Do you need aircon in Hawaii?

Having spent quite a bit of time in Hawaii, please are always asking me if aircon is necessary in Hawaii, since some vacation rentals don’t have it. My opinion is that you don’t, although you’re likely to be slightly more comfortable if you do have airconditioning in June/July/August. There aren’t too many problems with bugs […]

Things to Do on a Stopover in Nadi, Fji

Things to Do on a Stopover in Nadi, Fji

This week I had an 8 hour layover in Nadi between flights on Fiji Airways. There were quite a few other people on my flights in the same situation. Needless to say, waiting around for 8 hours at Nadi airport didn’t appeal. My flight from Auckland arrived at 4pm and my departing flight to Hawaii […]

What to Do the Day Before a Trip

I am hitting the road again tomorrow, after a 5 week pitstop at home in NZ. Here’s what I’m doing the day before my departure. Mentally run through your travel in day in detail. My BIG tip for not forgetting about things you need is to mentally visualize your first travel day, right from setting […]

10 Tips for Saving Money in Hawaii

10 Tips for Saving Money in Hawaii

1. Use coupons your rental car. You can always find great rental car coupons online. For example, I recently got a car for $100 a week by using a Hertz coupon. If you’re traveling as a family, this is going to be cheaper than everyone taking the bus. For 1-2 people, it’s still great value. […]

How to Complain Effectively

How to Complain Effectively

I have only just started complaining about things. Usually I’d just stay quiet about things that weren’t working or up to par, but I’m gaining more confidence with effective complaining. Here’s what I’ve found works. – Be polite. – Be specific about what the issue has cost you. For example, “I’m a blogger and I’ve […]

Celebrity Tours Palm Springs

Celebrity Tours Palm Springs

I am not a tour person, but the one tour in Palm Springs that I couldn’t resist was a tour of former celebrity homes. I went with The Best of The Best Tours who invited me to come along on the tour for review purposes. The tour is a bus tour and runs about 1 […]

Why I Prefer 2 1/2 Star Hotels to 5 Star Hotels

Why I Prefer 2 1/2 Star Hotels to 5 Star Hotels

One of the things I’ve increasingly realized is that I prefer 2 1/2* and 3* hotels to hotels that are 3 1/2* and above. Here’s why. 1. Fewer people you need to tip. Honestly having to deal with people wanting to carry my bag for me is stressful. I carried that thing from New Zealand, […]

7 OUTSTANDING Deals I’ve Gotten Lately and How.

7 OUTSTANDING Deals I’ve Gotten Lately and How.

One of the things I love most about travel is that it gives me a chance to use my one and only ninja skill – finding great deals. And, I love to share this intel with you dear readers, so you can also take advantage of this stuff. Here are some of the awesome deals […]

Auckland’s Muriwai Beach and Gannet Colony

Auckland’s Muriwai Beach and Gannet Colony

Approximately 35 mins drive north-west of Auckland‘s CBD is the coastal village of Muriwai. Muriwai is a great place to visit due to it’s beautiful scenery and multiple outdoor activities. The village sits on the cliff tops, directly overlooking Maori Bay and the famous Muriwai Gannet Colony on Otakamiro Point, as well as northward along […]

Stunning Auckland Harbour – a New Zealand Gem!

Stunning Auckland Harbour – a New Zealand Gem!

I am back home in Auckland, New Zealand for Christmas and New Year with my parents. I am very fortunate that they live on Auckland’s Waitamata waterfront in the coastal suburb of St Heliers. Their apartment looks directly across the water to Rangitoto Island which is a beautiful conical-shaped extinct volcano that dominates the inner […]

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