Travel Blog Posts by Katie Sagal

Best New York City Souvenirs

NYC Souvenirs

Looking for that perfect memento from your trip to the Big Apple, but uncertain what to take home and what to avoid? We know it can be tough to find the diamond in the rough when it comes to shopping for New York City souvenirs – with so many vendors coming at you from left and right, you don’t always know what’s worth the money. Fortunately, we’ve got a handy guide to help you out! If you’re looking for something iconic that really says “New York City,” then don’t fall for a mini Statue of Liberty or a postcard of the Empire State Building. They’re (well, not quite) a … [Read more...]

Oahu Surfing Season: Big Waves on the North Shore

Oahu surfing

A fan of wild and wonderful waves? A surf savant? There’s no better place to observe (or participate in!) world-class surfing than Oahu’s North Shore. Long considered a mecca for professional surfers from around the globe, this seven-mile stretch of Hawaiian beach is the ideal locale for big wave surfing in the winter. Oahu is also home to some of the most elite surf competitions in the world, most of which are held in November and December (although the prime surfing season stretches from October until March each year). Surfing is perennially one of the most popular Oahu … [Read more...]

Humpback Whale Season Begins

whale watch

We’re just coming into the beginning of winter now, and that means one major thing for animal lovers in Hawaii – the start of Humpback Whale Season. These majestic creatures roam the waters around the Hawaiian Islands between December and April of each year, bringing joy and delight to locals and tourists alike. Want to see some whales for yourself? This is the perfect time of year for a trip to Oahu! Humpback whales are among the most endangered of the whale species, having been hunted nearly to extinction by the commercial whaling industry in the last century. Conservation efforts … [Read more...]

California Tower in Balboa Park Reopens!

San Diego attractions

As 2015 begins, Balboa Park visitors will have something extra special to look forward to. After nearly 80 years of being closed to the public, the famed California Tower in Balboa Park will reopen on January 1st! This beautiful San Diego attraction is sure to please the whole family. For the first time since 1935, the tower will be open to the public for guided tours. Attached to the San Diego Museum of Man, this architectural marvel provides a beautiful view of Balboa Park and the Southern California landscape beyond. It’s a great way to see unexpected vistas of the park and the unique … [Read more...]

New Year’s Things to do in Orlando

Orlando New Year's Eve

Looking to ring in the new year someplace special? Why not consider spending the last moments of 2014 in sunny Orlando, Florida? With plenty of exciting and unique ways to celebrate the last holiday of the year, Orlando is a great family-friendly New Year’s Eve destination that’s sure to please. Check out our list of suggested Orlando attractions, and share your own plans in the comments! What would a visit to Orlando be without a little bit of Disney? Celebrate 2015 at one of Disney World’s many themed parties, including events at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studies. … [Read more...]

New Year’s Things to do in Miami

Miami attractions

Spend this New Year’s Eve in sunny South Beach for one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life. This celebrity hot spot is brimming with parties, nightclubs, festivals, and other exciting Miami attractions to help you ring in the new year. Looking for some ideas? Check out our list and contribute your own in the comments below. What’s more Miami than a beach party? Spend your last moments of 2014 at the Nicki Beach Venetian Carnival. Tickets for this fun bash begin at $75 and go fast. Looking for more of a nightclub vibe? Check out SOBE Live, a hip-hop event that includes an … [Read more...]

New Year’s Things to do in Chicago


Spending the last moments of 2014 in the Windy City? We hope you’ve got your travel arranged, hotel all set, and plans finalized. But just in case you don’t, here are a few of our favorite Chicago New Year’s Eve events to give you some ideas. They range from free to a bit pricey, family-friendly to adults only, but they’re all top Chicago attractions and great ways to spend the new year. Let us know what you think of these ideas, or share your own plans in the comments below. New Year’s Eve with Kids Got some little ones in tow? Take them to LEGOLAND Discovery Center for a very … [Read more...]

New Year’s Things to do in Boston 2014

Boston fireworks

Are you planning on spending New Year’s Eve in Boston? There’s plenty to do and loads of festive events, attractions, and activities to help you ring in 2015. Check out our recommendations, and post your own in the comments. We all look forward to celebrating the end of the old year and the birth of the new with these top Boston attractions! The must-see New Year’s Eve event in Boston is First Night Boston. This 11-hour celebration that spans large portions of the city includes various musical performances, multiple fireworks shows, an impressive parade down Boylston Street, family … [Read more...]

San Francisco Holiday Attractions 2014

Golden Gate Bridge

Spending some time in San Francisco this holiday season? Be sure to check out our list of recommended activities and events. We’re sure you’ll love all of these festive San Francisco attractions. Of course, you may enjoy saving on your attraction visits with products like the San Francisco winter attraction package even more. Lucky for you, we're here to help you with both! One of the most popular things to do during the holiday season is to take in a show. The San Francisco Ballet is performing their beautiful rendition of the Christmas classic The Nutcracker – a favorite with … [Read more...]

Christmas Lights at Newport Landing 2014

San Diego attractions

Get in the holiday spirit this season with a visit to Newport Beach. Filled with special holiday activities and events, this sunny California locale is the ideal destination for your winter vacation. These top San Diego attractions are sure to make the whole family smile! The major event this time of year is the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade of Lights. A tradition over 100 years in the making, this annual event is renowned for its gorgeous light displays and nautical theme. It’s a unique experience that combines various holiday festivities with a beautiful and iconic parade – … [Read more...]