hawaii travel guide: do the big island circle tour

Hawaii’s been having a rough time, you guys. First the flooding in Kauai, and now the earthquake and subsequent eruption of Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island. It’s a far cry from how the Big Island looked a little over a year ago when the hubs and I spent a day there. And because weContinue reading “hawaii travel guide: do the big island circle tour”

the top 10 things to do in kauai, hawaii

Recently, I read an article in the LA Times about Kauai’s record rainfall earlier this month: Records indicate that Kauai got 50 inches of rain within 24 hours, and scientists posit that this record-breaking and destructive weather is a result of global warming—and that there’s plenty more where that came from. And while I knowContinue reading “the top 10 things to do in kauai, hawaii”

kauai, hawaii travel guide: tubing and ziplining with kauai backcountry adventures

It’s been so sad watching all this news coverage about Kauai over the last week or so, seeing the devastation wreaked by the excessive rain and flash flooding has caused the oldest of Hawaii’s islands. I worry about the folks whose homes have been washed away. If anyone is interested in helping Kauai rebound fromContinue reading “kauai, hawaii travel guide: tubing and ziplining with kauai backcountry adventures”

kauai, hawaii travel guide: kayak and hike along the wailua river

Kauai has a lot going for it: It’s stunning, the weather’s perfect, and it offers a lot of different outdoorsy activities for when you feel like balancing your chill beach time with, you know, adventures of the physical variety. (If you don’t like being outdoors, though, maybe Hawaii isn’t your dream destination—which makes me sadContinue reading “kauai, hawaii travel guide: kayak and hike along the wailua river”

kauai, hawaii travel guide: sail along the na pali coast

As I mentioned in my post about Waimea Canyon, the main road on Kauai doesn’t connect in a complete circle, and that’s because of the Na Pali coast, where the cliffs are so steep that you can only access that side of the island by boat or (strenuously) by foot. We spent my 30th birthdayContinue reading “kauai, hawaii travel guide: sail along the na pali coast”

kauai, hawaii travel guide: take a surfing lesson & explore queen’s bath

Those who know me well know that I’m not exactly what you would call “sporty” or coordinated. But this did not stop me from signing up for a surfing lesson with Hawaiian Surfing Adventures. It seemed like a must-do—when in Hawaii, attempt to ride those legendary waves. We were in a small group, just usContinue reading “kauai, hawaii travel guide: take a surfing lesson & explore queen’s bath”

kauai, hawaii travel guide: visit waimea canyon, the grand canyon of the pacific

Late in 2016, I got it into my head that I wanted to go to Hawaii. How did this come about, you ask? It was the season six premiere of Mad Men, in which Don and Megan Draper live it up in Hawaii, that got me fixated on it. (Don’t ask. But once I set myContinue reading “kauai, hawaii travel guide: visit waimea canyon, the grand canyon of the pacific”

portugal travel guide: do we hate tourism’s x-day trip to sintra and cascais

r second day in Lisbon started bright and early in Rossio Square before we set off for higher altitudes. We first stopped in the super-tiny town of Sintra, which also offered an adorable bakery called Casa Piriquita, where a sugar bomb fortified me for the day ahead. (The Portuguese sure love their sugar, which I alsoContinue reading “portugal travel guide: do we hate tourism’s x-day trip to sintra and cascais”

portugal travel guide: do a belem dinner and tour with we hate tourism tours

It was the company’s name that caught my attention immediately—We Hate Tourism Tours. Oh, the irony, I thought to myself, then I noticed that they had over 1,000 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor, and that was it for me; I decided this was exactly the kind of excursion I wanted to do while in Lisbon. IContinue reading “portugal travel guide: do a belem dinner and tour with we hate tourism tours”

portugal travel guide: first-timers’ guide to lisbon

Last summer, when I came across the deal on Travelzoo for a trip to the Canary Islands and Lisbon, the idea grabbed me right away, but my dubious husband required a bit of convincing that this was a trip worthy of our limited vacation time. (If you know me at all, though, you know thatContinue reading “portugal travel guide: first-timers’ guide to lisbon”