Hawaii Staycation Vacation

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The view today… Many years ago, the kids, 16 and 18 at the time, and Bub and I did a week-long Christmas trip to Kauai and Maui. I’d never been to either of the islands and was excited to see everything. I remember clearly one day when the kids and I decided to drive the road to Hana from the…

Big Island Perfection

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The view from Hawaii’s Big Island… It was pitch black outside as I rolled out of bed at 4 AM, victim of the 3 hour time difference from home. A canopy of twinkling stars filled the night sky and a quiet, peacefulness surrounded me as I brewed some Hawaiian coffee. We are staying at The Bay Club which is part…

Living The Good Life on The Big Island

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Over the 30 years we’ve been visiting The Big Island, we’ve seen most of the well-known landmarks and then some. This trip we’re dropping in on places we love but not jumping in the car for daylong treks. It is feeling like a taste of what living here could be like. Interestingly, the perfect home just went on the market in…

Happy Hawaii 2018

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Today’s view…… Includes swaying palm trees, towering volcanos in the distance and lots of smiles and aloha! Tucson to Kona on American Airlines started bright and early. Phoenix Sky Harbor’s morning rush hour airplane traffic caused delays and our scheduled 25-minute puddle jumper flight ended up being a two-hour first leg. Don’t you love how they can board and push back,…

Welcome to Joeann’s Blog!

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I am a baby boomer, hippie chick who was bitten by the travel bug decades ago and I have never recovered. I have adventured through over 30 countries and 4 continents and can often be found on a warm island beach in places like Tahiti, The Cook Islands, and Hawaii. Life has been an adventure. I traveled the US in a…

2 Countries, 2 Weeks, 1 Carry-on!

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If you’d like to say goodbye to exorbitant bag fees, waiting time wasted to check or retrieve baggage, and the possibility of lost luggage, simplifying your traveling clothes and accessories into a single, rolling carry-on will give you freedom. On a 14 day trip to the Cook Islands and New Zealand, I challenged myself to give up the big suitcase and pack…

Places I Have Visited

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Four Continents, Lots of Islands and 30+ Countries North America * Every US state except Rhode Island and North Dakota * Vancouver * Banff South and Central America * Ecuador * Peru * Bolivia * Argentina * Uruguay * Mexico * Panama Europe * UK * Ireland * France * Germany * Sweden * Iceland * Portugal * Spain *…

The Perfect Spa for Real Indulgence

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If a luxury spa is your idea of bliss, the destination spa Mii Amo is where you’ll find happiness. Surrounded by Sedona’s red rock spires and the energy of the Kachina Woman Vortex, this spa couples professional expertise with nurturing, healing treatments. The Spa When you are not enjoying a spa treatment, you are free to indulge in all the benefits…