Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive. Whether you explore solo, with girlfriends, or family, budget travel destinations can be found.  Flights tend to be the biggest expense of a trip. So, planning ahead is imperative. Keeping an eye on travel websites and apps will cut both airline and accommodation costs. Furthermore, check airlines’ low fare

North Park restauranteurs know food is the consummate unifier. The table and people around it fulfill a purpose; to feel love and connected while sharing that which sustains us. In a culture where everyone in trying to figure out how they are different from you, gathering for a meal is a great equalizer and shows

The snow has melted, and the sun is shining in this North American metropolis. Perched on a 30-mile-long island at the convergence of the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers, Montreal is the perfect blend of modernity and stunning historic architecture. I spent a week there last summer and felt like I was in Europe! Why

13,140,000 minutes. How do you measure a marriage of 25 years? In daylights, in sunsets, in laughter, in miles. The Southern Hemisphere with its raw natural beauty, technicolor skies, and crystal clear water hosted a surreal silver anniversary for my husband, Miguel, and I. For eleven days upon the ship m/s Paul Gauguin our most

Vacationing in communist Cuba is a mix of experiences. It’s a melting pot of 11 million inhabitants comprised of people from myriad countries, all migrated to the island throughout history, either willingly — Spaniards, French, or under duress — African slaves. The capital, Havana, with its crumbling history and riot of color is bustling with

One of the largest Asian populations in America sits two hours north of San Diego, and it’s the new, hot destination. Hipsters are exploding on the scene of LA’s Little Tokyo, Koreatown, and Chinatown, opening businesses which rival their Eastern counterparts. Gentrification of the ethnic nabes has prompted a burgeoning celebrity chef food scene, restored

Recently, I laced up my Nike Pegasus and embarked on an 800-mile walk to visit California’s 21 Spanish Missions along the El Camino Real. I divided my peregrination into 10 months, taking four days each month to cover approximately 80 miles, with Amtrak as my chauffeur to and fro. Google maps and Ron Briery’s book,

As soon as we stepped off the Econoline at Esh’s Amish farm, the serenity of the setting was palpable. Two boys in black pants and bright shirts were helping their father, Jacob, milk cows in the barn. The machines and fans run off hydraulics” Jacob Esh said matter-of-factly to those of us on The Amish

In this era of Twitter, Facebook, and smartphones, it may surprise you to know many hotels, especially upscale ones, still offer letterhead stationery for guests. Before the arsenal of modern-day electronic gadgets kept us constantly connected, Americans regularly penned their messages on hotel stationery. Correspondence that now takes seconds to deliver once took days. Times have changed…

Temecula has become a wine lovers’ destination. It’s no longer necessary to trek to Napa or Paso Robles for award-winning varietals. Riverside County has thrown its hat in the ring and is competing with the big boys, with much success. Grapevines, orange groves, and tasting rooms line Rancho California Road, De Portola Road, and a