Things to do in Hawaii: My Favorite Oahu Foods, Beaches, and Hikes

It’s a given. No two people have the exact same recommendations for a travel destination. Naturally, there will be some duplicates, but we all just have our preferences. Before my O’ahu trip, lots of folks reached out with quite the variety of recommendations. Some recs I tried. Some I didn’t. But all were appreciated! They …

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Tips to Avoid Looking Like a Tourist When You Travel

Did you know that yesterday was World Tourism Day? I didn't… till Twitter told me. Those trending hashtags always keep me in the know! Sooooo, in honor of #worldtourismday (better late than never, eh?), I thought I’d write a quick post on how NOT to be a tourist – just to challenge the norm. When …

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4 Reasons Why Siesta Key Beach is the #1 Beach in America

Once again, Sarasota's Siesta Beach claims top billing as the #1 beach in America – so say Dr. Beach and TripAdvisor users via the Travelers' Choice Awards. As a certified beach bum living just 14 miles from Siesta, I feel justified in giving my honest and humble opinion of this ranking. Is Siesta my favorite beach? Truthfully, no …

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My Love Letter to Ireland

On September 27, 2005, I fell in love. It was that madly, deeply, head over heels, at first sight kinda love. And today, nearly twelve years later, I’m more madly, deeply, fallen in love than I was that first day. That day. That fateful fall day marked the first time I laid eyes on Ireland. …

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Pack These Essentials for Solo Travel

No one likes packing for a trip. (Right??) It has to be the least enjoyable part of traveling. And packing procrastination? That’s a very real problem. But waiting till the last minute also increases the risk that you’ll forget something. I am actually NOT a procrastinator when it comes to packing, but that doesn’t mean …

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5 Ways to Beat Post-Travel Depression

It’s inevitable. You spend weeks – sometimes months – anticipating a trip. Planning, dreaming, wishing for time to move faster. And then, it’s here. Departure day. Bags packed, you embark on your adventure by plane, train, or automobile. But then, time during the trip just. will. not. slow. down. Far too prematurely, the journey ends …

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