Archive for January, 2014

postheadericon Flying to Hawaii and Choosing the Right Airport


Kamaole Beach Park

A Guide to Choosing the Right Airport

You’ve dreamed of visiting the Aloha State and are finally ready to make it happen!   With 4 major islands to choose from, choosing one (or two) and getting there can seem overwhelming, but it’s actually quite simple!



Oahu’s airport is Honolulu International Airport (HNL) and it’s Hawaii’s largest airport and hub.  If you’re flying in from the mainland chances are you’ll have a connection here.  You can connect to any of the other islands via HNL.



Maui has two airports, but the major airport is Kahului Airport (OGG).  Some flights from the mainland fly directly into OGG.  There is another airport on the opposite side of the island called Hana Airport (HNM).  It’s in a more secluded area and you should only consider this if you’re planning on Hana your destination.


Big Island

Hawaii’s Big Island has two major airports, Kona International Airport (KOA) on the West side and Hilo International Airport (ITO) on the East side.  The west side (KOA) is where you’ll find many of the beautiful beach resorts, but if you plan on visiting the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park you can consider flying into Hilo (ITO) and exploring there first!



Kauai’s major airport is Lihue Airport (LIH) and it’s located in southeastern Lihue.



Lanai is a smaller Hawaiian Island located near the coast of Maui.  The main airport is Lanai Airport (LNY).  You must fly into HNL or OGG and connect to Lanai.  You can also travel to Lanai via the Expeditions Ferry Service.



Molokai is a smaller Hawaiian Island and the main airport is Molokai Airport (MKK).  You must fly into HNL or OGG and connect to Molokai.  You can also travel to Molokai via the interisland ferry, The Molokai Princess.


So How Do I Get From One Island to Another?

The most predominate method of inter-island travel is by airlines.  You have a few airlines to choose from, but the major airline is Hawaiian Airline.  Flights are about 30 minutes long.  There is a Ferry Service that is available between Maui and Lanai and Maui and Molokai only.

Maui-Lanai Expeditions

Maui-Molokai Ferry


Distance Between Hawaiian Islands (Approximate)


  • Oahu to Kaua’i:  63 miles
  • Oahu to Maui:  115 miles
  • Oahu to Big Island: 208 miles
  • Oahu to Lana’i: 72 miles


  • Maui to Oahu:  115 miles
  • Maui to Kaua’i:  204 miles
  • Maui to Lana’i: 8 miles
  • Maui to Big Island: 26 miles 

Big Island

  • Big Island to Oahu:  208 miles
  • Big Island to Maui:  26 miles
  • Big Island to Kaua’i: 296 miles


  • Kaua’i to Oahu: 63 miles
  • Kaua’i to Maui: 204 miles
  • Kaua’i to Big Island: 296 miles


  • Lana’i to Oahu: 72 miles
  • Lana’i to Maui: 8 miles
  • Lana’i to Kaua’i: 186 miles


postheadericon Travel Tip: Ziploc Bag Your Hotel Remote

Bag Your Remote


Travel Tip Thursday:  Bag the TV Remote

If you haven’t considered this yet, it’s time that you do!  The TV Remote, along with the bedside lamp switch, are among the most contaminated surfaces in a hotel room!  Just imagine how many people put their hands on it and how often it’s actually cleaned….gross!  So the next time you’re on vacation simply bring a quart size Ziploc bag with you and put the remote right inside!  The remote will still work and you will have peace of mind that your hands are not being tainted with germs!

postheadericon {It’s A Big World Out There} Travel Quote Tuesday

It's a Big World

postheadericon Welcome Donna, Travel and Photography Today’s Newest Author!


Donna and Family


Meet Donna, Travel and Photography Today’s newest addition!

Donna currently lives in Jupiter, Florida with her husband and two children!  She recently moved there after many years in Charlotte, NC.  It didn’t take long for her to settle into that tropical beach lifestyle and we’re glad to have her here where she’s going to share all that South Florida has to offer!

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postheadericon Travel Tip: Disney Crowd Calendar

Cinderella's Castle


Travel Tip Thursday

Are you thinking about booking an Orlando Vacation, but are unsure of when to go?  You don’t want to spend your day waiting in long lines and I’m sure your kiddos don’t, either!  Check out this awesome, and by awesome I mean totally awesome, crowd calendar  from Undercover Tourist.  It will not only show you the best parks to go to on specific days, but it will show you how busy it’s going to be for the entire year!  The calendar is based on anticipated crowd levels, but in my experience, it’s been right on!

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postheadericon Maligne Canyon: Photo Tour


Maligne Canyon:  Our #1 in Jasper National Forest

When we reflected on all of the amazing sights and activities we did in Jasper, it was unanimous that Maligne Canyon was #1.  It’s natural beauty, beautiful gushing water, and huge cliffs were just a few things that drew us to this hike not once, but twice!  Enjoy the Photo Walk!

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postheadericon Snow Tubing in North Carolina

Snow Tubing


One of the greatest things about living in central North Carolina is the close proximity to the mountains and the beach!  Within just a few hours you can be soaking up the rays or speeding down the slopes.

Here are 8 different ski/tubing resorts within just hours of Charlotte, NC.  Most operate from late November through mid-March and openings largely depend of the weather conditions so check each website for accurate operating days and times.

*I have not visited these attractions (except Jonas Ridge) and they’re in no particular order*

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postheadericon 10 Travel Resolutions to Follow in 2014

Maligne Lake


10 Travel Resolutions to Follow in 2014


2014 is here….A Fresh Start!  It’s time to skip those traditional New Year’s Resolutions and make ones that really matter like travelling more and spending quality time with your loved ones!

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