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Driving the Pacific Coast Highway Without a Plan

April 18, 2019 2 Comments »

pacific coast highway road trip

In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from writer and traveler, Staci Schwarz. I met Staci a few years ago when she and her family left for a family sabbatical.   I loved following her travels and subsequent learnings from that experience.  However now her kids […]

How I found my love of hiking on San Diego’s Trails

May 29, 2018 3 Comments »

San Diego Trails

In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from an Ottsworld reader and blogger Stacey Ebert. Not everyone loves hiking like I do, for some it’s an acquired taste.  She tells us how about how she has discovered her love of hiking.    All opinions and experiences […]

Behind the Scenes of An Influencer or Blogger Campaign

January 2, 2018 7 Comments »

travel blogger influencer campaign

I’m not a big fan of the term ‘influencer’, however I must admit, it does describe much of what I do. Over the past few years the term travel blogger has been taken over by the term travel influencer; honestly we do more than blog I suppose. My goal is always to inspire, or convince […]

8 California Secrets You Need to Discover

December 15, 2017 4 Comments »

Discover California Secrets

You know how in the Wizard of Oz when Dorthy gets to Oz and there’s a lot of smoke and mirrors. She is temporarily enthralled with it – but soon she wants to find out what’s behind the smoke…and literally what’s behind the curtain. Her curiosity leads her to the almighty Oz, a man who […]

8 Must Do Adventures in Rural California

December 5, 2017 3 Comments »

california adventures

California is known for it’s beautiful cities, San Francisco, LA, and San Diego. It’s also known for it’s theme parks – Disney, Universal, Sea World, Six Flags – where you can get your thrills on adventure rides. However, I don’t like my adventures manufactured, I want the real thing. So I went in search of […]

Mountain View Cemetery Designed for the Living

October 31, 2017 7 Comments »

mountain view cemetery oakland

I like to go to the less visited places in the world, and that desire takes me to some pretty remote and unusual places. And even within those places I like to visit less popular spots, which is why I have a love of visiting and photographing cemeteries around the world. Even though I hate […]

A Different 24 Hours in Oakland

August 24, 2017 12 Comments »

fun things to do in Oakland

“We want you to travel back to one of your least favorite cities,” the note read. ‘I’m used to getting a lot of weird emails, but this one I had to take a second look at. Yes, it said “least favorite city”, I wasn’t imagining it. Now you have my attention. I love things that […]

DIY Forest Bathing for Wellness Travel on a Budget

May 17, 2016 9 Comments »

affordable forest bathing california

Have you heard of Forest Bathing? Forest bathing isn’t a bathtub in the forest, or a jump in the lake, or even running nude through the forest – it’s simply a forest walk. What is Forest Bathing Mindful forest walks, called Shinrin Yoku, started in Japan (not sure that walking in the forest really has […]

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