Travel Destinations

Where to stay in Malta

Where To Stay In Malta - Travel With A Difference At Corinthia St George's Bay

After visiting other cities in Malta I was really glad to have chosen to stay at the Corinthia Hotel St George's Bay. It was a relaxing oasis by the sparkling Mediterranean Sea that felt like a world away from everything, but in reality was just a quick shuttle ride away from the capital. To be honest, this hotel offers so much and I don't think I could cover everything in one post. I'm not even going to try. Instead, I want to share with you some of the things that stood out to me and made my stay so very special. So special in fact, that I am already planning to visit again next year! If you want any more information I've added links throughout the post as well as at the end so if you are planning a visit and wondering where to stay in Malta, there should be plenty of info for you here. For today, this is why I think the Corinthia Hotel St Georges Bay was the perfect place to stay in Malta.

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Travel Checklist - The Ultimate List Of Things To Do Before Your Trip

Planning your trips can sometimes be overwhelming, especially when you're first starting out, so I've made a complete travel checklist to help get you ready for your next trip! Of course, there's no such thing as a 'one size fits all' since we all have different circumstances and you may need to make some minor adjustments, but this will definitely have you covered for the most part. Now, let's get to it and get you ready to travel! Some of the links are affiliate links. This means I get compensated when you buy things after clicking them and have a few extra dollars to throw back into running the website. Rest assured the links are included with careful consideration and are products I support. 

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Stay in Milan with a Duomo View

Stay In Milan With A Duomo View (Without Spending A Fortune)

We all know Milan - it's one of the most popular, iconic cities in Italy. I'm sure it's not common that people visit this city specifically to watch WWE Wrestling, but that's exactly why I planned a visit recently! WWE was coming to town and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to go and see the show - I'm the girl who went to WrestleMania alone after all! While I was doing an accommodation search I assumed there would be no way I could afford to stay anywhere nice and/or close to the Duomo. I figured that would only be for those super glamorous fashion bloggers or people with a lot of money - not a bloggers budget. Oh how wrong I was though! I'm really happy to share that it is 100% possible to find a place to stay in Milan with a Duomo view and not spend a fortune and I am revealing all the details here today.

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Ice Swimming In Finland

Ice Swimming In Finland - My Helsinki Birthday Wish At Löyly

The water was so cold that it winded me. I caught my breath, swam over to the edge and climbed my numb legs up the ladder. Once I was out of the water the breeze outside hit me like a million knives piercing my skin at once. My feet were sore from the numbness but they managed to walk me the few steps over to my tiny sauna towel. Just as I got out, a big smile came across my face and I wanted to do it all again. It was my birthday wish this year to go ice swimming in Finland and I was able to do just that at Löyly during my solo trip to Helsinki. Another bucket list check and extraordinary travel experience...well, experienced and I'm sharing all the details here today.

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How To Spend A Weekend In Helsinki

How To Spend A Weekend In Helsinki - A Loaded Travel Guide

My visit to Finland was a quick solo trip to celebrate my birthday and I know that sounds weird to travel solo for a birthday but I'm introverted so I'm pretty comfortable being alone. I've put together this guide on how to spend a weekend in Helsinki to share some of the wonderful things to do in the pretty, seaside city. Even if you only have a weekend, you can still enjoy a lot of what the city has to offer. The capital city is a natural escape filled wth parks, lakes, ocean as well as lots of stylish shops, cozy cafes and, of course, saunas so let's take a closer look.

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Where To Stay In Helsinki

Where To Stay In Helsinki - Escape The Ordinary At Hotel Katajanokka

"Escape the ordinary". I smiled as I read this on the Hotel Katajanokka website, which I had stumbled across while Googling 'where to stay in Helsinki'. It's funny how some places choose you instead of you choosing them and this was one of those times. My spider senses told me that this would be a perfect place to stay for someone with a blog motto of "extraordinary travel experiences for ordinary people" and, as per usual, those spider senses were 100% right. Not only did our mottos align, but this in fact was a place well suited for anyone who loves to experience something a little different and unique while traveling. This is just that, a unique hotel where you can stay in...wait for it...prison! Well, a former prison but, either way inmate, let's check you in to your cell away from home at Hotel Katajanokka.

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Moving to Italy

7 Different Ways That My Life Changed After Moving To Italy

Moving to Italy is a dream for many and one that I have been lucky enough to live out. There are always a lot of changes that come with a new home (remember my post on the ways that living in Hawaii changed my life) and today I wanted to share some of the ways my life has changed since making the move to beautiful Italia.

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Where to stay in Marrakech

What To Wear In Morocco - A Practical Guide For The Female Traveler

I thought I was finished with my Morocco posts, but then *cue lightbulb* I remembered that I got a lot of questions about what to pack, and specifically what to wear in Morocco, so I thought I'd compile a little list of the things I took with me. As a solo female traveler, simple and practical was the theme for my packing and it worked out great for me. Here are all my suggestions to help you with your packing list & if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below!

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Should We Keep Traveling

Should We Keep Traveling When The World Is A Scary Place

Should we keep traveling with all sorts of scary attacks on the rise and the world seemingly becoming more and more unsafe?Today my news feeds are filled with stories to remind people of how scary the world is. I'm speaking of Las Vegas of course, but it seems redundant to mention the city because it feels like a case of another day, another terrorist attack and another pray for the city hashtag. In some ways I think that the frequency of these attacks makes us numb to them which, to me, is almost scarier.

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Things to do in Marrakech

Things To Do In Marrakech (The 10 Touristy Must-Do's)

One of the most vibrant cities to visit, with an energy all of its own, there should be a place reserved on everyones to-do list for Marrakech. There's no shortage of things to do in Marrakech either, so let's take a closer look at what you can expect for your visit.

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Descent Of The Alpine Cows

The Descent Of The Alpine Cows Festival - A Weekend In Blatten

Cows in flower crowns - what more do you need? The Descent of the Alpine Cows is a traditional, and let's be honest completely adorable, annual festival not to be missed. I recently planned a last minute visit to the town of Blatten in Switzerland to see the festival for myself and it did not disappoint at all. The weekend away basically involved the cultural festival as well as lots of cheese, beer, bratwurst, hiking amongst incredible scenery and lots of cute animals. It was all so much fun that I just had to share it all here on the blog. Hopefully you can add this extraordinary travel experience to your bucket list too and, as always, if you are inspired by my post I would appreciate it if you could share it on your own social media channels.

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Where to stay in Marrakech

How To Stay Safe As A Solo Female Traveler In Marrakech

When I returned home from Morocco I felt incredibly overwhelmed. I had so much information I wanted to share but couldn't decide what to post first. I needed some help, so I put a call out on my Instagram stories to ask what people wanted to know more about and, in a landslide majority, how to stay safe as a solo female traveler in Marrakech was the most asked about topic. Side note - a big thanks to everyone who gave me their suggestions. You asked for it so here it is, let's delve into some safety issues and tips to keep you as safe as possible during your travels.

