Saying Goodbye to Hawaii

Oahu was my first stop in Hawaii and will now be my last. After three weeks on these lovely islands, I’m finally ready to say goodbye. Going to another place is always bittersweet – sad and exciting at the same time. Hawaii was an incredible destination for me, definitely one of my favorites. But in…

Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaii’s busiest and most developed island, Oahu is recognizably different from its laid-back sister islands. The main city, Honolulu, and neighboring Waikiki, are filled with skyscrapers, shopping centers and luxury hotels, similar to any other touristy American city…the sole but important difference being the beautiful backdrop of lush green mountains and white-sand beaches. Places I…

Banana Bungalow Maui Tour Details (Fri-Sun)

Friday – Start the day at Baldwin beach. Then head over to hippie Paia town for lunch (had the most delicious cajun style mahimahi burger at Fish Market here). Watch windsurfers at Ho’okipa beach. Our guide decided to deviate from the normal tour and also took us to Twin Falls, where we enjoyed a refreshing…

Banana Bungalow Maui Tour Details (Mon-Thurs)

Monday – Hike 5 miles through the beautiful, lush green Iao valley. Pick off fruit from trees to snack on while trekking. End the tour by taking a dip in a stream. Tuesday – My favorite tour, the road to Hana. Drive through the most scenic part of Maui. Swim through pitch black caves and…

Maui, Hawaii

Maui was, without a doubt, my favorite island and the one I was most sad to leave. The week I spent there was probably one of the best travel experiences I have ever had, and all the credit for that goes to the Banana Bungalow hostel in Wailuku. Banana Bungalow is the only hostel I…

Big Island, Hawaii

Two days is not enough for any of the Hawaiian islands, especially not for Big Island, aptly named due to its size in comparison to the others. Nevertheless, Fadeke and I still got to see a lot during our stay there. We spent both nights in sleepy Hilo, the main town on the eastern side,…

Introducing Hawaii

Probably the most beautiful place I’ve been to in my life, Hawaii really is paradise. I’ve been here for almost two weeks now and not a single day goes by where my breath isn’t taken away by the islands’ beauty. Whether it’s hiking through the clouds on the world’s largest dormant volcano or catching the…

A Little Bit of Family

My stay in California was great for a lot of reasons, but what made it extra special was that I got the chance to connect with family I barely knew before. Growing up, I never really got to spend time with my extended family in the US, so it was nice to meet some uncles,…

Dancing Around San Francisco

I spent 5 days in San Francisco, and as with all the places I’ve been to so far, I wanted to stay longer. This time though, the reason was two-fold – not only did I want to see more of the city, but I also knew a lot of people in SF with whom I’d…

Hello San Diego!

I get to the hostel exhausted. It’s 11am and I’ve been travelling for about 15hrs non-stop. I need a shower. I need sleep. Most of all, I just want to brush my teeth. James, at the front desk, greets me warmly. I notice his funky sideburns and he notices my shockingly¬†disheveled¬†hair. We go through the…

New York, New York

I left Canada on September 9th, and to be honest, I didn’t intend to write about the following five day layover in New York. I figured this tiny stopover to connect with some friends in a city I just left would not be worth posting about. But I guess, because in the two years that…