Tips to visiting Tikal ruins in Guatemala


The ruins in Tikal, Guatemala, had never been on my radar until I was looking up places to visit in Guatemala. At one point, I thought about taking it off completely, but there it stayed. And I am glad. Of...
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Tips to visiting Tikal ruins in Guatemala

Riding the train


Traveling by train is hands down my favorite. Period. End of story. Well... Maybe it’s because I grew up in rural America and public transportation was never an option. It was so not an option that when I was out...
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Riding the train

Tips for taking the train


As you all likely know by now, I LOVE taking the train, and I take it as often as I can. Over the years of traveling by train, and often with a young child, I've gathered quite a bit of...
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Tips for taking the train

San Luis Obispo County is my favorite place


San Luis Obispo County is my favorite place and I don't have to go far to experience it-- it's in my backyard. It's exactly why I decided to move here 15 years ago. Of course, the best things about the area...
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San Luis Obispo County is my favorite place

My journey to Hogwarts


Though I’ve been to Universal Studios in Hollywood several times, thanks to a summer job I have working with students who come to the U.S. from other countries, my daughter has not. After several offers to take my daughter to...
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My journey to Hogwarts

Discovering Old Edna Townsite


Old Edna Townsite is a small quiet town—though it's a bit of stretch to call the cluster of buildings housing a gourmet deli, winery and vacation rentals and event venue a town. Not far from the bustling Highway 101, Old...
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Discovering Old Edna Townsite

Mexico, oh how I love thee


Though I live in California, only six hours north of the Mexico-U.S. border, I've never been to Mexico. Until recently. I always wanted to go, however, at the same time, it wasn't at the top of my list--so many other places...
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Mexico, oh how I love thee

There’s something about LXV


My favorite part about living on the California Central Coast -- besides the proximity to the ocean and the mild winters -- is living in the heart of wine country. I barely new anything about wine until I moved here....
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There’s something about LXV

Steve the Zebra Pigeon Feeder


While exploring Waikiki Beach this morning, I walked down a concrete (let's call it something like a pier, because it went out into the water, but it's not a traditional wood pier) pier after a long and meandering path down...
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Steve the Zebra Pigeon Feeder

Waikiki: Early morning exploring


At 2:30 in the morning my eyes were open, my body ready to go, even though I had only sunk into bed three hours earlier and tossed and turned, slipping in and out of sleep, the whole time. At home,...
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Waikiki: Early morning exploring

I'm Heather Young and I am a travel writer -- well...someone who loves to travel and loves to writer, so I combined both. I travel solo, with friends and with my 9-year-old daughter.

We camp, go by car, train, bus, boat and foot, relax by the beach, explore new cities, learn new languages and so much more. We love eating well, trying wine and beer (just me, not the child) all around the world and finding something new to experience.

I spend a great deal of time researching where I'm going, though I have been known to just jump into a new place and figure things out. This blog is dedicated to both sharing my experiences but also imparting information that you can use in planning your own trips. I travel with a budget, so it's helpful for me to know what things cost before I go, especially so I can shop around in the advance for a better deal.

Us with a woman in full kimono in Japan
Me and my daughter with a woman dressed in a full kimono at Japanese Culture Day on Nov. 3 in Fukuoka, Japan