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S1 Eps 9 - Places to Explore: SoCal with a Guide

February 15, 2021 Guy Guyton / Jeanine Romo Season 1 Episode 9
The Last Plane Home
S1 Eps 9 - Places to Explore: SoCal with a Guide
Show Notes Transcript

In this episode, we speak with travel backpacker and LA Native, Jeanine Romo about exploring more in our own backyard, California. 

Jeanine is a travel blogger and California native who has road-tripped all over the state, chasing outdoor adventures. She’s  also is the host of the solo female travel podcast, “Oh my Travel”

In this episode, we talk about: 

  • How you can explore your own back yard safely
  • Some of our favorite places to see in California and
  • A few travel itineraries based on what your travel style


Want to get in touch with Jeanie? You can reach her on Instagram @lewildexplorer

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Guy Guyton:

Hey there and welcome to the last plane home podcast. Here on the show we bring you the latest travel news and tips each week where your source for travel tips, guides and hacks you can get the most out of your travel experiences. I'm your host Guy Guyton and today with me on the show we have trouble backpacker and La native Janine Roma. Janine is a travel blogger in California native who has road trip all over the state chasing outdoor adventures. She's also the host of the solo female travel podcast. Oh, my travel. In this episode, Janine and I will cover how you can explore your own backyard safely. Some of our favorite places to see in California and a few travel itineraries based on your travel style. Okay, travelers, I'm pumped, so let's get into the episode. Hey, G. How's it going?

Jeanine Romo:

Hey, guy, I'm good. How are you?

Guy Guyton:

I'm doing well. You know, in a universe where all of our east coast friends are in a dumping of snow. Our temperature is exactly the same, as has been the last, you know, two or three weeks.

Jeanine Romo:

Yeah, we're, um, we're living a good life. I can't lie about that.

Guy Guyton:

You know, it's so hard out here where it's just 50 degrees all winter, and we're eating outside. And it's a struggle.

Jeanine Romo:

It's hard as a struggle. I don't know how we do it. But like, somebody has to do it. So

Guy Guyton:

we press on, we hide away. So I want to introduce you to to our audience. And I think one of the coolest ways to do it is maybe you can explain to me what your Instagram handle is and how you picked it.

Jeanine Romo:

Yeah, I'm a wild Explorer. So I I used to have a fashion truck way back in the day. And that was like, it's pretty much a boutique fashion store on wheels. And we were called lift fashion truck was just Yeah, right. You add lit anything. And it's like, ooh, alright. Um, so yeah, I would ride around, we were the first fashion truck in Los Angeles. And so it was just kind of like this cute little pink truck riding around with all these food trucks because we would go to a lot to food truck type events. And so her one of the guys from the food truck would call me legend Nene. And then other people started calling me legend Nene. And so it just kind of like stuck. And I was like, Oh, I kind of like this list. And of course, like whenever you're picking a handle. It's like someone already has it or there's already something horse of course. So if you ever want anything what the just, you know, add led to it instead. or any sort of foreign, right, like use any other language. So yeah, the wild Explorer is like a mix of just like wild the wilderness and then just exploring the outdoors I love I mean, I love travel. But I love going to outdoor places. I love hiking, I love going to waterfalls, so that's really my jam. Like I just love the outdoors and I want to explore the outdoors everywhere.

Guy Guyton:

That's really cool. And now I can only thing I can think of is you driving around this pink truck around the city near traffic going getting road rage.

Jeanine Romo:

Oh my god, it was the worst. What traffic? Yeah, those those were the days.

Guy Guyton:

You ever traffic is

Jeanine Romo:

all right. Yeah, Mike. Well, there's still traffic every now and then. Right?

Guy Guyton:

I think people leave the house or are they?

Jeanine Romo:

I know. Right? Ever since like COVID. And like working from home. I mean, why go outside when there's traffic? It's weird, because there was even at 5pm like when the pandemic not when the pandemic started. But like when everything started getting shut down. 5pm traffic was like nothing. Yeah, was non existent. so crazy times.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah. But you know, bringing on the show, one of the things I do in my a lot of my travels business travel, and I mean, I do like this weekend, road, Road Warrior type things, but I always find a city. And I go for the food and hotels and things like that. And I haven't spent a lot of time in the backpacking space or the road tripping space and work up there. Like they moved to California to kind of get a little bit more of that experience and get a sense of like, what's some of the difference between NorCal and SoCal? And I've been told explicitly, what the lines are, so I'll try to be respectful to all the California listeners. There's a lot of grudges out there. So I'm not going to do that. But so maybe if we, you know, that's kind of really we're gonna talk about today on this episode, but maybe help us understand like, what do you go through when you're thinking about planning a trip and what's your prep, especially on the California side,

