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Maui Travel and Destination Guide

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5 things I HOPE you know before you go: The island is shaped like an infinity sign. Be sure to place yourself strategically so you don’t have a constant fight with traffic (yes there is traffic) like trying to go from Paia to Lahaina everyday. Whale season is December – April, peak season for the whales is February. If you are only going to see the whales make sure you organize your trip accordingly. For more tips on this see my article on Whale Watching in Maui. Many tours are…read more

Making the Most of Your Maui Whale Watching Experience

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Here are my tips to make your Maui Whale Watching vacation epic. Since I was a little girl my dream has been to see Humpback Whales. As long as I can remember they fascinated me. In December 2006 I came to Maui in search of the whales and did not see any. Hoping for a different experience I booked a week in Maui in February of 2016 intent on seeing these majestic creatures. From December to April the Humpbacks congregate in Maui to mate and birth their young. You can find them…read more

Kauai Travel and Destination Guide

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Things to do in Kauai 5 Things I HOPE You Know Before You Go: Renting a car is a great way to keep costs low. The island is very accessible by car and the parking is free. It does have some rough dirt roads, a car with 4-wheel drive and high clearance will work best. If you go out to a Park and walk almost anywhere you will get muddy! The trails are very muddy and the mud is very sticky. Bring good shoes for getting wet, muddy and not slipping. There…read more

Last Minute 6 Day Trip to Kauai, Hawaii

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Last Minute Kauai 6 Day Vacation About three weeks ago I decided Washington was too darn cold and I needed some heat before going to the UK in a few months. I was desperate to see Humpback whales as close up as possible. So, I looked up where they were this time of year and Hawaii was the destination of choice. This worked out well because I had already wanted to go to Kauai and hike on the Napali coast. I had first seen the coast years earlier on a…read more

Las Vegas Destination and Travel Guide

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Las Vegas Destination and Travel Guide  Loved Erotic Museum Hofbrauhaus Hoover Dam Machine Guns Marquee Nightclub at Cosmo MGM Grand “O” Cirque de Soleil Springs Preserve Tao (at Venetian) Venetian Tao (at Venetian) Valley of Fire Viva las Arepas Tolerated Bodies Exhibit Buffets Cirque de Soleil Beatles Love Gambling Indoor Smoking Lake Mead Marilyn’s Cafe Neon Museum SouthPoint  Top 5 things I HOPE you know before you go: Vegas isn’t just for Bachelor Parties anymore. Certainly that atmosphere is available, but you can totally make it into a family vacation….read more

12 Ways to Cope with Your Fear of Flying

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A fear of flying can be debilitating. Here are the tried and true methods I use. Several years ago, in a city relatively far away I sat on flight to Hawaii. At take off I grabbed my partner next to me and muffled my screams into his arm. “‘Oh God! Oh God!” I sobbed as the plane rose into the air and found it’s cruising altitude. I am afraid to fly. Terrified. If there was another option I would take it. But I adore traveling. I cannot sit still. As…read more

Iceland Travel and Destination Guide

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The things we loved and tolerated while traveling in Iceland  Loved Sushi Samba Hike to the Volcano Silfra Geysir Area Seljalandsfoss Skalholt Church Snaefellsnes Stykkisholmur Horse Back Riding Husavik Whale Watching Myvtan Neskaupstadur Glacier Lagoon Tolerated Blue Lagoon Akureyri   Top 5 things I HOPE you know before you go: 1. Rent a Car – This is the best and easiest way to get around (in summer). Don’t be surprised when your paved road ends and gravel begins, this is still the highway you are supposed to be on. 2….read more

7 Traits of a Travel Addict

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Are you a Travel Addict? It is morning. And I am… where again? Before I open my eyes, I realize I have NO idea where I am. None! Where did I sleep last night? Zimbabwe? Seattle? Dubai? Do I fly out today? Do I work today? Am I alone? I have experienced this feeling many times. I don’t equate it with early dementia but with being a self-described travel addict. Years ago I joked I would love to live in a different city every month, and now I am doing…read more

New Zealand Destination and Travel Guide

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New Zealand Travel Guide New Zealand is a prime destination for the adventure traveler. Great as a solo or group trip. Your wallet will hurt a bit as there are so many adventure experiences you will be keen to try.    Loved Abel Tasman Kayaking Buller Canyon Jet Doubtful Sound Franz Josef Glacier Heli-HIke Giapo Ice Cream Glow Worm Caves Hooker Valley Hike i-Site Travel Offices Interislander Ferry Kaikoura Whale Watching Mantueka Theatre Oakridge Resort in Wanaka Skotel near Tongariro Tasman Lake Kayaking Te Papa Tongariro Hike Waimangu Volcanic Valley…read more