This post has been made in partnership with Capital One and Hotels.com. As always, all thoughts & opinions are our own.
We can’t believe it’s been three years since traveling to San Diego and seeing the Pacific Ocean for the first time. It was shortly after our move from the east coast to Phoenix, and our first time visiting California. We had just started our blog and everything felt very new to us. We hadn’t done a ton of traveling before moving out west. There are so many great cities clumped together in the northeast and we didn’t stray too far from them, so we were definitely outside of our comfort zone. In 2015, we took the five-hour drive over to San Diego, and in doing so, awoke our inner travelers. We haven’t really looked back since, but recently decided that maybe we should. I haven’t been on an actual trip with my family since I was a kid, so when Capital one asked if we would like to partner on sharing a past trip that we hold dear and revisiting that place with loved ones, we jumped on the opportunity to partner with them and Hotels.com to treat my family to a fun getaway. When I was a kid, we used to pile into my dad’s van and road trip every summer, but it’s been a couple decades since we’ve done anything like that. That’s why, we are extremely excited to be bringing along my parents to San Diego with us next month. We’ll be showing them all of the great spots we visited on our first trip there and hoping that this trip gives them the same inspiration it gave us three years ago.
First we must plan! Not sure about you guys, but we are big-time planners. We like to have a pretty big list with us when we visit cities. It’s usually categorized by coffee, brunch, dinner, shopping, and sightseeing. Those are the big ones for us and what we tend to focus on when we travel, so we like to stick to those categories. Of course, once we’ve mapped out the city and where we plan to go, we pick a place to stay. It’s super important to us to find a hotel that is near many of the things we want to do and see in order to save a bit of time while we go-go-go. Hotels.com has been great for locating that perfect sweet spot right in the middle of the city. We have our eyes on a few boutique hotels and are excited to share the experience with our family…the four of us have never been on a trip together, so we’re really looking forward to it. Also, we have obsessively been using and counting our miles with our Capital One Venture card…not sure where that little gem has been all our lives. We earn two miles for every dollar that we spend, so we’re hoping that they’ll add up to a free trip real soon 😉 Fingers crossed! We just got into the whole points thing this year and it’s been a game changer for traveling. If you’re interested in hopping on the miles train, why not start now? Capital One and Hotels.com just announced they teamed up and now when you pay with your Venture card at hotels.com/venture you could also earn 10x miles on your stay — and you can add this on top of the Hotels.com Rewards program.
My east coast parents are pretty excited to escape the New York winter with this trip to southern California, so we cannot disappoint being their tour guides. We’ve compiled a quick list of favorites from our last trip with a few new spots to try as well. We’d love to hear some of your favorites places to check out while we’re there. Here’s what we have so far…
(Christina made the fun map above.)
James Coffee Co.
Coffee & Tea Collective
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove