Hollywood

Hail to Hollywood, Center of Global Entertainment

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When it comes to movies, no other place beats the global glory of Hollywood, not even Bollywood. Such is the appeal of Hollywood that a Los Angeles trip will be incomplete without a visit to the commercial and residential district.

Hollywood has three main boulevards that evoke its vibrant spirit in different ways. Sunset Boulevard is the place to see and be seen because of its dynamic nightlife. Hollywood Boulevard is known for its historic place in American entertainment. Melrose Avenue is loved for its elite shopping options and eclectic nightlife.

While Hollywood is easily accessible without reserved tickets, visitors are well-advised to secure a Hollywood CityPASS; the pass provides admission to four attractions for reduced rates within a 9-day period. The attractions are Starline Tours of Hollywood, Red Line Behind-the-Scenes Tour, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, and The Hollywood Museum.

But you can also visit all the Hollywood attractions on your own with the must-visit being:

• Griffith Park Observatory is the place to enjoy a stunning panoramic view of Los Angeles especially during a full moon. Enjoy the science and space displays, too.

• Madame Tussauds Hollywood is a place full of lifelike wax replicas of past and present Hollywood A-list stars on film, television and music as well as athletes and politicians.

• Grauman’s Chinese Theater is where movie buffs go for Academy Awards’ shows, world movie premieres, and the stars’ prints. Take your pictures here, too, and complete the Hollywood experience for your social media posts.

• Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre is the theatre to be for classic films.

• The Hillcrest Stairs is a public staircase connecting two architectural wonders, namely, the Samuel Freeman House and the DeKeysor House.

Hike near the Hollywood sign, mounted atop Mount Lee in Griffith Park and the most recognizable landmark in Los Angeles. Keep in mind that visitors should comply with the warning signs about not going any further; trespassing can result in embarrassment when helicopter-riding policemen advise trespassers to turn back. Close-up photos can be taken of the sign, which also means visitors can take selfies and groupies, too.

Other attractions are Runyon Canyon Park, Hollywood Wax Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Walk of Fame, and Jim Henson Studios. Tickets are usually available on site, if the establishment requires payment for entry.

Shopping in Hollywood is a must especially when you want to look your best in an area filled with beautiful people. Browse and buy great fashion finds at Hollywood & Highland, located in the heart of Hollywood itself, which has 75 establishments including shops, restaurants, and a nightclub, among others.

If you are on a budget, you can take a walking tour around Hollywood instead of hiring a guide. You have the benefit of signs that allow for a self-guided tour, too, in addition to the information on your travel brochures.

5 Incredible Tips for Traveling with Your Family

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While traveling can be a ball, traveling with family can be even better. There’s something special about taking a vacation with our loved ones. Even hearing the incessant “Are we there yet?” isn’t too bad, if we consider the overall experience of sharing our travel experience with our spouse and/or kids. Here are some helpful tips to make traveling with family more familial:

1. Stay in an apartment in the center of town
This is especially practical if you have a large family. First, you’ll save a small fortune that you’d normally spend on hotels, whose cost can add up quickly. Besides that, you’ll be able to enjoy the amenities of home, such as a kitchen, washing/drying facilities, and so on. Yet another benefit of renting a central apartment is that you’ll be within walking distance or a short commute to the main tourist attractions wherever you’re staying. Even if you go on a day trip, long commutes can be quite challenging when traveling with your family.

2. Make the trip educational using a “whole language” approach
It’s one thing to learn language from a book. But it’s quite another thing to learn it by using a “whole language” approach. Trips with the family are a great way for children to pick up some basic words and phrases when you travel abroad. Even if your kid is a child prodigy, it’s unlikely that he or she will become fluent during the trip. But that’s OK. The world is getting smaller due to globalization, so picking up a little of the local language or dialect will help to make traveling a multicultural experience.

Summer stamps3. Travel on foot and public transportation
This provides tons of benefits for you and your family. If you’re on a shoestring budget, you can save a small fortune that you’d have spent renting a car or taking a tour bus. But there are other benefits. Taking public transport and walking also helps to enrich your travel experience. You can truly experience the sights and sounds in whatever city you’re in, while you’d likely miss those things if you took the standard tourist modes of transportation. Another plus is that you’ll get some exercise. Truth be told, obesity has become a major problem in modern society, so why not start tackling it as a family and do it while having fun on vacation?

4. Sample the local cuisine (snacks in particular)
One of the most enjoyable aspects of travel is savoring the local cuisine. It’s definitely one of the most enjoyable experiences of travel. While each country has its own national cuisine, you can also find specialties in certain regions or cities. Most kids have a sweet or salty tooth, so make sure to get them the local snacks or desserts. It’ll make them happy, and make your family travel more enjoyable for all.

5. Use featherweight packing
When traveling with family don’t just travel light—travel featherweight light. It’s advisable that everyone in your family carry small day-trip luggage with them, such as a small backpack. Make sure to include the basic in them, such a change of clothes, toiletries, and so on. When you travel with your family, bringing too much luggage will cause you exponential trouble since your kids in particular will struggle with the extra stuff. When packing your luggage, make sure to focus on quality, rather than quantity. For the men on the trip they can use a leather backpack for men as seen here.

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Traveling with your family is one way to make the experience better than normal. The above tips will help to achieve that goal. Hopefully at the end of your travels your kids will be asking “Why do we have to leave?”