PHOTO BLOG: 5 DAYS ON MO'OREA

PHOTO BLOG: 5 DAYS ON MO'OREA

It’s been almost 3 years since I visited the French Polynesian island of Mo’orea and sometimes I still close my eyes and pretend that my ceiling fan is actually a salty tropical breeze laced with hints of frangipani. It usually doesn’t work.

Everyone knows Bora Bora. It’s stunning, no doubt about that. Many people land in Tahiti and then immediately head to Bora Bora. Those who skip Mo’orea are missing out on an incredible jungle paradise.

Here’s what my stay on Mo’orea looked like.

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PHOTO BLOG: MAUI - MORE THAN BEACHES

PHOTO BLOG: MAUI - MORE THAN BEACHES

Maui isn’t all beaches and coconut trees and swimsuits. If you do it right, you may need to pack a sweater.

If you neglect the misty, cool, lush green slopes of Upcountry, you’ll miss an entirely different world on Maui. And that, my fellow travelers, is a shame.

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VACATION RECOVERY: MY TIPS + TRICKS

VACATION RECOVERY: MY TIPS + TRICKS

Coming home from vacation is the absolute worst. One minute you’re frolicking on the beach, and the next you’re sitting in the middle seat on your way home, the tropical sun’s warmth a distant memory.

I got tired of the post-vacation dread and chaos, so I decided to do something about it. Pre-vacay, I started making a to do list for after vacation. It sounds a bit Type A, but hear me out. I’m a planner, and having a post-vacation plan in place eases the sting just a little bit. Here’s how I ease back into normal life after my sunburn and vacay vibes have faded.

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A TREE-HUGGER'S GUIDE TO THE PACIFIC

A TREE-HUGGER'S GUIDE TO THE PACIFIC

The Pacific is saturated with eco-friendly options. Traveling lightly throughout the Pacific doesn’t have to mean roughin’ it in Castaway-style accommodations or eating only coconut meat. There’s no need to choose between comfort and sustainability.

When it comes to eco-friendly travel, you can have your cake and eat it too (preferably with a compostable fork, ya know?).

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ESCORTED TOURING: IS IT RIGHT FOR YOU?

ESCORTED TOURING: IS IT RIGHT FOR YOU?

There’s a lot to think about while traveling.

Where you’re staying. How to get around. Where to eat. What to see. Safety. Cultural norms. The list goes on and on.

It’s a lot of responsibility and all of those details send some people running in the opposite direction of their travel dreams.

I like to think everyone has a little bit of wanderlust in them. We all have an innate desire to explore, but there are many reasons why people hold themselves back. Perhaps the greatest of those reasons is fear.

Exploring a new city or country can be intimidating, but there’s a way around that. Nervous would-be travelers - this one’s for you.

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GETTING TATTOOED IN MOOREA

GETTING TATTOOED IN MOOREA

I have a handful of tattoos, but none of them were done in the presence of a horse. In an open air bungalow. In the lush tropical setting of Mo’orea. But I suppose there’s a first time for everything?

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WHAT DOES IT COST?

WHAT DOES IT COST?

“How much does it cost to go to ___?”

If I had three wishes, I’d probably use all three of them to never hear this question again.

This is my least favorite question to answer, but also the most common. And I get it - setting aside thousands of dollars to travel is a big deal, and people want to know what it costs to get there.

But it’s not an easy answer. I wish it was, because this blog post would be much shorter and easier to write.

If you’re wondering what it costs to travel to a certain destination, here are the key things you need to keep in mind when building your budget.

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