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Hotel Review: Hampton Inn & Suites Temecula

I am an accommodations snob. There, I said it. I always try to book great accommodations at a reasonable rate. So when I learned that I was staying at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Temecula, courtesy of Visit Temecula Valley, for a wine-tasting excursion with my dad for Father’s Day, I was hopeful—yet admittedly, a bit nervous—about whether the property would meet my typically high expectations.

It far exceeded them.

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Teen Travel Chat: Things for Kids to Do in the Summer Without Traveling

Summer break is filled with endless possibilities. You can travel, or stay at home. You can devote sometime in the summer to take a class in order to make room for a more desirable class next school year or to complete your school’s requirements. Or, maybe sports are a priority. Sometimes I find myself struggling to find things to do, and I fall into the “I’m bored” trap. I have some solutions for those who find themselves or their kids in similar situations. Here is a list of things for kids to do in the summer without traveling.

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Mazda6 Grand Touring Review

For a drive down to Temecula for wine tasting with my dad, I wanted something fancy for the weekend. So I was super excited when DriveShop provided me with a 2016 Mazda6 Grand Touring—in cherry red—for the roadie. DriveShop provided me with this car in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Temecula Wine Country: A SoCal Wine Gem

This whole trip came up as a last minute change of plans. For Father’s Day, I had planned to go wine tasting with my dad in Santa Barbara. Then, Santa Barbara caught on fire. So frantically, on the day of his arrival, I started looking into other options so as to salvage the wine weekend. After some quick searching, I came up with and decided on Temecula for our wine tasting weekend.

And I am so glad I did.

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When Travel Meets the Law: NoirBNB versus NoireBNB

By now, I am sure you have heard about the unflattering coverage that AirBNB has received, specifically with regard to complaints lodged by Black travelers. The hashtag #AirBNBWhileBlack was trending for quite a while. But the interesting aspect is that in trying to fill a void two unrelated companies—NoirBNB and NoireBNB—separated only by an ‘e’—announced their upcoming launches recently. This pitted NoirBNB versus NoireBNB. And now, before even launching, the business for one of the companies as they knew it has to be changed.

To learn more about this developing case, check out the full post on Hughley Smith Law.

Kick Starting Summer in Fabulous Florida for Families

My trip to Florida was satisfyingly upbeat, but chill at the same time. Getting our summer off on the right foot, we headed to Miami just two days after school let out. My little sister was especially excited to swim in her new mermaid tail; however, Mom, Dad, and I were more into good eats as well as getting lots of relaxation in amongst the palm trees. We got to do the latter (and really explore Florida for families) once we upgraded from our hotel in South Beach, Miami, to a resort we stayed at years before in Ft. Lauderdale.
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Travel Bloggers’ Tips for Fear of Flying

We all have fears. Be of bugs (me) or spiders (me) or not having solid ground under my feet (also me), there are some fears we can face and some we just try to live with. But what happens when your fear directly impacts your work? Like a fear of flying, and you are…say… a travel blogger? After all, we travel for a living. Well, we found a few travel bloggers the world over who have that exact fear. Check out how they overcome that obstacle and their tips for fear of flying.

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5 ways to save money in the airport

5 Ways to Save Money in the Airport

Airports are notoriously money traps. The same value meal from your favorite fast food restaurant that is $4.99 in the outside world suddenly costs $9 after you pass through the security checkpoint. But there are ways to save your coins while waiting to board your flight. Here are some tips on ways to save money in the airport.

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