Category: Travel Stories

Travel stories & ideas for adventures near and far – road trips, weekend getaways, budget trips and epicย vacations.


How to Plan a Hawaii Island Hop Day Trip

How to Plan a Hawaii Island Hop Day Trip

With a birthday coming up, the travel bug sinking its teeth in, and whale-watching in full swing, I was determined to get over to Maui from our home on Oahu to go on a tour in the best spot for seeing whales in Hawaii. The only problem was our commitment to stick to a... Read more
The Ridiculous Story of Our Move to Hawaii

The Ridiculous Story of Our Move to Hawaii

Ever since visiting Hawaii for the first time in 2018, we knew that (if we ever decided to stop traveling full-time and pick a home base), that's where we wanted to plant roots again. Of course, 2020 changed travel for all of us. While it is possible again in many... Read more
Wallabies in Waimate & Steampunk in Oamaru, NZ

Wallabies in Waimate & Steampunk in Oamaru, NZ

One of the most interesting areas in all of New Zealand is Oamaru. We had driven right by on our initial trip to the South Island, but upon our return, we heard about the Victorian architecture and overall Steampunk theme there and we knew we had to check it out.... Read more
Unforgettable Little Blue Penguins Tour in Akaroa

Unforgettable Little Blue Penguins Tour in Akaroa

When we got the official Visa acceptance notification and realized we'd have an additional six months in New Zealand, we knew our mission: see as many penguins as possible. We had tried with no luck at some of the popular viewing areas earlier in the year, but this... Read more
Pleasantly Surprised by New Plymouth, NZ

Pleasantly Surprised by New Plymouth, NZ

Our original plan for visiting the New Plymouth area was to explore Mount Taranaki, but we really enjoyed this area much more than we realized we would and (due to weather) ended up seeing far more of it than we realized! Staying at Oakura Beach Although the New... Read more
Mangawhai Heads Cliff Walk – A Favorite NZ Hike

Mangawhai Heads Cliff Walk – A Favorite NZ Hike

In New Zealand's Northland area, there are some fantastic hikes and beach walks. But the Mangawhai Heads Cliff Walk combines both, which makes it so wonderfully special. You'll just have to check the tides to make sure you will be able to walk on the beach! Mangawhai... Read more