California is a state so large, so grand, and so overwhelmingly wonderful that it takes a long time to explore. California is a number of different kinds of destinations all in one state, so a road trip with the family to explore this spectacular state is a choice well worth making.

If you’re going to soak up all the wonders of the Sunshine State in a single vacation, then you’re going to need a route that is planned with maximum efficiency in mind. The average length of a vacation for American families is just four days, but how much of the best and brightest of California can you really enjoy in such a restrictive timeframe?

A lot more than you might expect, especially if you’re prepared to rent a vehicle for the duration of your stay. Below is a busy but exciting itinerary

DAY ONE

STARTING POINT: San Diego

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No trip to California is complete without a visit to San Diego, making this vibrant city the ideal starting point for your four-day family trip. There are so many options as to what you can see and do in this fantastic city, including the world-famous zoo or an educational trip to the State Historic Park, so choose your activity of choice. In fact, this itinerary is designed to allow you the majority of the day in San Diego, so you can choose two sites to enjoy!

Around 6pm, it’s time to make a move— you won’t be spending the night in San Diego. Jump in your car for an hour and a half’s drive to…

NEXT STOP: Cleveland National Forest

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This rather confusingly-named forest is northwest of San Diego, and the route to get there is pleasantly simple. After a day spent in the bustling San Diego, the calm tranquility of Cleveland National Forest makes for the perfect place to spend an evening relaxing, as you enjoy the panoramic scenic views.

You can camp in the forest itself, or head to one of the nearby towns to spend the night. There are plenty of hotels in La Jolla Amago, which is perfectly placed for exploring the forest itself the next day.

After a night’s rest, it’s worth jumping back in the car again the next morning. Half an hour from La Jolla Amago (or less, if you’re camping at the forest itself) is the incredible Palomar Observatory. Take a tour of the facility and allow your kids to learn about how the three telescopes are being used to map the skies; a truly wonderful morning trip that the whole family will love. You’ll also have the chance to enjoy the stunning views offered by the forest, exploring the trails and perhaps even hiking Palomar Mountain if you’re in the mood for a challenge.

Just remember to leave in plenty of time to make the two-hour journey to…

NEXT STOP: Huntington Beach

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Huntington Beach is truly one of the most delightful places in California. After your time spent in the wilderness, you’ll be back at the seaside, and able to spend the evening wandering along Huntington Pier and enjoying the stunning seafood cuisine. While you’ll likely to arrive a little too late for swimming in the ocean, you can nevertheless enjoy the view of the sun setting over the waves.

Get a good night’s rest, as tomorrow will bring forth (what your children, at least, will consider to be) the most exciting day of the vacation…

NEXT STOP: Anaheim

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Realistically, Anaheim is only known for one thing— no offence to the city itself, but most people can’t name much about it… except for the fact it’s home to the Disneyland Resort. After a couple of days spent enjoying the natural wonders of California, now is a great time to indulge in something lighthearted and familiar.

The journey from Huntington Beach to Anaheim is pleasantly short, at just over a half hour. When you arrive in Anaheim itself, you can check into a local hotel if you don’t want to stay on the Disneyland resort itself. With your bags checked, you can head to the park for an incredible fun family day out.

Telling you what to see and do at the Disneyland Resort is largely pointless. First and foremost, the park is so varied that it’s impossible to choose just a handful of collections to visit, and your choices will largely be dictated by the age of your children. So you’re best to plot your own route, using an online guide. This will allow you to ensure you get to see and do all the things you want; the park is sprawling, so you’ll need to keep a careful check on the time.

After a day filled with excitement, head back to your chosen hotel for a quiet evening spent reminiscing about the time you’ve enjoyed so far.

LAST STOP: Los Angeles

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As with San Diego, no visit to California is complete without a trip to Los Angeles. Not only is the city one of the most vibrant and exciting in the world, it’s also home to LAX Airport, which should allow you to travel home on a direct flight.

The journey from Anaheim to Los Angeles is less than an hour; with good traffic, you should be able to make it in around 45 minutes. If you choose a night-time flight, then you’ll be able to spend the day exploring LA itself, which can be a nice cherry on the top of a thrilling vacation.

You could head to the beach, or stay in LA itself to walk the famous “Walk of Fame”. Alternatively, if the Palomar Observatory excited an interest in astronomy, then the Griffith Observatory is one of the most well-known attractions in the state. If you’d rather pick up some souvenirs, then heading for the shopping districts and The Grove can also be a pleasant way to round off your vacation.

In conclusion

The above route tries to take in all that California has to offer, from sandy beaches to rugged mountainous terrain. Enjoy your travels!

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Indulgence is everywhere. From your local doughnut chain store to the wide array of Netflix specials that are released. From the comfort of your home living room to the relaxation of your favorite book. Some of these could be classed as indulgences and activities for growth in the same fell swoop, so distinguishing between them can sometimes be hard. However, if you feel your life has become mostly filled with indulgence (at least in your free time,) it’s easy to feel like you’re not progressing anywhere.

Brighter Pastures

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In order to empower yourself, you must partake in the journey of life with your eyes wide open. It means taking an adventure regardless of your age, because that is just a number. It means pursuing your goals to the extent that you find them rewarding. It means instead of sliding into comfort as the dominant exercise in your life, you get out and challenge yourself in a way that means the most to you. Empowerment is defined by how well you are able to face the unknown and hold your strength in its presence.

