View of Honolulu from the summit of Diamond Head
Honolulu might be the capital of Hawaii, but it has never topped my list of island must-sees. Maybe because Oahu tops everyone else’s list with about 5 million tourists a year flocking to its shores.
About half as many go to Maui. Even fewer visit Kauai or the Big Island of Hawaii.
In my quest to be different, I have gravitated toward the less popular islands because fewer tourists made them seem more exotic. Volcanoes churning out red-hot lava, lush canyons, powerful waterfalls and black sand beaches – what’s not to like?
But who am I kidding? Hawaii is one of the most popular vacation spots for those willing to journey across some 2,500 miles of water. Sure, the flight commitment is enough to land you in Europe. But there’s something about knowing you are truly an island – or islands – unto yourself and far away from mainland civilization.
Every tree seems to have a story to tell in Hawaii. Looking at their windswept shapes, one wonders what tales would be told if these leaves could talk.
If you want to get to know a town and its people, go shopping. Local markets are the best places to get the true flavor and insider perspective of what it's like to live there.
No place proves the point more than Livingtone, Zambia.
It’s human nature to compare foreign cities to those in your home country. Cape Town is different for this American.
While it has a similar feel to San Francisco, Cape Town’s look and vibe are all its own.
Hout Bay along the Atlantic side of the Cape Peninsula
Ever since my first trip to Africa, I’ve had a thing for elephants.
I was smitten after watching them romp around in their family units, greet one another with the shake of their trunks and protect their young by positioning them between their legs. They are all heart – and they had a hold of mine.
When it came time to plan our next trip to Africa, I knew I wanted to learn more about these gentle giants. We got our elephant fix and more at Camp Jabulani.