Best Day Trips From Lahaina Maui

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Many visitors to the island of Maui stay in the West Maui enclaves of Lahaina, Ka’anapali, Napili, or Kapalua. While the beaches that ring the western shoreline are some of the best in the state, every now and then it’s nice to move off of the sand and explore the surrounding area on an independent […]

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Vagabond Tales: Kayaking with Thieving, Soda Drinking, Bloodthirsty Monkeys

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Most people who think monkeys are cute have more than likely never met a real monkey. Although they might be cute on television, as anyone who has actually met a monkey will tell you, their cuteness is simply a disguise for their evil. Yes, I’ll say it again: monkeys are evil. They have stolen my […]

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Vagabond Tales: The Thin Line Between Backpacker and Homeless

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Long-term backpackers can be a competitive bunch. In case you’ve never spent time in the common room of a youth hostel, either nursing a hangover, mingling with strangers, or ogling at the opposite sex, the conversation always starts with a simple and genuine phrase: “Where are you from?” Once initial pleasantries have been exchanged and […]

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18 Planning, Preparation, and Travel Tips For Making Your Dream Trip A Reality

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Admit it. You have a dream trip in your mind that has yet to be taken.  That one place that has always seemed just out of reach, just around the next paycheck, and is usually used with the phrase “I’m saving it for when…”. You probably already have the details mapped out in your head, […]

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Vagabond Tales: Where is the Roof of North America?

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For some reason, every continent seems to have a roof. Bolivia is known as “the roof of South America” for its high, empty and multi-colored altiplano that has an average elevation of 12,300 feet. Mt. Kilimanjaro has been called “the roof of Africa” for its glacial, 19,340-foot summit that presides over the equatorial plains. The […]

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Vagabond Tales: Fear and Loathing in San Felipe

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The strip clubs in San Felipe, Mexico, aren’t open on Tuesdays. For most travelers to Baja, this isn’t overly concerning. After all, with all of the surfing, fishing, diving and fish taco eating that can easily consumer your entire day, the fact that strip clubs are closed for one day of the week shouldn’t be […]

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Vagabond Tales: How Travel Can Literally Make You Younger

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The famous Spanish explorer Ponce de León spent parts of his travels on an unfruitful search for the fountain of youth. Sailing from Puerto Rico to Florida in 1513 on a voyage, which would become the first documented European exploration of the American mainland, rumors of de León’s search for the mythical fountain wouldn’t arise […]

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Leaves No Holes In What You See At The Holy See

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The Vatican City has been in the news a lot lately what with there being a new Pope elected and all. I first visited the Vatican City in 2004 on my very first trip to Europe, and I will be returning to the world’s smallest country once again this upcoming May. In anticipation of my […]

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Maui Do’s and Dont’s, Part 2

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6. Don’t: Drive to Hana without stopping along the way As we mentioned in our article “Ten Tips for Driving the Road to Hana”, there is a decidedly “right” way and a decidedly “wrong” way to drive the famous Road to Hana. A 52-mile stomach churner which has no shortage of one-lane bridges and dramatic […]

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February “Spotlight On Maui”: How Cold Is Haleakala Crater?

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“Spotlight On Maui” is a monthly series written for VacationRoost, an online accommodation site helping you find your perfect rental. Just because “Haleakala” means “House of the Sun”, don’t let the name fool you into thinking it’s warm. Most February visitors to Maui come to the island with expectations of sun, warmth, and working on […]

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The Four Seasons of Maui

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An island which has been voted by Conde Naste readers as the best island in the world an unprecedented 17 times, it’s no secret that Maui is one of the world’s foremost vacation destinations. Despite the island’s popularity, however, there is one reason which constantly seems to pop up amongst visitors as to why Maui […]

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Part 1: Maui Do’s Dont’s

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With over 2 million visitors per year the island of Maui is one of the most popular tropical vacation destinations in the world. With that being said, this means there are over 2 million people every year arriving to a place which is different than their home, and there are certain logistical and cultural differences […]

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Vagabond Tales: How Traveling Helps You Realize You Look Weird

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When I was 4 years old I had my picture taken by a large group of Japanese tourists. While this in and of itself is slightly strange, the curious part of the story is where it happened. I was seated with my family – mom, dad, and infant baby sister – while casually enjoying a […]

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Kyle the Vagabond’s Top Ten Travel Moments of 2012

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I’ll be the first one to admit I get to write about some pretty cool stuff (researching strip clubs in Portland, hunting down obscure languages, climbing remote mountains on Molokai), but this is always my favorite post of the year. It’s the post in which I get to look back on the year that was […]

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