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Where to stay in Marrakech

Where To Stay In Marrakech - What I Love About Riad Star

If you're wondering where to stay in Marrakech then stop Googling because I've got you covered. Now you know my blog motto is to share extraordinary travel experiences for ordinary people like me, and, I have to say that staying in Riad Star, the former home of Josephine Baker, was certainly one of the most extraordinary travel experiences I ever have had. It was here, in this stunning palace in the heart of the Medina, that I  got to live out all of my childhood Princess Jasmine dreams. Well, minus having a pet Tiger but you can't win them all right? For a few nights this was my palace, my Agrabah, and I am happy to welcome you to it today and share all of the things I loved about my stay with you.

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hitler's eagle's nest

Hitler's Eagle's Nest: Plan Your Visit With This Jam Packed 2 Day Itinerary

Hitler's Eagle's Nest is one of those touristy places that you just need to visit. The famous mountain top house now operates as a restaurant and is open for guests to see, grab a bite to eat and walk around the top of the mountain to soak in the incredible views. Since the house is now a restaurant and there aren't a range of exhibits to see, you don't need to allow a huge amount of time there. So how are you going to spend the rest of your time? This itinerary guides you to visit not only Hitler's Eagles Nest, but also offers a weekend worth of other activities in Austria and Germany from museums to a concentration camp and even a gorgeous lake in nature. 

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Sri Lanka For The Solo Female Traveler

Sri Lanka For The Solo Female Traveler - A Complete Trip Planning Guide

Did my other posts about Sri Lanka spark your wanderlust curiosity & inspire you to think about planning your own visit? I hope they did because that's always my dream when I'm sitting here typing away on new blog posts. Today, I wanted to get down to some of the details to help you make this extraordinary experience happen! I should note that I've written this post as guide of visiting southern Sri Lanka for the solo female traveler because I went there on a solo trip, but, in all honesty, it is a useful guide for anyone planning a visit. Let's get into it!

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Expat Struggles

Expat Struggles: 7 Things Every Expat Has Heard At Least 98 Times

Living the expat life is pretty bloody awesome. There's a great adventure to be had when you jump outside the 'comfy known' to experience new cultures, lifestyles, foods and languages firsthand. I was so excited when I first left Australia - I knew the good old land down under would always be there to go back to but ahead of me was a lot of shiny, new adventures to be had. Now I am a resident of 3 countries and I've never looked back. It's not all beer and skittles though and sometimes the expat struggles are real. If you're an expat let's take a moment to relate to these things that you've no doubt heard once, twice or a million times over!

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How to plan a trip to the maldives

How To Plan A Trip To The Maldives: A Complete Guide

Just saying 'the Maldives' conjures up images of cocktails served in pineapples, warm turquoise ocean waters & palm trees swaying in the tropical breeze. It's no surprise that it is a dream destination for many of us, though, it's generally one of those dream destination that seems unattainable. Like one of those dream destinations that only Beyonce goes to. I've got a little secret to share though, it's not a place that is only for the super rich. Sure, it's an expensive place to visit & you'll have to save a bit of money for it, but if you set it up the way I did, mixing a little luxury with a little local, then it's certainly achievable. I've written this guide to help you plan a trip to the Maldives & tick this extraordinary travel experience off your bucket list - even if you aren't Beyonce!

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Rugged Beauty Of Iceland

15 Photos To Showcase The Rugged Beauty of Iceland

When you pair the unmatched natural beauty with the endless opportunity for adventure, it's no surprise that Iceland is one of the world's most popular travel destinations. I traveled there by myself in April and was very quick to fall in love with all of the views around me. It felt like I had fallen into a National Geographic magazine or something! Here are some of my favorite photos to showcase the rugged beauty of Iceland, but it all looks much better in person so be sure to add it to your bucket list! (Wow Air has been having some great flight deals lately - hint hint). If you are interested in visiting, I've linked a couple of my posts with more information at the bottom of this. Enjoy!

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Save Money For Traveling

Save Money For Traveling With This Ultimate Guide Of REAL LIFE Tips

Let's talk about saving money for traveling. 'Eeeeeeeeeeekkkkk!!' I can hear you say it now, but don't run away just yet because I have a bunch of tips coming your way to hopefully help you out or offer some new ideas. Budgeting in general is hard! It takes sacrifice and whether you reach your goals or not will come down to 100% accountability on your part. Are you going to save that extra money for a great longer term payoff of settle for an immediate reward? Personally, I like to tighten the budget in everyday life so that I can enjoy things while I travel. I can't imagine anything worse than traveling somewhere and eating 2 minute noodles because I don't have the budget to try the local food. I say live poor, travel well! But whatever your style and whatever you want to save money for traveling or something else, here is a guide of real life trips and tricks.

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Best Beaches in Corfu

Best Beaches In Corfu - Wait 'Till You See These Colors!

I was so excited to finally visit Greece because it has been on my bucket list since forever! I remember going on some early dates with my husband to get Greek food and talking over gyros about how one day we would love to take a trip together to eat real Greek food in Greece. Maybe that sentimental value is why I was so excited, but either way we got there and it was just magical. Far greater than what I had imagined! I spent a whirlwind long weekend on the island of Corfu and beach hopped my way through the different beaches on the north half of the island. They were all so beautiful that I wanted to share them here today with this guide to the best beaches in Corfu. 

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Visit Dhigurah

7 Interesting Things To Know Before You Visit Dhigurah In The Maldives

Did my last post or photos on Instagram spark your interest in booking a trip to visit Dhigurah in the Maldives? If so, then this post is for you. I've put together a list of some of the interesting things about the island that are useful to know before you plan your visit to this small island paradise. 

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Boutique Beach

Experience The Real Maldives With Boutique Beach, Dhigurah

We all know the Maldives as one of the world's most ultimate luxurious travel destinations. But, as you peek behind the curtain of water villas and extravagant resorts, there is a side to this island paradise rarely seen in the travel magazines and, in my opinion, no trip to the Maldives is complete without experiencing it. Luckily for us, Boutique Beach offers the chance to visit a local island for a more authentic Maldivian experience while still enjoying the comforts of a luxury hotel.

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Favorite travel things

17 Photos To Inspire You To Experience A Wildlife Safari In Sri Lanka

Firstly, if you're thinking that this post is an excuse for me to share a bunch of animal pictures then you're 100% right & I'm giving you a virtual gold star right now. I held back on spamming my Instagram page with elephants because I figured people don't want to see them as much as I do. But, I can't resist sharing them so instead I have collated them here into a post which will hopefully inspire you to add a wildlife safari in Sri Lanka to your own bucket list. There's a lot to love about Sri Lanka like the friendly people, fresh food, gorgeous beaches, Buddhist temples and, of course, the Tuk Tuk rides but today we will just focus on the wildlife. If you're like me and love animals and nature then I am sure you are going to like this, and if you do love it, you can support the blog by sharing or commenting. Or both if you're feeling a little crazy! Either way, I hope you enjoy it and p.s there are affiliate links included in this post.

