Blow in my ear and I’ll go anywhere….

The joy of travel never gets old.  I’m surprised, with the amount of travel I do for filming my TV show Travel Time with Linda, that I still get a euphoric rush in anticipation for an upcoming trip and the giddiness I feel when hearing that familiar “now boarding” announcement over the airport PA.

My gypsy spirit awakens every few months, often triggered by the intense feeling of being landlocked, recognizable only to those who grew up by an ocean like myself, as a native Californian who now resides in Dallas.
For those of you fortunate to live in close proximity to the beach, never take it for granted!

My intense desire so palpable to hear the waves crash, smell the salty spray of ocean in my hair and the zen-like sensation of feeling “grounded” walking along its sandy beach is one of many reasons why I love to rent a beach house every year in Carlsbad, California for leisure time with my family.

How I found this beach house is a very special story and can best be described by saying that really the house found me. The view that welcomes you once walking inside (pictured above) still gives me the chills each and every time, year after year.

As I began packing my must-have travel essentials for my upcoming beach retreat, I remembered a promise I made, as I’m often asked to share the hottest lifestyle finds I can’t live without. So here’s a short list of my latest obsessions.

The Benefits of Vitamin C

I recently discovered a topical vitamin C skincare line, OrangeDaily, which that has literally become my skin’s secret weapon. When we think of citamin C, images of ice-cold orange juice or those orange-flavored fizzy tablets that dissolve in water for preventing a cold come to mind. Your skin can also greatly benefit from this powerhouse vitamins proven antioxidant properties.

When applied topically, the anti-aging properties of vitamin C are incredibly effective. L-ascorbic acid (another name for vitamin C) has been shown to improve collagen production in the skin, it also slows the breakdown of collagen as well, resulting in less fine lines and wrinkles. I have seen firsthand incredible results.

My skin is glowing from this refreshing boost of Vitamin C, and since using the line, my skin tone has become so even I now feel confident going make-up free…and trust me, that says a lot!

You can find the line at, and I highly recommend OrangeDaily 10% Vitamin C Serum and Vitamin C Anti-Aging Tri-Retinol Complex as a powerful one-two punch.

Navigating CBD

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about CBD (short for cannabidiol, a substance derived from hemp). T
here's a huge surge of CBD products being introduced to the market on a daily basis, and studies have shown CBD can help with anything from anxiety, stress, pain, inflammation and PTSD. Personally, I’m a huge fan, so here’s the 411.

Because this market is so young, there are still a lot of legalities and questions to work out.  On May 31st the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public hearing on regulating hemp-derived CBD and addressing how CBD will be sold. Featuring testimony from stakeholders, it was one of the first steps in the FDA's rule-making process.

What does this mean for the consumer?  CBD Products will soon become much more accessible filling the aisles of brick and mortar stores you frequently visit - think Walgreens, CVS, Target, and the like. In the meantime, I love the CBD Living product line, which can be found at

So which CBD product line do I recommend?
My two favorites are their CBD Living Bath Bombs, with 60 milligrams of CBD, paired with CBD Living Water, utilizing nanotechnology containing over 10,000,000 nanogram of CBD in each bottle (an added benefit: it’s also a 9+ph alkaline water!).

Best Swimwear Line, Hands Down

It’s normal to feel a little insecure clad in only a swimsuit walking along a crowded public beach; go ahead and times that feeling by one hundred and then you can imagine how it feels working a bathing suit on TV.
No matter how much prepping beforehand, any woman will tell you they need all the help they can get. And no wardrobe malfunctions,  thank you very much!

Spray tan…check.
Daily two-hour workouts one week leading up to shoot…check. Amazing swimwear… Well, my go-to resort wear line hands down for bathing suits that I can always feel my most confident, is always flattering, comfortable, sexy (but not too sexy) is BECCA Swim.  And I can tell you, the quality is insane!  The handkerchief- bandeau BECCA bikini I'm wearing while snorkeling at top is one of my favorite styles - and I hate to admit, but it’s easily five years old now and looks the same as when I first bought it.  One more great feature is the line has the most adorable resort wear cover-ups to mix and match.

And there you have it - my three favorite summer survival must-haves. Now if you'll excuse me,
I’m off to do some last-minute packing.

Wishing everyone safe travels and a happy summer!


Linda Cooper is an award-winning TV host, producer, and writer who serves as a brand ambassador for worldwide travel on her national luxury lifestyle series Travel Time with Linda and as a contributor to several lifestyle and travel publications.
Over the years, her specialty areas of focus on television and in magazine publications include the travel; beauty; lifestyle; luxury; tourism; hotels; restaurants; food/wine; fitness; spas; and retail shopping industries. As a lifestyle expert, Linda showcases the hottest trends and latest beauty and fashion finds in her well-known blog