Budgeting, Finances, Travel, Travel Tips Thursday

My Travel Secret…

"How do you guys travel so often?"  "What's your secret to constant travel?" "How can I find good deals like you?" "Can you help me budget for my trip?" Over the years I have been asked these questions on many different occasions, and I love the conversations that follow. Travel is a main priority in my… Continue reading My Travel Secret…

Big Island, Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, Travel

Turtle Power!

Happy Turtle Tuesday! On our first visit to Hawaii back in 2009 we encountered our first sea turtle on the popular, sunny, south shore beach of Kauai. Poipu Beach is a frequent hang out for the Hawaiian Honu (sea turtle) as well as many sea-lions; and while I expected to see a sea-lion relaxing on the… Continue reading Turtle Power!

Food, Hawaii, Travel, Tropical Drinks

Hawaii in a Glass: My Perfect Mai Tai

One of my favorite things about traveling is having the opportunity to try the local foods and signature drinks around the world. We've enjoyed Pirate Pain Killers while sailing around the US Virgin Islands, drank rum punch during our visit to St. Lucia, tried ice-cold Carib beers while sunbathing in St. Maarten, filled up our steins in Leavenworth,… Continue reading Hawaii in a Glass: My Perfect Mai Tai

Bahamas, Risky Business, Travel


It's here! It's finally here! One of my favorite weeks of the year is upon us! SHARK WEEK! Every year for one week, the Discovery Channel dedicates a week of programming to sharks--shark facts, shark stories, shark attack survivors--I can't get enough of it. If you've read Pictures and Plane Tickets for a while then it's… Continue reading Jawsome!

Hawaii, Kauai, Travel

The Daunting Kalalau Trail

The Kalalau Trail (Kah-lah-low "low rhymes with how" Get it? Kah-lah-low) is the epitome of hiking trails. 11 looooong miles of intense physical and mental challenges mixed with an awe-inspiring coastline, friendly hikers, and the most incredible destination one could strive for: Kalalau Beach. Photo Credit There's only two ways to reach Kalalau Beach my… Continue reading The Daunting Kalalau Trail