Hawaii as a vacation spot.

Hawaii as a vacation spot.

For many, Hawaii is a bucket list vacation spot. However, Hawaii is more than one island. Maui, Oahu, Lanai, Kauai, and the island of Hawaii are a few popular Hawaii destinations. Each island has its personality and interesting sights. When considering Hawaii as a vacation spot, consider which island would be best for the activities you plan to do. Here are a few ideas you should know about Hawaii before you go to Hawaii.

The island of Maui is a popular spot for visitors.  It’s famous for its beaches.  In the winter months, tourists can often see humpback whales.  Travelers can surf, windsurf, snorkel, or lay on the beach.  Oahu is where the more popular destination of Honolulu is found.  Here you can find bustling city life as well as laid-back surf towns. When choosing this island, there are many options of activities to choose from.  Lanai is one of the smallest islands in Hawaii. It is also more known for its luxurious resorts and world-class golf resorts.  It is also great for 4-wheel driving on its rugged back roads and remote locations.  On the island of Kauai, you will find tropical rainforests, rivers, and waterfalls.  You will see sharp mountain spires and jagged cliffs. Here you can find many outdoor activities like kayaking, hiking, fishing, and ziplining. The island of Hawaii is best known as the Big Island.  Here you can find many different climates, from tropical to cooler temperatures. You can experience snow in Maunakea, lush valleys in Hilo, or jet-black sand beaches.

For those interested in visiting Hawaii, there are many choices.  Although the weather is warm all year round, higher elevations will require a jacket.  All beaches in Hawaii are public, but it can be a bit expensive to dine out. It is also important to understand the many Covid restrictions that tourists may experience when visiting the island. As always, research and know before you go.

Have you visited Hawaii before? There is so much information I could add. What would you like to know more about Hawaii? I’d like to know.

5 must have items that stay in my carry-on.

5 must have items that stay in my carry-on.

As an avid world traveler who has done this both professionally and personally, my carry-on is always semi-packed. Here are my tips and advice on the 5 items I consider must-haves and should always be in my carry on.

1. A lingerie organizer bag (details on another blog post). The one I use has two sides, one for clean underwear and the other for dirty. You never want to get them confused!

2. An electronic organizer bag (blog post coming). With people being so connected it is so inconvenient to lose connectivity and most hotels do not provide enough power outlets for the technology we use in our daily lives.

3. A toothbrush which in my opinion is even more needed than the electronic organizer. Many people pack this in their suitcase but with the chances of your luggage being lost, I like to always have this at hand.

4. A medicine bag with items like Tums, ibuprofen, cold medicine, etc. I tend to also have eye masks, face masks, prescription medications, band-aids, Neosporin, alcohol pads, and such (more on another post).

5. Finally I always have a small makeup bag with the basics like mascara, lip moisturizer, lipstick, makeup remover cloths, toner, and face moisturizer. These are always found at beauty supply stores and pharmacies in travel sizes.

You make have other priorities for your carry-on. If so, what are they? I’d love to find out.

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