Just across the Bay from San Francisco, Oakland, California is an urban cultural mecca that stretches from the coast to redwood-covered rolling hills. Did you know that Oakland is home to TWO huge redwood parks, a lake in the middle of downtown, 3 historic Art Deco theatres, a food and coffee scene that rivals San Francisco, a system of hidden staircases, and over 600 street art murals? We’ve lived here for 8 years and we’re STILL discovering new things to love about our home city every day! Here are 29 things nobody tells you about Oakland, California.
Years ago, when I was a Walt Disney World Cast Member, I didn’t think about what I threw into my bag on my way to the parks. I would just hop on a bus and go have lunch in Epcot or grab a Mickey Bar. Like it was routine. Like it was NORMAL. Oh, how I miss those days! Now that I’m a regular shmuck again, packing for Disney is a STRUGGLE. It’s like packing for a marathon combined with packing for a costume party combined with packing for a camping trip. But with the right packing strategy, you can feel comfortable all day long and save money on unnecessary purchases in the parks! Here’s everything you need to know about the essential gear to bring, what NOT to pack, & budget-friendly Disney packing tips!
We Californians like to joke that the only state we love as much as California is Colorado. (I say joke, but we’re being totally serious.) But I think it’s because we share a lot in common with our landlocked friend-state: legal weed (hayyy), glorious snow-capped mountains, and an unofficial state-wide obsession with rock climbing. Something else our states both share is an endless number of towns, villages, cities, and parks to explore on a weekend getaway! There are also tons of fun, beautiful, and downright weird places to explore on a weekend getaway in Colorado. We partnered with some of our favorite travel bloggers to create this list of the best weekend getaways in Colorado!
Northern Lights. Herds of reindeer roaming the arctic tundra. Dog sledding through snowy woods. Fjord flopping. Wait… what? In this post you’ll find the exact itinerary for the life-changing Norway trip I took in January, plus alternative destinations if you want to switch things up. This massive 7 day itinerary includes everything you’ll need to plan an epic winter trip to Norway!
Visiting Norway in the winter was one of the most incredible trips of my life. From seeing the Northern Lights to jumping in an icy cold fjord to dog sledding in the mountains to herding reindeer with the indigenous Sami people to crashing a snowmobile in the Arctic Tundra (because it wouldn’t be me if there’s not at least ONE disaster, right?), here are 35 jaw-dropping photos of Norway in the winter!
Snow-topped mountains. Hot springs. Ski resorts and cozy lodges. Dog sledding and sleigh rides underneath the Northern Lights. Banff National Park is a winter wonderland for outdoor adventure lovers and snow sports enthusiasts (or just like, people who really like frolicking in the snow, eating poutine, and maybe befriending a moose). Visiting during Banff’s winter season will show you a sparkling, icy, snow-dusted side of the Canadian Rockies – all with fewer crowds and cheaper prices! Here’s everything you need to know to plan your Banff winter trip, including 12 of the best things to do in Banff during the winter.