Visit Pismo Beach CaliforniaWritten by David G. Hallstrom, Sr.
Are you looking for a vacation spot where you can relax, unwind and get rid of every day stress without dying of boredom? Why not visit Pismo Beach, California? Pismo Beach is situated on central coast of California just about midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. You can get there by car, camper, boat, rail, bus or you can fly into San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.
There are no large amusement or theme parks or crowds of people, just twenty three (23) miles of beautiful sandy uncrowded beaches and sand dunes surrounded by golf courses, wooded areas and small towns.
Accomodations are plentiful, with everything from campgrounds and RV parks, to inexpensive motels to hotels in various price ranges to luxury beachfront resorts and spas. There is no dearth of restaurants, you can find coffee shops, family restaurants, excellent seafood restaurants and fine steakhouses.
Lie on a white sand beach soaking up sun during day and go for long moonlit walks along oceans edge at night. Go whale watching for gray, humpback and killer whales. View dolphins, sea otters, sea lions, pelicans and seagulls. See hugh colonies of giant elephant seals up close and personal, dig your own clams for lunch or dinner, visit one of most spectacular Monarch Butterfly Groves in country, spend a leisurely day fishing off 1200 foot pier.
Eating Well on a Travel BudgetWritten by Jed Clark
When you're traveling it can be difficult to find good food at reasonable prices especially if you happen to be staying in a big city that has an established food and restaurant culture. When you're faced with a budget, you want to try and maximize your enjoyment per buck. If you want to eat well and sample local cuisine for a budget price, you'll need to do a little research to find that perfect restaurant that offers a balance between quality and price.
First, check with your hotel or hostel and inquire whether breakfast is included in your stay. In Europe many hotels provide breakfast. If you're hotel does provide breakfast, don't skip it in favor for paying for food elsewhere. Some of my most memorable meals were hostel breakfasts that were nothing more that a roll, butter, jam and some coffee with milk. Hotel and hostel breakfasts are also a great way to get to know other guests.
One option for budget eating is to eat at a chain restaurant that you a familiar with, such as McDonald's, Burger King or Kentucky Fried Chicken. You can find a McDonald's about anywhere world-wide. I made my way through Rome using a free McDonald's map that in addition to indicating all tourist attractions had a mark for every McDonald's in Rome. However, if you want to become familiar with culture of country you are visiting, eating at a fast food restaurant is not a good option.
Another option is to buy groceries and make your own food. If you don't have a fridge or hot plate in your hotel room, this option may not be very feasible. Still, you can buy items that don't need to be heated and make a meal out of those. When I was in Florence, a loaf of bread, parma ham and cheese coupled with a Chianti made a very nice picnic that I enjoyed thoroughly. Make sure you try to sample items from local cuisine.
Eating one or two meals a day from a street vendor or take-out restaurant may also be a good way to still eat great, but save some money. In Paris, I got great ham and cheese sandwiches from a street vendor for lunch. They were delicious, kept me going and didn't break budget. When I was at a conference in Washington D.C., I discovered a little convenience store that made fresh egg and cheese sandwiches on toast to order. They sold them for only $2.00 and I ate there every morning.