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Reykjavik on a Budget

Reykjavik On A Budget: How To Visit Without Breaking The Bank

There are a lot of words you could use to describe Iceland but "cheap" certainly isn't one of them. That's not to say that you shouldn't visit though because it's an awesome country and there's a lot to see and do. During my recent visit, I was trying not to jump on the spendings treadmill too much so I decided to compile this list of tips and cheap things to do to help you prepare for your own visit. If you use a few of these tips then you should be able to enjoy a great visit to Reykjavik on a budget without having to sell one of your kidneys to pay back your credit card!

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Living in Italy

Living In Italy: Expat Reflections Of The Good, The Bad & The Great

Wow, I can't believe that it was one year ago I boarded a plane at the Honolulu Airport and moved across the pond to start a new chapter of life here in Italy. My husband left soon after we got here and I remember the isolating feeling of sitting in my empty apartment with no money, no car, no job, no friends and now no-one to talk to and wondering what the hell I had gotten myself into like it was yesterday. Where did that time go? Though I spent most of my time here alone, a lot has happened in my first year. I survived my first winter, I stumbled through communicating with a language barrier, I visited too many lakes and cities to count, I went on 9 international trips and I ate some a lot of the most delicious pasta on the planet (most of which I am now trying to get rid of from my hips before summer comes)! It certainly doesn't feel like a whole year has gone by and I still feel like the new kid in many ways but since the calendar is telling me that I've been living in Italy for a year I figured it was a good time to reflect and write a little anniversary post to my adopted home.

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Good in the world

Travel Inspiration: A Few Of My Favorite Travel Things

This week on the blog, I have a few things to share with you and, particularly, a few of my favorite travel things. I like these posts because I get to share some things that I love and enjoy plus I also get to share a little about me so we can get to know each other better. I'd love to hear yours so if you have any other favorite travel things, on this list or not, just share away in the comments below. 

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Swimming in Iceland

Swimming in Iceland: Mandatory Group Showers & Everything You Need to Know

Swimming in Iceland is a big part of the culture and the residents definitely don't let the cold stop them. You've probably already heard of the Blue Lagoon and Secret Lagoon but luckily, these crowded and expensive tourist attractions are not the only places to take a dip. There are many local geothermal pools all around Iceland and whether you are interested in doing laps for exercise or soaking in hot tubs, there's a little something for everyone. The catch - there is a strict process around getting ready for the swim including mandatory naked group showers! During my first trip to one of the pools I was overwhelmed with all the rules. I was literally walking around completely naked and stopping by every sign to read them because I didn't want to accidentally do something that I wasn't meant to! I wanted to write this post because it's something I would've loved to have read before my visit and I hope it can be useful to you if you are planning to go swimming in Iceland (you definitely should by the way, it's amazing!) Of course you won't remember everything I've written but I think that if you've read this and have an idea of the flow of the process then it will come back to you when you are in the change room - so hopefully you won't be the awkward sign reading naked chick like me! At the end of the post I've also added a list of pools, a few of which are walking distance from downtown Reykjavik. 

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Iceland as a solo female traveler

How To Explore Iceland As A Solo Female Traveler

Exploring Iceland as a solo female traveler can sound overwhelming! There's the intense weather fluctuations, the rugged climate and the isolation, but don't let that stop you from booking a trip because Iceland is a very solo female traveler friendly destination. I wanted to see as much of the beautiful nature there as possible but there was the one catch - the transportation. When I'm traveling solo I just can't drive around all day. I don't know about you but there's something about driving that makes me so tired and if I don't have someone to talk to or play car Karaoke with (for the record, I do a pretty great Beyonce performance) then I would get so tired and bored and probably just fall asleep at the wheel. So when I was planning my trip I had to figure out how to see it all without having to drive all day and I'm happy to say that I found a way - by jumping on a couple of Bustravel Iceland tours.

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Where To Stay In Bath

Where To Stay In Bath: It's All In The Details At Halcyon Apartments

Good morning beautiful blog readers! Last week we toured Bath with a post on things to do there (you can read that here if you are interested) so today I want to answer the all important question of where to stay in Bath. Picking accommodation can be hard right? It's a tough decision to make when you're trying to decide where to spend your precious, tourist dollars because making the wrong choice can really tarnish a holiday (I know this from experience)! This is exactly why I feel grateful to be able to share places that I love with you and I always hope they can help you in your own trip planning. The Halcyon Apartments in Bath is somewhere that I visited recently and is without a doubt a great example of a place that I fell in love. These apartments are as charming and elegant as the city in which they are located, so lets jump in and take a closer look.

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Things to do in Bath

Things To Do In Bath: The Highlights Of England's Georgian Gem

If you are looking for things to do in Bath, then look no further because today I'm sharing 10 of the best things to do in the beautiful, Georgian city. Everything on the list is foot friendly, so if you're not renting a car (which I don't recommend because there's really no need to in Bath and the parking situation isn't good either), then rest easy because you can walk to all of these. Side note, Stonehenge is 2 hours away but you can walk to the train station from the center of town. I visited Bath by myself and stayed at the Halcyon Apartments which was a perfect location because it was only a 10 minute walk from the center of town and all the main sights so it was perfect for me as a solo female traveler. It also helped me to save money by not needing taxis to get around. I hope you enjoy this list and find it useful for your trip planning and if you enjoy the post please remember to support my work by offering a like, share or simply leaving me a comment to let me know. 

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Where to stay in Sri Lanka

Where To Stay In Sri Lanka: Unplug At Talalla Retreat

When your appliances don't work, what do you do? You unplug them, give them a break and plug them back in right? Granted, most of the time we do that because we don't actually know enough to be able to troubleshoot the problem but the simple unplug seems to work like a treat and you get a new spark of life out of whatever you were trying to use. With our fast paced lives I think it's only fair that we give ourselves the same treatment and I'm here to share with you a perfect place to do just that. I recently visited Talalla Retreat in southern Sri Lanka and experienced a week of total relaxation. I don't know if it was the dreamy, tropical rooms, the beach, the buffet meals, the coconuts by the pool, the morning yoga  classes or the massage at the spa but there was a lot of relaxation to be had. If you are looking for an unplug and reset or even just wondering where to stay in Sri Lanka, then read on and travel with me to Talalla Retreat.

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Yoga Retreat

I Can't Touch My Toes & I Did A Yoga Retreat - Here's How It Went

I'm about as flexible as a frozen corpse. The title of this blog isn't just a catchy phrase by any stretch - as embarrassing as it is, I actually couldn't touch my toes and I still decided to got on a yoga retreat. I was even so eager to go that I booked the early bird deal to secure my spot. At the same time I was eager, I was a little scared. I don't do classes, I don't wear Lululemon & I certainly didn't know my happy baby from a half lotus, what the hell was I doing? Is that a bit crazy? Maybe. But it turned out to be a great idea and also one of those times where I end up really grateful that I have these crazy ideas which is why I want to share my experience with you guys today. I also want to share with you the talented and inspiring woman who created the retreat because she deserves a little shout out. Come on, she created a yoga retreat that even this non-yogi could love so that is pretty incredible if you ask me. As always, I hope to inspire you in some way through sharing my little travel stories and I also hope to see you on the next Yoga, Wine & Travel retreat!

