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Lower Price to Reserve Your Spot!

 
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We recently ran a poll over our Instagram to get an idea of what the reasons that restrict people from traveling. With busy schedules, budgets, asking for time off from work, etc it gets tricky. It’s easy to forget that the truth is…travel is a luxury! So we might not all have the same opportunity as others to travel.

We were not surprised when we saw the main reason was cost at 78%. This got us thinking we need to rethink our pricing schedule. We decided to lower the reservation price to $550 instead of $1000. This way it makes it easier to pay over time. The second payment of $550 is collected a month later. The final balance is due 45 days out before a trip. This gives you more time to plan and budget into your normal spending. We’d also like to thank you at this time for understanding our price includes a very personal service you would not normally receive traveling on your own or relying on random lists found on Pinterest or Yelp. Plus, we work with a local on-the-ground team that work their ass off to help make our trips amazing. We pride ourselves on paying them a wage that is a reflection of their dedication and hard work.

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Timing was the second biggest reason. With everyones (including our own) crazy schedules, we totally get it. Our dates don’t work for everyone. Our solution? Simple… we’ll plan you the private trip of your dreams at your dates and at your budget! That being said though…let’s all make more time for travel. Whether it’s with us or on your own anywhere, even a simple weekend getaway will soothe your soul. We need to step back and refresh. Americans are known to be terrible at remembering to pump the breaks and give ourselves a break!

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Last but not least, we thought maybe your friends might not be into traveling. Good news is this was NOT the case. So yay for having rad and fun friends ready for a travel adventure!

What Do We Mean by "Live Like a Local"?

 
Photo by  Sabrina Hounshell  on our trip, January 2019

Photo by Sabrina Hounshell on our trip, January 2019

So what does it really mean when we say “live like a local”? We obviously can’t be locals everywhere and we don’t claim to be! Back in 2012 when I was first trying to make this business idea into a reality, I was chatting with a good friend of mine and the tagline “live like a local” came up after talking about the way we liked to travel. I wanted to create trips that felt as though your friends (that were locals) from each destination were the ones showing you around. Being taken around your friend’s hometown or country always felt WAY more fun and meaningful than just researching online and crossing your fingers. This is actually how I got the idea to start Coast to Costa in the first place.

I started this dream job in 2012 but the real beginnings were in 2004 when I went to live in Spain. I had never really enjoyed college or knew what the hell I wanted to do, so I decided to take three months off and learn Spanish in Sevilla, Spain. I totally fell in love with everything about living over there and I ended up living in Spain for 4 years (and Italy for a year). When I came back to the US, I was living in San Francisco and working at a Catalan restaurant. I would always go back to Spain and bring groups of friends along. In Spain friends of mine who were chefs and bartenders began to open their own spots. I would have them show us around and "guide" us. This led to not only the best restaurants but that rad little hole in the wall club where we danced our butts off til the early morning. Our original itineraries were led by friends of mine from my time living in Spain and friends I had made at the restaurant in SF that were wine makers, cheese mongers and ham (jamón is the best) purveyors. When I put all of these friends together, I realized I had a whole food and wine itinerary in and around the places in Spain that I loved. We have taken this original model and applied it to all of the destinations that we travel to.

Fernando (our trip host) and I in Cusco, Photo by  Juan Bustabad

Fernando (our trip host) and I in Cusco, Photo by Juan Bustabad

When we say “live like a local”, we aren’t trying to say you’re going to become a local in days or that there’s any shame in being a tourist. Being an American traveling abroad comes with many privileges that we’re aware of and thankful for. Without actually being a local theres no way to fully see the complete in and outs, good and bad of a country. We aren’t trying to minimized or downplay that. We are solely trying to highlight that we have developed amazing relationships with all of the people we work with in all of our destinations. I have learned that making friends and working with those friends ensures the best possible travel experience everywhere that we travel. When choosing new destinations, we'll always choose places that I have lived, have spent time in or places where I have good friendships with key people to show our travelers around. Each trip is completely led by friends (who have now become family) of ours that do the best job. I choose them to bring us into THEIR world and to show us THEIR culture.

When we started this adventure 7 years ago, there were not a lot of people offering these authentic, locally guided travel experiences. It seems like nowadays, there’s a lot of companies saying the same things. What I can tell you is after 200 + trips that we've organized and led, we can honestly say that when you come on our trips, you truly live like a local. Our local friends and family in each destination guarantee it!

 

How Machu Picchu Woke My Ass Up!

 
Photo by Marcella Winograd on our trip, February 2019

Photo by Marcella Winograd on our trip, February 2019

I wanted to write all about something really amazing that happened to me in my life. For those of you who know me, I'm not what'd you'd call a very sporty nor outdoorsy kind of guy. Don't get me wrong, I love being outside. I love the beach. I love beautiful mountains and can appreciate nature with the best of them. The thing is, I'm not very typically, like active in said outdoor spots.

Historically, you could find Andrew Tyree enjoying the outdoors sitting down! Preferably with a drink and a cig...yeah, I know. I smoked cigarettes for far too long. Wait, wait, keep the judgement down and bear with me, I'm getting ahead of myself.

Brief history, after leaving college not knowing what to do, young me moved abroad from San Francisco to Seville, Spain. Already dabbling in the "cancer sticks", I moved to smokeland! Needless to stay, it stuck. After moving back to SF, and getting tired of feeling gross from them, I had a good friend, Courtney Moore (hit her up @mission_intuition for body work and healing), gave me acupuncture. It helped me QUIT those damn things, except I let myself cheat whenever I was traveling. Fast forward to my first hike to Machu Picchu in April of 2018. See, I told you I was getting ahead of myself. As the owner of this company, the fearless leader of our group, I was determined to just be totally fine with hiking at nearly 8,000 ft above sea level with never training. Man, was I wrong.

Photo by Marcella Winograd on our trip, February 2019

Photo by Marcella Winograd on our trip, February 2019

Brief history, after leaving college not knowing what to do, young me moved abroad from San Francisco to Seville, Spain. Already dabbling in the "cancer sticks", I moved to smokeland! Needless to stay, it stuck. After moving back to SF, and getting tired of feeling gross from them, I had a good friend, Courtney Moore (hit her up @mission_intuition for body work and healing), gave me acupuncture. It helped me QUIT those damn things, except I let myself cheat whenever I was traveling. Fast forward to my first hike to Machu Picchu in April of 2018. See, I told you I was getting ahead of myself. As the owner of this company, the fearless leader of our group, I was determined to just be totally fine with hiking at nearly 8,000 ft above sea level with never training. Man, was I wrong.

The Andes mountains taught me a lesson. A lesson as big and dramatic as the mountains themselves. I need to get myself healthy. I am not going to live forever. I would prefer to live a longer and healthier life than I was living before. After getting my ass thoroughly handed to me (I made it but it was very difficult), I made a pledge to myself to do two things. One, I needed to climb Mt. Washington (a few blocks from where we live in LA) at least three times a week and I was going to quit smoking for good.

I'm happy to report that as of a few months ago, with the help of another friend Joe Homs (shoutout #2, he's super good!), I'm 100% off the cigarettes and I've been hiking up the "mountain" by my house almost every day. Plus, I've learned to appreciate nature in a much healthier way. I feel kind of funny saying this but I've kind of turned into a hiker....it's amazing how life turns out!