Jeanine Romo:

I mean, really when it comes to planning, like a road trip within California Now it's okay. How many days do I have? How far do I want to go? So if you want to do a day trip, you probably don't typically want to drive any further than like a three hour each way. Although I have gone from LA to mammoth, and that's about like five and a half hours in a day, I spent most of the day on the road. But yeah, it's just I guess, for me, I kind of start with how much time do I have? Where do I want to go? What time of year is it? There's just certain places that really are more amazing in a certain season. So it kind of just start there. I have God, I have so many little stars or what would you call it on Google Maps? I save everything. Yeah. pins. Yes. Yes. Yes. So I have pins, just like all over. I mean, they're like pins all over my entire map everywhere. But like California is just like, all pinned presents. Yeah, it's just like everything. And I mean, it's everything from like food. You know, a certain hike in a national park. It's, you know, a beach lookout point. So I kind of figure out okay, I have three days, two nights, where can I go? And then from there, just kind of narrow it down. All right, well, this spot is really cool for you know, winter or summer. I just kind of figure out okay, I want to go here like, I'll, for example, I'm gonna I'm trying to think of something like say I wanted to go to Lake Tahoe. All love. So awesome. Right. I was recently there. And I had only been there for summer. So summers are absolutely beautiful there. I don't know. What's what time of year did you go?

Guy Guyton:

So I typically when I was living in New York, I would come up to Tahoe for snowboarding. So I don't come only in the winter. But this year, we went in summer and I was like summer is actually the time to go like winter is great. I feel like Tahoe is such an awesome situation cuz you all these mountains, but it's a really tight community feels like so you go to the casino, you can get drinks, you can get local restaurants. And it's it's a vibe and a culture. But in summary, it actually comes with it and more. So

Jeanine Romo:

yeah, I was surprised. I'm like, I can't remember if I was there during the week or on a weekend, we were there for a really short period of time. But I mean, you're able to camp, they have all these like awesome beaches, the lake is crystal clear. So it's just like an awesome time. So say, if I had three days off in the summer, I'd be like, Alright, let's go to Tahoe, and then hit this spot in between. So that's another thing I'll do is, you know, you have the freedom when you're on the road, in your own car, or a rental car, whatever, to just stop and go wherever you want. So I kind of just map it out. And then I'll look and I'll see. Okay, based on all those pins that I have, yeah, where can I go that's either on the way or just like a short detour. And I'll just hit all those spots. And I love highway 395. So that takes you, you know, you know, from mammoth to June like bridge poor and then to Tahoe. So there's a lot of spots there to hit up.

Guy Guyton:

I know I feel like you're driving on the coast. It was such a change from New York, like in New York. You're driving like bumper to bumper and you're kind of weaving in and out in California just always seems like I'm on these cliffs that are equally beautiful and terrifying. You're just like, wow, this is the edge of the country. This is amazing. It's gorgeous. And then you're also like, wow, if I make one mistake, I'm off this edge.

Jeanine Romo:

You're right. Yeah, it's like, beautifully frightening.

Guy Guyton:

It's just an adrenaline rush right away. Yeah, exactly.

Jeanine Romo:

For sure.

Guy Guyton:

But I feel like California is you have this. I mean, it's hard on here we've already you already know, California is really difficult to live in. As a state there's just like this abundance of riches so we we did the PCH trip this summer. And we didn't over plan it like we're kind of like here are kind of like the days of where we're going to sleep in a van and we drive on highway you just pull over you just pull over and you find something you just explore and we had such a blast just doing that minimalistic planning.

Jeanine Romo:

That's awesome. I'm such an over planner that it's just like

Guy Guyton:

Do you have spreadsheets that list out hour by hour?

Jeanine Romo:

I you know, I have not hour by hour, but I have like made like lists and I'll do all my research. I like to know all the different things that I can do. But then like leave room for you know, whatever. I just want to know what I'm actually able to do so I don't like have like FOMO and, you know, figure out like oh there was that Canyon to go to there was that Cool hike there. And but yeah, that's, that's just me I like to kind of just like over research, but I do relax I like once I'm there, I'm chill, I'm like, Okay, let's just go here, here and then here for sunset.

Guy Guyton:

Nice. Yeah, we would work well together I like to have someone like you in the group that knows all the things and cool just some once you're done just send me the list and I'll kind of pick out like my, I'll say like, these are things that I'm interested in and we'll have a discussion about it.

Jeanine Romo:

Yes, that's like the best like group dynamic, right? You have to have a planner. And then as long as everyone's kind of chill and like, okay, yeah, I want to do that is I like to like, you know, present, you know, hey, there are these 10 things to do? What are your favorites? Let's do it.

