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Checking In: Hotel Maya in Long Beach, California

Hotel Maya Long Beach Review

I'm irrationally excited to be writing this review of Hotel Maya, A DoubleTree by Hilton in Long Beach, California. As some of you may know, I've worked in the hotel business for 8+ years - started as a Reservations Agent and ended as a Director of Sales & Marketing with several other positions in-between. I've stayed at hundreds of hotels between business and leisure yet the Hotel Maya is one of my (if not THE) favorite hotel I've ever stayed at. Trust me, that's saying a lot.

I enjoy the big-box hotels for their reliability but if you're looking for a boutique hotel in Long Beach, California, Hotel Maya is the spot. Let me take you around! Here's a full review of the Hotel Maya.

Fly Away Friday #31

Welcome to the Fly Away Friday link-up! We’re so happy you’re joining us! Grab a cup of coffee, tea or wine (we’re not judging!) and enjoy!
About Fly Away Friday:
Fly Away Friday is a link-up community for travel related blog posts. Hosted by Janine from Fill My Passport and Kana from Life in Wanderlust; we wanted to create and cultivate a supportive community of travelers. Every other Friday at 9:00AM PST, the Fly Away Friday link-up will open for everyone to share their posts all weekend long until Sunday at 11:59PM PST.

10 Travel Blogger Myths & Truths

Travel Blogger Myths & Truths

Since I got such great feedback from everyone on my 15 Questions I Get Asked Most As A Travel Blogger post, I wanted to write a post that addressed myths I've been approached with during my 2 years of Travel Blogging, along with the aligning blatant truths for each one.

These are my personal opinions in response to comments I've directly received whether it's from fellow bloggers, followers, friends or family about Travel Blogging. Some may be encouraging, others discouraging but either way, I'm being absolutely honest!

Welcome to the reality of being a Travel Blogger!

LA Locals Love: Glen Ivy Hot Springs & Spa

Glen Ivy Spa Corona

Ever since I moved to Los Angeles, people have told me to visit the Glen Ivy Hot Springs & Spa in Corona. Corona is about 30-40 minutes East of Los Angeles in the Inland Empire. Glen Ivy is a hot springs resort and a day spa, perfect for relaxation! Now that I've spent a day there, I'm so mad I hadn't visited before!

When my best friend was visiting from Portland, I wanted to take her somewhere to relax and I knew Glen Ivy was the perfect idea. We both love swimming, beaches, hot tubs...just being in water. That's actually how we bonded at a work training - hours in a Hilton Garden Inn pool, haha!

If you're looking for a day spa in Los Angeles or Orange County, Glen Ivy is highly recommended!

Our Maui Engagement Story || Ad

I have partnered with Jewelers Mutual for this post. However, all opinions are as always, my own. 

While a few of you already know this, I got engaged last November. I've had some readers ask me to discuss the engagement but I had so much travel and work happening, I didn't have the chance to share the experience. But today, I'm excited to finally sit down and tell you the story of our engagement that happened last year in Maui, Hawaii!

5 Things You Must Eat When Visiting Harajuku Tokyo

Harajuku Food Places

If you're a frequent reader of this blog, you know I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. If not, hello and yes, I was lived in Tokyo until I was 18! I grew up in Shibuya to be exact, smack in the middle of the biggest city in the world. I don't know anything other than the city life and I'm a self-proclaimed Tokyo expert.

When in Tokyo, one of the top places I recommend for anyone to visit is Harajuku. The eclectic, busy and pop-culture-bursting area of Tokyo. Specifically in Harajuku, Takeshita Street is not to be missed! It's a strip of small restaurants and shops that are cheap, quirky and fun - not to mention the people watching quality is top notch!