Borders & Bucket Lists

Crossing Over Borders and Off Bucket Lists

Europe / Switzerland

10 Things I Miss About Switzerland

Switzerland Zermatt MatterhornFor the handful of you who have been following this blog for a while, you know that, last year, I studied abroad in Switzerland for eight months.  It’s been eight months since I left the Geneva airport for the last time, and I’ve been pretty nostalgic these past few days (all the Swiss Instagram accounts I follow are probably fueling this nostalgia with their winter wonderland-like pictures of the Alps and the cute Swiss towns).  So to try to cure my nostalgia, here are a few things I miss about the country of Switzerland.

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Hawaii / North America

Top 5 Souvenirs to Buy in Hawaii

Souvenirs to Buy in Hawaii

Thousands and thousands of tourists come to Hawaii every year. However, I always see them going off with the tackiest of souvenirs, like gaudy Hawaiian print shirts, plastic flower leis, or dancing hula girl figures. Instead, I’ve compiled a list of the top five souvenirs to buy in Hawaii (and, just to prove that these are not tacky, I happened to have all of these in my house at the time I wrote this post – so they are good enough for a local to have too).
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Travel Tips

16 Things to Add Your Bucket List Right Now

Bucket List

I am not the kind of person to have a bucket list. The idea of having a list of things to do and needing to complete them all isn’t my thing – it’s basically another to-do list, and I’m not about that. I do have an adventure list, which is similar in that it is also a list of cool things to do; however, I do not feel the need to complete them all. But that won’t stop me from recommending 16 things to add to the bucket lists that you inevitably have. Continue reading …

Continental U.S. / North America

The Secret Tips and Tricks to Disneyland’s Toy Story Midway Mania

Toy Story Midway Mania Disneyland Disney
A couple of weeks ago, my family came to visit, so we decided to go to Disneyland’s California Adventure Park together.  By far our favorite ride is Toy Story Midway Mania, but we could never figure out how people could get those high scores of 500,000+ points!  Our strategy: ride the ride and play the games as many times as we could.
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Continental U.S. / North America

Pirates’ Cove Hike: Sun, Sand, and Sea Lions

Pirates' Cove Hike Sunset

Remember that amazing beach in Southern California I wrote about a few weeks ago – Pirates’ Cove?  Well, I went back for another visit and found out that there was a Pirates’ Cove Hike!  The path leads to amazing views of the sunset and an overlook above a bunch of sea lions!!  And, to make it even better, it’s not too strenuous.

Therefore, to continue on with my trend of outing all of my secret adventure sites – like I did with Likeke Falls and Ko Olina’s Secret Lagoon, here are some directions to get to this sea lion overlook.

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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

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 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 in Saudi Arabia Driving

This past week, women in Saudi Arabia obtained the right to drive.  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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