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Summer Travel Thoughts from Kathy Condon

View of the Mountains and Palm Trees in Palm Springs
Palm Springs Morning View as Sun Rises and Relfects on the Mountains - Photo Kathy Condon

I am setting off on a road trip to Buellton, California, 10 miles from the Ocean in the Santa Ynez Valley. Sponsored by 360 View PR, I plan to uncover some delightful stories to share with you about this town about an hour from Santa Barbara. So, stay tuned for articles about this trip.

Summer Plans for July and August

Having experienced two summers here, I know it is important to get out of here for at least two weeks. The relentless heat does get to one. I am well aware our community's beautiful weather will turn into 100-plus temperatures. Plus, many of our local attractions and events are on hold until the fall. Really how many movies do I want to watch?

Palm Springs Travel Thoughts

European airline flight nightmares, not to mention Covid still floating around with every country having different rules. Should I take a trip to Europe to visit my family? Nixed that idea.

After making numerous trips to the beach, I love Oceanside. I now know I can easily head there, even for a day, if I want to change my summer routine. Plus, the advantage of very fresh seafood always awaits me.

Then there is Idyllwild high about us, yet only 75 miles away. Great place to explore in the summertime. It is always fun to explore the new establishments and talk to the people who make this mountain community their home.

After failed attempts to plan something, I have decided just to let it be and see what evolves. There is so much to explore in Southern California, so pledging to myself when I start to get antsy, plan a day away.

Plus, my dog-sitting clients may decide to hit the road, and I'll be available. Each home and dogs are different. Thus, the monotony of being home in the air conditioning will be broken up with various dog-sitting gigs.

AND there is always a chance another wonderful opportunity to travel may pop up. Kathy Condon is always open to a new adventure if you haven't figured it out by now. As my girlfriend said one day, "You make an adventure as you walk out the door." Smiling, I think she is right.

Travel Writing Planning for the Fall

Meanwhile, there are plenty of things to do to refresh my website and learn about new software. However, most of my time with be spent reaching out to Directors of Marketing and finding unfamiliar places to explore in the fall and winter. Media trips don't just happen. There is lots of planning behind the scenes by the travel writer and the person setting up a schedule.

I am taking Peter Greenberg's advice. There are so many stories to tell and interesting people to meet in any community. I am going to search for some smaller towns to write about next year.

In addition, I'll be reaching out to new publications. A large portion of the travel sites you enjoy and travel magazines you read have articles written by freelance writers such as myself. Many of them have not come across my writing, so I will help them become aware I have a plethora of stories lines I can share with them.

What lies ahead? I'm not sure, but in the meantime, sign-up for updates at the bottom of the page.

Kathy Condon is a freelance journalist and travel writer. She is the Founder of the Palm Springs Insider Guide. Her book It Doesn't Hurt to Ask: It's All About Communication was named Best Book Finalist By USA Book News Facebook Instagram

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