On my recent trip to Phoenix, I took a break from the heat and spent the afternoon at the Phoenix Art Museum. Although I love photography, I haven’t spent much time exploring different types of art so this was a must for me. With Phoenix having such a strong art culture, I had to spend some time exploring the cities most popular museum, and here are five reasons you should too. 1. It’s The Largest Art Museum In The Southwest United States. Phoenix Art Museum The Phoenix Art Museum boasts a collection of over 18,000 objects including American, Latin American, Western, Asian, European, Modern and Contemporary Art. Be sure to also visit the PhxArtKids gallery, Dorrance Sculpture Garden and the Thorne Miniature Rooms of historic interiors. 2. They Offer Free Tours I’ll admit, I didn’t know much about art before visiting the Phoenix Art Museum, however, the wealth of knowledge provided during the docent lead tours provided a great crash course. They were great about answering questions and were able to break the information down into ideas I could understand. There were also a few kids on the tour and they were amazing with including them in the conversations. If you don’t…

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Sometimes exploring your own neighborhood can make the best staycations. I lived in Long Beach for almost 7 years but I had never explored the city like a tourist. This past weekend I decided to spend a little time in the city I used to call home. If Southern California is on your bucket list, no visit to Cali is complete without a stop in Long Beach. A diverse beachside community situated 25 miles from both Downtown Los Angeles and Disneyland. Best known for being home to the iconic Queen Mary and it’s welcoming LGBT community, Long Beach also hosts several annual must-see events that draw people out in record numbers. You can spend months exploring Long Beach, but if you only have a few days, here are the places you don’t want to miss. Long Beach Visitors Guide: How To Get Here Long Beach Airport | 4100 Donald Douglas Dr. Long Beach, CA 90808   If you’re staying and playing in Long Beach, avoid LAX and fly directly into Long Beach airport. Although it’s grown a lot over the years, it’s still much easier to navigate than LAX. JetBlue, Southwest, American and Delta all call LGB home, so getting here from just about…

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I pride myself on being the type of person who’s not afraid of doing things on their own.  I’ve conquered my fear of eating alone, going to the movies alone, traveling alone, I’ve even gone to a bar solo. So, when I scored amazing seats to see my favorite singer, The Weeknd in concert, I was all kinds of happy. The idea that going alone might be strange never crossed my mind until a friend said, “You’re going to a concert by yourself, Isn’t that weird”? I could tell by the look of horror on her face that going solo to a concert was not something she was down with. Going places alone for a lot of people is hard. I remember the first time I went to a restaurant alone, I spent the first 30 minutes thinking everyone was staring at me. You know what I discovered? They’re not! seriously, no one cares. Another thing I also quickly discovered is, people, no matter how hard we try not to be, are flaky by nature. You can spend your entire life waiting for someone to do things with you. Or you can get over the fear of doing things alone, and enjoy the thrill of living…

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24 HOURS IN HOUSTON – HOW I GOT THERE: I’m always on the hunt for a cheap flight for quick weekend getaways. As long as the flight is under $250 I’m open to going almost anywhere, after all, that’s what makes it fun. This past weekend was a little different. I managed to score tickets to see The Weeknd in concert at the Houston Toyota Center. As soon as I landed the tickets I began my frantic search for a cheap flight. It was last minute (less than 3 days away) so I was bracing myself for airfare sticker shock, but I was determined to spend 24 hours in Houston without going broke!   I’m an American Airlines credit card holder, so American Airlines is my go-to airline when I travel. If I can earn miles for a flight and it’s not that much more expensive then flying on another carrier, I always choose American. I even have alerts set up that will send me an email anytime there’s an AA flight leaving out of LAX that’s less than $300. I have scored some amazing deals this way and have earned thousands of airlines miles. If you earn miles on a particular…

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I’m an Airbnb addict. I can spend hours on airbnb.com reading reviews and updating my favorites list. I think I have over 400 locations saved all over the world. Airbnb has replaced my Pinterest addiction. Although I have stayed in close to 25 different Airbnb’s, the one thing I’ve yet to do is book a private room. For those who’ve never used Airbnb, they give you several booking options. The most popular being the ability to book an entire place to yourself. The next option is the ability to book a private room in someone’s home. This gives you your own room and either a private or shared bathroom. The rest of the space (i.e. Kitchen, Livingroom, Laundry etc.) are shared with your host. The final option is the ability to rent a shared space. This can be anything from bunk beds in a shared room, an air mattress in the living room or a pullout couch. Houston Airbnb Review – Location, Location, Location. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to book a private room. When I travel, I usually travel with Reese or I’m booking something super last minute where a hotel or an entire home is just a better option. This time,…

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