How I Survived an 11-Hour Flight

by Gray Cargill on April 23, 2014

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Before my January 2014 trip to Honolulu, I had never been on a long-haul flight before, unless you count the 8 hours it takes to get to some European countries. Eight hours is grueling enough, but the idea of being cooped up on a plane—in economy class—for 11 hours sent chills of dread up my spine. Before my trip, I read lots of articles offering advice on how to survive those long-haul flights (including a series with great tips from Sheila Beal of Go Visit Hawaii).

So how did it all work out? And how did I survive that 11-hour flight? …Keep Reading!

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The Kuhio Beach Torch Lighting Ceremony

April 16, 2014
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One of the best free things to do in Honolulu is saunter down to Kuhio Beach Park for the Torch Lighting Ceremony and Hula Show. It takes place a few nights a week and the start time changes based on the time of year, so be sure to check out the schedule online. The show [...]

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How to Save Money on a Honolulu Vacation

April 9, 2014
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Do you dream of vacationing in Hawaii, but think you can’t afford it? You might be surprised. There’s no doubt that visiting Hawaii can be very expensive. Even if you can get a great deal on airfare, it certainly isn’t going to be the cheapest vacation you’ve ever taken. But it might not cost as [...]

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A Photo Tour of Toronto’s Roundhouse Park

April 2, 2014
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I grew up in a railroad town. The long, plaintive sound of the train’s whistle could be heard daily for miles around. All of us kids grew up learning to look both ways before crossing the train tracks. When I think of trains and my hometown, I think of summer. My friends and I would [...]

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A Day at the Bishop Museum

March 26, 2014
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Visiting a museum probably isn’t at the top of your list when planning a Waikiki Beach vacation. But for a crash course in Hawaiian culture and history, the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum should be. People will tell you it’s a great “rainy day activity,” but I wouldn’t wait for a rainy day to visit. Believe [...]

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The Next Seat Over

March 19, 2014
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When I sit at a bar or counter in a restaurant, I like being able to pick who I sit next to; it’s kind of like choosing your next-door neighbor. You don’t want the guy with surround-sound living beneath you, and you don’t want to sit next to the loud-mouth jerk on his cell phone. [...]

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Whale Watching on Oahu

March 12, 2014
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It started with a spray of water that shot up several feet above the waves. Someone called out. Everyone leaned forward on the boat in eager anticipation, eyes—and cameras–riveted to the horizon. Then we saw it: a dark, curved mass rising up from the ocean, skimming the surface, then back down, out of sight. Then, [...]

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Nostalgia Lives On at the Rainbow Drive-In

March 5, 2014
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One of my goals for my second trip to Honolulu was to try more local foods and local specialties. I wasn’t entirely successful. I never did order anything with Spam in it. I had my mouth all watered up for a Hula Dog and was crushed to discover that it was closed because of the [...]

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Art on the Zoo Fence in Waikiki

February 26, 2014
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“Art on the Zoo Fence” is a weekly event that has been held in Waikiki since 1953. Every weekend, local artists display their work along the fence of the Honolulu Zoo on Montserrat Avenue. Why there? You’d have to ask them. But I liked the setting. It was shady, making it a bit cooler (and [...]

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