5 Easy Ways to Reduce Plastic Use

Plastic is a hot topic these days and rightfully so. By 2050 it is projected that there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish (source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation). Kind of mind-blowing, right?

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How to Make Travel More Affordable

I recently surveyed you, my readers, on a variety of travel related topics to better understand how I could help you make your travel dreams a reality. One question was “Please choose your top 3 frustrations with travel.” The response that tied at number 1 was: ...

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An Authentic Hawaiian Experience: Hiking Halawa Valley on Molokai

Hiking into Halawa Valley on Molokai is hiking into one of Molokai’s most ancient places. The Halawa Valley trek will lead you past the ruins of structures believed to have been built by Polynesians around 650 AD, through thick foliage, and through a river. You will ultimately end at the double tiered 250 foot Mo’oula Falls…

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How To Plan a Surprise Trip

Planning a surprise trip for someone is an exciting and fun way to integrate travel into your life. Finding any excuse, like a birthday or a promotion, is a great excuse to plan a surprise trip and celebrate whatever occasion it happens to be.

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Tips for Planning a Trip to Tonga

Planning a trip to Tonga can pose a number of challenges that range from not finding the information you are looking for online to having to understand cultural practices that can and will impact your travel plans. Traveling to destinations, such as Tonga, that are much less …

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The Ultimate Tonga Travel Guide

The Kingdom of Tonga appeals to travelers wanting to escape popular South Pacific destinations frequented by luxury seeking tourists. While it’s relatively easy to get to the Kingdom of Tonga, a visit to the islands is recommended for only those willing to forgo the…

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My Top 5 Travel Trends for 2018

Now that 2018 is in full swing, it’s time to keep looking ahead and predict what 2018 travel trends might start to or continue to rise. Combining my propensity to travel and my nerd tendencies to research things to death I’ve devised my top 5 travel trends for 2018.

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7 Unique Ways to Stress-Free Holiday Travel

Traveling during the holidays ranks pretty high for ways to increase your holiday stress. From larger crowds to weather delays, holiday travel stress seems inevitable. But is it? I reached out to my fellow travel bloggers to see what tips they could offer to ensure a stress-free holiday travel season and I’m so happy with the unique tips I received. Read on to find out more!

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How I Earned 2 Years of Free Flights with a Southwest Companion Pass

Some people have a natural ability to manipulate points to their best advantage. I am not that person. Airline points are like calculus to me. It generally goes right over my head. So how, then, did an airline points dummy like me manage to fly Southwest for free nearly two years? Not only did I fly for free, but Ryan flew for free anytime he traveled with me.

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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 close to home. Adventure is out there, you just have to know where to look.
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