With Vegas being an easy quick hop from SoCal, there are many ways to have a quick getaway without breaking the budget. But even from other locations, Vegas can be an inexpensive getaway if you plan it right. Check out how I did Las Vegas on a $250 budget, total.
“I like Vegas for its spontaneity.”
Yep, you read headline that right.
I still can’t believe I did this. On a whim, I got an email for a foodie event, but the event was in Vegas. So I looked at tickets, booked, and a week or two later, took off.
Being in Southern California has its perks sometimes. And accessibility to travel is one of them. So I decided to go. I left work an hour early, drove down to LAX, hopped a Virgin America flight, went to the event, checked in at the hotel, met up with a buddy, went for a night on the town, made it to the airport at 6:30 the next morning for an 8 am flight, landed in LAX, made it in to work by 10ish, and acted like nothing happened.
And IT. WAS. AWESOME.
When on the hunt for the cheapest airfare, always search for one traveler, not two. That’s right, you should search for one flight at a time to save money.
**In our first installment of Teen Travel Talk, BarrisTourista introduces you to Brooke Lauryn, a teenage traveler. So here she goes! From Brooke:
Upon arriving in Cancún, I was surrounded by a rich, vibrant, and lively Mexican culture. The heat and humidity were also impossible to ignore once I walked out of the airport. The airport is where I learned my first lesson in Mexico: Be prepared to say ‘no’ to the many people who will approach any and every adult to attend time-share presentations. This will get you to your destination in a timely manner so you can get your vacation started ASAP and experience the fabulous ocean breeze.
Cancún is a great place for parents to get some R&R while the kids enjoy the pool, beach, mall, or other activities. With a variety of things to do and places to go, you can plan a lot for each day. On the other hand, you can also plan to just chill and relax.
“The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table.”
We were in a panic.
The event date came out two and a half weeks before the dinner. Our registration was a mere week before the dinner. And we got in. And promptly panicked.
Diner en Blanc, an annual tradition that started in Paris, is shrouded in mystery. Thousands gather for a giant pop-up picnic at a secret location not disclosed until you are on the bus to the event.
Needless to say, I was intrigued. And needless to say, we were strapped for time. We had to rent tables, find pullies (because the table and chairs were heavy), get our all-white outfits together, figure out accessories, and figure out the food. Not to mention the rest of life that continued occurring with no regard for our time crunch. My friend Tyra (yep, two Tyras) and I scrambled to get our lives together in time. And by the day of the event, we were both kind of over it. All of this trouble for a dinner… Was it really worth it? We figured no, but we would go along for the ride.
We were totally wrong.
Just a few weeks ago, I searched flights for a family member going to Vegas on my laptop. I got price A. A couple of hours later when I was on the phone with the family member, they were seeing price A on his computer, but I was seeing a price about $90 more than price A on my computer, simultaneously. I immediately opened in “incognito” browser in Chrome (Control + Shift + N), and ran the search again. Now the price, which was $90 per ticket higher seconds before, was back to the original price, for the exact same flights.
“As soon as I get home, all I want to eat is seafood.”
Me too, Q! Me too.
One of the benefits of Southern California living (other than the weather, of course) is access to deliciously fresh seafood. And as a lover of crab and shrimp and lobster (oh my!), I supremely enjoyed compiling (and taste testing) for this roundup. So when you next visit SoCal—or if you are living here and looking for a new seafood joint—check out some of these options. You won’t regret it.
It’s Our Anniversary!
I can’t believe it has been a year since the inception of BarrisTourista.com. Even though there were only a few posts the first few months, this week marks a year since the start of the site. Since then, we have covered cultures of different countries, foodie recommendations, street art and style, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in NYC, and more. It’s been one hell of a ride.
And now, after several months and much planning, we are proud to bring you the launch of the re-design of BarrisTourista.com. And along with the site re-design will be some new content for you, our much appreciated readers.
So what should you expect?
A friend once told me that bacon makes everything better. She was right.
And this mantra was definitely confirmed by the chefs, food trucks and general pork lovers who attended the 2nd Annual Big Bite Bacon Fest this weekend. The festival, held at The Queen Mary in Long Beach on August 1 and 2, featured a vast array of pork-filled dishes, live music, games, and did I mention pork?
I was in heaven. It was a pork smorgasbord of epic proportions. Signature dishes included bacon mac ‘n’ cheese, bacon quesadillas, pulled pork, bacon-wrapped shrimp and drumsticks, bacon maple donuts, and even bacon cinnamon rolls.
“We are committed to growing the Big Bite Bacon Fest in order to welcome all passionate bacon lovers,” commented Big Bite Event’s Chief Bacon Officer, Mark Entner. “We have expanded the festival into two-days and secured double the number of bacon purveyors to participate to create a sensory overloaded environment where bacon enthusiasts can truly enjoy all things bacon.”
Remember my post discussing my suburban Chicago food favorites from a few months ago? Well, Nadeen over at The Sophisticated Life, a premier travel, wine and lifestyle blog, took note and asked me to narrow my choices down to my 5 top Chicago food picks. Check out the whole post to see my featured faves list. And thanks to The Sophisticated Life for the feature! Eat up!