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10 Differences That Make Eating In Australia Confusing AF For Americans

G’day! There’s a lot of great reasons to visit Australia isn’t there? The wildlife, the people, the beaches, the laid back vibes and of course the fine chunk of Australian beef, Hugh Jackman (you’re welcome). But, when it comes to eating in Australia, there are a lot of things that will simply be confusing for our American neighbors, like the portion sizes for starters, which is why I made this list to help you avoid disappointment and confusion on your holiday down under. Some of these things I can relate to (but in reverse) when I think about the first time I visited America - wha

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The Castle of William The Conqueror

Journey Back In Time By Visiting The Castle Of William The Conqueror

Have you heard of William the Conqueror? To be honest, I hadn't. That was until the night before I took a drive out to visit the city of Falaise in France. In all honesty, though the castle of William the Conqueror is one of the big name attractions of Falaise, I was actually going there to see the statue of the Viking leader who became a Duke of Normandy, Rollo. I'm a big fan of the History Channel show called Vikings and it seemed like a really cool idea to go see Rollo's statue while I was in the area. I never would've guessed that while visiting his statue, I would also end up taking a journey back in time to walk through a magnificent castle, complete with interactive exhibits and learn about such an interesting historical figure. (If you haven't heard of him, look him up. Spoiler alert: his story is quite interesting)! It was probably one of my favorite activities in France so today, come with me to the Castle of William the Conqueror as I share it with you guys.

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D-Day Landing Beaches

How To Plan A Visit To The D-Day Landing Beaches In France

France is drenched in rich history and the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy are no exception to this. Many years have passed since the historic D-Day landings but, fortunately for us, the area is now full of memorials, museums and cemeteries so that the stories do not have to be lost in the sand. Instead, they are brought to life in a respectful and touching way through these fitting tributes. There's so much to see there that you would need a lot of time to get through it all, this guide is a compilation of the top spots I saw that you could add to your trip if you only have a weekend or so in this once brutal, now beautiful area of France.

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Where to stay in Normandy

Where To Stay In Normandy - Don't Miss This AirBnb Treasure

Confession: I was a bit skeptical of using AirBnb at first. As a classic late bloomer, I'm a bit late to the AirBnb game - it's only recently that I jumped in to become a member and began using the service but I have to say I've had great experiences so far. First there was the cozy cabin in the woods of Norway which I shared here on the blog and I just got back from a trip to France where I had another great experience. Between the style, value, location, hosts and cute animals, I loved it so much that I wanted to share it here with you guys. If you are planning a visit and wondering about where to stay in Normandy, I've got you covered!

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How to travel more

How To Travel More By Exploring Your Very Own Backyard

Many travel blogs will have you believe that to have amazing travel experiences, you need to travel to glamorous or far off destinations in the world. I am here today to call bullshit on that. Sure, by traveling far you can have an awe-inspiring travel experience and I am a big supporter of global travel, but, it's not the only way you can have a memorable travel experience. I remember when I started my travel blog, I wanted to inspire people to see the beauty of the world, even in their own backyard. It's been a guiding thought in my head for the last couple of years and yet, I haven't actually stopped to write a post on how to travel more by exploring your own backyard. I just delved straight into adventures to be had and shared the adventures I have found, but never actually offered tips on how you can find adventures in your own area. So if you want to travel more but don't have the cash or annual leave to travel to far off places then you're in luck! Today I'm sharing some tips on how to travel more in your local area and still have memorable travel experiences.

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How to stay safe as a solo female traveler

How To Stay Safe As A Solo Female Traveler - A Practical Guide

If you have been on a solo trip, or even brought up the idea of going on one, then I am sure you are familiar with the ‘world is a scary place’ comments that come with the idea of solo travel. They’re not wrong either. The world can be a scary place and unfortunately bad people do exist. That shouldn’t stop you from living a full life and exploring the world around you though, and while you can’t stop bad things from happening, you can reduce their likelihood with this seriously awesome guide full of tips on how to stay safe as a solo female traveler.

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24 Hours in Oslo

Norway's Booming Capital - How to Spend 24 Hours In Oslo

The vibrant city of Oslo is somewhat of a surprising European treasure. Its kaleidoscopic make up appeals to many which is perhaps why interest in this hidden gem is growing. For the thinkers, there is a wide array of museums to spend time in. For the outdoor lovers, there are many hiking and cycling trails to offer as well as parks and other outdoor activities. For the city slickers, the busy center of town has many unique stores as well as trendy bars, restaurants and cafes. There is a lot to see. My biggest suggestion would be to allow more than 24 hours to get through it all, I'd say at least 3 days, but if you only have 24 hours in Oslo then check out these suggestions to help you plan your trip.

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Cooking Class in Italy

Don't Miss This Unbelievably Amazing Cooking Class In Italy

Ever since I moved to Italy, I have received many questions and comments about food. It makes sense since Italians are known for their amazing food! If in America, people fight with each other over the color of their football jersey, in Italy they would fight over the ingredients in the perfect ragu. Cooking skills are certainly alive and well here and cooking isn't just a chore where you whip together something edible to get through to the next meal. There is a passion which is evident in each step of the cooking experience - from picking the ingredients, to the cooking processes, to stopping to sit and enjoy the meal. Today I am excited to share this post with you because I get to showcase a wonderful local business where you can experience an authentic cooking class in Italy, learn new skills, cook a meal and even enjoy farmstay accommodation in the most picturesque area.

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alternative facts

10 Alternative Facts That Every Traveler Can Relate To

We are probably all guilty of saying a little white alternative fact every now and then. ‘Thanks for the gift, I really love homemade incense’, ‘that’s the cutest baby I’ve ever seen’ or ‘sorry I didn’t reply earlier. I’ve been swamped’.  Here’s 10 alternative facts every traveler can relate to.

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photographing the northern lights

A Beginners Guide To Photographing The Northern Lights

I consider myself pretty good at night photos but photographing the Northern Lights was a little a lot harder than I anticipated. Being out in the woods meant that the scene was a lot darker than anything I had tried to photograph before and the dancing lights added a new dynamic to the whole process. It was a new challenge and one I appreciated because without challenges how are we meant to get to that next level right? Now, I will be the first to admit that I am not a photographer by any means, and these aren't the best photos of the Northern Lights that you will see, but I wanted to share a few of the most important tips I could think of to help other beginners out there get even better pics of the glorious light shows.

