Which Hawaiian Island? Big Island

Deciding which Hawaiian Island can be a somewhat daunting task and you might be leaning towards the Big Island. But maybe there are little stings in your gut questioning whether that is the right decision or not. We have ventured on three of the Islands of Hawaii and can help quell that uncertainty.

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How to Make This Your Year of Adventure

Perhaps you’ve resolved to be more adventurous in the New Year. To take risks and break out of your routine. You decided that you needed to shake things up. But where to start? Here are some ideas to tip the scales and get you living more adventurously this year.

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Backpack Review: Osprey Porter 46L

It takes guts to jump onto a plane with only your necessities squeezed into a carry-on bag and not return for two weeks. Should I bring a pair of kakis? What if I need to play Jenga? The lean-packing process still stresses me out even after doing it enough. But let me tell you it is worth it. It liberates you like a monk’s vow and it takes a great bag to do it.

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Weekend Getaway: Things to Do in Portland

Surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, Portland, Oregon is a funky, outdoorsy, foodie town. From mouthwatering cuisine to heart pumping hikes it’s easy to spend a weekend (or many!) here. After your well-planned weekend getaway to hit all the main sites, you’ll immediately want to plan your return to explore even more of this amazing city.

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Día de los Muertos in Tijuana, Mexico

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Tijuana, Mexico is an exciting day trip for Southern Californians looking for an authentic experience. Taking place on November 1st (All Saints Day) and November 2nd (All Souls Day), Día de los Muertos is a beautiful Mexican...

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10 Tips for Visiting a Cat Cafe in Tokyo, Japan

  The popularity of Cat Cafes in Tokyo, Japan exploded in the early 2000’s due to tight living spaces and a love for all things Kwaii  (cute or adorable). Cat Cafes offer a respite from the sensory overload that is Tokyo by allowing patrons to cozy up to their...

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Weekend Getaway: Things to do in Los Angeles, California

An Instagram friend (shout out to @arsalanxx) recently asked me for suggestions for things to do in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco. He is visiting each city for the first-time, so I figured a Weekend Getaway post for things to do in Los Angeles (other cities...

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Best Places to Paddle Board on the West Coast

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) has seen a big resurgence in the last few years, becoming a favorite pastime for people looking to do some human powered exploring out on the water. Paddle boarding isn’t just a great way to get active and stay fit, it allows you to see...

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About Me

Hi! I’m Daina, a Chicago native turned Southern Californian. I didn’t quit my job to travel, but my limited vacation days can’t stop me from finding adventures both abroad and near. Adventure is out there, you just have to know where to look for it.

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