guide to Portland, Oregon

Portland is a big city with a small town feel and a great deal of pride for being home of the weird. Spend a long weekend exploring the funky neighborhoods and enjoying the laidback atmosphere. Go if you love beer, go if you love rain, or go just for fun and you’ll find yourself falling in love with this quirky place.

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Guide to Stockholm, Sweden

October 8, 2018

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and is set along (and within) the coast of the eastern side of the country. Made up of 14 different islands, most of it’s neighborhoods are walkable and the city is fairly easy to navigate thanks to an organized metro system.

This Nordic metropolis represents the best of Sweden with its blonde beauties, progressive vibes, and polite-yet-genuine kindness. There is never a dull moment with museums galore, a hot Scandinavian cuisine scene, modern design and architecture around every corner, and a hearty drinking culture. It’s one of my favorite places in the world!

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Honest Review: Wow Air

September 20, 2018

While telling everyone about our trip to Iceland, there was one topic that everyone wanted to know about…our experience with Wow Air!

Wow Air is a budget airline that offers cheap flights to Iceland and Europe. They’ve recently exploded in popularity, which is probably one reason why so many people are venturing to Iceland these days.

Today I’m giving our honest review of the airline. It’s worth knowing we actually took four flights with them (one from Los Angeles to Iceland, another from Iceland to Sweden, and then those same flights back home).

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Guide to Reykjavik, Iceland

September 17, 2018

Reykjavik is the charming and welcoming capital of Iceland located on the southwestern coast of Iceland. It’s the largest city on the island with nearly 200,000 people living there and new tourists arriving everyday.

Given its history as a Viking settlement and maritime city, there is plenty to discover in terms of culture and history. It’s also a great jumping point from which to explore the great outdoors since many of Iceland’s most beautiful landscapes are only a few hours drive from the city.

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10 Tips for Packing Light

September 10, 2018

There are a lot of perks when it comes to packing light. You avoid extra baggage fees, don’t have to worry about losing your luggage, and can get around easily.

Here are a few of the tips that will help you pack light for your next trip. Bonne chance et bon voyage!

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Guide to Big Bear, California

July 16, 2018

Big Bear is located in the middle of the San Bernadino Mountains alongside Big Bear Lake. The area is blessed with mild California temps but is lucky enough to experience the beauty of all four seasons.

Since this small mountain is only a two-hour drive from Los Angeles and Orange County,  it is a popular weekend destination for adventure seekers. The slopes are a big draw in the winter, but there are plenty of outdoorsy activities available throughout the year.

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Guide to Kauai, Hawaii

April 23, 2018

Cliff Trail near Shipwreck Beach in Kauai, Hawaii | Alyssa Pacaut

Known as a lush tropical paradise, Kauai is Hawaii’s fourth largest island and a great place for your next vacation. Some of the best hiking trails and beaches in the world line the edge of the island with a dense rain forest in the center that has been featured in action films like Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park.

Outdoor fanatics will be right at home with endless opportunities to hike, surf, and get involved with water sports. Everyone else will have fun accessing some of the best vistas by car and enjoying the laidback vibe of the island. Party people will probably want to skip this island as nightlife is pretty much nonexistent.
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Guide to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

March 5, 2018

Ocotillo in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park | Alyssa Pacaut

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is humongous and spans nearly 650,000 acres. It’s located just east of San Diego County and is home to about 600 or so desert bighorn sheep (aka borregos) that typically keep to the remote areas of the park.

Hop in your car and take to the many roads that crisscross the park. You’ll enjoy exploring the surprisingly diverse terrain from sweeping vistas and broad canyons to the random rock formations and alien-like plants dotting the open desert. It’s great place for a day trip or weekend camping adventure!
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Guide to Moorea, Tahiti

January 9, 2018

Belvedere Point in Moorea, Tahiti | Alyssa Pacaut

Moorea is a quiet, laid back island in French Polynesia that is just a hop and a skip away from the main island of Tahiti. Bright blue lagoon water, luscious jungle greenery, and the best seafood ever are just the tip of the iceberg in this tropical paradise.

There is plenty to do from snorkeling, diving, and kayaking to hiking, nature tours, or simply taking in the breathtaking views. The island caters well to tourists yet doesn’t feel touristy, which makes it a great destination for honeymooners, families, and everyone in between.
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Best Wine Bars and Shops in Long Beach

June 20, 2017

Best Wine Shops in Long Beach | Alyssa Pacaut

Drinking wine is one of my favorite ways to unwind whether I’m grabbing a glass with a girlfriend or buying a bottle for a dinner at home. Thankfully, there are a lot of high-quality wine bars and shops in Long Beach. Here’s the crème de la crème!

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