Spontaneously flew to Maui in March this year with no reasoning other than the fact I felt I needed to go there. It has hands down been the best solo trip I have ever gone on in my life. I crossed surfing Hawaii (A Thousand Peaks) off my bucket list (with an unfortunate bathing suit malfunction resulting in flashing my instructor HAHA), hiked Waihe’e Valley Ridge Trail by myself (girl power), went cliff jumping at Black Rock thanks to my Quebec friend despite my extreme fear of heights, & road tripped the Road to Hana beginning with watching the sunrise on top of Haleakala Volcano. These are only SOME of the highlights. I met the friends of a lifetime, heading home with sunburns, blisters all over my feet, and crazy island hair. Wouldn’t have had it any other way. Wowie Maui.
Up up and away! Merry Christmas Dad, & Happy Birthday Mom!
Heading out to the Island? I stayed at Lone Cone Mountain Hostel on Meares Island – you take a water taxi to and from Tofino each day with a private beach all to yourself. Beach bonfires with new friends, the bioluminescence, and if you want to surf: Surf Sisters is raaaad
This last trip was my second adventure to Ireland. The first time I went I had heard about the Kilkee cliff walk, but hadn’t been able to make it there. Locals had told me they were smaller than the Cliffs of Moher and many other cliff sights but for some reason, it stuck with me. When I started to plan my second visit, there was voice in my head saying “you better make it to make it to Kilkee this time around”. I couldn’t explain why though, because I hadn’t seen any pictures of it.
The above picture is from the cliff walk, one of my all time favourite pictures I’ve ever taken. Let me tell you the place is stunning. It’s not overly heavy with tourists, and Kilkee is a small town so you’ll definitely experience a local feel if you ever go. When I got off the bus in Kilkee, it was a gorgeous sunny evening. I caught one look at the bay near my hostel, and knew instantly that it was the right place to visit. I spent the entire next day walking along the cliffs, and watching all of the activity on the beach.
One thing I constantly remind myself of, is that spending a day outdoors is the best way to hit the “reset” button on yourself. I woke up the morning of the cliff walk feeling tired, and not even remotely motivated to spend the day walking. I left Kilkee feeling refreshed and, more importantly, extremely happy.
If you experience that pull to go somewhere you’ve never visited before, for no apparent reason – GO.