A few hours north of Auckland is the Bay of Islands. It’s a small area where people go to holiday, sail, swim, see dolphins, and relax. The main tourist town is Paihia, though a lot of people go to nearby Russell too. If you’ve ever been to the Cape, Martha’s Vineyard, Byron Bay, or any…

“Let’s go hiking,” I said one early morning at breakfast. “OK, we’ll go after lunch,” said Gloria and Lena. Gloria was a thirty-something olive skinned Spanish woman and her friend Lena, a short Latino with jet black hair from Chicago. Both were the only native Spanish speakers on the tour and helped me greatly improve…

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…

The only thing that makes leaving Oahu bearable? Landing in Maui thirty minutes later. Ian and I had an incredible time on Oahu exploring chic Honolulu and luxurious Ko Olina. Yet it was important to me to show Ian a side of Hawaii that goes beyond the big cities and the resort towns. We wanted…