About Cynthia Cunniff

Cynthia Cunniff’s writing background spans magazine editorial, travel blogging, marketing and PR. She’s a graduate of the creative writing program at CSU Long Beach and went on to UCLA to further her writing skills. Growing up as a military dependent, she lived in several foreign countries and areas of the US. Post college she returned to international living and resided in London for close to a decade, where she took advantage of proximity to the rest of Europe and traveled extensively. She currently lives in the beautiful South Bay of Los Angeles, and can be found on Twitter and Instagram @localpathworld.

Mayhem for All Ages at Universal Studios Hollyowood

Hangin' with the Minions

I was recently asked to cover the new Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. With my nine-year-old daughter in tow, I set off for a day of film-inspired magic and that’s what I got. The new ride fits right into the movie-enchantment precedent set by Universal Studios—putting the rider smack in the […]

15 Reasons to Stay in Long Beach When Visiting Southern California

Aquarium of the Pacific

Approximately 22 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach, CA has spent a lot of time in LA’s shadow—but it has a whole lot to offer in its own right. Here are 15 reasons to stay in Long Beach—instead of LA proper—on your next visit to the area: 1. Long Beach has its own airport and is […]

Off-Season Week in Bohemia, Part 5 — Wachau Valley, Austria

Vineyards of Domäne Wachau

This is the fifth and final installment in a five-part series following JohnnyJet.com writer Cynthia Cunniff through her experience of touring Bohemia with Insight Vacations. Check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4—and thanks for reading! On the road from Cesky Krumlov to Vienna, we made our way through the rolling greens of […]

Off-Season Week in Bohemia, Part 4 — Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Fountain at town center of Cesky Krumlov

This is the fourth installment in a five-part series following JohnnyJet.com writer Cynthia Cunniff through her experience of touring Bohemia with Insight Vacations. Check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3, and then stay tuned for Part 5 tomorrow. If you’re in the Czech Republic, Cesky Krumlov is a must-do town. I’m grateful Insight Vacations had this magical UNESCO World Heritage site on […]

Off-Season Week in Bohemia, Part 3 — Prague, Czech Republic

Scarves, hats and undies in Prague

This is the third installment in a five-part series following JohnnyJet.com writer Cynthia Cunniff through her experience of touring Bohemia with Insight Vacations. Check out Part 1 and Part 2, and then stay tuned for Part 4 on Monday, June 30. I can’t think of a better way to start a visit to Prague than being taken straight from the airport to […]

Off-Season Week in Bohemia, Part 2 — Budapest, Hungary

Art deco in Budapest, Hungary

This is the second installment in a five-part series following JohnnyJet.com writer Cynthia Cunniff through her experience of touring Bohemia with Insight Vacations. Check out Part 1 and Part 3, and then stay tuned for Part 4 on Monday, June 30. As I stepped off the luxurious Insight Vacations bus and onto the streets of Budapest I could feel […]

Off-Season Week in Bohemia, Part I — Vienna, Austria

A view from the Schönbrunn Palace

This is the first installment in a five-part series following JohnnyJet.com writer Cynthia Cunniff through her experience of touring Bohemia with Insight Vacations. Check out Part 2 and Part 3, and then stay tuned for Part 4 on Monday, June 30. Every time I travel to Vienna I initially feel its austerity—and then something quaint and neighborly happens, and I have […]

A Modern Twist on Napa

HALL Visitor Center

When Napa comes into conversation, hyper-modern isn’t usually an automatic response. Rolling vineyards, cozy bed-and-breakfast inns and intimate wine tastings are the typical images that come to mind first. The Hall family has a deep legacy and presence in Napa, California, and their latest venture is a leap into the contemporary. They’ve designed and built the HALL Visitor […]