Category — Travel Tips

{travelogue} 12 Things I Love On Hawaii’s Big Island

I just got back from a week on the Big Island of Hawaii and wanted to share some of my favorite places and things. I am not going to say that these are the twelve BEST things to do, because I am by no means an expert on the place. But here are some things that I thought were spectacular! I’d love to hear any recommendations for next time, too.

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BEACHES & ACTIVITIES

Place of Refuge (Pu’uhonua o Honaunau) – Honaunau
A super special place by the sea, this national historic park is worth a visit. Learn about Hawaiian history with cool wooden carvings and replica houses on a palm-shaded seaside. It has a 500-year-old, 17-foot-thick lava rock wall and some neat tidepools, too. [Read more →]

April 7, 2016   1 Comment

{itineraries} 3 Days in London – Off the Beaten Path (With or Without Kids!)

Having been to London quite a few times, on a recent trip I decided to try some activities and itineraries that are decidedly off the beaten path. It was so much fun to avoid the crowds of Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace and get into some spaces and places that were less clogged by tourists yet even more enjoyable.

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August 14, 2015   No Comments

{advice} Ten of the Best Travel Tips, From a Super Frequent Traveler

You probably know by now that I am a very frequent traveler, and I thought it was about time I put together my top ten travel tips. What did I miss?

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Ten of the Best Travel Tips, From a Super Frequent Traveler 

  • If there are 2 of you traveling together, and the plane has a 3-seat configuration, book the aisle and the window seat. If no one has the middle seat, you can easily trade with that person so you can sit together. The middle seats are (obviously) the least popular choice so they are last to book and most likely to be left empty in case of a flight that’s not totally full.

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May 22, 2015   8 Comments

{see the world} 5 Must-Read Articles on Traveling with Babies and Toddlers

If you’ve been following along for awhile, you have probably figured out that I love to travel – a LOT. I have (as of this writing) a 3 year old son who has been to 16 countries on 5 continents, not to mention all the repeats and domestic trips. So as you can imagine, I know a thing or two about traveling with babies and toddlers. I don’t write specifically about that aspect of travel here, so I thought I’d share a round-up of five great articles on traveling with babies and toddlers.

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If you’ve got the itch to get up and go, but your baby is holding you back, let these inspire and inform you!

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April 30, 2015   2 Comments

{travelogue} My Favorite Places in Barcelona

I recently spent a week in Barcelona with my husband and almost-3-year-old. We scouted some excellent restaurants, sights, and neighborhoods and even did a fantastic food tour. Here are my favorites!

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February 17, 2015   No Comments

{sf} 10 Things To Eat in San Francisco Before You Die

I am one of those rare San Francisco natives – that’s right, I popped out at UCSF hospital and grew up in Cole Valley. After a stint in San Diego for college, and a few formative years in Brooklyn, I moved back to the city for good. I tried out the Tenderloin, the Mission, and even (gasp) Oakland before settling into the Castro. So believe me when I tell you that I know my San Francisco treats. Here are 10 things to eat in San Francisco before you die, in no particular order.

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Carnitas Burrito “Dorado Style” at La Taqueria

What if you took a perfect, rice-free burrito and then grilled it on a flat-top to give it an extra crunch? That’s what they have been doing at La Taqueria for decades. This is the best burrito out there. I love it so much I constructed an epic gingerbread La Taqueria last Christmas. It’s that good. It was also recently voted best burrito in the U.S. Don’t listen to those carpetbaggers who claim allegiance to Taqueria Cancun or El Farolito. I theorize that those people only eat burritos when they are drunk so their burrito judgment is impaired.

Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies at Dianda’s 
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January 13, 2015   4 Comments

{magic kingdom} A Journey Through Bhutan, the Last Himalayan Kingdom

When I received an email saying “Here are your documents for your visit to the Land of the Thunder Dragon” I knew that visiting Bhutan was going to be the trip of a lifetime. And I was right.

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September 30, 2014   3 Comments

{aloha advice} More of the Best Things to Eat in Maui

I thought I had seen and tasted most of Maui by now, since we keep going back again and again – but on our most recent trip, I found even more fantastic things to eat. I was especially wowed by the new-ish Star Noodle, which we went back to multiple times. I wish I could go there right now. It’s in a weird warehouse-y area and seems an unlikely spot for the best food in Maui, but I definitely think it’s a contender. The Filipino “Bacon and Eggs” was one of my favorite dishes.

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June 27, 2014   No Comments

{travelogue} I Went to Hanoi, and All I Did Was Eat and Take Pictures. If That Sounds Good to You, Read This

Hanoi is a fun, vibrant, dirty, smoggy, incredible city that I can’t recommend highly enough. It’s modern and old-fashioned and surprising and busy. It’s Vietnam with a French Instagram filter.

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Just when you can’t take almost being run over by 22 dozen mopeds anymore, you can duck into a soothing courtyard oasis and eat something wonderful. And in hindsight, I spent nearly a week there and basically all I did was eat and take pictures. So if that sounds good to you, keep reading!

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June 12, 2014   No Comments

{travelogue} Street Eats and Spicy Stuff; Crickets and Craft Beer: A Second Time Around in Shanghai

I recently went back to what I think might be my #1 favorite Chinese city: Shanghai. I have met so many Westerners who tell me they don’t like Shanghai, but I think the problem is that it’s like New York or London or any other huge metropolis: it is so big and there are so many things to do that it can be hard to crack past the touristy spots and get into the real Shanghai. But once you figure out what to do and where to go, it is a fantastic cosmopolitan destination that should be on everyone’s short list.

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This trip, we made a point of discovering great street food, trying restaurants that represent cuisine from different parts of China, and exploring some hidden treasures. Here are my recommendations to help you figure out all of the very best things to do in Shanghai. And be sure to read my previous post for a complementary set of recommendations so you’ll be totally well-versed on all that’s great about this busy city!

January 29, 2014   No Comments