5 Unusual Things to Do In and Around Santa Cruz

5 Unusual Things to Do In and Around Santa Cruz

True California beach towns are going extinct. All up and down the coast, former strongholds of surf and bohemian culture are being transformed into exclusive neighborhoods for wealthy transplants. Five-star restaurants have been replaced with taco stands, while million dollar mansions now loom where beach bungalows once stood.

However, there are exceptions to this growing rule.

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10 Tips For Traveling With Pets

DON’T GET A DOG! I heard it soooo many times throughout my life. First, I was too young, then I was too busy, next it was “wait until you’re married and have help”, and finally “you travel too much” (YUP!) The truth is, like any big decision; starting a job, quitting a job, moving, having kids, or having a dog…there really is no “right time” to make the leap.

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Women in Travel Summit - The Premiere Event For Ladies Who Love Travel

Women in Travel Summit - The Premiere Event For Ladies Who Love Travel

The Women in Travel Summit is full of amazing panels ranging from working with brands, to family or solo travel, to diversity in adventure, and so on. It’s a place where everyone is welcome and we build each other up. I’ve made amazing friendships and collaborations from this event.

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A Look Back at 2018 and What I'm Excited About for 2019!

A Look Back at 2018 and What I'm Excited About for 2019!

I LOVE New Years! And not because of the ball drop or the midnight kissing. I love it because it’s full of hope and promise. It’s the one time of the year when it seems like everyone just got out of Tony Robbins convention and is excited about life.

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New Years Traditions From Around The World

New Years Traditions From Around The World

With the New Year right around the corner, celebrations are sure to ensue! For those lucky enough to travel during the holiday, there are tons of amazing traditions all across the globe. Each country has their own, unique way of ringing in the New Year and celebrating what’s to come.

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Tenaya Lodge - Luxury, Adventure, and a Bit of Holiday Magic!

Tenaya Lodge - Luxury, Adventure, and a Bit of Holiday Magic!

I’m not sure if it’s missing the midwest snow, dreaming of mountains, or too many Hallmark movies that take place in lodges, but I’ve always wanted to spend the holidays at a mountain lodge. After staying at Tenaya Lodge near Yosemite, I see why; it’s magical!

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Pushing Out of My Comfort Zone...and Beyond!

Pushing Out of My Comfort Zone...and Beyond!

I've been afraid of almost everything I've done on this show which has made it all such an epic adventure and helped me grow so much as a person. I try to stick within my safety limits and hover right between exhilarating and scary. Little did I know a place like Pismo Beach would push me right to that edge!

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The Springs Resort & Spa - Costa Rica

The Springs Resort & Spa - Costa Rica

I never believed that where you stayed could make the trip. I always figured the destination was the only thing that mattered and then give me a motel, a tent, my car, or even just the ground to close my eyes in between adventures. And then I stayed at the Springs Resort and Spa in Costa Rica. Talk about luxury and bringing a vacation to another level!

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10 Great Travel Gifts For The Adventurer In Your Life! (BONUS: 3 Amazing Stocking Stuffer Ideas)

10 Great Travel Gifts For The Adventurer In Your Life! (BONUS: 3 Amazing Stocking Stuffer Ideas)

IT’S CHRISTMAS! IT’S CHRISTMAS! IT’S CHRISTMAS!!! Anyone else get this excited for the holiday season? Every year for my level of holiday excitement, there is an equal level of confusion and slight panic when it comes to buying presents.

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A Moment of Gratitude

A Moment of Gratitude

Moments like these are sometimes hard to find. Those beautiful perfect moments where you are so present and grateful to be right there, right then, that before you know it tears are brimming at your eyelids. And it's even more incredible when those moments come unexpectedly. 

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Why YouTube Scares Me

Why YouTube Scares Me

I've been creating and hosting Monica Goes for over two years now and I have a confession...YouTube scares me. This entire social media, blogging, and vlogging world scares me! I feel a bit old and late to the game. When I started, I had to google "how to use twitter". All I ever wanted to do was host and inspire people to go on adventures! 

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Monica Goes...Let's Keep Going!

Monica Goes...Let's Keep Going!

When I started this show I had no idea what it would become. All I knew was that taking adventures, pushing out of my comfort zone, and inspiring people to do the same was something that meant a lot to me and that this was a way for me to share that. I had no idea how much it would change my life! Five minutes into shooting the first episode I knew that this was what I was meant to do for the rest of my life! 

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times - 2016 Reflection

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times - 2016 Reflection

Reflecting back on 2016 brings tears to my eyes. And not in the way people would expect. This year has bent, twisted, and broken me in more ways than I can count. One year ago I never would have imagined that the future I was planning would never come to pass and that all of my plans would blow up in my face...

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