Editor's Note: This is Part 1 of a two-part story. Missing the bus meant a trip to Paraguay and the Jesuit Ruins. What? This is just another story about the random things that happen when you're backpacking, the ebb and flow in which a slight setback can lead to a super discovery. I never thought about traveling to Paraguay. My two-month trip in 2012 was going to be … [Read more...] about Paraguay And The Jesuit Ruins
New York brings to mind several things for people who have never been there. It's big and hectic, the people aren't nice, and everything is expensive. Let me address those one by one. 1. It's big and hectic. This is 100 percent true. 2. The people aren't nice. I think this is false. They're just in a hurry because it's big and hectic. 3. Everything is expensive. … [Read more...] about Bargain Dining in New York City
In 1998, the University of Nevada student body counted at least three students from Hawaii. One of them was me. One of the first people I met was a guy named Rory from California, and one of the first things he said to me was, "Let's go to Costa Rica!" I knew nothing about Costa Rica Travel Excellence, just that Rory, despite being from the inland town of Grass Valley, … [Read more...] about Surfing, Wildlife and Family Vacations in Costa Rica
The question came up repeatedly as I prepared to make the biggest trip of my life. Better wine: Chile or Argentina? I asked anyone I could find who had been to both places or were wine lovers like myself, and the responses were split right down the middle, plus one iconoclastic friend who picked Croatia. I was looking forward to finding out for … [Read more...] about Chile vs. Argentina: Which Country Has the Better Wine?
The plan was just to go to Florida. I would go to Lake Worth, near West Palm Beach, to visit my brother for Thanksgiving, just a quick four-day jaunt before heading back to Bogotá. Oh, how quickly that changed. My mom convinced me to continue to Hawaii, and then a good friend from Brisbane, Australia, after deciding to fly to Hawaii to visit me, has talked me into … [Read more...] about Gumtree Welcomes You to Australia