The Bear Truth of Sequoia National Park, California

Sequoia National Park is known to many as the home of California’s large, giant sequoia trees. That’s at least what I went looking for when I had some free time during a work trip and made my way to the Ash Mountain entrance of the park. Although I never made it to the trees themselves (more on that below), the massive park has a lot to offer for nature enthusiasts like myself.

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A Review: LAX Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles, California

As someone who is not a fan of early morning flights – but often has to take them – finding a comfortable place to rest my head that is conveniently located to the airport is essential. In the Los Angeles area, the LAX Marriott Hotel has become just that for me. Each visit there – thanks to the modern decor, location, and comfortable, functional rooms – has made the hotel a place I look forward to staying at to regroup before a long flight. Here’s my take on the hotel. Continue reading “A Review: LAX Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles, California”

Tips on Surviving Your First Year Abroad

Moving abroad is something most people only dream of, so when it actually happens the focus tends to be on the move itself, finding somewhere to live, and settling in. But what happens beyond that initial stage?

If you’re anything like me, I had a few goals when I moved abroad: learn more about the culture, travel throughout Europe, and gain some international work experience. But there were also other parts that I was less sure about – like making friends, how my relationships at home would be impacted, and if I would become out of the loop of what was going on in the United States and my local area.

In the end, I survived my first year abroad – and I know you can too. Here are tips on what helped me make it through.

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A Stay at Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia

Great Wolf Lodge is a destination in and of itself. Known for its massive water parks, their aim is to be a vacation destination that the whole family will enjoy. I recently stayed at Great Wolf Lodge for my son’s birthday, and wanted to share our experience.

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Exploring Venice Beach, California

With just a few short hours to explore Los Angeles before my flight back to the east coast, I had to decide where in the city – preferably not too far from the airport – to head to get a taste of the town. Having heard about Venice Beach’s bohemian spirit and boardwalk, I decided to head there. Continue reading “Exploring Venice Beach, California”