• Yaa Asantewaa Faraji

Holiday in Hollywood: Quick Tips to Getaway

The night is young in the city of angels. Amongst the divas and devils, and pilgrims and nativity, Hollywood is a place where the holiday season gets bedazzled by the world of film. Characters from near and far – your Chandler Bings and Cardi B’s beside snowmen and baby Jesus – awake to indulge in this international period of play.

During the holiday season, Los Angeles becomes its own production, with pumpkin patches, hayrides, holiday theme parks, frightening festivals and blinding holiday light shows stemming from the boulevards throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area.

If you’re looking for a quick getaway destination to let off some workweek steam during the holiday season, Los Angeles has the answer to your dilemma. Consider these quick tips when booking your holiday getaway:

Book the right flight. The best stay starts with how you get there. Check out insanelycheapflights.com for the best prices on international and domestic travel. Insanely Cheap Flights matches you with remaining seats across virtually all accessible airlines with side-by-side price comparisons, so you're guaranteed the lowest price each time you book. I promise you, Orbitz, Expedia and CheapoAir can’t beat these conveniently low prices.

Book a nice place. What’s great about Hollywood is that the people pride themselves on appearance, which means sick pads decked out for your holiday enjoyment. Airbnb is usually the go-to platform for booking a place to stay –you’ll get to live at home and still feel miles away from your actual bedroom. Even if you live near Los Angeles, splurge on your self-care and spend the night in a luxury getaway. You might be able to stay home, but how much is your recharge worth?

Book in advance. The holidays in Hollywood are kind of a big deal, that means sold out seats and long lines if you wait too long to plan your list of holiday activities. There are a plethora of places to venture off to in Los Angeles during the holidays – it’s not so much where you go, as it is that you’re going in the first place. Consider the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval during Halloween, Knott’s Merry Farm, Six Flags’ Holiday in the Park, Universal Studios and Disneyland for their holiday extravaganzas beginning October each year to kick off Halloween.

Be open to change. Apps like Yelp, Bandsintown and EventBrite make the holiday season a labyrinth of things to do. Add to that the Hollywood production, and the holiday season becomes a messy hodgepodge of too much to do. Rather than being overwhelmed by the plethora of options in Los Angeles, be open to hitting as many places as possible. Chances are you’ll end up with a better night than the one you planned.

Make the time to relax. The whole point of your holiday trip is to get away from the stress associated with fourth-quarter deadlines and overwhelmingly booked schedules. Don’t make the trip a part of the stress. I recommend planning your holiday trip at the beginning of September, so that you can eliminate all planning stresses. Make sure you include people you actually like to be around – drama on vacation is a lose-lose for everyone.

Make time for family. The holidays are about connecting and reconnecting with the people who make life worthwhile. When in need of a quick holiday getaway, don’t forget to include the ones who make the holiday season what it is. Remember, family is not defined by DNA – keep those around who make you smile and laugh.

Magic is in the air on the streets of Rodeo and Beverly boulevard. Take advantage in all that Los Angeles has to offer during the holiday season. After being touched by the city of angels, you might never want to leave.

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