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What to pack for a week in Norway 1

What To Pack For A Week In Northern Norway - Winter Getaway Guide

I always thought I hated the cold. I was one of those people that could never understand why anyone would want to go on a winter holiday. It seemed like such horrible punishment. I had also always lived in tropical locations so the idea of cold was very foreign to me, which I think added to my dislike. This year I have been pushing myself outside of my toasty warm comfort zone to experience actual cold winters with trips to Switzerland and even a week in northern Norway.  I have to say that once I learned what I needed to keep warm in the cold weather and invested in some the right gear, I actually had a great time! Now I am already looking forward to my next winter trip! I'm sharing these recommendations on the blog to help you get ready for your next winter trip.

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Northern Lights Norway

Sleep Under The Northern Lights In Norway Without Breaking The Bank

Imagine this. You rug yourself up in a warm jacket and step outside into a dark, winter night. The air is cold and still. You break the peaceful silence with a light, crunching sound that marks each step you take through the fresh powdery snow. As you stop to gaze up into space, you can see stars twinkle across the endless dark sky and then, magic happens. The bright and colorful lights of the Auroras dance across the darkness, moving and swaying as if having a life of their own. Does this sound like a dream experience to add to your bucket list? If so, read on. Today I am sharing all the details on how you can experience this very dream of seeing the Northern Lights in Norway without breaking the budget.

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What Travel Taught Me

What Travel Taught Me In 2016 - Lessons From Bad-Ass Female Travelers

Can we all just agree that 2016 was horseshit. Sure there was the odd life changing occasion here and there but for the most part it seems that 2016 was not quite the best, and many people I talk to just had a rough year. The good news is that if what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, then I imagine 2017 to be like walking around surrounded by superheroes in disguise because there's going to be a lot of powerful people! Before we jump into this superhero world, I wanted to close out the year with a post on some real life superheroes. I follow these bad-ass travel women on social media, (I've included their links so you can too), and asked them to share their stories about what travel taught them in 2016. Let's all get inspired by these stories and excited for another year of life full of new opportunities and new adventures!

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Day Trips From Lucerne

Day Trips From Lucerne - Mount Titlis And Mount Pilatus

I'm really excited for this post on day trips from Lucerne because it allowed me to go through photos of two of the best adventures I have ever been on! Recently I went on a solo trip to Lucerne and feel incredibly lucky to have been able to visit the summits of both Mount Titlis and Mount Pilatus. At the end of both of these days I was filled with so much happiness, a type of happiness where I was beaming with a huge, dorky smile that I couldn't seem to wipe off my face. If you are planning a trip to Lucerne, I hope this post helps you in your planning and if you are wondering where to go on your next trip, I hope this post inspires you to consider this incredible part of the world.

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Things to do in Lucerne

Where To Stay In Lucerne - A Luxury Stay At The Grand Hotel National

If you are planning your trip but wondering where to stay in Lucerne, I have a post for you! During my recent visit to the charming town of Lucerne I was a guest of the The Grand Hotel National and, though I have shared a few pictures on Instagram, I loved it so very much that I also wanted to share more details of my experience with you today because let's face it, you work hard and deserve a little luxury. 

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Day Trips From Lucerne

Things To Do In Lucerne For The Solo Female Traveler

I was recently fortunate enough to explore the charming town of Lucerne in Switzerland as a solo female traveler. It was a smooth 6 hour train ride from where I live in Italy and felt like I had taken a magic carpet into a whole new world! If you have seen my Instagram then I'm sure you already have an understanding of how much I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and I am here today to offer more details on my favorite things to do in Lucerne, using the highlights of my trip as examples so that you too can plan a trip to this lovely town.

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How To Save Money For Travel - The Tricks Nobody Will Tell You

Well, what an intense week that was! The good news is that the election campaigning is officially over. That's certainly one aspect we can all be relieved about. Don't worry this isn't a political post. This is simply some lighthearted relief for all of us, no matter who you voted for, because we do have some things in common. Like, no matter where you stand or who you voted for, I think we can all agree that the true winner was the Obama/Biden, the Joebama, memes. They really were the memes that united America, weren't they? Another thing we all have in common is that most of us probably need a laugh and a holiday! A long one. With at least a few mojitos, or as I'd prefer, an IV mojito drip. So in that light, and since I believe laughter is the best medicine, today I am sharing my money saving tips to show you how to save money for travel so you can enjoy your next holiday sooner rather than later.

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Things to do in Tallinn

10 Things To Do In Tallinn, Estonia - A Weekend Travel Guide

Have you ever thought about visiting the town of Tallinn, Estonia? To be quite honest, I hadn't thought of it at all. It was a place that I knew existed, but that's as far as my thought process on Estonia had gone. Then the opportunity for a weekend away came knocking at my door and I thought 'well, why not?' If you saw my pictures on Instagram you probably already know that I had a great time and truly fell in love with this Baltic treasure. Of course I had to share it with you guys so I put together a little list of things to do in Tallinn that should keep you busy for a weekend. If you were like me and had never really thought of visiting, I hope this inspires you to add this jewel of Estonia to your bucket list! 

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Torrente Canali

Torrente Canali - A Hidden Turquoise Pond In The Mountains

The beautiful region of Trento has a little hidden secret. A secret which comes in the form of an exquisite turquoise pond hidden away in the mountains - Torrente Canali. Hypnotizing in a way, the pond is such an intense shade of blue that you can't help but look at it. I took a trip out to find it recently and wanted to share it with you here on the blog today. If you have the time to visit, then I highly recommend this wonderful piece of paradise. 

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How to Take Better Travel Photos

Better Travel Photos - How To Improve Your Shots In 5 Easy Steps

One thing I get asked about a lot is my photos. I also get a lot of compliments about them too, which means the world to me because I'm not an expert or professional by any stretch. Taking photos is simply something I have always enjoyed doing. That's why I do it and I have found that the more I did it, the more passionate I became. Everything I do is trial and error. I have just taken a lot of photos and some look good and many more look not so good which is why your comments mean so much to me! Since I have received so many questions and compliments on my little photos, today I wanted to give back to try and offer some tips for taking better travel photos that anyone could use when going on holidays. 

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Lago Di Carezza

Lago Di Carezza - The Must See Rainbow Lake Of The Dolomites

It should come as no shock to you guys that I'm a water baby. Perhaps a fish is a more accurate description, but either way, it is safe to say that I love being around the water. Here in Italy, I have been very lucky to find some magnificent bodies of water in the form of lakes in the mountains and they have quickly became some of my favorite places. In today's post I am sharing one of these grand lakes with you and everything you need to know to enjoy a trip to visit the awe inspiring Lago di Carezza. 

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public transport friendly day trips from vicenza

5 Public Transport Friendly Day Trips From Vicenza

So you have just arrived in Vicenza, don't have your car yet but want to get started exploring your surroundings. Where do you start? It's easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things to do here in Italy but rest easy because I have prepared a guide of 5 public transport friendly day trips from Vicenza to get your adventures started ASAP!

