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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 […]

Unique Places to Visit in Southern California

December 13, 2017 10 Comments »

Southern California Place to visit

When you think of Southern California what do you first think of? Los Angeles, San Diego, Hollywood probably come to mind. That’s the Southern California we all know. Those are all wonderful places for the typical traveler; however, I’m not typical. I like to find hidden gems that few people know about; to find the […]

Unique Places to Visit in Northern California

December 7, 2017 4 Comments »

places to visit in northern california

When you think of Northern California what do you first think of? San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, maybe Napa or Sonoma? That’s the Northern California we all know. I personally don’t want to follow the crowds to these well-known places. I like to find hidden gems few people know about; to find the unique […]

8 Must Do Adventures in Rural California

December 5, 2017 1 Comment »

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 […]

Wellness Travel Doesn’t Have to be Expensive

May 17, 2016 9 Comments »

forest bathing

Have you head 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. Mindful forest walks, called Shinrin Yoku, started in Japan (not sure that walking in the forest really has a starting point?) seems […]