Guy Guyton:

That's such a strong group, like a great dynamic for a group where just have an opinion or be flexible, but you have to do one. And I'm, I'm really like, hey, if you want to send out a Google Sheet and colab, and I'll just drop in my kind of things. I look at it as the more effort you're willing to put in? Or the or maybe the inverse, the lower amount of effort you put in the lease. voting rights.

Jeanine Romo:

I like that. Yes, yes, I agree with that. Should be a rule for every group trip.

Guy Guyton:

Just make it so simple. If you're not gonna put effort in just good just getting the client, hey, I have a running joke. My friends, like, I'll just get in the car. If someone's got a really cool idea. And they're passionate, I will steal that energy. I'll get in the car. And I'll add, you know, take nothing away.

Jeanine Romo:

I love that.

Guy Guyton:

So we talked about in California is kind of this abundance. But for the listeners who don't know, like, what do you think are some of the Why do people why people need to visit California? Why do people need to spend time out here?

Jeanine Romo:

Besides the great weather? You have you have a little bit of everything. I think we have amazing food. California is so culturally diverse. Yeah. And I mean, you could eat anything. And it's more than likely, there's at least in most major cities, there's going to be like an authentic, whatever it is authentic Thai authentic, Mexican, authentic, Chinese food, whatever it is, like there is some really dope, you know, family owned restaurant that you could visit. So I think we have the best food in the in the States. Am I bias probably wrong. But yeah, I mean, there's a lot of places like I'm like New York. I know. There. There's, you know, a lot of great places to eat. I think maybe we might have more of a mix here. But yeah, I think we have really great food. We have we have beaches, we have mountains like we have everything kind of I mean, I know first So Cal like I don't know if you've heard of the so called challenge. No, but you so you visit the What is it? It's sunrise. I forget if it's Sunrise at the desert, then go to the mountains and then Sunset at the at the beach. So you hit all three within a day.

Guy Guyton:

Oh, wow. I've heard something pretty similar. We had a like a joke where it you can go? Like, how do you do it? You surfing first thing in the morning, then is especially like if you're you can go to the beach, then you can drive to like Big Bear and snowboard. And then you can go and golf. Like on the same day.

Jeanine Romo:

Yeah, I mean, you could do like seriously, you can do pretty much everything in California,

Guy Guyton:

which is because we talked about like New York and food out of the New York food scene ism is amazing. You have this this culture of people who are it's, it's hard to live in New York, it is a competitive culture on every level. And so those who survive are usually the greatest, the greatest arts, the greatest foods and performance. But it's all it's interesting, because it's all within that. Let's call it 12 mile radius, which is New York City. You have nine milk people shoved in 12 in 12 miles which is wild, California, it's so spread out compared like you can still get all those things. But you know, I think a lot of people on the East Coast I was watching this YouTuber, like, yeah, I'm gonna take Greyhound he's gonna he was going from New York to California without taking a flight. And coming from Europe. His whole mindset was what came to America I want to see America so I'm taking buses and trains and I want to go that goes to Europe. It that makes that mindset makes sense. Like I take a lot of buses and trains and you're like, I want to see the country. But especially on the East Coast like you don't we have like really ugly highways. We just got, like just having a flight. It's fine. But California is was probably the only spot where I'd say, and maybe the Pacific Northwest us take the drive. The West Coast will drive. Gorgeous.

Jeanine Romo:

Yeah, yeah. Well, going up PCH is really nice, but like the drive from LA to San Francisco, like if you're just taking the five or I don't know, if you take I forget if it's like the 101 to the five. Yep. That's kind of a boring drive. Yeah.

Guy Guyton:

To farmland. No, no. Well, you can always pull over and hit some of the vineyards. There's so many.

Jeanine Romo:

True. True, I like you're thinking

Guy Guyton:

to find something.

Jeanine Romo:

Yeah. That Yeah, we do have a lot of like, Cool stop offs, there's there is a lot of spots in between that you could, you can make fun.

Guy Guyton:

You can literally make fun on a dime. And very quickly, and we're just camp that the other thing too, is like there's so much land to just camp and bargain and chill. There's hikes. There's views. There's an abundance.

Jeanine Romo:

Definitely. And I think because of likes, you know, we have such great weather here, you know, doesn't get super cold. Not I mean, not. There are places in California that do have the seasons, there are places that snow, but overall, you have really great weather, so you can kind of camp, you know, year round, you have to go to certain places, but you're able to be outdoors, I think a little bit more often and more comfortably.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah, so the weather is usually not going to be a limiting factor for anything you want to do.

