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Monthly Archives: June 2018

Short Term Rentals in San Diego

LITTLE ITALY

Historically settled by Italian families working in the fishing industry, it is now known as a hip neighborhood with amazing restaurants and a well-known farmers’ market on Sundays with fresh produce and live music. Its popularity and proximity to downtown’s commerce district makes it a pricier option compared to other neighborhoods.

LA MESA

More of a sleepy area in the inland part of San Diego. Though it might not be as exciting and fast paced as places close to the downtown, the great value in rentals definitely merits a look into its offerings. It is close to San Diego State University, so if you decide to rent there short term, you may run into a few college parties. Commuting to the downtown area would definitely be a factor if renting here.

ENCINITAS/CARLSBAD

Up the northern coast, Encinitas is known for its surfing, moonlit beaches, shops, restaurants and wonderful weather. Rental prices in Encinitas are on the higher side, mostly geared towards families. Carlsbad is just north of Encinitas and shares the same quaint village beach city atmosphere.

MISSION HILLS

Known as a foodie paradise because of the progressive restaurants sprouting up, this once deserted historical area is now becoming a trendy cultural spot for the young newcomers.

LA JOLLA

Just north of Downtown, this seaside village boasts shops, restaurants, interesting art galleries, museums and a renowned aquarium. Though it is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in San Diego for housing, walking to the serene beach every day might make it up for it:]

GASLAMP DISTRICT

Anyone that knows San Diego knows Gaslamp is the place to go for nightlife. It is suggested that if you are coming to San Diego for more than just a few days, (month to month for example), perhaps Gaslamp might not be the best choice (unless you love to party). But if you’re here just for a few days or few weeks, this is a great option to stay and really experience the hustle and bustle of San Diego city.

Exploring The Charming Town of Begur

1) Plage de Sa Tuna- There are many tourists who come here for a short duration, however, the beauty of this place captivates them, and they choose to prolong their vacation. This beach is a real jewel in the crown and you can spend the entire day in the bar Javi, or the adjoining restaurants.

2) Playa Fonda- This magical beach has big rocks all around and many found it a perfect destination for meditation. This place is also known as ”Platja Fonda” which means “deep beach.” Its cinder grey sand mixed with the crystal clear azure sea water creates such a mysterious aura, that many find it a heaven on Earth.

3) Jardi Botanic de Cap Roig- If you want a break from visiting the rest of the beaches, then visit this botanical garden one day. These gardens were created by a married couple, the Woevodskys, in 1927. You will find about 1000 different plant species here. This garden also includes the iconic castle, built with the local iron-rich rock. So you can plan a small picnic with your family here, and the kids can run around the trees and play some games.

4) Castell de Begur- This place is a ruin, however, many love it as it is surrounded with the ocean on one side and the town of Begur on the other side. There is a cool Sundial at the top, and you can hike up to see it. This place was wrecked by Spanish troops in 1810 to impede the advance of Napoleon’s army. So after enjoying the breath-taking view of the hills for a while, you can descend down to enjoy one of the beaches again.

5) Village Medieval de Pals- Pals is known as one of the most charming villages and you can enjoy the gastronomic and cultural events while taking a leisurely walk around the village. Perched on a hilltop, this village was built around a fortress and it has retained its medieval charm. While walking down the streets, you can enjoy the architectural features such as picturesque arches and doorways. You can take pictures with the flowers all around the village.

6) Other beaches- Playa Sa Riera, Playa de Aiguablava, La playa de Tamariu, L’illa Roja and Playas de Calella are some of the other famous beaches which you can visit and enjoy.

7) Other tourist attractions- Lighthouse of San Sebastian, Torre de les Hores, Faro de Sant Sebastia, Peratallada, Fundacio Josep Pla, Montgri Castle and Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya – Ullastret are some other lighthouses and places of historic importance in this small town. You can visit them at your leisure and enjoy a complete holiday.

Joy of Backpacking

Backpacking requires a lot of research. Backpackers do not depend on packaged tours from travel agents because they make their own itineraries. They look out for cheap but suitable hostels. They also research a lot about the local food fare and where to find them. Make a list of tourist spots to see and find a way to navigate from one point to another. Most importantly, it is advisable to calculate your budget for the trip in advance.

Most of the backpackers seek inspiration and ideas from travel websites and travel blogs. They often pattern their itineraries with other traveller’s journey or they make their own route.

Some people often wonder why some travellers love backpacking, instead of the conventional packaged tours that are usually more convenient. The answer is that backpacking has numerous benefits including the following:

1. Acquiring New Wisdom

One important thing about this humble way of travelling is that you get to learn something new along the way. You can also learn a lot about people, culture and ideas from your firsthand experiences. It’s also a good opportunity to learn something new about yourself.

2. The Sights

The sights are the main reasons why tourists visit a place and backpackers often see tourist spots in a different light. It is quite different with packaged tours where you are brought to a certain place and only allowed to visit certain sights with limited amount of time.

3. Your Personal Time to Reflect

Backpackers enjoy their personal time and they happen to experience that during their travel time – those long hours of bus rides going to a tourist spot, or their idle time on the hostel. Those are great times to marvel on the beauty of the scenery or even have enough time for personal reflection.

4. Get to Know the Person Travelling with you

Travelling strengthens bonds and relationships between companions, and a backpacker’s itinerary often entails a lot of teamwork and rapport. Problems and troubles will most likely arise along the journey and your response and attitude towards the situation will eventually surface. Based on such situations, you will learn something about one another and will also ascertain your compatibility with each other.

5. Meeting New People

Backpacking creates opportunities to meet other travellers and locals alike. It is a good way to socialize and share travel stories, and find new friends and future travel buddies.

Backpack With a Toddler

First of all, you have to make sure that your kid doesn’t get hungry along the way. A hungry baby is an unhappy baby and they can easily ruin the mood if they’re not properly fed. Keep enough snacks to keep them entertained along the way. Food is comfort, and you’ll be able to buy a few moments of silence if you keep some of your kids’ favorite snacks in your back pocket. But try to keep it healthy and not too sugary if you don’t want to have a severe case of the jitters on your hands. Go for things like nuts, dried fruit or cereal bars, kids absolutely love them and they will keep them full and happy.

Second, remember that you’re traveling with a baby, so you’ll have to lower your expectations. Try to find a way to get as close to your camping grounds as possible if you’re going camping. Try to go for flatter terrain if you’re trekking with little ones and go for trails with plenty of amenities along the way. Also, you should avoid hikes longer than 3 to 4 miles since you’ll be carrying extra load. And it’s not just the baby, but the extra food, supplies and equipment; so plan accordingly.

Speaking of equipment, make sure you get your hands on a good child carrying backpack. A good backpack should have sun and rain protection, be able to stand on its own to facilitate loading and unloading and have sufficient space for supplies. It should also be adjustable in case you want to switch with your partner.

If your kids are old enough, you can give them some leeway and let them walk along the way with you. It will save you energy and keep your children entertained. Kids like to move, allowing them to roam will keep them happy and they’ll be less susceptible to act up later on down the road.