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Travel Guide: Austin, Texas

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I had a lovely first visit to Austin – Texas this past October! I spent a lot of time walking around this charming city and thought I would share a few tips on my favourite things to eat, see and do in Austin.

Getting There – We flew direct to Austin from LAX and scored a round-trip ticket for $200 each. Getting from the airport to downtown was maybe a $15 uber ride max. We walked pretty much everywhere, took ubers when we needed them and rented a car for a day to explore outside of the city.

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Where To Stay – The brand new JW Marriott Hotel in Austin is one of the newest and fanciest hotels in town. We were not disappointed by our stay and the hotel’s central location downtown. They have an incredible Italian restaurant on-site that makes all of their pasta in-house! Make sure you spend some time sunning yourself next to their rooftop pool. You can read my full feature on the hotel here.

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Eat a Breakfast Taco – Taco Shack, Tacodeli, Torchy’s Tacos are a great place to start. I ended up going to The Taco Shack as it was right around the corner from my hotel and got a coveted Breakfast Taco. I chose scrambled eggs, potatoes and chorizo in a flour tortilla with a little bit of salsa on top. One was enough to fill me up! (more…)

Travel Guide: Maui, Hawaii

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Paul and I went to Maui in April and it was one of the most relaxing vacations I’ve been on in a long time. It’s our second time visiting Maui, the last time was in 2007 when we went for our honeymoon! It was really lovely to getaway to somewhere so beautiful and it was shoulder season – so not crowded.

If you’re thinking of visiting, the weeks following Easter are the BEST times to go. The spring break crowds have dissipated, there are lots of lounge chairs to choose from, the pools are not crowded and you’ll get great weather too.

Getting There – If you can fly direct from your city to Maui, do it. It will make your vacation THAT much more relaxing without having to change planes in Oahu. I was able to get a direct flight from LAX to Maui on Hawaiian Airlines. The flight is already long enough as it is, if there’s a way to make your vacation go smoother for an extra $100-200, I would go for it.

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Getting Around – I do recommend renting a car because everything on Maui is quite spread out. To get the most out of your time there, it’s nice to have a car so you can explore different parts of the island. We stayed at The Four Seasons Maui + Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea and it was still about a 50-minute drive to get to the historic town of Lahaina. We splurged on a jeep with four-wheel drive because we planned on driving the Road to Hana. Pick-up was easy from the airport (we took a shuttle) and dropped it back to the same location (we went with Alamo).

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Have a Healthy Breakfast at Joy’s Place – Need a break from the hotel breakfast buffet? Grab a green smoothie, breakfast burrito or an Acai bowl from this cute little local deli. Stock your hotel room with their fresh juices, baked goods and wraps for lunch. They also have kombucha on tap! Joy’s Place is great for helping you keep healthy on vacation. (more…)