Places to Visit in Los Angeles

There are famous, beautiful, and memorable place to visit all around the world and Los Angeles is not left out. There is an endless list of insightful, breathtaking and historic places to visit in Los Angeles, California.

The city commonly referred to L.A. is home to most of our favorite Hollywood stars. The city is so packed with places to visit that you might have a “choice problem” and if you decide to experience it all, it may take a while.

But Just to help you decide, here are some places to visit in Los Angeles, California (The City of Angels):

  1.       Stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame

In L.A. you could be any closer to some of your favorite Hollywood star. The blissful sight where over 2500 names of the entertainment world most renowned are eternalized in pink terrazzo and gold lettering. A walk there and you can almost feel the glory.

  1.       Visit the Getty Centre

For the lovers of art and creativity, a visit to the Getty Centre will be a dream come to life. The Centre is unique for its collection for artistic masterpieces and a breathtaking hilltop view of L.A. Some these awesome masterpieces are the works of Van Gogh, Monet, Cezanne, Rubens and Impressionist and the like. Also, some of the photography works being displayed are spectacular.

  1.       Go Shopping on Rodeo Drive

After watching Pretty Woman, added to the bucket list of every lady is to go shopping on Rodeo drive. So, if you are in L.A. now will be a good time to cross that off your dream board to visit the stores. If you can afford it, shop until you drop.

  1.       Some Time at the Beach

Looking to clear your head? Sometime in the cool breeze on the beach will do you a lot of good. This is not just good for you head, but for your body too especially if you want to get a tan. You could spend the time Swimming, surfing or even scuba diving.

  1.       Have A Jurassic Experience

Although the name is quite peculiar, this museum is quite safe and in no way like Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. The Museum of Jurassic technology has a plethora of scientific curiosities, unique sculptures and other artistic marvels to get you enlightened as much as keep you entertained. A friend of mine who owns a DFW-based pool remodeling Plano company just got back from visiting LA and told me it was definitely worth checking out.

  1.       Get schooled at Griffith Observatory

With its Gigantic telescope, you would think you could see the ends of the earth, but the building alone is a gorgeous sight to behold. At the Hall of the Sky and Hall of the eye, you get to observe the interaction between people and space. Even if you are not a fan of Space, a visit to this observatory is worth your while

  1.       Go to Disneyland

Disneyland is a place you get to see your favorite animated character and you can never outgrow or avoid that. Unless of course you choose not to have kids and you absolutely avoid your little nieces and nephews. Even as adults, there are a lot of rides like the Grizzly river run or you can bask in the music of New Orleans Square.

There are many other places you can visit in Los Angeles like the Watt towers and many other activities you can enjoy like a concert at the Walt Disney concert hall. But while you are doing this, the key is to have fun and enjoy it. 

Things To Do in Madagascar

While on a trip around the world, Madagascar is one place to see that will blow your mind. It is an island just a few hundreds of miles away from Mozambique. It is one of the largest Islands in the world. With its beautiful scenery, swanky mountains, parched canyons and golden shores, it is a home for many wonderful and unique species of wildlife.

Although, traveling can be such a bore especially if you do not know what to do. At Madagascar there are enough activities to keep you occupied for a few months, you just have to find it. You might say that your interests are quite peculiar as an excuse not go on that family trip. But, why don’t you give it a try and get to experience one of the best times of your life?

If you are on the Island of Madagascar, here are a few things to do to make your visit memorable:

  1.       Sampling Local Cuisine

Food is very essential. It is a common saying that ” You do not know a people till you have known/eaten their food”. It is part of who they are, it is culture. The indigenous Malagasy dishes comprises of either meat or seafood, vegetables, and rice. Some dishes you can look out for are Romazava, Koba and kabaro While washing it down with a cold local three horse beer.

  1.       Visit the parks and resorts

Madagascar has so many parks and each is unique with its qualities and entertainments. Some have really rare wildlife, sceneries, and rivers and yes, lemurs too. Nosy Be is a good place to start in terms of resorts because it is the busiest and biggest resort and also one of the best.

  1.       Take a walk in the stone forest

You have not visited Madagascar till you see the Limestone karsts of Northwestern Tsingy de Bemaraha National park. Almost 200 million years ago, an enormous plateau was created when the limestone sea bed pushed upwards. With time, the plateau was weather-beaten such that it became an impenetrable forest of limestones with canyon and waterfalls making it quite a beauty.  

  1.       Sign up for Scuba diving

You could go swimming with fishes, not the grim kind though. Especially if you are a lover of nature, learning how to scuba dive is a way for you to explore nature at sea. With the Multitude of fish in their different colors and sizes. A day at sea will broaden your perspective to the beauties of the world.

  1.       Search for Lemurs

Searching for lemurs is an activity the kids would love. The lemurs are quite a unique creature commonly found in this area.  This creature has almost a 100 different species like Indri, aye-aye, cat-like fossa etc. and they are housed at parks like Andasibe-Mantadia National Park and Ranomafana National Park.

  1.       A trip down Baobab Avenue

The View on this road is breathtaking. Although the description may not quite do the location justice it is enough to pique your interest. It is located in the nearby pastures between Morondava and Belo Tsiribihina with a row of 20-25 imposing baobab trees along an 853ft stretch of the road.

This avenue is one of the many beauties of Madagascar

  1.       Some Time at the Beach

What a visit to Madagascar without some time at the beach, you can spend the time swimming, surfing or just watching the whales. As a tourist, most of the luxury accommodations are private beach bungalows which give you an exclusive view and access to the beach. You could get a tan or watch the nesting turtles. Since the Island is only accessible by both, you can explore different beaches and parts of the beach.

