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Instagram Travel Thursday


So far, so good.

Welcome to the halfway point of our summer break! It’s been a SoCal summer, and we’ve been taking little trips since JetSet Tot graduated Kindergarten, exploring where we live, and acting like tourists. Some trips overnight, some for the day, but regardless we’ve had the best summer yet! These fantastic spots, amazing restaurants and behind-the-scenes places have been a blast to experience and I’ve been documenting our escapades as usual on Instagram.

Instagram Travel Thursday with Skimbaco Lifestyle

If you are reading this, you already know my family loves to travel,  and let the secret be known that I love to Instagram just as much. No, really, I ADORE INSTAGRAM. So when I stumbled upon Skimbaco Lifestyle’s Instagram Travel Thursday, I knew I had to participate! Together with six other bloggers, she has merged my two loves into a weekly feature that I’m excited to start. Since ‘a picture is worth 1,000 words’, I wonder what an Instagram is worth in the era of social media? Ten-thousand? A hundred-thousand? Perhaps a million?

Instagram Travel Thursday

In case you haven’t been keeping up with The JetSet Family, here is a quick ‘snapshot’ of all the great places we’ve tried since school let out in June:

:: The Great & Powerful Oz Afternoon Tea at The London West Hollywood ::

:: Dinner at Raya inside The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel ::

:: Enjoyed a ‘Girls-Only’ Trip to Shore Hotel in Santa Monica ::

:: StumbledUpon Blue Plate Taco and fell in love with their Churros ::

:: Spent a ‘Kids Rule Parents Drool’ Weekend at Rancho Bernardo Inn ::

:: Caught a Screening of Monsters University at El Capitan Theater in Hollywood ::

:: Watched the Disneyland Fireworks ::

:: JetSet Tot Discovered Oysters at Local 1205 in Venice Beach ::

:: Explored the World of Private Jets ::

What are some great places for me to see when I come visit your town?

Hugs & passports,

– Nicole

Nicole_StandleyNicole Standley a.k.a. Jet-Set Mom, is a social influencer + lifestylist covering luxury travel, fine-dining, fashion & pop culture for The Trend Tribe. Contributor for CBS LA, Lucky Magazine, Burke Williams Spa & Moonfrye.com, follow her latest travels and escapades on Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

Photo credits: Nicole Standley


On occasion, contributors of The JetSet Family receive products, compensation and/or services gratis or at discounted rates. This practice does not hinder the influencer’s point of view. All descriptions are factual and accurately reflect the overall experience.

Written by Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley curates her favorite trends in luxury travel, fine-dining, style + pop culture for The JetSet Family, CBS Los Angeles, Huffington Post and Hilton Hotels. In 2015, she was named Top Family Travel Blogger by both Trip Advisor + Red Tricycle. Instagram: nicoledstandley

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  • Katja of Skimbaco July 17, 2013

    Thanks for joining us and I love this “million words” in pictures feature! You have done so much! We have been staying home and enjoying Swedish countryside most of the summer and just done short day trips with the kids.

  • Satu VW July 18, 2013

    You have definitely packed a lot in already during the summer break! I love all the images, they are so different from what I see around here in Norway. And it has been lovely to find your blog and Instagram images through this Instagram Travel Thursday!

  • VeeraBianca July 18, 2013

    I’m so excited to find new travel blogs with Instagram Travel Thursday, so hello from one of the hosts in Finland! 🙂 I am also a lover of Instagram, what a great way to share the love of traveling hey!

  • Kero July 18, 2013

    amazing photos! and really there’s nothing better when you get to spend the whole summer traveling with your family.

    Come to Dubai soon!

  • Janice Brady July 18, 2013

    Wonderful photos and lucky family! Memories that will last forever!

  • Reeta @houseofanais July 18, 2013

    Great to see you joining our #IGTravelThursday. You make SoCal look really inviting, just amazing images!

  • Kita July 18, 2013

    My camera sucks when it comes to taking pictures but these look so good makes me want to travel now.

  • Melissa July 18, 2013

    These pics are amazing !! We travel all over too and I would cry if I went somewhere and didnt have a camera! Thanks for sharing

  • Joelen July 18, 2013

    What fun pics captured!

  • cindy July 18, 2013

    Wow great pics! makes me want to go on vacation! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Sarah Bailey July 18, 2013

    Lovely photos loving the one by the side of a pool just right for this weather 🙂 x

  • Lala {TDF} July 18, 2013

    It’s the best to stay close to home and check out your own city! Doing a wee bit myself. I love watching you guys on IG. Fun fun fun!!!

  • Elena July 18, 2013

    Great pictures… And yes, I love how instagram images help audience connect in real time to adventures around the world. So glad you joined in this week!

  • Monique July 20, 2013

    We’re going to SoCal for the summer, so this is like getting a little preview. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ann July 21, 2013

    I’d probably recommend not coming to where I live – but, the rest of Germany is really beautiful! 🙂

    We’ve been doing a lot of day trips, making plans for fall trips, and canceling road trips. Just a typical summer around here.

  • Cheryl July 22, 2013

    What a busy summer you’ve had so far. Everything on your list sounds like so much fun! Especially the Blue Plate Taco – I crave Mexican food all the time. Not much available where I am in Toronto!

    Looking forward to seeing how you spend the rest of your summer!

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