10 Fun Things To Do in L.A. for August

Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead for the day at hand in the city you live in. So here it is!

Below is our quick link list of 10 fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Thursday, August 17, 2017. May it lead you to adventure!

Santa Monica Pier Sunset


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1. [5 p.m.] The El Segundo Art Walk takes place every third Thursday of the summer months featuring 40+ artists in 35 venues, live music, great food and tours of artist studios in downtown El Segundo and in Smoky Hollow. FREE

2. [5:30 p.m.]  Dance the night away during Sizzling Summer Nights happening at The Autry this Thursday. Some of L.A.’s best salsa and Latin fusion bands will get the outdoor party sizzling and free dance lessons with award-winning salsa instructor Orlando Delgado will have you twirling like a pro.

3. [6 p.m.Concerts on The Bloc in Downtown Los Angeles is a free summer concert series with free beer in the mix!  FREE

4. [7 p.m.The Silver Lake Picture Show returns with free outdoor movie screenings in the heart of Silver Lake at Sunset Triangle Plaza. This week: Space Jam will be screenedFREE

5. [7:30 p.m. Summer Movie Fest at Cal State Northridge is a free weekly movie night taking place at dusk on CSUN’s Oviatt Library Lawn. The series continues with La La LandFREE

6. [7 p.m.Twilight Concerts at the Santa Monica Pier conclude this Thursday with Warpaint, Wild Belle and KCRW DJ Karene Daniel. FREE

7. [8 p.m.] The 2017 season of the Skirball’s free Sunset Concert Series, inspired by the Skirball’s current high-profile exhibition Paul Simon: Words & Music, is a showcase for up-and-coming talents and established artists from Los Angeles and around the globe. The series continues with Daymé Arocena. FREE

8. [8 p.m.] The Moonlight Movies on the Beach series continues with a screening of Princess Bride at Alamitos Beach this Thursday. FREE

9. [8 p.m.]  All My Single Friends is described as part comedy show and part live dating app taking place at the Copper Still. If you’re so over Tinder and Bumble check this show out where you’ll be in a room with some of LA’s best comedians and hottest singles. Use Code BALLS for 50% off your ticket.

10. [variousEcho Park Rising returns for its seventh year (August 17-20) with hundreds of up-and-coming bands to play at venues that include The Echo, The Echoplex, Stories Bookstore, Lost Knight, Little Joy and other more. FREE

DEAL OF THE DAY: $12 tix to This is Spinal Tap at The Wiltern

20 Secrets To Booking Cheap Flights in 2017

20 Secrets To Booking Cheap Flights in 2017

Booking cheap flights today is almost like a science. You may see a good rate in the morning, and within a few hours it can quickly double in price. In fact, airlines often fluctuate their prices throughout the day to help fill empty seats.

As a frequent traveler and having handled the corporate travel bookings at my previous job, I’ve picked up a few travel tricks and money-saving hacks along the way.

Here are 23 secrets to booking cheap flights.

 

1. Plan ahead and be patient

20 Secrets To Booking Cheap Flights in 2017

Planning ahead is the first step in finding cheap flights. That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find last minute discounts, but you’ll have more options and flexibility to score cheap flights when you plan ahead.

This means that if you wish to travel in spring, you should start checking prices in the fall or winter season.

Tips for planning ahead:

  • Check travel websites for prices first thing every morning (around 9:00am) and in the evening (after 6:00pm).
  • Sign up for email alerts. I like using Skyscanner for this tool as this allows me to see how the price fluctuates (up or down) and know when the cheapest fight is available.
  • Start your search three months before your trip. As a general guideline, the cheapest flights can be found at least 47 days before the departure date.

 

2. Search incognito

Always search for flights in incognito or private browsing mode to get the lowest price.

Sometimes there is no difference in price when searching in incognito mode, however I always recommend comparing rates before booking your flight.

 

3. Search tickets one at a time

Even if you’re traveling with a group, sometimes airlines can sell multiple airfare classes at different prices.

For example, if you’re traveling as a pair and there is only one seat left in the lowest fare class, the website will usually show the highest fare class for both tickets.

However if you search each ticket separately, the website may show a cheaper rate. This can help at least one person – if not both of you – save money on your flights.

 

4. Delete your browser history and cookies

20 Secrets To Booking Cheap Flights in 2017

You’re not crazy if you’ve seen the price of a flight change after searching it a few times. Travel websites and airlines will remember your search, and this might cause prices to actually increase.

Always delete your browser history and cookies before searching for flights. Your best bet is to search in incognito or private browsing mode (as mentioned in tip #2).

 

5. Check the airline’s direct website

While third party travel websites can be great, sometimes the best unadvertised deals are found directly on the airline’s website.

 

6. Join the email list of your favorite airline and third party travel website

I recommend signing up for email promotions offered through your preferred airline and third party travel website. This allows you to receive special offers as soon as they go live online or exclusive offers for email subscribers.

