Hi there! I’m Vivian.

I’m a California-based travel blogger.

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7 Fun Things to Do in Long Beach CA

Updated: Apr 20th, 2021 When I was a college student at Berkeley, taking road trips to Southern California (my friends and I call it SoCal!) was one of my FAVORITE things to do. Going down south meant…

8 Road Trips from San Francisco: The Ultimate Guide

From starting college to now working my fourth job, I’ve spent a decade in the San Francisco bay area. It’s the longest I’ve lived in one place, and over the years I’ve been on…

Best Coffee in Kona and Hilo: My Top 7

You’ve probably heard of Kona coffee. Did you know the coffee is grown on the island of Hawaii? Before I planned any activities to do on the Big Island, I already had a full list of coffee shops…

Amazing 7 Day Itinerary for Big Island Hawaii

Updated: Apr 21st, 2021 Big Island couldn’t have been a more perfect destination to begin my travels again. Now that things are more open than ever, especially in Hawaii, I think I planned my best 7…

50 Outdoor Activities in San Francisco: A Local’s Guide

I called San Francisco home for seven years after graduating college. It’s the second longest place I’ve lived (I lived in my birthplace Taiwan for 11 years), and I’ve experienced mu…

The Best Midtown Sacramento Coffee Shops

At some point in my adult life, drinking coffee has become a hobby. It started as a necessity to stay awake after the inevitable food coma begins to kick in, and has since turned into something I seek…

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5 Ways to Declutter Clothes And Live More Minimally

Learning how to declutter clothes is one of the best things I’ve done for myself in my 20’s! Over the last few years, I’ve come to realize how much clothes I have. I follow several f…

Airbnbs in California: Top 20 Stays in 2021

Airbnbs are replacing hotels for me. They tend to be cheaper, more roomy, and offer the same amenities as my home (e.g. a kitchen). In 2021, they serve even bigger purposes. Whether that’s a cha…

Bay Area Romantic Getaways: 6 Ideas

Travel up for snow and down for beaches. That’s California for you in a nutshell. While many people come to the San Francisco Bay Area for tech jobs and a good salary, they stay for the ocean, m…

5 Days in Maui: The Ultimate Itinerary

A list of things to do, spots to eat, and places to stay in Maui, Hawaii that’ll guarantee a good time!

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How to Celebrate Chinese New Year in 2021

Chinese New Year is the biggest holiday in China, Taiwan, and other East Asian countries. Because it’s not only celebrated in China, it’s also known as Lunar New Year. I call it CNY for sh…

10 Unique Spots to Get Boba in San Francisco

Aside from coffee, I probably drink boba milk tea the most. Back when I would still go into the office, I got boba maybe once every two weeks and it was the perfect pick-me-up. And over time, I’…

Best Ski Resorts for Beginners: A Lake Tahoe Guide

The first time I skied in Lake Tahoe, the binding on my snowboard broke, and I had to skid down the bunny slope on my butt. It made me wonder why anyone would want to ski or snowboard. A couple years …

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Ways to Save Money Traveling in Your 20s

Please note: This post contains affiliate links. When I graduated college, traveling for fun didn’t seem like an option because I had no money to travel with! Instead I’d tag along wi…

28 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Marrakech

I visited Marrakech, Morocco in 2017. The place is so mystical and otherworldly! I still get goose bumps looking at the pictures I took on that trip. Whether you’re thinking about visiting Marra…

Top 10 Tips for Traveling with Cats

Please note: This post contains affiliate links. I adopted cats so I wouldn’t have to travel with cats. A year after I welcomed them home, my boyfriend and I began discussing how we can bring th…

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Where to Stay in San Francisco: A Complete Guide

After seven years in San Francisco, I still find traveling to different neighborhoods in the city such an adventure. The city is only seven by seven miles, so every mile or so you walk, the vibe shift…

How to Plan a Staycation at Home

Please note: This post contains affiliate links. As COVID cases climb in the U.S., staycationing at home is appearing to be a better idea by the minute. Luckily because we’ve already gone throug…

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