Woman standing in front of Lake Isabella holding a puppy

About Me

Hey, I’m Laura Sausina! The founder of the California Wanderland travel blog and a California local always in search of new and exciting adventures around me.

During my 20’s I did all of the ‘normal’ young adult things – went to College in Long Beach, studied Finance, and worked at a corporate 9-5 job to pay my bills. But the work never seemed to slow down and the longer my work hours got, the more I wanted to ‘escape into the mountains’. Literally.

I started going on mini-adventures locally in California and spent my vacation time on anything that sounded like fun. On the weekends I ditched my work heels and exchanged them for hiking boots to go backpacking, snowboarding, and river rafting. And I was hooked.

One of my first backpacking trips at Big Pine Lakes in Mammoth Lakes.
Three Rivers whitewater rafting in California
River rafting in Three Rivers, California.
Bungee jumping off ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Before I turned 30, my husband and I finally took that leap and we left our 9-5 jobs to travel full time. But as our adventures grew more epic, I also felt like something was missing. After spending 15 months on the road traveling across all of Central and South America, we returned home and settled down on the Central Coast.

While I thought my travels would slow down, Central California is the ideal place for outdoor adventures! From pristine beaches and serene redwood forests to epic mountain hikes, and charming seaside towns, there are truly endless adventures to be discovered in Central California.

California is also home to incredible National Parks including Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia along with many State Parks and National Forests.

Paradise Valley at Kings Canyon National Park.
Woman walking in front of Yosemite Falls, one of the best waterfalls in California
Yosemite Falls at Yosemite National Park.

How Can I Help You?

Since our return to California, I have lived in Bakersfield and now in Ventura County. This has allowed me to explore different parts of Central California and document my adventures on this travel blog that now serves over 30,000 readers a month.

The travel guides I share cover my personal experiences and insider tips to help you plan the perfect adventures around the Golden State. Through this website, I hope to make your travel planning easier and inspire you to visit new places & try new activities in California.

Whether that is going on your first hiking trip, that restaurant you always wanted to try, or a fun road trip adventure that reminds us that California is truly one of the most beautiful places on Earth!

Cheers! Laura

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