Death Valley National Park has turned out to be one of my absolute favorite places in the world, and definitely my favorite California national park so far. The landscapes are bizarre and unique, and the park is large enough that you can have complete silence. We will definitely be back soon! (But not in the summer!)
Getting from Los Angeles, California to Quito, Ecuador requires two flights and a layover. In our case, about 11 total hours of travel. For me, the thought of these long flights means anxiety. I get worried about having space for our carry on's (we never check) and about how uncomfortable we'll be. The result of which is often the next day of our trip being ruined by jet lag and exhaustion. Copa Airlines business class really ups the luxury and reduces your flight anxiety!
The Galápagos Islands are a gigantic national park owned by Ecuador that covers 3,087 square feet! To see all 20 islands you really do need to do a cruise, so the first question is: how much do you really want to see? (BTW, if you want to see all the islands expect to stay for weeks!) In reality, there are a number of islands available from the inhabited islands of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, and Isabella. Enough for you to get a real sense of the major diversity in this wonderful park.
It's hard to imagine another park that can rival the beauty and glory of Yosemite National Park. Located in Central California, Yosemite National Park offers incredible landscapes, hiking for all skill levels, and some of the most stunning views in the world. The best part is that Yosemite is a relatively easy park to navigate! Consider some of our tips and experiences before planning your trip.
As a travel planner, I find booking transportation to be one of the most complicated parts of creating the perfect trip. One amazing lesson I have learned is, when possible, always book a local, private driver! In each case we have done this, we have been given unique side trips and tours that aren't listed on any website. Believe me, locals know best. You can read all the blogs you want by foreign travelers, but locals will always have the private tips to the less touristy spots and of course, the best food! This travel article is dedicated to our most favorite finds through our private, local drivers.
Chris and I live in Los Angeles. It's been our main travel port now for nearly 4 years, but prior to that our main international travel port was JFK in New York City. Talk about two of the most populated and difficult airports in the world! Let's start with a couple images
Dealing with money abroad can be complex, confusing, and sometimes inconvenient! It's easy to make mistakes and even lose money in the process. Consider these tips. Please click on the title of the link for the full article!
Joshua Tree National Park covers 1,200 square miles, if you can believe it! The park has three entrances. We have taken trips into all entrances, and I encourage you to utilize the West entrance, 5 miles south of the 62 on Park blvd.
IF IT'S TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLY IS!
When searching for flights for an upcoming trip to the Galapagos, I used Kayak to help me set my expectations. Those were destroyed when I realized that Kayak was showing me fares not really available. Check out this one: