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Favorite Beach Vacations

May 17, 2019 |
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I recently asked my followers about what kind of content they would want to see from me. More often than not, they wanted to read about beach/ocean travel.  And since that’s right up my alley, I wanted to share the result. I’ve broken down my trips from least expensive to most expensive.

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GoPro Karma Drone footage over Queen's Bath, Kauai

Queen’s Bath, Kauai – GoPro Footage

February 12, 2018 |
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My husband and I hiked to Queen’s Bath while we were on Kauai for his birthday in November.  Kauai is a favorite vacation spot for us and we find ourselves returning time and time again.  It’s unlike other Hawaiian islands, as it is smaller and easier to drive around. 

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Whale Watching on Kauai

February 10, 2017 |
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One reason my husband and I like to visit Hawaii in January/February is for whale sightings.  Whales!  They are magnificent!  Every morning, we watched whales breaching while we had breakfast on our lanai.  My understanding is that Maui is probably better for spotting whales, but we saw plenty during our time on Kauai.

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Kauai writing in the sand by the Traveling Empty Nester

Kauai – my happy place

January 23, 2017 |
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We arrived on Kauai safe and sound to cloudy skies and crazy wind!  Winds are gusting over 30 miles per hour, which is not the norm.  While the surfers may like it, we’ve seen electricity poles snapped in half and the power has been flickering on and off.  But, I’m still on Kauai and I couldn’t be happier.

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Haleakala Summit on Maui at Sunset

January 20, 2017 |
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Haleakala Summit on Maui is a must-do if you are planning a trip to the island.  Most people like to get up at 3:00 in the morning and make the trek to the Summit to see the sunrise, which under most weather conditions, is pretty spectacular, aside from getting up at 3:00 in the morning and hanging out with thousands of your closest friends.

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Molokini Snorkeling on Maui

Snorkeling on Maui

January 18, 2017 |
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One of our favorite things to do while on any of the Hawaiian islands is to go snorkeling, either from the beach or by boat. From Maui, you have access to the Molokini Crater, which is one of only three volcanic calderas in the world.  

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Villa Moana Maui in Kihei Maui

Hanging Out in Kihei, Maui

January 18, 2017 |
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Last summer, to celebrate Kid #3’s high school graduation, my family spent a week on Maui.  And by family, I mean 14 of us – my parents, my siblings, their kids, my kids….you get the picture.  Traveling with family in such a large group is not for the faint of heart. Let’s just say I needed a vacation from that vacation and we’ll leave it at that.

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