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Total Travel Disasters: Lost License Edition thumbnail

Since I started my little “Total Travel Disasters” series, I’ve highlighted travel meltdowns in which I was, more or less, an unwitting victim. Getting screwed with a broken camper rental. Being targeted by a bed and breakfast tyrant. Finding ourselves on the wrong side of a battle with a rental car in Britain. This post is…

Feeling like Ohana with Kaimana Divers in Oahu thumbnail

Love to dive? Nab one of the last three spots on my Wander Women: Dive + Yoga Retreat in Koh Tao, Thailand! After kissing my land-lubber boyfriend goodbye in Maui and heading back to Oahu solo, the first thing I wanted to do? Get straight underwater. After an excellent experience with Kaimana Divers four years prior…

Perfect Paia: The Surfer Town Soul of Maui thumbnail

If my recent Maui coverage has made anything clear, it’s this: I’m an East Maui kind of girl. And if there’s one town that I personally consider the soul of the island, it’s unassuming little blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Paia. This funky new-age surfer town is essentially the hub of Maui’s North Shore, despite its diminutive size. There’s boutique…

A Sip of Aloha: Drinking Local at Maui’s Winery, Brewery, and Distilleries thumbnail

A booze snob, I am not. I tend to grab whatever white wine is on sale and I’ll generally plan to shrug at bottom shelf liquor as long as my ever-increasing-with-age hangovers allow — I’m a classy girl, I know. But I make a big exception when I’m traveling, in which case I’m all about drinking…

Hostel Crush: Aloha Surf Hostel thumbnail

A hostel, in Hawaii? I know, it might seem crazy at first for an island more famous for its five star resorts and luxury condos. But if my four day camping trip around the Hana Highway taught us anything, it should be that sometimes Maui’s most unusual accommodation choices are its most memorable. I actually first…

The Wanderland Guide to the Perfect Maui Camping Trip thumbnail

If you dream of exploring Maui beyond the busy resort towns and the luxury hotels, of escaping somewhere no one will try to sell you a snorkel tour or a luau show, or of falling asleep under the stars and waking up next to the ocean, then this is the Maui trip you’ve been waiting for…

A Hana Highway Road Trip: Beaches and Banana Bread thumbnail

We woke up on day three of our Hana Highway Road Trip totally melted into island time. Hawaii’s most famous drive traverses over 600 curves and 54 bridges, yet most travelers only set aside a day for it. Honestly, now that I’ve done this leisurely four-day ramble, camping in remote ocean-view parks in our Aloha Outdoors…

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