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Top “Roam”antic Summer Dates in San Diego

Roaming Gnome meets girl.  Girl meets Roaming Gnome.  It’s summer love at first sight.  But where to take such a well-traveled, beautiful blogger for a one-of-a-kind first date?  Look no further than San Diego, one of the most “Roam”antic summer destinations ever, with dates to suit lovebirds of every shape and size.  Follow blogger Kiersten Rich, a.k.a. The Blonde Abroad, as the Travelocity Roaming Gnome takes her on a whirlwind date-a-thon around “America’s Finest City,” San Diego, California.

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The Top 7 Kid-Friendly Spots in San Diego

It’s always sunny in San Diego, or so it seems, with an average temperature of 75 degrees. Maybe it’s the abundant sunshine, but San Diego seems to bring out the best in families and family activities. Book a Travelocity San Diego hotel and pack your bags for family fun!

(Photo courtesy of Hotel Del Coronado)

1. Check out the wild, wild life at San Diego Zoo, whose incredible conservation program includes caring for rare giant pandas and massive swimming polar bears. The exemplary natural settings include an incredible walk-through, multi-level monkey habitat.

Ask a Los Angeles Expert: Meet Ryan Ong, Travelocity’s Los Angeles Market Manager

Editor’s Note: Periodically, we’ll be featuring a Q&A with our resident destination experts at Travelocity, the Travelocity market managers. Market managers are locals to their destination and experts on everything and anything related to tourism in their markets. Please welcome them to The Window Seat.

Ryan Ong  is the Travelocity market manager for Los Angeles .  He has been with Travelocity for more than four years. He enjoys playing basketball, snowboarding, traveling, and trying out new restaurants.  His favorite part of the job is experiencing different hotels!   Los Angeles is constantly reinventing itself with new hotels, renovated hotels, and trendy boutique hotels. 

TWS: If you had to pick just one thing that makes Los Angeles special, what is it and why?

Autumn at Sea: 3 Sunny Cruise Spots

Autumn is a mild season in California. In Los Angeles and San Diego, the 100-degree heat starts to soften, inspiring cozy outdoor dinners and ambitious hikes through the Santa Monica Mountains. In Napa Valley and Sonoma, vintners ready themselves for the annual grape harvest, and in Santa Cruz, surfers move their wet suits from the garage to the car. It’s the perfect place for those of us that like our weather a little warmer—and it’s also one of several great places to visit on a sunny fall cruise.

Here are a few more places to sail away this season:

The Gourmet’s Guide to Backpacking: The Best Food for Camping

I just got back from a four-day backpacking adventure through the wilds of Yosemite. This was my first backpacking trip–having only done a little camper camping and car camping before. And while these sports are related to one another, they are certainly not the same thing. The biggest difference? That 27 pounds (or more!) that you’re carrying on your back.

When you’re carrying that much weight, you put a lot of thought into what exactly qualifies as a “necessity.” Backpackers like to sit around the campfire and swap weight-saving techniques, like sawing the plastic handle off your toothbrush or bringing only one spoon for the whole trip.