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Here’s Everything You Shouldn’t Do When Visiting Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a beautiful and vast city full of all kinds of different cultures and attractions that make it a wonderful city to visit. But it can also be a very complicated and frustrating city. Especially if you don’t know what not to do! And that’s why we’re here.

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We talked to LA locals and got the inside scoop on everything that should be avoided when visiting Los Angeles. Some things on this list might surprise you, but just trust us! You don’t need to bother with these tourist traps.

DON’T FLY INTO LAX

Los Angeles International Airport can be an absolute nightmare. In fact, in 2018, it was ranked the second busiest airport in the country. The security lines are always long, the terminals are always crowded, and you’ll be lucky to ever find a seat or the all-important power outlet.

The good news is, there are options. The Long Beach Airport isn’t all that far away (about a 30-45 minute drive from Santa Monica), and the Burbank Airport (AKA Bob Hope Airport) is an absolute dream. Take it from me, do whatever you have to do to fly in and out of Burbank!

DEFINITELY DON’T BOTHER WITH THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is typically a must-see for any first time visitor to Los Angeles. All those famous names on the sidewalk, all the people dressed up as famous characters waiting to pose for a picture. Heck, you might even run into a celebrity!

Not. You will definitely not run into a celebrity. It’s definitely just some names on a sidewalk (so what if they’re famous?). And those people dressed up as famous characters can be extremely annoying and will always demand money after you take a picture for them and give you a real hard time if you don’t. Not to mention how many other people will be there! This is definitely not nearly as worth it as you may think.

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF TRAFFIC

Everyone’s heard about the famous LA traffic and I’m here to tell you… it is very real. Sometimes it seems like it doesn’t matter what time of day it is, traffic is always bad. Heck, even the weekends can be bad! So it’s very important to prepare yourself for the time you will lose being stuck in traffic.

Now, I’m not saying, “Don’t go anywhere! Never leave your hotel!” I’m just saying, prepare yourself accordingly. Venice and Santa Monica are definitely worth a day trip, but just be prepared to spend as much as an hour or even more on your commute to and from. And download Waze while you’re at it! It’s a fantastic GPS app that always finds the quickest routes.

THIS ISN’T NEW YORK. DON’T JAYWALK

Some people, when visiting LA, think it’s just another major city where people jaywalk all the time and nobody cares. Well, that is certainly not the case! For one reason or another (I suppose it’s because it’s the law), the Los Angeles Police Department takes jaywalking very seriously! I myself know multiple people that have gotten jaywalking tickets in Los Angeles. So don’t risk it and just wait for that little man to tell you you’re good to cross the street!

DON’T MAKE THE MISTAKE OF NOT VISITING DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

If I were writing this article fifteen or even ten years ago, I’d probably be telling you to definitely avoid downtown LA. But the city has done such an amazing job cleaning up and revitalizing the downtown area that it would not be a massive mistake to not check it out while visiting the city.

The vibe and energy down there is just incredible these days, with cozy cafes, immaculate restaurants, and hip bars that make you feel like you’re on the east coast. Places like Disney Concert Hall, Grand Central Market, The Broad art museum, and the Arts District are among the areas downtown that are the favorites of locals.


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The Best All-Inclusive Resorts In The Bahamas

Don’t throw money down the toilet on a Caribbean vacation. Get the best bang for your buck by staying at these sneaky cheap all-inclusive resorts. 

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Hey, even the most frugal people still want to go to the Bahamas! It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world and is an absolutely perfect vacation destination. But it can be sneaky expensive. So you have to be careful to not waste too much money while on vacation there.

Lucky for you, we found the best and cheapest all-inclusive results in all of the Bahamas! So scroll through and find the one that’s right for you and whoever you may be heading to the Caribbean with!

HOTEL RIU PALACE PARADISE ISLAND

This wonderful hotel finds itself at the top of our list for one simple reason: it’s the closest all-inclusive resort to the capital of the Bahamas, Nassau. Which obviously has plenty of benefits! The hotel also boasts 24-hour room service, fulling stocked minibars, actual liquor dispensers and plenty of entertainment and awesome buffets nightly.

It’s also right next to the monster resort that is Atlantis, which has plenty of nightclubs and casinos that are open to non-guests. And while being next to Atlantis and Nassau certainly make it one of the least quiet resorts on our list, the convenience of being so close to so many cool attractions make it all worth it.

BREEZES RESORT & SPA BAHAMAS

Breezes Resort is located on one of the most popular beaches in all of Nassau, Cable Beach. It’s not the most beautiful resort in the Bahamas, with some fairly uninspired interior design, but many of the units do have direct beach access, which is of course wonderful. And, if you go for the all-inclusive packages, you’ll have access to free snacks, meals, drinks, and even recreational activities on the daily.

Not to mention, this place has four bars and five restaurants! You basically never need to leave the premises. Which, on a vacation, can be just downright lovely.

MELIA NASSAU BEACH

What makes this resort so special is the six specialty restaurants and bars their guests have access to. They all offer their own unique flavors and styles, which makes staying at the resort for every meal fun and exciting. The resort is also perfectly nestled right on another of Nassau’s best beaches making for the perfect Caribbean vacation.

And if you’re the gambling type, they also have an awesome casino that is perfect for gambling away your vacation!

SANDALS EMERALD BAY GOLF, TENNIS AND SPA RESORT

I think the proof is in the title with this wonderful all-inclusive Bahamas resort. It’s not exactly one of the cheapest options in the Bahamas, but you really can get some serious bang for your buck. They have seven restaurants of varying cuisines, lots of pools, an 18-hole golf course, and plenty of tennis courts to keep their guests busy. And, naturally, they have plenty of fantastic cocktails that come with the package and keep the party going as long as you like.