As you spend the time exploring the Island don’t forget to make some friends too. You never know when it might come in handy especially when you need a buddy to hang out with. You can never be bored or run out of activities in Madagascar.

How to Visit the Caribbean on a Budget

If you are reading this, it means you like traveling and that is a shared enthusiasm. We all have a vision of what our perfect vacation should be. Catching some rays on the beach, climbing through the rain forest, mountaineering, Diving through the coral reef swarming with a vast species of fishes in different shapes, colors and sizes. Yes, that’s what a visit to the Caribbean will look like. It is like you are in paradise and visiting paradise does not have to cost you everything.

Most times the worry of the cost keep us from dreaming let alone going on that dream vacation. But, there are ways you can get to go on that trip you so desire be it alone or with friends and family. Some of the basic things to be covered when going on such trips include

  •         Transportation
  •         Feeding
  •         Accommodation
  •         Miscellaneous but essential expenses
  •         and of course, a few drinks.

Tips to consider when Traveling

  1.       Choose the right time of Year and Select the Island Carefully

If you are going to do this right, you must know the time of the year to travel and where to travel to. Plane tickets by low-cost carriers are usually the best advice for any tourist on a budget. Places like Barbados, San Juan, Montego Bay, Aruba, Bonaire, and Nassau are excellent targets.

It is not advisable to travel during the winter or during spring break because it is more expensive. Rather you can schedule your trip to fall within the time frame.

  1.       Evaluate the cost of living and Consider Exchange rate

Hotel, motels or resort. These are some of the options you have when considering the accommodation plans. Do not overreach your resources and stay within your financial limits. Evaluating the cost of living also includes the kind of plane ticket (First Class or commercial) or form of transportation (Ship Cruise) you use.

  1.       Don’t Overspend and Learn the art of negotiation

Don’t get distracted by souvenir and collectibles that you overshoot your budget. Sometimes the items being sold on the island are quite beautiful and eye-catching but you must always remember that there is a strict budget you must live by in order to survive the trip.

You have to learn to cut cost by haggling the price or negotiations. You can decide to jointly rent an apartment with your friend for as long as you are staying on that island.

  1.       Maximize public transport

To save cost, you can avoid taking cabs or taxis. You could opt for getting a rental car or just ride the bus. But since they are small villages and towns and you want to move around, you can choose to ride a bike which happens to be environmentally friendly or hike around the island.

  1.       Appreciate local food and drinks

Except you are allergic or non-tolerant of foreign foods and drinks, it is advisable that you take the local meals and drinks as they are reputed to be cheaper and delicious. The food is usually delicious as the Caribbean also has some exquisite cuisine you can try out. But these dishes will be less costly compared to foreign dishes or imported drinks e.g. Chicharrons (deep-fried pork rinds), fish fries and fish cakes.

  1.       Travel the essentials

Body essentials are very important and sometimes they affect the budget if not properly taken care of.  It is important you go with basics such as sunscreen, shampoo and your meds (if any). Because they tend to be more expensive here as such items are usually imported.

  1.       Doing Menial tasks

Although working here might require a work permit to work in the Caribbean’s, you can pick up small time menial tasks that can pay for some extra mini luxuries you might want to indulge in.

As you go on the trip, don’t forget to explore, learn and have fun.

Going to Gold Coast on a budget

Going to Gold Coast on a budget

Gold Coast in Australia is a remarkable destination for anyone to explore. The only downside to going there might be money. It can be a bit expensive, and if you don’t have so much to splurge, it may dissuade you from planning the trip there.  But wait it could happen in that small budget you have, and this is how,

Accommodation

It is the biggest worry most people have in the world, where to live. There are so many beautiful places to stay in Gold coast if you have enough money like Surfers Paradise, but since you are saving Coolangatta is a better option. Just because it is less expensive, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have its advantage like having more peace.

You can also search for holiday apartments before you get there, this would be ideal if you are going as a group. You can make use of the kitchen in the flats and therefore avoid buying food in hotels and restaurants which can be expensive on your side.

If you are traveling alone, then you can opt for hostels. They also have kitchenettes that you can cook in and allow you to buy and have your drinks in the common areas.

Bring your bike

Having a flat terrain and beautiful weather that is bike riding friendly, is another cheap way to holiday in Gold Coast. You and your family or friends can explore the coastlines free of charge.

Consider coming with your bike, if you have one if not then you can hire one for the day.

You should also carry packed lunch; something like sandwiches would do and fill your bottle of water. It helps if you have water throughout without having to buy bottled water as you explore and take in the coastal views. Don’t forget to carry your swimsuits, when you are tired of biking you can enjoy a swim and relax on the beach. The advantage to this is that you are exercising as you vacation.

Bird Feeding at Currumbin

Yes, you read it well bird feeding, mostly done at the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary. The best part about this is that it is free. You will be amazed by hundreds of birds that come from the trees to eat the goodies that you will hold out to them. They usually tend to sit on someone’s head or climb up the arm. It would be a definite treat for anyone, and you can sit there and watch them enjoy life.

Hinterlands hiking

If what you want to have a taste of nature in Gold Coast, then going for a hike in the hinterlands is the best place for you to go. Vineyards, farmlands, rainforest reserves, and national parks are waiting to be explored by you; this will not cost you an arm and a leg, so it is a must do in Gold Coast.

Relax at the beach

You have gone to a place that has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, take time to enjoy it. You can carry a picnic basket, a ball, your swimsuits and head for the beach.

When you get there, you could use the ball and play with your family, take a walk or bring a book with you and catch up on some reading. Then have your picnic all for free.

If you don’t feel like doing any activities, then you could idle all day instead!

Don’t let your small budget stop you from enjoying what Gold Coast has to offer.