Jeanine Romo:

No,

Guy Guyton:

I don't I don't like one of the things I did in the East Coast a lot was you'd wake up, you look at the weather and you kind of determines your outfit determines what you're able to do if you're gonna cancel plans go for it's like, kind of just, you're good. It's, you know what the weather is before you wake up?

Jeanine Romo:

Yeah, you're just you know, as long as it's not raining, you're kind of good, which I mean, depending on where you are like there's not a lot of rain in Southern California. But I don't know there could be like this fluke year we're like,

Guy Guyton:

I know. Well after last year, anything's possible. So

Jeanine Romo:

it's true that true that

Guy Guyton:

All right, so we we've determined correctly, there's a lot to do in California, we couldn't possibly get it all into one episode. So maybe let's just focus on on SoCal for a bit and let's give the listeners a couple of maybe some like demo or short itineraries. Right. So let's say on the hiker type person, and I'm really at outdoors ease and active. What are some areas that we can explore that maybe are a little bit lesser known.

Jeanine Romo:

I like to start with San Louis, San Luis Obispo, slow. You've got the Santa Cruz redwoods and the beach, you have like downtown Santa Cruz. So you could go from like, hey, beach day, let's get a town and go into a cooler climate, but slightly cooler climate, depending on what time of year to the redwood forests. So you get your hiking in and go surfing if you want, like, within a couple hours, really, you can make a half day out of it if you want it to. So I really like that area. And there's actually some cool wineries up in the mountains there. So you've got everything and then you know, unwind and downtown, get get some food, get some drinks. This is all post COVID. Right, right.

Guy Guyton:

Right.

Jeanine Romo:

But it doesn't exist. And in these itineraries,

Guy Guyton:

Well you know, we went we went down to so I had never heard of slow and I got the recommendation I was like what the hell is this guy the recommendation from a really good family friend and she's like, you gotta check this out. And it's like, I've literally never heard of this. So actually, I made a real about it. And I was like, this is like one of the hidden gems and like I never ever, like ever all Californians know about it. But all the other 49 states it is it's just not that popular. And it's cute. Like it's super quaint beach town really good vibes and we actually did a, I can't remember where it was we were in the in the woods a little bit like North north and inland a bit and did like a horse backing and then wine tour. I have like a wine season out there is great when we went in the fall but I was told to go in the spring. So we're definitely gonna go back over.

Jeanine Romo:

Nice. There's like quite a bit of wine just in that county. And I guess when I talk about slow it's kind of more the county itself. Because you have I think Paso Robles is technically within that area. Yeah. Then you have Santa Cruz Mountains. I want to say there's another spot, but yeah, you got some. It's just really diverse there.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah.

Jeanine Romo:

There's a lot of I mean, the beaches are incredible, really beautiful. The mountains And then I don't know you almost have like this like not desert area but you have this like rolling hills like Valley type area and that's kind of what the Paso Robles area.

Guy Guyton:

Okay, yep.

Jeanine Romo:

You have a cool a really cool mix there. But yeah I like hiking in the in the redwoods What is it? I forget the name of the State Park can recal just really easy. I mean, it's really chill like that's a good like family spa just a cool light. day hike. Let's, you know, hang out something cool for families is that they have that train that like goes from the redwoods to the beach. Yeah,

Guy Guyton:

That's pretty cool.

Jeanine Romo:

think I took it when I was like a kid. And I went not too long ago. And we're like, oh, should we go on the train. But, I mean, this was COVID time. So it was like, all like, weird, you had to like special, you know, reserve and do all these things. So it just didn't happen. But it was just like, nice. Getting out and, you know, just wandering the hiking trails there. And I think because of COVID it's just kind of nice to get outdoors when you can especially areas that aren't like super populated you can actually enjoy and, you know, there's not anyone around you for I mean, like yeah, space. Yeah. hundreds of feet. Forget the six feet like yeah, room.

Guy Guyton:

I think it's so important to it's like getting outside getting the vitamin D being safe, but like protecting yourself too. I mean, we all need, we're just built to be outside. And we can just continue. I call this like this is the studio but it's also could easily be a dungeon if you just never leave. So that's important.

Jeanine Romo:

Oh, for sure. For sure. I mean, like the first like, I don't even remember how long it was where it was like don't go outside unless like you need to. And then once it was like, okay, things are kind of like getting a little better or like, whatever it was, we're like, Alright, let's safely go outside. Now we're and it was just like that breath of fresh air literally just feeling the sun on you.

Guy Guyton:

It's kind of the greatest. I was talking to my buddies today. We're in New York, and they had outdoor dining and like, that's great. But what does outdoor dining mean when it's like six degrees outside? You just got to do it because you want to be outside that fresh air is so meaningful.