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Glamping in slovenia

Glamping In Slovenia - 7 Undeniable Reasons You Need To Go

I was very lucky this past weekend to have had the opportunity to go glamping in Slovenia at a wonderful local campground called Adrenaline Check. After only a three hour drive, I walked up a small path between the trees, excited to see what the weekend would have in store for me.

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Lago Di Senaiga - The Hidden Hiking Adventure In North Italy

Happy September everyone! Can you believe how fast the year has flown by? I'm still in shock that we are in September to be honest and it feels like just yesterday we were welcoming in 2016! A lot has happened this year which is perhaps why it flew by so quickly, and I just hope that all of our coming months end 2016 with fun adventures and memorable moments. Today I want to share some photos of Lago Di Senaiga as well as a bunch of tips and tricks. 

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travel fears

5 Crippling Travel Fears & How To Overcome Them

Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned traveller, one thing we all have in common is that we all have travel fears. And rightfully so. Day in and day out we are bombarded with news and images about just how scary the world can be.

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Lago Di Corlo

Lago Di Corlo - Unexpected Adventures While Hiking In Italy

The grandeur setting of Lago Di Corlo will leave you inspired and feeling very small. Nestled between lush mountains, the large lake oozes serenity making it the perfect place to relax and enjoy a picnic with friends. There is free parking, grassed areas, water activities with equipment to rent and even campgrounds nearby that have a private beach entrance for campground users. The day we visited was on a weekend and looking around us we saw plenty of groups of people and their pets scattered on the grass enjoying picnics together under the sun. Our day turned out to be much different from the relaxation others were experiencing - much, much, different... 

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Traveling with pets

Traveling with Pets - My Top Tips For A Stress Free Journey

When we found out we were moving to Italy my first priority was getting my two furry princesses, Bella and Coco Chanel, ready to move. We had 30+ hours of travel ahead of us with the dogs at our feet, followed by a transition phase of living in a hotel so it definitely got a little tricky and stressful for our babies (and us!) But with a little patience and perseverance we got through it and now they are very happy in their new Italian life. As a matter a fact, they are both snuggled right next to me as I am typing this, fast asleep without a care in the world which makes me happy. I wanted to share a few of the tips we picked up along the way about traveling with pets and hope they can help you if you have any upcoming travel plans with your cute fur babies. (Plus I'm secretly enjoying this post because I get to share pictures of my little cuties).

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Tuscan Getaway

Tuscan Getaway Dreams Come True With Agriturismo La Fontaccia

When I say 'Tuscany' what comes to your mind? For me, it was all about the rolling hills with vineyards for days, sweeping countryside landscapes, good food, better wine and sunflower fields. I had never been to Tuscany before so this imagery that had made its way into my mind through movies and travel pictures had become my dream vision for the perfect Tuscan getaway. The crazy thing is, after staying at Agriturismo La Fontaccia for the weekend recently, my dream vision came true. Let me tell you all about it. 

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long haul travel

Long Haul Travel - My Top Tips For Surviving Long Flights

Traveling is such a fun, life changing experience, but the part when you are cramped up in the plane for long periods of time is not really the best part is it? For those short trips that are only a few hours long it’s pretty easy to get through but what about the long haul trips where every minute feels like an hour? Those ones can be harsh! Trust me, with about 20 long haul flights under my belt, I know your pain! Luckily, I kind of developed my own little routine to prepare myself for these long periods of travel and I wanted to share them on the blog today.

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Gnome Village

A Guide To Touring A Magical Gnome Village In Asiago, Italy

I'm so excited to share my first official blog post showcasing a local experience here in Italy! To be honest, I had a few adventures to choose from since moving here and I chose this one because, quite simply, it was just a unique and fun experience. I shared a picture on Instagram recently from my tour but now let's take a journey deep in the woods of Asiago, to find the magical Gnome Village. 

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Life in Italy First Impressions

Life In Italy - My First Impressions As An Expat In Italy

Ciao from the new chapter of life in Italy!

Before I get started, I want to say a HUGE thank you for baring with my while the blog has been slow due to my current Internet drought. Seriously, the Internet desert is no bueno when you're trying to create posts! I am hoping that we can get that situation fixed soon so that I can get back to regular posts, hopefully it's just a little longer.

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Living in Hawaii

100 Wonderful Things That Happened To Me While Living In Hawaii

So by now you guys know my story of how I came to live in Hawaii and that my time in that beautiful paradise has come to an end. When I think about it, I can't believe I lived there for just over two and a half years - where did the time go? What a big adventure it was though. I was reflecting on my time while I was journaling and I made this list of 100 wonderful things that have happened to me since living in Hawaii. At first I thought, 'Don't post that Katie, it just sounds like you're bragging' but the idea nagged at me a little and I usually post the ideas that linger in my little brain. 

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How to travel more

The Katie Show Blog Has Moved! Our Overseas PCS From Hawaii To Italy

Good morning friends! You may have seen on Instagram this week that The Katie Show Blog has now moved. Whaatt? Moved? Yes, that's right, we have just completed an overseas PCS and moved from the little slice of paradise to a new home in Europe. 

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venture hawai'i

Immortalize Your Time In Hawaii - A Photoshoot With Venture Hawaii

Last week I was lucky enough to go on an underwater photoshoot with Tony from Venture Hawaii. You guys have probably heard me mention them in other posts like 10 Must Follow Instagram Accounts or How Living in Hawai'i Changed my Life but I am very glad to say that today I have a whole post dedicated to this inspirational local business.

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Dive for Tako in Hawaii

Diving With Tako In Hawaii - My Octo-Adventure Experience

Tako is the Japanese word for octopus and is commonly used here in Hawaii when referring to these eight legged creatures of the sea. You may also hear the Hawaiian term He'e used but no matter what you call them, these creatures are simply fascinating. Today I'm sharing about my experience diving with Tako in Hawaii!

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Oahu Best Beaches

Oahu's Best Beaches - Where To Go For The Perfect Beach Day

Of course I need to write a post on the best beaches on Oahu right? I mean, I've done the best waterfalls, the best places to swim with turtles and the best free activities so it just seems only fitting for a blog based in Hawaii to have a post on the best beaches. Let me tell you that trying to narrow this one down was rough because the list of potentials is so long! There is definitely no shortage of blog material that's for sure, which isn't really a bad thing to be honest. I'm sure that once you get out and about you will be able to add to this list as you find others that you fall in love with, but here are my top picks for Oahu's best beaches. 

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Hawaii Travel Mistakes

Hawaii Travel Mistakes: Things To Avoid When Visiting Oahu

Congratulations! You have decided to visit Hawaii, or paradise as I like to call it. Everything is booked, you've packed everything you need and have some adventures planned so you're almost ready. All you need to know now is what not to do to ensure your time here is the best it can be. This is exactly why I have compiled this list of the top Hawaii travel mistakes to help you on your way. 

