Borders & Bucket Lists

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Hawaii / North America

Four of the Best Poke Places on Oahu, Hawaii

Best Poke Places on Oahu, Hawaii

Over the past several months, there has been a poke (pronounced poh-kay) craze sweeping across the country.  Poke is a traditional Hawaiian dish, typically made with ahi (not “ahi tuna”, friends – that just means “tuna tuna”), soy sauce (locals call it “shoyu”), seaweed, and other seasonings.  So odds are, if you haven’t had poke in Hawaii, you’ve had some weird version of poke with avocado or hot Cheeto crumbs (yes, I’ve seen poke with both of these).  To help you out in your search for some authentic poke, here are four of the best poke places on Oahu, Hawaii. Continue reading …

Continental U.S. / North America

I Found a SoCal Waterfall WITH WATER!

A SoCal Waterfall with Water

As most people know, California was in a severe drought from 2013-2017.  Even now, when the state is supposedly no longer extremely deprived of water, it is quite difficult to find water-based natural landmarks, like rivers, creeks, and waterfalls, that actually have a decent amount of water flowing through them.  I actually hiked a different waterfall a few weeks ago, and it only had a trickle of water.  But I was determined to find a nearby waterfall hike to satisfy by obsession (as seen by this post and this one and this one).  So when I found a SoCal waterfall with water, I was hyped.

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Africa / Egypt / Middle East / Yemen

The Cultural Secrets of Our DNA

The Secrets of Our DNAFor Christmas this past year, my mom got a DNA test from MyHeritage DNA.  I think most people are either quite firm in what they believe their ethnicity to be or they simply don’t care.  However, simply the possibility of discovering some unknown, secret part of one’s background is intriguing enough to urge one to swab one’s mouth and send it off to a lab for $99.  So it was our turn.  It was our time to uncover the cultural secrets of our DNA.

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Europe / Liechtenstein

Walking Across the Country of Liechtenstein

Walking Across the Country of Liechtenstein

I’ve realized that I’ve made quite a few references to my experience of walking across a country on this blog (like here and here), but I’ve never told the story.  So today’s the day it’s going today happen.  Today’s the day I’m going to tell my story of walking across the country of Liechtenstein.
It was April 2017.  The snow in central Europe was pretty much fully-melted from the brightly shining snow.  We were officially into spring – so it was time.  It was time to frolic across the country of Liechtenstein.

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Africa / Asia / Europe / North America / Oceania / Travel Tips

Five Places that Instagram Added to My Bucket List

places that Instagram added to my bucket list Map

Instagram is a great source to get some travel inspiration.  As I mentioned in a previous post, it’s a great way to find things to do, both at home and abroad. There are so many adventurers out there, taking pictures of amazing places all around the world.  Unsurprisingly, I have started to create a list of these locations.  So, without further ado, here are five places that Instagram added to my bucket list. Continue reading …

Travel Tips

11 Travel-Themed New Year’s Resolutions to Add to Your List

2018 Travel-Themed New Year's Resolutions

I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions.  I don’t think that making a list one night of ALL of the things I want to change or accomplish in life will actually make me do them.  Plus, many times, my goals are WAY to lofty for me to even see a clear path to achieving them – like establishing myself as a travel writer – let alone for me to do in a year.  Nevertheless, I’ve made a list of travel-themed New Year’s resolutions for you to add to your list.  These are all ideas that I think have added to my travelling experiences in the past, so I thought I’d share them with you.

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Travel Tips

To Tell or Not to Tell

Dilemma of Travel Writers To Tell or Not to Tell Lanikai BeachI think the hardest dilemma of a travel writer is to tell or not to tell.  Do I tell my readers about all of the cool things that I’ve found and all the amazing adventures I’ve went on?  Or do I keep some for myself?  For those who grew up with these amazing places?  For those who have enough of an adventurous spirit to go off and find them on their own?

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