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Oahu’s Disney Aulani Resort… For Adults! thumbnail

Ian and I tend to fancy ourselves a pair of fairly with-it twenty-somethings — though I admit I’m concerned that saying so is the blogging equivalent of wearing non-ironic mom jeans. When we travel, we like to book boutique hotels, chic apartments, or design hostels; go out to eat at trendy local cafés and restaurants; and…

In Love with The Aloha State: My Third Trip to Hawaii thumbnail

Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace. — Paul Theroux As a full-time travel blogger, I’m frequently asked about my favorite destinations around the world. My answers, depending on my current whims and the energy I have to delve into such a query, range from a carefully calibrated, heartfelt list of…

My Thirteen Favorite US Travel Destinations thumbnail

Happy independence day, America! They say it takes leaving home to appreciate the beauty of your own backyard, and in my evolution as a traveler, I’ve found that to be true. There was a time when not a single one of the fifty states seemed adventurous enough to quench my thirst for all things exotic, but…

Aloha Therapy: My Secret Oahu Trip in Five Senses thumbnail

Have I ever told you guys that I’m like, the worst secret keeper in the world? Sure, when it comes to someone confiding in me about their secrets, I’m a lock-it-up-and-throw-away-the-key kind of girl. But the second I have a confidential tidbit of my own, you will find me either (a) giggling wide-eyed in the corner…

Getting More out of Maui: Volunteering and Giving Back thumbnail

It doesn’t take long to realize there is something special about Hawaii. I was trying to explain it to a friend recently, to put in to words why my love for these islands runs so deep. Yes, Hawaii has beautiful beaches and lush mountains and fabulous opportunities for adventure, but it has something more. The people…

A Different Kind of Dive: Going Under in the Atlantis Submarine thumbnail

I heard a light hum and squinted at what appeared to be a large white whale surfacing in the distance. My eyes widened. This was no sea mammal — it was a submarine, and I was about to board. I’m always surprised when non-divers tell me, “I could never do it, I’m too claustrophobic!” To be…

Inside My Bag: Hawaii thumbnail

Packing is probably my least favorite part of travel, and even pulling together a suitcase for something as blissful as ten days in Hawaii usually leaves me writing in agony on the floor of my closet. Still, I admit that this being my second time to the Aloha State, I had a much better idea of…

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