 

7. Check departures/ arrivals from alternative airports

20 Secrets To Booking Cheap Flights in 2017

Some major cities have multiple airports within close proximity. For example, New York City has three main airports which visitors can choose from: LGA, JFK and EWR.

Prices can vary significantly based on which airport you choose, so it’s important to always compare rates.

One thing to keep in mind though is to determine if flying into an alternative airport is worth the savings.

For example, if you’re traveling to New York City and fly into EWR, you will have to pay for New Jersey transit (or taxi) to get to Manhattan.

The savings that you got from flying into EWR may quickly disappear by the time you factor in the ground transportation costs to get into Manhattan.

 

8. Follow airlines and third party travel websites on Social Media

One of the great features about social media is that airlines can use these platforms to share special travel promotions with their followers.

Sometimes an airline will offer a special promotion code through their Twitter or Facebook page, so it’s important to follow along with them online.

 

9. Bundle your flights, hotel and car rental

Bundling your trip on websites like Expedia can help you save up to $300. These savings can provide more room in your travel budget for sightseeing, entertainment, dining out and shopping.

 

10. Or don’t bundle your flights, hotel and car rental

While great deals can be found when you bundle your trip, sometimes this is not always the case. Always compare prices to determine if bundling or booking separately is more cost effective.

 

11. Mix and match airlines

20 Secrets To Booking Cheap Flights in 2017

Sometimes booking a round trip or multi-city trip with the same airlines can save you money, however this is not always the rule.

Always compare prices to determine if you’re getting the cheapest flight when you book with one airlines vs. multiple airlines.

The easiest method to compare prices is using a third party website, such as Skyscanner, which will list the cheapest flight combination for your chosen dates.

 

12. Fly on the cheapest day of the week

Traveling on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are usually the cheapest days of the week. Also, searching mid-week for flights produces the best deals too.

From my personal experience, I also find that Thursday can sometimes offer a good price as well.

Days that tend to be the most expensive are Mondays, Fridays and sometimes Sundays. Airlines know that most business trips take place between Monday and Friday, which is why it tends to be more expensive to depart Monday and return on Friday.

However, business travelers have started to recently fly out on Sunday, rather than Monday to try and get a better rate on airfare, but this isn’t always the case.

13. Fly during off-peak hours

Sure you may already know that flying after 8:00pm is usually cheaper than flying during the day. But you can also score a deal by taking an early morning flight as well (between 5:00am and 7:00am).

 

14. Fly indirect

While nonstop flights are usually preferred, sometimes you can save a significant amount by choosing a 1-stop flight.

A 1-stop flight may also give you more options.

For example, I just recently booked flights to Victoria, BC and the only direct flight from Toronto arrives late at night. Instead, I picked a 1-stop flight that arrives in Victoria by noon, which also saved me over $100.

You may also decide to choose a flight with a long layover, which can allow you to explore the city as an added bonus.

 

15. Fly during the shoulder or off-season

Flying during the shoulder or off-season can lead to significant savings.

I was able to score a great 7-day vacation package to Paris in February for only $1,000 CAD (which included flights, hotel and taxes).

This was a lot more affordable than traveling during the summer months and traveling during the off-season tends to be less busy too—which is a win-win for me.

The take-home point is to be flexible with your travel dates, as prices can fluctuate significantly throughout the seasons.

 

16. Save money on checked baggage

Most airlines now charge you $25 each way to check your luggage, and they will also charge you extra if it’s over the weight limit.

You can avoid this by packing lightly and wearing your heavier items on the plane.

If you’re traveling with a close friend or significant other, consider sharing a suitcase with them. This can save you $50 together on baggage costs ($25 each way).

Another option is to bring carry-on luggage only if you’re going on a short trip, such as a weekend getaway. Most hotels offer basic toiletries, and you can bring travel-sized items with you on the plane (provided they meet the TSA liquid guidelines).

 

17. Bring your own food

20 Secrets To Booking Cheap Flights in 2017

Many airlines now charge for food on board. Save money by bringing your own snacks from home instead of buying them on the plane. I promise that your own food will taste a lot better too.

 

18. Shop around for travel & health insurance

I always recommend having travel or (extra) health insurance for your trip, however the one offered when you book your flights isn’t always the best rate.

Sometimes your work place might offer travel or health coverage, which is included in your benefits package.

You can also purchase insurance through your bank for the year — which is what I currently do.

Since I travel multiple times per year, an annual insurance plan is more cost effective for me (instead of having to pay separately for each trip).

If you are over 40 years old (or have a history of health issues), I recommend purchasing extra health coverage (even if you’re already covered through work).

Unfortunately we can never predict what might happen while we’re traveling, which is why it’s always important to be prepared.

 

19. Avoid paying for seat selection (if possible)

While advanced seat selection is sometimes included in your airfare, some airlines charge a fee to select your seats.

Unless you’re particular about where you sit on the plane, I recommend skipping this step when booking your flights.

Instead, check-in 24 hours before your flight, which allows you to make your seat selection for free.

 

20. Sign up for a frequent flier program

Frequent flier programs are great for scoring free flights and upgrades.

