Author: Victoria Folz

Victoria Folz is a freelance writer and travel enthusiast based in Southern California. She enjoys red eye flights, hiking, road trips, running, and solo adventures. Her favorite destination abroad is a tie between the island of Roatan and Porto Xeli, Greece.
17 Best Things to Do in Solvang, CA (in 2022)

17 Best Things to Do in Solvang, CA (in 2022)

In Central California’s beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, you’ll find rolling vineyards, scenic farmland, and a small Danish town called Solvang. Between its traditional Danish architecture and food and its abundance of windmills, visiting Solvang feels like a tiny trip to Europe! If you’re looking for a unique weekend getaway in Santa Barbara County, you’ll find…

How to Get Around Long Beach (8 Best Ways, By a Local)

How to Get Around Long Beach (8 Best Ways, By a Local)

When it comes to getting around in Long Beach, there are eight main forms of transportation that people use: driving, rideshares, scooters, bicycles, on foot, buses, taxis, and water taxis.  The best form of transportation for your needs depends on your budget, which Long Beach attractions you want to visit, and your comfort level with…

27 Best Things to Do in Joshua Tree (in 2022)

27 Best Things to Do in Joshua Tree (in 2022)

One of the most iconic places in the American west, Joshua Tree offers visitors everything from tranquil desert sunsets and hiking trails to saloon dining and horseback riding.  As a Southern California local, I visit Joshua Tree frequently. It’s a place unlike any other, with gigantic boulder formations and hidden oases, and I hope you…

Is Long Beach Safe? (Honest Travel Advice by a Local)

Is Long Beach Safe? (Honest Travel Advice by a Local)

With more people looking for safe domestic travel destinations these days, you might be wondering: is Long Beach safe to visit right now? And, while you may have seen headlines about earthquakes in Southern California and increasing crime rates in cities, don’t write Long Beach off just yet. As a Long Beach local, I can…

The Best Time to Visit Long Beach (When to Go, By a Local)

The Best Time to Visit Long Beach (When to Go, By a Local)

The best time to visit Long Beach is June through October, when the weather and water are warm. Long Beach has activities and events year-round and has mild winters, so you can enjoy the city anytime. But when to visit Long Beach depends quite a bit on what you’d like to do during your stay….

23 Best Things to Do in Long Beach, CA (By a Local)

23 Best Things to Do in Long Beach, CA (By a Local)

Just south of Los Angeles, Long Beach is a coastal city that offers much more than palm-tree studded streets and ocean views. You’ll find an urban atmosphere with a beach town feel – a unique combination that makes it one of the best places to visit in Southern California. If you know where to go,…

Where to Stay in Long Beach (Top Places & Areas, By a Local)

Where to Stay in Long Beach (Top Places & Areas, By a Local)

Located between the city of Los Angeles and Orange County, Long Beach is a lively coastal city full of palm trees, unique restaurants, and ocean views. With over 50 neighborhoods, it can understandably be hard to figure out where to stay in Long Beach! I am a Long Beach local. And I’m here to guide…