kauai, hawaii travel guide: sail along the na pali coast

Kauai, Hawaii Travel Guide | Sail Along the Na Pali Coast

As I mentioned in my post about Waimea Canyon, the main road on Kauai doesn't connect in a complete circle, and that's because of the Na Pali coast, where the cliffs are so steep that you can only access that side of the island by boat or (strenuously) by foot. We spent my 30th birthday …

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kauai, hawaii travel guide: take a surfing lesson & explore queen’s bath

Kauai, Hawaii Travel Guide | Take a Surfing Lesson & Check out Queen's Bath

Those who know me well know that I'm not exactly what you would call "sporty" or coordinated. But this did not stop me from signing up for a surfing lesson with Hawaiian Surfing Adventures. It seemed like a must-do---when in Hawaii, attempt to ride those legendary waves. We were in a small group, just us …

kauai, hawaii travel guide: visit waimea canyon, the grand canyon of the pacific

Kauai, Hawaii Travel Guide | Explore Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific

Late in 2016, I got it into my head that I wanted to go to Hawaii. How did this come about, you ask? It was the season six premiere of Mad Men, in which Don and Megan Draper live it up in Hawaii, that got me fixated on it. (Don't ask. But once I set my …

portugal travel guide: do we hate tourism’s x-day trip to sintra and cascais

portugal travel guide: do we hate tourism's x-day trip to sintra and cascais

r second day in Lisbon started bright and early in Rossio Square before we set off for higher altitudes. We first stopped in the super-tiny town of Sintra, which also offered an adorable bakery called Casa Piriquita, where a sugar bomb fortified me for the day ahead. (The Portuguese sure love their sugar, which I also …

portugal travel guide: do a belem dinner and tour with we hate tourism tours

It was the company's name that caught my attention immediately---We Hate Tourism Tours. Oh, the irony, I thought to myself, then I noticed that they had over 1,000 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor, and that was it for me; I decided this was exactly the kind of excursion I wanted to do while in Lisbon. I …