Big Island days 12-15: last chapter in Kona with the girls joining

Our last chapter in Hawaii ended with a bang. For the final days, our group of 2 became 4 as Rachel and Rene joined me and Joe. Our days were filled with lots of relaxing on the beach, outdoorsy activities in Kona, and even some partying. πŸ™‚ Day 12: Beach/pool time + shopping in downtown … More Big Island days 12-15: last chapter in Kona with the girls joining

Big Island, Hawaii days 8-11: surf, relaxation, kava and coffee in Kona

These last 4 days flew by quicker than the other chapters of our trip, and that’s because we are now on the Kona coast where the climate is sunny and steamy and time is one big blur. πŸ™‚ Relaxation was the theme these last few days but we did sneak in some activities too – … More Big Island, Hawaii days 8-11: surf, relaxation, kava and coffee in Kona

Big Island, Hawaii days 4-5: botanical garden + exploring Puna district + Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

After our exciting first days in Hawaii, it was time to leave our peaceful yurt and move onto the next chapter: the funky district of Puna and the volcano portion of the island. Day 4: Hawaii Botancial Garden + Kehana Black Sand Beach + exploring Puna district After checking out of our yurt, we were … More Big Island, Hawaii days 4-5: botanical garden + exploring Puna district + Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Surf week in San Diego + road trip down California’s PCH

Last week, Joe and I took our first vacation (longer than a weekend) in 6 months. We originally had plans to fly out to Maine, but unfortunately, the day-before we canceled the trip (we didn’t feel safe being on a plane given the rising corona cases). Instead, we pieced together a last-minute trip to stay … More Surf week in San Diego + road trip down California’s PCH

Refreshing ski weekend at North Star, Lake Tahoe + a video!

I’m back from a sunny, outdoorsy, active weekend at North Star Ski Resort at Lake Tahoe. Joe and his friends from work got a house for the weekend and I’ve been wanting to ski at least once this season, so this trip was the perfect opportunity to get some refreshing time in the mountains and … More Refreshing ski weekend at North Star, Lake Tahoe + a video!

Kenya days 7-10: bustling beautiful Mombasa + difficulties as a solo female traveler

For the second half of my trip, I said goodbye to the mountains and savannahs inland of Kenya and said hello to the beachy coast. My first stop was Mombasa, Kenya’s biggest port city, and in a few short days I’ve quickly grown to love the slower, steamy vibes on the Swahili coast of Kenya, … More Kenya days 7-10: bustling beautiful Mombasa + difficulties as a solo female traveler