Scottsdale Ultimate Travel Guide

10 Important Things To Do

Before Each Trip 

Check out my list that will help you plan your vacation. 

 Looking for a great day trip while in Los Angeles?  The Getty Museum & Villa are a great choice, check out our full review of the museum and villa.  Learn about the parking, what time to visit and how to get tickets for both destinations.

Playa Del Carmen

Come explore with us as we take you to Playa Del Carmen. Learn what to see and where to go in Playa Del Carmen, and don’t forget about the great Street Tacos.


Upcoming Vacations

 Miami, Ecuador, London, & Istanbul

Headed to Miami & Ecuador








Mazatlan, Mexico

Check out our trip to Mazatlan, love this quaint Mexican town.  If you want to have that feeling that you are in Old Mexico this is a great place to be.  With a beautiful 13 mile Malecon to ride bikes and explore the historical streets of Old Town.  This is not to be missed!!!

Click Here to Get to Mazatlan

Puerto Vallarta 

Looking at a vacation in Puerto Vallarta? Then you need to watch this guide! We cover all the areas around Banderas Bay, the best times to visit, the top sights to see, the top hikes and best local dining options – and more. Plus, we throw in a ton of pro tips that no one else will tell you!

Best Neck Pillow for Travelers

Researching through countless travel pillows and tons of reviews I finally found a great travel pillow to travel with. This is luxurious and easy to blow up- actually no blowing up at all just push the button and it inflates.  It fits very easily in the bag and you can hook it on your carryon luggage.  So excited to finally find something that you don’t have to blow up.  Its a great neck pillow, check this out on the link below.                       


DJI Mavic Mini Drone

We have finally found a drone that is lightweight and easy to carry in your suitcase.  Works directly with your iphone so you can see the video as you are flying.  So thrilled to have purchased this, great price and takes great drone videos.  Check out our latest one on our YouTube channel of Puerto Vallarta. 



My favorite iPhone Case!!!!!

Hi There!   I’m Lara and I am from Scottsdale, Arizona.  I have lived here for more than 25 years and Iove it. My hubby and I are fortunate to be able to travel the world to explore exciting destinations. When our son went off to college we became empty nesters and decided to go for it.  No sense in staying at home when the world is your oyster!!  Follow along with us and learn about interesting places an “off the beaten path” experiences.   We are not the type of people who like to stay in fancy hotels all the time – for us its about the experience!  Well let me rephrase that, I do like those fancy hotels but the only way to learn about the city and the people is to immerse yourself.

This travel blog originated in 2018 and since then we have really traveled the world, check out our passport page and read about some of the exciting places we traveled to the last couple years.

Thanks again for checking us out.

Travel with us on our YouTube channel

The perfect take-along on road trips

Love, Love, Love our foldable bikes, at 26 pounds these bikes can easily fit in the trunk or back seat of your car.  They are very comfortable to ride and they also have gears on the bikes so you can get up some of those steep hills.  Delivered right to your door from Amazon, check out this link below.



Read more about some of my favorite accessories under my travel tips.

Lightweight Rain Jackets

This jacket is approved from The Scottsdale Travel Chick, used this jacket on a recent trip to Costa Rica. Not only is it ACTUALLY waterproof but also has vents on the side that you can unzip to keep cool in the humidity.


Charging Case

Airports can be one of the hardest places to find an outlet to charge your phone. Luckily, iPhone came out with a charging case! This makes it easy to charge your phone at any time, even when there’s no outlets available.


Bose Noise Cancellation Headphones

How many times have you been on a flight and questioned why you are sitting next to a family with a screaming baby? These headphones go with me on every flight, don’t fly without your Bose headphones.



We use this backpack on all of our trips.  This one folds flat and easily can fit into your suitcase.  It has 3  compartments and one side can hold a large water bottle.  This is a great backpack to take if you are walking around the city or taking a bike ride through the countryside.