Borders & Bucket Lists

Crossing Over Borders and Off Bucket Lists

Date archives October 2017

Continental U.S. / North America

Santa Barbara: A Hidden Gem of California

Santa BarbaraWhen people think about visiting California, they think about hitting up places like Los Angeles or San Francisco. If they’re going to be a little off the beaten path, maybe they’ll head over to San Diego or Malibu. But there are so many more little hidden gems in California – like Santa Barbara.

This weekend, I spent an entire day in Santa Barbara. Usually I’d just pass it by on a drive from SoCal to The Bay. Maybe I’d make a stop to check out the pier and grab some food, but I’d never dedicated time to spend there. But, this weekend, I found out that there is so much to do there! Being from Hawaii, there are four things that we do when we explore: eat food, go on hikes, chill at the beach, and check out the views. Santa Barbara had all of these, so I was all about it.
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Hawaii / North America

Likeke Falls: One of Oahu’s Secret Waterfall Hikes

How to Get to Likeke Falls
I’ve been missing my hiking days back home just a little bit, so I’ve decided to write this blog post about one of my favorite waterfall hikes back home on Oahu: Likeke Falls.

This is probably one of my favorite hikes because the effort-to-payoff ratio is pretty good.  You hike (or walk slightly uphill) for a solid twenty minutes, and there is a nice-sized waterfall there for you.  No, it’s not the skyscraper-tall Manoa Falls waterfall, but it’s not the lame Waimea Falls that all of the tourists are told to go see.  Likeke Falls is a nice balance, and that makes it a great hike for kids!  Almost every time I’ve gone, I’ve seen a few kids there, playing in the little pools beneath the waterfall.

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Travel Tips

7 Ways to Cope With Wanderlust When You Can’t Travel

Coping with Wanderlust when You Can't Travel  The wanderlust is real right now.

I’ve taken about half a dozen Buzzfeed quizzes telling me about my next travel destination or the type of traveler I am. I’ve talked to friends about potential trips to New Zealand, Iceland, and Canada. I’ve looked up flights to Cuba for Spring Break.

But I also don’t have the time or money to travel.

I know, excuses, excuses. But every once in a while, it is true. I need time to get a degree and for my wallet to recuperate. So instead, I’ve come up with a few ways to cope with the undying sense of wanderlust.

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Middle East / Saudi Arabia

Women Driving in Saudi Arabia: The American Misconception

Women Driving in Saudi Arabia

This past week, women in Saudi Arabia obtained the right to drive. Yes, there are now women driving in Saudi Arabia!  In the United States, I’ve heard a few different views on this. There are the supporters, who are like, “Yes! Women’s rights!”  Then, there are the doubters, who think there are going to be a ton of restrictions that women in Saudi Arabia will have to overcome before they are actually able to obtain a license.  They compare it to how African Americans struggled to vote, even after they obtained their right to vote, because of grandfather clauses and literacy tests.  Then there are the people who think this is all a political move and nothing is really going to change in Saudi Arabia.

I decided to message a friend – let’s call her Nadia – who has lived in Saudi Arabia all of her life, and ask for her insight on the matter.

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