North America

Reintroducing: The SoloFriendly Burlington, VT Pages

September 17, 2014
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Those of you who have been reading this blog for some time probably know that when I’m not traveling solo, I make my home in the Burlington, VT area. I am passionate about this town, because I’ve had the past 24 years to get to know it and discover all its fabulous qualities. So I [...]

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A Circle Island Tour of Oahu

September 3, 2014
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Because I tend not to rent a car when I travel, day tours are a great way for me to get outside a city and see more of a region, as well as interact with other human beings. (As a solo traveler, it’s nice to have that built-in social time.) On Oahu, you can book [...]

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A Hilton With a Vermont Twist

August 27, 2014
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Burlington, Vermont is a great place to live for a variety of reasons. But if you can’t tolerate our six months of winter every year, it’s also a great place to visit. If you’re going to visit Burlington, I’ve always felt there’s only one place you should stay: Downtown, in the heart of the action. [...]

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Thinking and Writing About the Alamo

July 30, 2014
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There is a simple truth about my writing: Some blog posts practically write themselves. Others are a struggle. Some topics never see the light of day because no matter how many drafts I write, I’m not happy with any of them. Some writers approach an experience having already decided what their angle is. I’d rather [...]

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Where it’s The Fourth of July Every Week

July 2, 2014
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Since we’re all gearing up for the Fourth of July (Independence Day) here in the U.S.–a holiday celebrated in big cities and small towns alike with a night of fireworks following a day of parades and cookouts–I thought now might be a good week to share my experience of watching the Friday night fireworks in [...]

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Photo Post: Woman and Nature

June 25, 2014
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For some reason, I keep coming back to this picture I took on Oahu. It was a clear, sunny day, and I was snapping dozens of photos at La’ie Point, including the rock formation with the hole punched through it by a tsunami, people fishing, the curve of the land, the waves crashing against the [...]

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Finding Hawaii in Waikiki

June 18, 2014
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A few months ago, I announced I was going to Hawaii, staying in Waikiki. Somebody who follows my blog responded “But Waikiki isn’t really Hawaii.” I see where he’s coming from; Waikiki is easily the most touristy place in the Hawaiian islands. You could easily vacation there at a luxury resort on the beach and [...]

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The Sunset Ritual

May 28, 2014
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There’s a ritual that happens every evening in Waikiki. When the sun begins to set, everything seems to slow down. People move outside. They gravitate to the beach, or a deck with a view. They pad through the shifting sand to the water’s edge or the end of a pier, watching and waiting for the [...]

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A Walk Along the Ala Wai Canal

May 21, 2014
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I’ve mentioned before in this blog that I’m a big fan of walking along rivers and canals in cities. Aside from the fact that it provides more attractive scenery for a long walk than navigating city streets surrounded by nothing but steel and stone buildings, there’s something about walking along rivers and canals that makes [...]

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