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Snorkeling Tips for Beginners

Snorkeling Tips And Tricks For Beginners

You guys know by now that I love the ocean and am out snorkeling as much as I can - it really is my happy place and I feel so comfortable and peaceful in the water. I'm always left wondering why Ariel would want to trade her mermaid life for a life on land but I suppose the grass is always greener on the other side right? Anywho, I digress. I love sharing things that I am passionate about so I figured that it was time for a beginners snorkeling tips post to help you get started on your own underwater adventures!

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Must do in Darwin

Australia Bucket List - The 10 Adventures You Must Do In Darwin

I decided to do a little throwback today and post about a place I used to live in back in my home country of Australia. It's a little place called Darwin. Now when you think of visiting the land down under most people think of seeing the Sydney Harbour Bridge or holding a Koala or cruising through Surfers Paradise. Not many people mention a visit to Darwin in their plans, but I am here to show you why you need to, with this guide of the top 10 things you must do in Darwin. 

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Kalihi Ice Ponds

The Kalihi Ice Ponds - A Hidden Treasure Of Oahu

Hawaii is a land of natural wonder and seems to have it all. There are the crystal clear waters, the sweeping views of ridge hikes, the golden sandy beaches and of course the waterfalls nestled away against the lushest of green scenery. I have never been left speechless so many times in my life but the beauty of these islands always amazes me! Unfortunately, some of the most beautiful places are a little less than legal to visit and today I am sharing one of those adventures with a post about the Kalihi Ice Ponds.

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How Living In Hawaii Changed My Life

Expat Thoughts - How Living In Hawaii Changed My Life

Lately, I have been feeling very reflective. I think it is because I have been organizing my green card renewal documents so I have had to document the last 2 and a half years of living in Hawaii. Looking back over all the photos I printed to submit to the immigration department had me thinking about my time here in Hawaii and brought back a whole lot of good memories. I kept thinking about how much my life has changed since moving here and how much I have grown as a person. Naturally, there are some obvious changes like the fact that I got a tan and use the shaka symbol a whole lot more but I wanted to share some of the other ways in which living in Hawaii changed my life. 

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Deadmans Catwalk

A Look At The Iconic Deadmans Catwalk In Pictures

A different post to usual tonight. Due to the controversial nature of The Deadmans Catwalk, I'm not offering tips or directions to this iconic place. I'm not suggesting whether you need to or even should do this one. Instead, I am simply sharing pictures I took on this iconic hike.

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Kaena Point Trail from the North Shore

Hiking The Kaena Point Trail From The North Shore

Remember the post I did about Kaena Point? I mentioned in it that you could get to the point from the west side or the north, but that post was focused on the west side trail. Well, as Adele would say (or belt out) hello from the otherrrrrrrsiiiiiiiideee because last week I took myself out on a solo adventure to explore the trail from the north side. It was so beautiful that today I wanted to share it with you as well as some tips to get you there. 

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Zipline Tour Oahu

Zipline Tour On Oahu - The Must Do Tour With Keana Farms

'What on Earth did I get myself into...' This is what I thought when I arrived at Climb Works Keana Farms. I wanted to do a zipline tour on Oahu as part of my bucket list and now was the time to tick it off on the beautiful North Shore. 

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10 Things you must do in Kauai

Must Do In Kauai - A Guide Of 10 Things You Can't Miss

Kauai is the perfect island if you are a fan of all things nature and outdoors. It definitely ranks as one of the most beautiful places I have ever travelled to and is my favorite Hawaiian island that I have visited so far. The mind blowing beauty of the landscapes left me speechless on many occasions, the food on the island has a theme of fresh, real ingredients and the overall vibe is one of relaxation. Here's a guide to some of the things you must do In Kauai - some popular, some local and a little of everything.

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Caring For Your GoPro

Caring For Your GoPro - A Practical Maintenance Guide

I remember the days of old when I first visited Hawaii and was really proud to have bought a disposable underwater camera for the trip. There I was, snorkeling around underwater when all of a sudden I would see something cool. I proudly went through the *wind, wind, wind, click* process to snap photos of the fish that swam by until my 24 photo limit ran out. When I got back into Australia and the first thing I did was take my $12 camera to the store to be developed and an hour later I had a bunch of photos in my hands. Could there be anything cooler right? 

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Kauai Backcountry Tubing Adventure

Must Do In Kauai: The Kauai Backcountry Tubing Adventure

If you follow my Instagram you probably saw that I visited Kauai last month and it was an absolute blast. I think Kauai might just be my favorite island! Most of the time was spent exploring and enjoying the feel of the island, which is so different to Oahu by the way, but we did jump on a tour with Kauai Backcountry Adventures and I wanted to share a review of it with you today.

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Kauai Backcountry Tubing Adventure

Waterfall Hikes On Oahu - A Guide To 7 Of The Best Trails

When you think of Hawaii you think of palm trees and golden sandy beaches right? That's what you see on the postcards but it's certainly not all that Hawaii has to showcase. Not even close! Within those mountainous valleys and off the beaten path there are plenty of waterfall hikes on Oahu to get your adventurous spirit pumping and I am sharing a few on the blog today.

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free dive with sharks

Free Dive With Sharks - Why You Need To & How To Make It Happen

Do you guys remember that time I had the crazy idea to free dive with sharks? Well, as you may already know from my Instagram feed, last week I went back for more! After my first dive I said that it was an incredible experience and that is a statement I still stand by because this was just as incredible as the first time (and it was my third dive with the company!) Maybe I'm crazy or maybe I'm onto something great, who knows, but either way I firmly believe that Hawaii Adventure Diving is the gold standard when it comes to diving tours and that it's something everyone has to try while in Hawaii. It is an adventure that will challenge your perceptions of sharks, leaving you with memories to last a lifetime and trust me when I say that it is not as scary as you might think.

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The Kealia Trail

Kealia Trail - A Guide To The Solo Adventure Approved Trail

A couple of weeks ago I had a day off and no plans, so I did what anyone else would do and took myself on a solo hike on the Kealia Trail and beach day. Thats what anyone else would do right? Ok, so maybe I am the weird one but nevertheless I am sharing the adventure on the blog here today because it is a really fun little hike with some breathtaking views of this island paradise. 

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Sea Glass Jewelry Hawaii

Sea Glass Jewelry In Hawaii - Support Local With These Unique Gifts

You're drinking your Starbucks out of a red cup, recently still digested your thanksgiving feast and survived the dreaded day with the family and/or in-laws which can only mean one thing - holiday season is officially upon us! And that means its time to find the perfect gifts for all of your loved ones. If you want to give a Hawaii inspired gift, to support a local business and avoid the holiday shopping crowds then look no further. A gift of handmade sea glass jewelry made is the perfect choice that will please everyone! 

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Free things to do on O'ahu

Free Things To Do On Oahu - 12 Fun (& Free) Activities

Whether you are on holidays and looking to save money on activities while you are here, or whether you live here and just need some cheap adventures for the off-pay week, check out this guide to 12 free things to do on Oahu. There is plenty to keep you busy and no reason to be sitting at home bored! 

