The Hyatt Regency Farmers Market in Waikiki

February 19, 2014
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Do you enjoy visiting Farmers Markets when you travel? I do! I’ll admit, part of the reason is that they’re great photo opps, with colorful fruits and veggies stacked in tidy rows. But it’s also a great opportunity to mingle with the locals and get a sense for their diet and for what produce local [...]

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The Queen Kapiolani Hotel

February 12, 2014
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  When you start researching your Honolulu vacation, you will quickly realize that hotel rooms in Honolulu are not cheap. They are especially not cheap when you have no one with you to split the cost. During my last trip, I stayed at the Aqua Palms on Ala Moana Boulevard for $119/night. It was a [...]

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Random Observations from a Solo Traveler in Honolulu

February 5, 2014
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While my friends and family in Vermont were bundled up against Round 2 of the Polar Vortex and its brutal subzero temperatures last month, I was wandering around in shorts and sandals on Oahu, watching surfers, enjoying tropical cocktails, and getting sand in my luggage. Oh, the difficult life of a solo traveler. Yes, Hawaii [...]

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Aloha, 2014!

January 15, 2014
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  Normally, during January, I try to write a blog post talking about where I plan to travel in the coming year. A “sneak peek,” if you will. This post. . .isn’t that. Truth is, I still haven’t quite nailed down my 2014 trip plans. I will go to Europe this year, though I haven’t [...]

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Solo Spa Nerves

January 8, 2014
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One of the best ways a solo traveler can relax on the road is to treat herself (or himself) to a spa day. I have to admit, I’ve only done this a handful of times. I usually have excuses why I can’t, like “I’ve only got a week in this city, and there’s too much [...]

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2013: The Year of Social Solo Travel

December 26, 2013
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2013 was a much busier travel year for me than I expected it to be. At the beginning of the year, I only had three trips confirmed. By the end of the year, I’d gone on seven—thanks to four serendipitous opportunities. I never left North America, but I was able to visit four new destinations, [...]

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A Life of Quiet Adventure

December 18, 2013
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The most influential man in my life, my grandfather, passed away this week at the age of 93. I’ve never known a time when my grandfather–“Father” to my mother and uncles, “Grampa” to my brother and me, and “Papa” to the younger generation–wasn’t the center of our family. So much of who I am comes [...]

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San Antonio for the History Lover

December 4, 2013
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History isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, I know. There are certain periods of history that I find just as boring as most teenagers probably do (coughRevolutionaryWarcough). But other than New Orleans, I can’t think of a city in the US whose history I find more fascinating than that of San Antonio. It’s one of the [...]

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Toronto’s Castle: Casa Loma

November 13, 2013
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Who says you have to go to Europe to see castles? One of my favorite activities in Toronto was visiting Casa Loma, former estate of financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt (1859-1939), the man who brought electricity to Toronto. Sir Henry’s story is that of the tragic rise and fall of an amibitious businessman. Sir Henry [...]

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