Jeanine Romo:

Yeah, yeah. Wow. But you've got to have like some crazy heat lamps out there then.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah, yeah. Honestly, though. I love I love like the San San Diego Gas lamps like gas and district is even just amazing. Yeah, I think I think New York gonna start investing in those.

Jeanine Romo:

I love it. Yeah, they should because oh my god. I'm sure they have like thicker skin than me. I'm just I'm typical California girl. Like I'm cold at like 60 degrees. not exaggerating. I wish I was like, shameful.

Guy Guyton:

Man. I know. I know. I'm definitely getting softer being out here by the day. So. But I live in a world where I don't turn on my age back because it's literally always the same temperature. So it's fine. We're sorry. That we suffer. We suffer out here. We do. Alright, so that's definitely an active one. What about for, like the foodies and people who are just trying to get good vibes. What's another good area in Soho, we should explore.

Jeanine Romo:

All right, again, I'm gonna be biased. And c'est la vie. No, but like, okay, so some people, I've met people, right.

Guy Guyton:

And you know, some people

Jeanine Romo:

I know, some people were, and this will happen a lot. When I'm traveling. They're like, Oh, where are you from? Blah, blah, blah. And people. When you say La, people will either say they love it, or that they hated it. And

Guy Guyton:

I'm like, okay, we're gonna go with a food truck. like half the listeners are just like, she's from LA. I'm off.

Jeanine Romo:

Right? Like there's, there's no in between. It's not like, Oh, cool. Well, Alex, all right. Like, I like it there sometimes. Yeah, no, it's one or the other. So anytime someone's like, Oh, I don't really like LA. I was like, okay, so you visited? What did you go see?

Guy Guyton:

A good point.

Jeanine Romo:

Were you with you have to do la with a local and you have to do with a real local, and everybody's different, like there. There's a lot of transplants here. And no hate, like, you know, I'm a welcoming person, like, cool. But, um, I feel like there's just something different about la natives. Totally. Totally. We just know the city. We know, a different type of La like we grew up when downtown was scary. When, you know, there weren't food trucks. When there was anything cool to see when there was rats roaming around downtown LA like such a good point. Um, so we know all these like little quirks and you know, fun things we just grew up with la in a different way and I'm just I'm when I have friends to visit, I don't like taking them to like the Santa Monica Pier. The I'm trying to think of something, you know, touristy or like,

Guy Guyton:

Griffith Observatory?

Jeanine Romo:

Okay, that is the one thing. That is one thing that I'll let, because there's I don't know that. Honestly, that's one of my favorite buildings. I just I love the architecture, which is so beautiful

Guy Guyton:

telescope the whole, like the whole vibe before you walk in, you get a lot of cultures walking around before because you got over that scope. And then you're like, wait a minute, there's other things here too.

Jeanine Romo:

Yeah, I mean, there's so much you can really make the day out of it. And then you know, if you like

Guy Guyton:

hiking around there, yeah,

Jeanine Romo:

there's some good views. I don't know. I mean, sunset around there is really pretty, and then just stay in when it gets dark. And seeing how the city lights up is really nice. You could have a little picnic right before that. So there is a lot to do with Griffith. But um, like it wouldn't take them to what is it? The Hollywood? Like?

Guy Guyton:

The worse,

Jeanine Romo:

the worse. Oh my god, like, do you want to get harassed by like a bootleg, Mickey Mouse, like, go ahead. There's all these characters there. And they will literally, like, try to scam families like so. You know, of course, there's gonna be like, some little kid from, you know, whichever state and he gets all excited that SpongeBob is there and you get a picture. I mean, I would get excited to except SpongeBob. Like, has like an eye that's like kind of coming off. It's just like, not cute, right? So kid runs up to SpongeBob wants a picture. And ghetto SpongeBob comes up to mom and dad and demands $20 like this. And it's probably even more now. But no doubt.

Guy Guyton:

I mean, they do that in time. So in New York, they do that in Time Square. And I think they recently cleaned it up, or they there's a lot of marketing, or signs from the city. They're saying, if you take a photo with these folks, like they're gonna want tips, and so they kind of set the stage, they're a little bit better than they had before. So yeah, cuz neither one of those spots, people are definitely gonna scan my issue. I mean that that is what it is. People are trying to make money and get it time squares got all these things. But the difference is Time Square, you still have Broadway in shows and some little quick happy hour spots. There's the one of things I love about tennis for more than anything else is, if you listen pre COVID there's like no less than 30 languages around you, which is so cool. And families are doing things and any new yorker will tell you like we stay away from we stay away from Time Square, like you've done it once in years. I can't I can't handle these people. Like they're just in the way and like you're just trying to get home we're trying to get over you. So you avoid Time Square, but the Hall of Fame, there's nothing there. Like there's just like a star on on the ground. That's it, like West Hollywood kind of rough.