If you’re a mother, you’ve held a career for a period of time, or you’re simply a good person, you can absolutely state that you have the inner strength and power to become empowered beyond your wildest dreams. Here are a few methods for doing so:

Drop Everything And Adventure!

Do you ever get the feeling that the routine and order of your life is getting slightly stagnant? It might not be, but the continual repetitiveness of it might be bringing you down just a little. Heading on an adventure can wipe your fatigue slate clean, and come back grateful for the comfort and security you have built for yourself. However, how should you begin? Climbing Kilimanjaro? Trekking around Everest?

These sound like pretty massive endeavours for someone who might not have ever partaken in an expedition like this. How on Earth are you supposed to organize this yourself? With services like Kandoo Adventures at kandooadventures.com you might not have to. Adventure needn’t be over complicated or risky, using many services that provide you with an organized yet adventurous and unrestricted experience can help you take your first tentative steps around the world. Upon your return, it won’t be long before you’re bragging to all the other ladies at the hair salon.

Implement Slow Change

It could be that you may not feel entirely happy simply heading to pastures new straight away. We are creatures of habit, and that means understanding how to implement small change to veer the course of our life. It could be that instead of relying on online dating, you head to a speed dating venue once a month. It might be you decide to become more social attending music events or simply arranging nice events for you and your extended family. Other people are often a great predictor of adventure because learning about them is often the most complex and enticing thing you can imagine.

That being said, try to implant yourself into new social situations! You’re never too old to join a new hiking group or join a book club. If you’re interested in writing, why not join writing communities on Reddit and Facebook and contribute to them often? You can never tell just how wide spanning your hobby could truly get, and what new, wonderful people could become a fixture of your life.

With this in mind, you are sure to enjoy the unknown of adventure, both social and physical. The Netflix series can wait.

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We are in the run-up to Mothering Sunday when mums are made to feel special for what they contribute to their families and society. How does it feel for those women who do not have children? My blog is very much about giving women whatever their circumstances a voice so I am delighted to host this post from Stephanie Phillips who set up World Childless Week last year.

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“At the age of 39 I found out that my husband and I would never be parents. The pain was instant. The doctor’s words had the same effect as letting off a grenade in my heart. My dreams of who I was and the life I had hoped to lead were shredded and thrown in every direction.

I buried my pain and hid my emotions for several years. How could I talk to anyone? Everyone seemed to be a parent. My life turned a corner when I discovered Facebook had support groups for the childless not by choice. People understood me and validated my thoughts and emotions. I started to grieve and in turn I started to heal.

As I explored the new me and where I sat in this world I looked elsewhere for recognition of my childless label. I was excited to discover that both the UK and USA had fertility awareness weeks. My excitement withered as I realised these weeks focused on helping people find their happy ending. Where were the articles for me, for people who would never be a parent?

I had an idea. Why not start a week for the childless not by choice? My head was instantly filled with questions and doubt. How do I start? How do I get people involved? Would anyone want to participate? Would I make a fool of myself? I was scared. I posed my idea to a few childless friends and they reassured me it was a good idea, so despite my concerns I decided to throw caution to the wind and go ahead. I wanted to raise awareness and I wanted to help people find support so perhaps it could work.

On the 31st July 2017 I created a Facebook page and just six weeks later the first ever World Childless Week took place from the 11-17th September.

My fears had been unwarranted and people wanted to participate. Some contributors were confident enough to add their name but most wanted to remain anonymous. Over the seven days I posted just under 100 articles, blogs and posters.

Each day had a different focus. As well as articles explaining facts and expressing raw emotions of sadness two days focused on our worth in society and moving forwards. The hardest day for me was to write about my own worth, I admit this is something I still struggle with today.

Over the week the articles were read by over 123 000 people and #worldchildlessweek was tweeted over 1.2 million times. Those figures still take my breath away. I’d hoped to reach a few hundred people.

Now I have a World Childless Week website and today issued the first newsletter. I’m still scared because this is not the me I know. I’m not as confident as people think. I’m not someone who is the centre of attention at social gatherings. It feels like such a big responsibility to improve on last year.

As I am typing away two thoughts have just come to my mind. Firstly I don’t need to worry about the numbers. I need to go back to my original reasons for starting World Childless Week. I just need to focus on helping people find support. Secondly more people than I dreamt of participated last year and I know they want to participate again this year. They are supporting me. It’s time to forget my worries and move forwards knowing I am not doing this on my own.

1 in 5 women reach the age of 45 without bearing a child.

Most of these women are childless not by choice. We are a growing minority that is unrecognised by society. We are part of every family and every nationality. More of us are starting to speak out and we are getting heard. World Childless Week is not about me. It is about the childless not by choice community supporting each other and working together.”

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You certainly do become part of a mums’ club when you become a parent. Even if you feel isolated as so many of us do, most find ways via parenting forums, blogging or whatever to access support. If you are a mum reading this, perhaps reflect on whether you inadvertently exclude women without children. If you are a woman who does not have children, do check out the World Childless Week website.

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