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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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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