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Manoa Falls

Manoa Falls - A Guide To Hiking This Jungle Trail In The City

Happy thanksgiving to all of the American readers! I'm sure by now you guys are already busy with prepping, cooking and hosting duties for the special day and I do hope you are enjoying time with your loved ones. Back here in Hawaii, I spent thanksgiving morning on a  hike to Manoa Falls with a fellow blogger who I met through an Instagram meet-up and I wanted to share it with you on the blog today. 

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The Getaway Girls

Flower Crown Making On Oahu With The Getaway Girls

Let me just say that the blog world is pretty amazing! I am lucky to be able to say that I have connected with so many cool people who have reached out either through the website or on social media, I have been able to work with a lot of very talented entrepreneurs and now I can say that I got to meet my blog idols - The Getaway Girls!

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upper makua cave

Upper Makua Cave - A Guide To The Secret Cave With An Amazing View

Aloooooooha! So tonight I wanted to share a sweet westside hike with you, the Upper Makua Cave. 

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mother daughter adventures

Mother Daughter Adventures On Oahu - A Guide To 10 Fun Adventures

Chances are that when your mum comes to visit, she doesn't want to do 2 hour ocean swims or full day in the sun adventures, but that doesn't mean that you guys can't have a great time together right? Here is a guide of 10 mother daughter adventures on Oahu for when your mum comes to visit you in Hawaii, which was inspired by my own mothers recent visit to Oahu and the time we spent together cruising around the island.

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Pearl Harbor Memorial

Pearl Harbor Memorial: A Guide To The Do's And Don'ts

When you think of Hawaii it's hard to imagine that anything bad could ever happen in such a perfect island paradise, though it certainly did on the ever so infamous day of December 7, 1941. It was during the morning hours of this day that the tropical daydream was covered in a dark cloud as a devastating ambush attack swept over Oahu, with the largest impact occurring at Pearl Harbor. The calculated and successful attack took the lives of many in a short period of time and triggered a new level of intensity in the second world war. With the significance of this event, paying your respects at the Pearl Harbor memorial is surely a must while visiting Oahu. 

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Things to do on the Big Island

10 Things To Do On The Big Island - A Complete Travel Guide

Last week I enjoyed my third trip to the Big Island and while sitting at the Kona airport, gazing at the statue of the graceful hula dancers, I thought to myself that it was time to prepare a post dedicated to the largest of the Hawaiian islands. Here are 10 things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii to help get you started on your own holiday there. 

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whats in my beach bag

Beach Bag Essentials - A 'What's In My Beach Bag' Post

Today was such a beautiful Aloha Friday. Traveling down the highway to one of my favorite beaches, I looked out the window to see the sun was shining down, creating an Edward Cullen like sparkle on the surface of the ocean as the rays met the water. It was the perfect day to be outdoors and the perfect day to take some pictures of the waves and document my beach bag essentials. Some of these items are things I have found through trial and error so hopefully they can help you to (without having to go through the trial and error phase!)

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Best Luau on Oahu

Best Luau On Oahu - A Day At The Polynesian Cultural Center

Experiencing a luau is one of the highlights of a visit to Hawaii but with many to choose from it is hard to know which one is worthy of your time and money. Today on the blog I am sharing a guide to the best luau on Oahu, a place which takes you far beyond just a touristy gimmick and instead immerses you in Polynesian culture offering a complete sensory experience that will not leave you disappointed.

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oahu must do tourist

Oahu Must Do - The Tourist Edition With 10 Things You Can't Miss

Let's face it, playing tourist can be a lot of fun! If you are visiting Oahu, don't miss out on any of these touristy adventures for your holiday bucket list. These 'Oahu must do' items are almost obligatory!

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Maunawili Falls

Maunawili Falls Trail - A Guide To Hiking To This Jungle Waterfall

Maunawili Falls is one of the most popular waterfall trails on Oahu and it is one of my personal favorite waterfall trails for a few reasons:

1) jungle hikes are my fav

2) the waterfall pond is big enough to swim around in

3) my guy took me here on one of my first visits to Hawaii so there's a bit of sentimental value for me.

It really is a beautiful hike that is suitable for all levels which makes it one that everyone can enjoy! As with any hiking, you always need to remember to bring enough water, snacks and hike to your limits, but here are some of the other tips you will find useful to prepare you for the Maunawili Falls Trail.

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Best Oahu Hikes for Beginners

Best Oahu Hikes For Beginners - A Guide To Kickstart Your Adventures

Are you ready to awaken your adventurous side and begin getting outdoors to explore Hawaii but don't really know where to start? I feel you because I was there once too. This is why I have prepared a shortlist of the best Oahu hikes for beginners to get you started on your own adventures! Once you get through these there will be no stopping you! These hikes are all a good workout and good chance to get outdoors without the sheer drops of some of the scarier hikes or the skillful footing required of some of the more technical hikes. This is why they are great for beginners!

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Swim with Turtles on Oahu

Swim With Turtles On Oahu - A Guide To All The Best Places

Where are the best places to swim with turtles on Oahu? This is something I get asked about all the time. Actually, it's probably one of the most common questions I get asked. To be honest, the simple answer is everywhere! I have seen or swam with turtles almost everywhere I have been on the island, it has just been a matter of whether they were cruising around at the same time that I was swimming. I know that's not really helpful, so I prepared a guide of a few spots that I have been where I have seen them more often than not. 

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Koko Head Stairs of Doom

Koko Head Stairs - A Guide To Conquering The Stairs Of Doom

It's simple - a visit to Hawaii is not complete without a venture to the top of the Koko Head Stairs of Doom. When you are imagining your visit to paradise I am sure that you get palm trees in your eyes as you envision white sandy beaches, cocktails served in pineapples and turquoise waters. It's a little different to the vision of climbing 1048 steps of an old railway track as you feel your legs burning away like a thousand suns, but I promise you that burn is worth it!

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Tips For Solo Adventure

Tips For Solo Adventure (And Why You Need To Try It)

Solo adventure? I can hear you already.

*Celine Dion's 'All by Myself' begins playing in your head*

Solo adventure? You mean alone? As in, without an adventure buddy? What are you thinking Katie?!  Now, now, breathe in, breathe out and read on. It's not as scary as you think (and not as dramatic as Celine makes it seem!)

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Makapuu Tide Pools

A Guide To The Makapu'u Tide Pools - A Tide Pool Treasure

Makapu'u Tide Pools are truly something out of a 'world's most beautiful places' magazine! It's such a dreamy spot to spend time in nature and you also get the added benefit of the lighthouse trail to do before or after so you can enjoy the spectacular views. With hiking, swimming, exploring and beautiful views, it's the perfect combination for an adventure! 

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working with passion

The 10 Best Hawaii Instagram Accounts For Adventure Inspiration

Whether you are living in Hawai'i and looking for some adventure inspiration or live elsewhere and looking for Hawaii wanderlust, here are my pics for the 10 best Hawaii Instagram accounts that will serve both purposes. 

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