Jeanine Romo:

Yeah, it's just, it's not it's not the place to go. And I mean, I think I don't know if people still think that they're going to see a celebrity walking there. And if that's what you want to see, I'll take you to a place that you'll probably be like, you might see a celebrity. But I mean, that Hollywood is is not the place for that. And yeah, so definitely stay away from that. I don't know I just like taking people to

Guy Guyton:

Yeah, doing we're being really hard and en la What are you gonna do? Are we

Jeanine Romo:

No, I love like, and I love taking people to like hidden gems or like, It's weird. The term hidden gem, like could be very, like, that's not a hidden gem or like, then you get the people like, you know, that's why those places get trashed because you're, you know, telling people about them. But okay, so this like, lesser known place, it's called sunken city. I never heard of it. No. So it's in San Pedro. And there used to be these houses on a cliff and I don't know who was an earthquake or a landslide or what happened. Literally, these houses just like fell into the ocean. And so all you could see is the foundation of the houses. And so now they're kind of like spray painted graffiti, but it kind of looks cool like splotches of color. And then you just get this like cool. Look out onto the ocean. And depending on what time of day, you'll see surfers just kind of chillin out there and it's just a cool I don't know, for me, it's a cool vibe. So I love that Like heading out to that area there is something called the Korean Bella friendship and it's this cool like, I don't know if it's a pagoda, but it's this cool like structure has this huge ballon it

Guy Guyton:

What is a pergola?

Jeanine Romo:

it's, I don't even know how to explain it. It's like this like, structure. It's not. I don't know how to explain it,

Guy Guyton:

but like, like a gazebo,

Jeanine Romo:

like a gazebo type. Yeah, structure. And there's this huge bell in it. And it just looks really cool. Like, I mean, you kind of forget you're in LA when you look at it, because it's, I mean, it's a Korean Bella friendship. So it's very Korean. I don't want to say architecture. But I guess architecture is a structure. It just looks really cool. And that spots really cool for sunset. You could just kind of chill there. It's a big grassy area. Another thing I like to do in that area is go to the Fisherman's Wharf. You could get this like, for $30 I think it is you get this huge tray, and it's just covered in shrimp, and the new shrimp and I think you got a big like fried fish on top of it. And a huge garlic bread. So good. And you could just sip on like beer or mochilas it's like it's all good vibes there.

Guy Guyton:

Seafood vibe is so strong on this coast. It's amazing. I love it.

Jeanine Romo:

Ah, yeah. I love that area. And then yeah, so that's San Pedro, which I feel like a lot of people don't go to. And it's more like the locals who go, um, I don't know, me and my friends like going there. And okay, where else would I take someone and I mean, downtown has really, again, this is like pretending like COVID isn't happening at all. Downtown has really changed a lot. There's a lot of cool restaurants. They'll have like food truck events. You've got bars, you'd have like cool little like speakeasy type bars that are fun to go to. You have the art galleries, there's just a whole bunch of fun vibes. And so LA is not the type of city that you can really get around with without a car. But if you're in downtown, you could literally have just like, walk around and enjoy a whole night without a car. Like people who don't live in downtown will just drive or take an Uber. But you could just easily like you know, start with dinner, then go to the gallery, then go to a bar and you just keep hopping around and it's so easy to get around there.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah, like how you saying you said it's changed because when I went the first time I went to LA came everybody or maybe 2011 or 12 we went to like a winter the Staples Center watch a game we're downtown LA the game just getting out by 10 o'clock. I'm like, let's go we're gonna find restaurants we're gonna find bars. It was just dead. Like it was just closed. What? What is this? And then you're going like, really need a car to get around. So you're like, Okay, what do you know? If you don't think you're so right, you need a tour guide you need someone who knows you need a local because there's, I had I had the next time I went I had some people to show me around. Like there's a lot of just like after our spots that are jazz clubs and just super low key like zero marketing. And it's not like exclusive by design is exclusive. Like you just kind of have to know someone I think those places are amazing. Just good. vibes always vibe. For sure.