Even if you’re not a frequent flier I recommend signing up for an airline rewards program. You can earn points by shopping at partner stores, taking advantage of special email offers (sign up for their newsletter) and by flying of course.

Travel Can Change Your Child’s Life: Here’s How

WIRE TELEGRAM: The blue and pink Arabian princess dresses purchased in a souk in Marrakech are just one small example of the impact Morocco had on Liliana and Alia Hosseini, but for these children, the gowns are a vivid, tangible and lasting connection to a vacation that won’t soon be forgotten.

The two young Georgia residents, 4 and 5 years old, spent seven days traveling around the North African country this summer, a journey that included tagine for dinner, attempts to speak Arabic, camel rides and even a night spent camping in the Sahara, staring up at the endless canopy of stars.

For their mother, Sarah Hosseini, the trip was part of effort to expose her children to different cultures and ways of life.

“I really want them to understand the world in a broader sense, and understand humanity,” says Hosseini. “I think it’s very important to build the next generation of empathetic, worldly human beings.”

Often parents are afraid to travel with young children. Many worry about whether kids will be able to handle the unknown foods, long plane journey or countless other variables accompanying world travel.

What’s more, there are few organized resources specifically for families or parents interested in planning travel that includes children or is specifically geared toward children.

In April, Rainer Jenss, a heavyweight in the world of children’s travel, founded Family Travel Association, a website aimed at helping parents with all of these issues and more.

As the former publisher of the magazine National Geographic Kids, Jenss certainly has the credibility to establish such a site. But that’s not his only claim to being an authority on the topic. Jenss and his wife also took the brave step of spending one year traveling around the world with their two young sons.

He is passionate about the idea that travel can be life changing for children.

“The one thing parents tend to do is underestimate what their kids will like,” Jenss says. “That goes for food, for places to visit…It’s often the parents who are hung up on ‘well, kids want routine. When kids are taken out of their comfort zone it feeds this curiosity that kids have. And it’s important to do that while they’re young, because eventually that curiosity fades a bit.”

Not only does it feed their curiosity, but Jenss points out that traveling quite literally helps increase a child’s intellectual capacity.

The good news is that families are hitting the road in record numbers, but not enough are taking advantage of all the opportunities travel has to offer, Jenss says, noting that there are many wonderful experiences for kids out there that the public knows little about.

The Family Travel Association is a coalition of the travel industry’s leading suppliers, resources and experts on the subject of traveling with children. It’s not a site that books vacations for families, but is rather one developed to inspire families to travel, an effort that includes promoting child-friendly experiences families can share and simplifying the process of trip planning.

The site includes for instance, an interactive map linked to articles describing family friendly travel experiences in a particular destination. Click on a geographic location and articles with headlines such as “A Perfect Day in Sydney: Travel like a Local” pop up or “10 of the Best Active Family Sports Holidays.”

Customized searches can also be conducted on the site, by indicating how old your children are, what length trip you’re interested in and what sorts of experiences you’re seeking – cultural attractions, nature, adventure and more.

There’s also an advice section with information about topics that frequently worry parents such as air travel and health and safety.

“Ultimately what we want to do is unify the industry, to help traveling families, making it easier for them,” says Jenss. “We want to make sure parents understand there is so much more they can do with kids, then they are aware of. Travel with kids should be just as transformational as it is recreational.”

Yet another way to expose your child to all that travel has to offer is through Virtuoso’s Journey to Global Citizenship program.

Designed for families that view travel as more of a necessity than a luxury, or perhaps as a tool to supplement classroom learning, the program offered by the luxury and experiential travel network provides families with a travel advisor who helps map out a multi-year travel plan.

The opposite of scheduling a one-off trip, Journey to Global Citizenship is about building a personalized travel strategy for three, five or ten or more years.

Virtuoso’s David Kolner describes the program as not all that unlike meeting with a financial advisor to establish a family’s long range economic goals.

“The program looks at travel planning in a whole different light,” Kolner explains. “Think about a financial advisor who you sit down with to talk about retirement goals and you create a plan over an extended period of time. We really believe people’s most valuable, perishable asset is their free time. The idea here is – how do you maximize your most precious asset, your free time? So it involves mapping out a family’s anniversaries, milestone birthdays, graduations, all those things you want to incorporate into a multi-year travel plan.”

When applying that perspective to the opportunity to travel with your children, Kolner points out that “15 summers are really all you have.”

“The idea is to put together a really cohesive plan,” he continues.

But that’s not all. Establishing a family travel plan geared toward children through Virtuous also involves mapping travel to match activities and interests in your child’s life and perhaps to align with the subjects children are studying in school. In other words, bring classroom lessons in history and geography to life by planning travel experiences to some of the destinations they’re studying.

“The idea behind global citizenship is that by time the child graduates high school you’ve created a mix of experiences,” Kolner says. “You’ve given your child an education in and of itself. They’ve seen different cultures, spoken different languages, experienced different foods. It isn’t about getting on a private jet. It’s about experiences.”