How to Make the Most of a Short Trip

Everyone loves to have a week or two to really enjoy their vacation, but life doesn’t always allow for full vacations. Maybe you’re lucky to be able to get away for a weekend. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t have a great experience. San Diego and La Jolla, in particular, has plenty to offer, no matter how long you plan to stay. Are you worried that you’ll miss out by only having a limited time for your trip? Here are our tips for making the most of your short trip:

Stick to a Carry-On

One of the perks of a short vacation is that there’s less to pack. You may be able to avoid paying for checked bags by packing only a carry on bag. Your carry-on can fit your clothes for a few days (even more clothes if you roll them rather than folding), and hygiene products, a change of shoes, and a book to read during downtime. You’ll also likely be allowed a personal item, such as a shoulder bag or laptop bag before you have to check anything. Read more here…


4 Ways to Cool Off in San Diego

San Diego has its fair share of hot days, even as autumn approaches. The warm, sunny weather year-round is one of the things visitors often love about the place. However, too much sun can be a little overwhelming and might put a damper on your trip if you don’t take some time to cool off. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to cool off, both indoors and outdoors in San Diego. Here are a few of our favorite ways to cool off while you’re here:


Go Ice Skating

Ice skating may not be the first thing on your mind when you think of visiting San Diego, but if you’re looking for a cooler day, an indoor ice skating arena could be the perfect activity. It’s great for the family or for skating enthusiasts who like to go solo. You have a few different indoor ice skating rinks to choose from, like Kroc Center IceSan Diego Ice Arena, or UTC Ice Sports Center. If you don’t love ice skating yourself, you can check out a San Diego Gulls game. Read more here…

4 Tips for Road Trippers – Destination San Diego

Is there a more exciting way to travel than taking a road trip? It’s traveling the slow way, checking out all the exciting stops from Point A to Point B. No airports, no bus stations, just you, your car, and some of your favorite people. Some road trippers even travel cross country, so often San Diego is a popular destination for those traveling from the east coast. This could be the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer before starting a new school year, or even an opportunity to use up some hard-earned vacation time. Here are a few tips to get the most of it:


Get Your Car Ready

You’ll be spending a lot of time in your car over the course of this trip, so make sure your car is a comfortable place to be and that it’s in good shape for the coming trip. You might want to take your car to a mechanic to check things like your fluid and brakes before taking it to cross country. Make sure you’ve cleaned it out before you get started. You may also invest in sun shields for your car windshield, to keep it cool on hot, sunny days, especially if you’re headed to San Diego. Read more here…

Tips for Surviving a Long Flight With Kids

Vacations are supposed to be relaxing, but getting there can sometimes be a hassle. If you’re traveling alone, you might enjoy the long flight. It could be a chance to catch up on sleep, read a book, watch a movie you haven’t seen yet, or simply get to know the person in the seat beside you. However, if you’re traveling with kids, the experience is a bit less laid back. No one wants to be the parents on the plane whose children are causing a commotion, and if you have a twelve-hour flight or a flight with layovers, this can be even more stressful. Fortunately, we have a few helpful tips to make the process more manageable.


Fly By Night (Literally)

Worried your kids will fuss throughout the whole flight? Or, better yet, worried that landing at a strange hour in a different timezone will cause jetlag that throws off your trip? You can avoid both of these problems by flying at night. If you book a flight that leaves around 8 pm or later, chances are the lights will be down for most of the flight, and the kids will be a little sleepy by that point. You can all get some sleep on your flight and wake up at — or at least near — your destination. Read more here…

La Jolla Beach Spotlight: Windansea

It’s hard to avoid the beach when you vacation in La Jolla. We’re surrounded by not one but several beautiful beaches, all with their own unique attributes and experiences. Windansea Beach in south La Jolla, for instance, is one of the most popular beaches in the area. It’s perfect for surfers, marine biology enthusiasts, and it even has its own claim to fame. Thinking about visiting Windansea beach while you’re here? Here are a few fun facts and things you should know about the place.


One of the biggest draws to Windansea Beach is surfing. While the south part of the beach is great for bodyboarding, you can catch some thrilling waves on the northern side. Surfers like the legendary Butch Van Artsdalen, Skip Frye, and Mickey Munoz have all surfed here. There’s also an annual surf competition, Windansea Surf Contest, hosted by Windansea Surf Club, to be found here. Whether you like to surf yourself or watch others ride the big waves, surf lovers have historically loved Windansea and continue to come back. Read more here…

4 Tips for Visiting the San Diego Zoo

Founded in 1916, the San Diego Zoo was a pioneer establishment when it came to “cageless” animal exhibits. Today, it’s home to over 3,500 animals, all in natural enclosures. Conservation is the name of the game these days, and the zoo works with over 300 conservation scientists around the world.


This massive zoo is an attraction that draws people from all over the country. Maybe you’ve been planning a trip to the San Diego Zoo for some time, or maybe it just occurred to you to visit while you’re in town. Whatever the case, here are a few tips to get the most out of your zoo trip. Read more here…

3 Unique Attractions in San Diego

Let it never be said of a San Diego vacation that there’s simply not enough to do. There are plenty of attractions that everyone knows about — the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, the beach, and Balboa Park. But this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to everything San Diego has to offer. If you’re looking for attractions off the beaten path, the area certainly has you covered. Here are a few of our favorite San Diego attractions that might not make the first few pages of a tourism brochure.


Heritage Park Victorian Village

Old Town itself is a fairly popular San Diego attraction. This historic park marks San Diego’s first settlement from 1769. At the time, it was no more than a mission and a fort, so the park gives tourists an interesting glimpse into how far the city has come, as well as delicious margaritas. But that’s not all there is to Old Town. Here you can find Victorian Village, full of elegant, colorful Victorian homes to delight architecture buffs and history buffs alike. This gives visitors a sense of walking through San Diego in the late 19th century. You can even stop in for tea. Read more here…