These are all items and services that I personally use when I travel, to plan travel, and to keep this site up and running. This list is put together based on what people are asking me in my inbox and exclusive promotions that I think you should know about.
Some but not all links on this page are affiliate links which means that if you make a purchase I may be compensated at no additional cost to you. Rest assured if it’s mentioned here, I can vouch for it.
Exclusive California Sightseeing Discounts
Aside from my everyday discounted tickets and tours, I have some exclusive discounts and promotions that will be continuously added to this page.
Go San Diego: 10% off All-Inclusive passes (this is our most popular bundled attractions pass for sightseeing.)
California Explorer Pass: 10% off with code LJMOM10.
Everyday California Tours (La Jolla): Use code lajollamom and click the green checkmark for a 20% discount on tours, lessons, and rentals at Everyday California. This includes private surf lessons, kayaking tours, SUP rentals, and more. Like their retail offerings? Use code LJM20 for 20% off of clothes and accessories.
Five Star Tours: Use code lajollamom for 5% off of winery, brewery, San Diego sightseeing, Baja day trip, and other fantastic Five Star Tours.
RIMOWA: This is the most gorgeous travel luggage. I own Original line Trunk Plus, Carry On, and Check-In M. However, we also have the Essential Trunk Plus which actually my favorite piece because of its zipper and flexible skin.
Anatomie Travel Clothes: Use code LAJOLLAMOM for 15% off of your purchase. (Say goodbye to wrinkles. The brand has become so popular, it’s now being sold at Neiman Marcus. I love the pants and tops.)
MedJet: Even though we have domestic health insurance and GeoBlue for international travel, we have a family MedJet medical evacuation policy because it is applicable if someone gets hurt 100 miles or more from home and it is much more robust coverage.
GeoBlue: We have an annual GeoBlue policy to cover medical expenses overseas. It is affiliated with Blue Cross and Blue Shield so it tends to complement our existing Blue Cross policy. You will need to do your own research. My travel agency also highly recommends Allianz and Travelex.
Virtuoso Hotels: Enjoy perks and VIP status at thousands of luxury hotels worldwide. Yes, you can access these through me but I actually often book my own hotels through my own Virtuoso site since I do not accept hosted media stays. You will receive better perks (and my team helping you to coordinate your stay) in 99% of cases on Virtuoso than you would by booking through the hotel directly.
Blacklane: This is the black car service that we use worldwide, even in San Diego for airport transfers. Use promo code 1WVK908F on your first Blacklane ride and we’ll both save 20%.
Go City: If I am sightseeing, I check to see if a Go City pass is available. The San Diego pass is incredibly popular but I’ve used these in San Francisco, New York City, London, and other places. They now have Singapore and Paris.
I do have favorite photography gear but these days, I prefer not to lug it around and rely mostly on my iPhone XR with my Sony AR7ii stepping in on important occasions.
Canva: I use Canva for making Pinterest pins and anything that requires a text overlay.
PicMonkey: Sometimes, I just need a quick resize, collage, or something simple and it’s quick to do this here. This is a good tool for those who don’t want to spend time learning how to use Adobe products.
Adobe Lightroom: More advanced photo edits require like tools and Adobe Lightroom was easy to learn and I consider it invaluable.
iStock by Getty Images: I do not disrupt my family vacations by stopping to take a ton of photos. For the times I need something high quality that isn’t on my camera roll, I use iStock. Right now, I have a pack of 10 monthly subscription.
Depositphotos: I also buy a pack of 100 Depositphotos once a year or so because it’s way cheaper than Stock. Sometimes the same photos are on both platforms and at other times, what I’m working on isn’t worth the price per photo at iStock where the overall quality is better.
SEMRush: If there is one tool you should splurge on, make it SEMRush. I use it for SEO to help monitor keywords and backlinks. It helps me understand rankings, where I can improve, and if harmful backlinks are pointing to the site.
Later: I have recently started using Later to schedule Instagram posts. I will let you know how it goes.
Thirsty Affiliates: I wish someone would have told me a long time ago that there are WordPress plugins that help manage affiliate links. When affiliate programs change, it becomes much easier to find and adjust links using an organizer like this.
Grow: My social share buttons at the bottom of each post are generated by the Grow plugin.
Agorapulse: I have struggled to find the perfect social media scheduling tool and, so far, Agorapulse is the easiest for me to use. I like its clean calendar view and the ease of replicating posts across all platforms.