Jeanine Romo:

There's I mean, there's all these like little pockets. And then you have like Korea town that has like an after hours scene, and it's very low key and it pops off. And you would never even know if like, if you didn't have a friend who actually like knew about it, like it's just something that's a secret to even like Angelenos who live there who live here their whole lives. So that's really cool, too. It's like knowing, you know places, or knowing people who are very familiar with a certain type of neighborhood or a certain neighborhood. It's like Koreatown has its own vibe. There's Little Tokyo there's los Phillies, there's Silver Lake like everywhere has like its own thing going on. So it's always nice to like know someone like oh, this is my hood. I'm going to show you around. Yeah,

Guy Guyton:

exactly. Exactly. I love that. All right, maybe one more what are some to maybe seasonal spots are some things that other people can explore.

Jeanine Romo:

Yeah, I'm personally I love going to like Joshua Tree, Palm Springs area like I love the desert and it's an easy day trips. from LA I know I keep referring back to LA but just to get kind of like a general idea of like how far things are. There's a lot of people who are listening might be visiting and it's either kind of kind of be like LA or SFO that you're flying into. Exactly. So um, yeah, I love Joshua Tree National Park. It's just like such a unique Park. It's, I don't know those trees like just like give me Dr. Seuss vibes. There's just something about the park like I don't think it's the most beautiful national park it isn't. And I don't know there's something about the desert and there's a good mix there like it isn't like a big you don't go there because you're an avid hiker like you go for like the good vibes because you'd like the desert you want to look at like cool rock formations, but also like the city itself is is pretty cool. It's always nice to like rent an Airbnb with like, either your significant other or like with a, you know, a small group of friends and chill in like, a lot of these airbnbs have Jacuzzis and they're not like, I think most of them are not warm jacuzzi, so they're more like pools but they're tiny, right? So you're just straight like chilling in the desert, but like it's all like really like I don't know, you're just enjoying the sunset and join the desert sunsets are really pretty and sunrises there are awesome. And I don't know, just the whole vibe there. It's crazy. The amount of people who like have moved there from like, la or like, you know, bigger cities San Diego. You Yeah, it's not just like this. You know, small town. I mean, it is a small town, but it's not like small town vibes there. There's cool like music going on. There's

Guy Guyton:

definitely a lot of energy. And I think a lot of people think about it is like it's cool because of the juxtaposition from, Oh, you were just in San Diego, we're just in LA. And it's like, you're going from spot to spot you're in traffic and then all of a sudden you're in the desert and everything has changed. You're no longer busy. You're no longer focused on whatever the hell you were focused on. You know, and at home. It's like you're you're in it. You're fully in like envelop I think it's kind of the one of the biggest draws I keep hearing about

Jeanine Romo:

for sure. For sure. And then Palm Springs it's like its own beast. It's it's that's a really cool city to you have like a really eclectic mix there because you have people who either are retired there's a huge gay community there. It's just like it's awesome. They're

Guy Guyton:

like bachelor parties out here.

Jeanine Romo:

Yes, yes. Actually my my best friend had her Bachelorette there and it's just fun because there's a lot of either Airbnb ease or just like vacation homes for rent. And you have like, you know, this gorgeous pool you know, beautiful like mid century modern home like all to yourself so it's it's just, it's a nice chill spot.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah, and in a world where and COVID like, it's hard for a hotel to know the rules and hotels are like canceling reservation sometimes, depending on the color we are in COVID. And sometimes it's nice. Just give that Airbnb to yourself, get the reservation, kind of get away, you're still safe, you're still separated and have your own accommodations.

Jeanine Romo:

I agree. I agree. Yeah, I feel like Airbnb is just kind of the way to go. I don't even remember the last time I stayed in a hotel. I've been I've been road tripping a bit during COVID safely and Airbnb is just have been, you know, my go to I want to avoid as much contact as I possibly can.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah, no doubt, no doubt, to have your own server spot. And I think it's great, right, just still get away. A lot of it is like in coastal California of abundance of riches, right, you can just drive anywhere and kind of figure that out. There is there are some aramean B's that are getting canceled too, depending on the latest. So I would there's a few things like you should check out and just make sure you double and triple triple check. But other than that, I do think it's a better option than hotels in a lot of, you know, in a lot of situations.

Jeanine Romo:

Yeah. Agree.

Guy Guyton:

All right. Well, I've been asking all the questions. I do like to save a little bit of time to see if you have any questions for me.

Jeanine Romo:

All right, so what's your favorite spot in California?

