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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Honolulu for the Solo Traveler

October 2, 2013
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Is Hawaii a travel destination you’ve dreamed of, but never been to? I can relate. It was on my lifelong travel list, but I never actually made it there until 2012. What took me so long? When I was growing up, Hawaii was where everyone wanted to go on their honeymoon. I had this image […]

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Visiting Iolani Palace on Oahu

February 27, 2013
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Did you know that we used to have royalty here in the U.S.? Funny how that never made it into the history books I studied in school. I didn’t know until I was planning my trip to Hawaii that the 50th state was once a kingdom with a monarchy, and that because of this, the […]

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A Tour of Waikiki In Photos

October 31, 2012
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It’s very rare that I publish photo-only posts, but I think Waikiki is such a beautiful subject that it warrants an exception, don’t you? Perhaps these photos of my trip to Hawaii will inspire you to do a little travel dreaming–or planning–of your own.

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Hotel Review: Aqua Palms Waikiki

October 17, 2012
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I arrived at the Aqua Palms Waikiki last February at midnight. It’s hard to get a good sense of a hotel at midnight—especially when you’ve been awake, on planes and in airports, for 24 hours. When my shuttle dropped me off, all I could see was the brightly-lit lobby. I couldn’t really assess what I’d […]

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Using TheBus in Honolulu

September 19, 2012
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I have a confession to make: I don’t really enjoy driving. I do it at home, because it’s the fastest way to get to and from work, but it’s also stressful. In case you hadn’t noticed, a lot of people who drive suck at it. Every day during my 8-mile round-trip commute to and from […]

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Dining Around Honolulu

April 11, 2012
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Before you go to Honolulu, Hawaii, you are likely to hear other visitors complain about how expensive the restaurants here are. I don’t know where those people are traveling from, but I didn’t find it to be excessively expensive at all; but then I’m used to spending money on food in Las Vegas, New York, […]

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The Challenges and Rewards of Hiking Diamond Head

March 20, 2012

For the best panoramic views of Waikiki Beach, the place to be is the summit of Diamond Head Crater, Le’ahi. Diamond Head is an easy bus or car ride from Waikiki. To get to the top, though, you have to hike it. Luckily, I do enjoy a good hike once in awhile. I went on […]

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2012 Travel Sneak Peek

January 24, 2012

Taking off Are you sick of reading about other people’s New Year’s resolutions yet? Well, don’t worry, I don’t believe in resolutions. But I do believe in planning out my travel for the year in January, because otherwise, it wouldn’t happen. After all, I’ve got to get the time off from work, coordinate my vacation […]

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