Articles written by: Steve Andrews

Top 6 Non-Surfing Activities on the North Shore of Hawaii

Top 6 Non-Surfing Activities on the North Shore of Hawaii

Most people have heard of Oahu’s North Shore and it’s legendary surf spots such as Sunset Beach, Pipeline, and Waimea Bay.  What most people don’t realize is that there is so much more to this stretch of coast than barreling waves and beach bodies.  Even when there are no waves, [...]

The Best 7 Beaches on Kauai

The Best 7 Beaches on Kauai

Often referred to as “The Garden Isle” for it’s lush greenery and dramatic mountainscapes, Kauai is also home to some spectacular beaches that people from all walks of life can enjoy.  Whether you are a stoked surfer, a vacationing family, or leisurely honeymooners, the abundant beaches on Kauai are everything [...]

4 Surf Spots on the North Shore for Beginners

4 Surf Spots on the North Shore for Beginners

The North Shore of Oahu has attained legendary status as one of the most talked about coastlines on the planet.  The seven-mile stretch of coastline from Haleiwa to Sunset Beach, colloquially known as the “Seven Mile Miracle” is home to legendary waves like Pipeline, Waimea Bay, Rocky Point, and so [...]

The Best 6 Bars in Whistler, BC

The Best 6 Bars in Whistler, BC

In it’s 40 year history the town of Whistler, BC has gained a steady reputation as one of the world’s finest mountain resorts. During the day adventure seekers from across the globe flock to the hills for gravity-fed thrills, hopefully avoiding any dangerous spills. But another facet of what makes [...]

A Different Kind of “Cruise Ship” in British Columbia

A Different Kind of “Cruise Ship” in British Columbia

In most people’s minds, the mention of taking a “cruise” will unfortunately conjure up an image of a megalithic super ship with ice rinks, buffet lines, and shopping, shopping, shopping!  But the word cruise does not pertain to the type of ship, but rather the method of travel without destination. [...]

Great Trails: Hiking to Kalalau on Kauai’s Napali Coast

Great Trails: Hiking to Kalalau on Kauai’s Napali Coast

On the northwest corner of the island of Kauai in Hawaii is a coastline that has inspired artists, adventurers, and anyone with an appreciation for out-of-this-world beauty.  You cannot drive the coastline – it is protected as a state park.  This is a very good thing, as it allows nature [...]

How to Travel Without Paying For Accommodation

How to Travel Without Paying For Accommodation

While travelling on a budget, it can sometimes be hard to maximise your trip time without paying a whole heap of money for accommodation.  It can oftentimes be the big determining factor on where you go and for how long.  Going over past travel budgets, I have found that accommodation [...]

Hidden Gems: Tofino, British Columbia

Hidden Gems: Tofino, British Columbia

Millions of people visit British Columbia every year.  But a very, very small percentage of those people make the trip to the west coast of Vancouver Island.  In a way this is a good thing, as having the coast inundated with millions of tourists would ruin the splendor of the [...]

Trip Report:  Raratonga in the Cook Islands, South Pacific

Trip Report: Raratonga in the Cook Islands, South Pacific

Sometimes while travelling you serendipitously find yourself at an unplanned destination that is part of the bigger picture.  This happened to me while travelling overseas to Australia.  I managed to find a great deal on Air New Zealand from LA to Sydney, with a stopover in Rarotonga. Raro-huh?  I said to myself.  I had [...]

Tour Group Vs. Going Solo: Pros and Cons of Each

Tour Group Vs. Going Solo: Pros and Cons of Each

Planning to take a trip somewhere is the easy part. Usually you have a destination, a rough region, or maybe even just a continent in mind for where you want to head. After that, the details can be a bit overwhelming.