Guy Guyton:

Um, you know, I've already talked about Tahoe which is probably my go to and I think I think hidden gems right Anyone in California knows that but I have a very sweet spot in my heart for San Diego specifically like Gaslamp district and OB and I when I saw my first travel experiences where I was spending significant time in the state was in was in San Diego and there was something about quite literally every time I landed and I pulled that shade up and I'd see palm trees and like I'm happy I'm I literally just always found myself smiling. Like I'm an it's like I'm on vacation or paradise and I was going for work is doing a lot of business travel time. And I just got like enamored with the with the culture and the vibes. There's so many different pockets of neighborhoods that like old town versus like the Little Italy versus like, Ocean Beach, and so you can get different cultures and food and it's always lively and it's, it's so accessible. I spent a lot of time just like get hotel walk out and just walk around or like when those scooters were kind of a thing, which are super annoying, because they're friggin everywhere. But like before, they were annoying. That was awesome, too. And then La Jolla and talk about sunsets, you can just get lost in a la jolla sunset. I can't think of a spot whether it be like the glide port over there, it's under it and you know, it's like a lot of there's a fantastic Hilton property as well. It's just right on the coast and you can wake up and hike and see the sunrise or you can just there's a bunch of cool spots that are do happy hours but overlooked, overlooked coast who so San Diego definitely has a place in my heart. I would definitely consider moving there for a while long term. Just so gorgeous. I would have to learn to surf though, I think I think to be accepted. I would have to learn how to surf. That's that's definitely

Jeanine Romo:

I don't think you do I actually so I dated a guy briefly from San Diego and so I would go there every once in a while he lived I kid you not like three minutes walking distance from the beach. Nice answer.

Guy Guyton:

I think I'd want to but yeah, I mean, yeah. And then an OB and like, it's just like, why wouldn't you spend as much time in the water as you possibly can? Like it's it's nicer than the golfing is great. And then one of the things too is like a little bit of a hack is Safeco Field where address play. There's like the Marriott right next to it. That's a rooftop bar at a fire pit or two. That's one of my favorite spots. You can just grab a drink see the full city and kind of peek into the game. And San Diego's not good at any professional sports. Don't Don't ask me on Twitter for that. You guys. You guys know that he lost the chargers. Sorry. So like we're not going there for wins. We're going there just kind of like to hang out. And that stadium is really cool. Like people just bring like you can bring your dogs you there's like a little like grassy knoll area out there too. And it's like people just hang out more than actually watch the games. And it's an awesome, just an awesome vibe.

Jeanine Romo:

Going to games. It's just a vibe and in general. Yeah, it's it's cool on beyonds.

Guy Guyton:

So I feel like San Diego is a great example of you get the benefit of of culture but you don't have Yeah, there's there's traffic but comparative to where we're at. and LA and San Fran like it's nothing. So I think it's super accessible. It's suddenly a car but that's fine. Unless you're like downtown and you can walk anywhere, but you want to be able to explore some other other neighborhoods too. And yeah, definitely a place in my heart.

Jeanine Romo:

I love it. I love it. It's a good spot.

Guy Guyton:

It's a little clique. It's like, yeah, we'll pick like the third or fourth biggest city in the state but it's fine. It's fine. It feels small.

Jeanine Romo:

It does. It does. It's it's digestible. Like if I was visiting and I live somewhere else, and I was visiting San Diego and spending maybe like three four days, I would feel like okay, I

Guy Guyton:

I know this experience. Yeah, yeah. I agree. I agree. You can definitely knock out San Diego in a couple of days. But then you can always go back it's a sharing nice experience. You just keep like shower rinse repeat a I did for several months. I love it. All right. Well, it has been awesome chatting with you.

Jeanine Romo:

hadn't been awesome with you. Thank you. Thank you for having me on the podcast

Guy Guyton:

happy to so if if the rest of the listeners want to get more you know, obviously they should hit you up for some some local la recommendations. Right? Okay, how can I get hold of you?

Jeanine Romo:

I'm on Instagram at the wild Explorer. That's that's the best way i'm also you check out my blog. I write a ton about California. So that's the wild explorer calm. I'm on clubhouse, Twitter, all that but Instagram and my blogger are the best ways to to get the best content.

Guy Guyton:

Awesome. Awesome. Yeah, I'm a huge fan of the Instagram. I love the content. There's a daily inspiration daily vibe. So do you just And then I'll drop all the links in the description below.

Jeanine Romo:

Awesome. Thank you, guy.

Guy Guyton:

Hey travelers. That's our show for this week. We really appreciate Jean coming on the show and sharing what it's like to explore in California. Feel free to reach out to her and give her some love from the show. We'll link all of her info in the show notes below. And hey, have any questions on today's episode, reach out, you can DM me on Instagram @travelwithguy or on Twitter @travelwithguy_ Thanks so much to everyone who's already subscribed to the show that really helps us grow and it only takes a second if you haven't already. Make sure you never miss an episode by clicking that SUBSCRIBE button now. If you'd like to read a transcript of this episode, you can find that and more on our website. www.travelwithguy.com Okay, I'm gonna get out of here. Until next time travelers, Peace!