VIVA WYNDHAM FORTUNA BEACH

If you’re looking to hit the Caribbean with your family then this is the all-inclusive resort for you! There are certainly still plenty of options for adults (see: alcohol), but this place has the best family-friendly activities. Specifically, they offer a bunch of awesome water sports like kayaking, windsurfing, and paddle boarding. And if you just want to eat good food and lounge around, there are multiple wonderful restaurants in the resort and their beach is full of comfortable beach furniture.

STELLA MARIS RESORT CLUB

OK… this is it, folks. If you’re really looking to save as much money as possible while having as much fun the Bahamas as possible, then look no further than Stella Maris Resort Club. This place is perfectly secluded and only has 45 rooms. So it’s great for a quieter Caribbean vacation as well.

As for their all-inclusive package, it can include such amenities as three meals and three drinks per day (in addition to wine with dinner!), kayaking, cave exploration, boat trips, hikes and nature walks, and beautiful bike rides. What else do you need, people?!

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Check Out These Awesomely Vintage Motels

There are still plenty of amazing vintage hotels still open for business around the country. 

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There’s no point in fighting it at this point, we are living in the retro-age. It’s all about vintage and throwbacks and reboots. And as annoying as it can be, there is still some really cool vintage stuff out there. And what’s more vintage than cute, little roadside motels? Here are some of the coolest ones out there.

SANTA FE MOTEL AND INN – SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO

The Santa Fe Motel and Inn epitomizes the energy and style of the Southwest. From the classic adobe-style architecture to the colorful and rustic interior of the lobby, this place is as New Mexico as it gets. And the awesome Santa Fe Plaza is just about a seven minute walk away. They also offer a deliciously Southwest breakfast for their guests.

THE STARLUX – WILDWOOD, NEW JERSEY

Enjoy a proper New Jersey experience at the StarLux motel as it is just two blocks from the beach and the awesome Wildwood Boardwalk. One of the biggest motels on this list, it has a whopping 45 rooms. Plus they really lean heavily on the vintage vibe with lava lamps in the rooms, fake palm trees by the pool, and actual real-life Airstream trailers for guests to stay in.

PALM SPRINGS RENDEZVOUS – PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA

This adorable motel first opened in 1938 and was apparently the motel of choice for the one and only Marilyn Monroe when she visited Palm Springs. There are only ten rooms in the motel and they all have unique and awesome themes. Like the Rebel Without a Cause room, the Shake Rattle and Roll room, and Marilyn’s favorite, the Pretty in Pink room.

BLACK HAWK MOTEL – WISCONSIN DELLS, WISCONSIN

This picture perfect motel looks like it’s right out of a postcard. The best part about this vintage spot? How close it is to awesome attractions! There’s a popular tourist strip just a ten minute walk away, and Noah’s Ark Waterpark and Kalahari Indoor Theme Park are a short drive away. The motel even provides free passes to all its guests!

THE MOTOR LODGE – PRESCOTT, ARIZONA

This quaint little spot was built all the way back in 1910. It was originally just a small collection of summer cabins. It’s changed a lot over the years thanks to multiple owners, but now it’s considered an awesome boutique motel located right around the corner from Whiskey Row and a historic downtown. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary glass of wine when they arrive, a homemade cookie when they leave, and plenty of bikes for borrowing.

RED CABOOSE MOTEL – RONKS, PENNSYLVANIA

This place is an absolute must-see. Literally made from 19 25-ton train cabooses all the way back in 1969, motels doing get any more vintage than the Red Caboose Motel. Guests will literally stay in the cabooses, with some of them big enough to support a whole family, and one honeymoon caboose with a queen sized bed and a romantic whirlpool bath. It also includes a petting zoo, a miniature train ride, and free movie nights in the barn.


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Everything You Need To Know About The Longest Cruise In The World

Viking Cruises recently announced they will soon be offering one-of-a-kind cruise experience will take 245 days and will visit a whopping 59 countries.

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Got $93,000 laying around and about 8 months to kill? Then do we have the experience for you!

Viking Cruises recently announced they will soon be offering one of the most unique and elaborate cruise experiences the world has ever seen. It’s called Viking Sun and it’s a giant, 465-room vessel that can house up to 930 people. But that’s not what makes this cruise so insane. The entire trip will take 245 days and will visit a whopping 59 countries. I probably can’t even name more than 30 off the top of my head.

The cruise will start in London and the first voyage is set for August 31, 2019, and will cover some of the most interesting places in the world and everything in-between. Just look at this list of places its passengers will see: Greenland, Iceland, the Caribbean Islands, much of South America, Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, Egypt, and even Jordan and Oman. And those are just the big hitters. There are many other lesser-known stops along the way that are sure to be worth the stop.

Now, naturally, 245 days and $93,000 (technically $92,990) is a lot to ask for most people. So Viking is offering people the change to take part in smaller portions of the grand trip. “Viking World Treasures” covers 127 days, 33 countries, costs $47,995, and stops in Los Angeles. While “Viking World Wonders” covers 119 days, 29 countries, costs $45,995 and replaces any World Treasures participants by picking up new passengers in Los Angeles who get to enjoy the return trip to London.

And while even those prices seem pretty darn high, we haven’t even covered the amenities yet. The ship includes private balconies in each cabin, an infinity pool, a Nordic sauna, and a “snow grotto.” Not to mention the price of admission covers business class airfare, free luggage shipping, transfers to and from the ship, all gratuities and service fees, complimentary shore excursions in every port and, maybe most importantly of all, unlimited free Wi-Fi.

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