Crisp mountain air. Shimmering lakes. Scenic drives. Colorful fall foliage. Welcome to June Lake, California: a rustic, quirky little mountain town in the high Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains packed with scenic trails, awe-inspiring views, and alpine lakes. This Eastern Sierras getaway has some of the best fall foliage in the state, plus skiing, snowboarding, fishing, hiking, hot springs, and more! Also, it’s kinda haunted, which we consider a major plus. Here’s 12 things to do in this charming mountain village getaway!
“What should I pack?” is one of the most common questions we get asked. And while we’ve written a bunch of very specific packing guides for everything from cold weather to the beach, we have yet to create a big ol’ chunky ultimate travel packing list. So we’re finally laying out all of our favorite must-have travel items, from travel gear to camera gear to the equipment we bring with us to work on the road – everything a full-time travel blogger (or just like, regular traveler) needs!
When I was invited to speak at a conference in Graz, Austria, I was like “yes. Where?” Several months later, I found myself staring down a giant platter full of fried meat while two Austrians in lederhosen yodeled and five travel bloggers began a round of German drinking chants. Welcome to Graz: Austria’s most undiscovered city is undeniably quirky, deliciously foodie, full of art, history, & design, and incredibly adorable! This photo guide will have you booking the next ticket to Austria (just bring us back some schnitzel, please).
Swaying palm trees. White sand beaches. Warm banana bread. Juicy pineapples. The chillest of vibes. Maui, Hawaii is a dream destination, and although we’ve been living in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost 10 years – where a trip to Hawaii is a feasible weekend trip – we’d yet to visit until this summer! All I can say is … what the heck is wrong with us?! We’ve WASTED the last 10 years of my life not visiting Maui every chance we can get! Although we only had 3 days to spend in Maui, we fell head over heels. Our Maui itinerary is the perfect way to spend 3 days in Maui, from snorkeling to the Road to Hana to a luau to eating as much shave ice and banana bread as the human body can physically stand. What are you waiting for? Shaka, brah!
Some people are born to be on the beach. They return from their beach vacation with sun-kissed skin, positively glowing with beachy bliss. I envy those people. While they’re happily soaking up the sun, I’m busy being burned to a crisp, inhaling mouthfuls of sand, swallowing salt water, and trying to get sand un-stuck from places that sand should never, ever be. And it doesn’t help that shopping for swimsuits as a size 16, almost 6-foot tall Amazonian woman is an exercise in torture and frustration. So you can rest assured that every single item on this beach vacation packing list has been thoroughly vetted to the HIGHEST possible standards. I have absolutely no patience for anything that causes chafing, leaves a weird greasy residue, or leaves me feeling hot, sweaty, and uncomfortable. This ultimate curvy girl’s beach vacation packing list is the practical, body positive packing guide you need to hit the beach this summer!
Vineyards. Olive trees. Hot springs. Paso Robles, California is one of our absolute favorite places in California! It’s home to some of the best food, wine, spirits, and craft beer that you’ll find in California. Oh, and don’t forget the hot springs. Paso Robles is the perfect place to stop along California’s Central Coast as part of a Pacific Coast Highway road trip. We’ve created this comprehensive guide to all the best things to do in Paso Robles for your next weekend trip!