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So you got the Facebook message from your home-town pal that we all dread - 'I'm coming to LA! Can't wait to hang out with you! HOLLYWOOD BABY!', and you immediately begin to rig up an elaborate lie about how you are 'so happy they're coming out but you will probably be super busy that weekend' because you don't have the heart to show them your glamorous lifestyle involves attaching a pink mustache to your car to make money before you go home to your sad studio apartment in Glendale above an Armenian bakery. Fear not, we're here to give you some insider tips into tricking your friends into thinking you are way cooler than you actually are while they're here on their trip.
1. Lay Out Poolside As You Overlook The City
The Standard downtown is one of LA's hottest hotels and night spots, and is also home to a rooftop pool which, for some inexplicable reason, is open to the public. That's right, for no money at all you too can feel self conscious about your Midwest body type while some of the cities most attractive and unemployed people lay out and drink cocktails nearby. Get there early to snag a bodega, which will not only shield you from the sun's harsh rays, but give you a chance to lay on a waterbed just like weekends at your old Uncle Jack's place. Bring along your own picnic and make a day of it, or splurge on the delicious brats in their Biergarden.
Planning a trip to the Big Apple can be exciting: Broadway shows, gourmet dining experiences, strolls through Central Park! There's so much history, diversity, and life coursing through New York City's veins, it's no wonder the city never sleeps. It's also probably up all night, tossing and turning, wondering how anyone can afford to stay there for more than a day or two. If you want all the perks of what this famously expensive city has to offer, for a fraction of the price and
In the past 6 years I've flown back and forth across the country at least 20 times. I hate to think of the thousands of dollars I've scraped together, only to be dumped backed into the greedy mouths of the head honchos at [Insert Evil Corporation] Airlines. Thinking of all the money I've spent helps me go the extra mile to save more and more each time I travel so that I can take a few extra mini-trips throughout the year. And the best way to start saving some sweet getaway cash is at the airport. Here are a few tips I've picked up along the way:
Did you get a chance to read my post on 5 things to do for free during your Los Angeles staycation? You don't have to go far to enjoy some time off. With more and more people living on a tight budget, staycations have become a popular way to spend time with the family while staying close to home.
If you don't live in Los Angeles, there are so many great staycations in other cities across the country. Please take a look at the long list of cities where you can enjoy a staycation near you:
The holiday season is in full swing and many of you are traveling during this busy time. In the hustle and bustle of making plans and booking flights and hotels, you may overlook one small issue.
These small parasites can be found anywhere from motels to five-star hotels. People often have the misconception that bed bugs only reside in cheap motels, but the truth is bed bugs just need to hitch a ride on an unsuspecting human in order to find a new home.
A recent study showed that bed bugs take longer to find a place to bite on hairy arms vs. non-hairy arms. However, this doesn't mean that people who have hair won't get bitten. They just have more time to escape. If all this bed bug talk is starting to gross you out, here are some preventative measures you can take to prevent an infestation in your home.
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In an effort to resuscitate Japan's tourism industry after the recent
tsunami and nuclear disaster, the country's tourism agency announced
plans this week to offer 10,000 free flights to Japan in the coming year. Travelers interested in taking advantage of the offer will need to submit an application to the agency.