Episode 10: Island Vacations


Show notes:



    • Molokai
      • Molokai: The Novel by Alan Brennert
      • Kalaupapa tour (Sandy likes the airplane option vs the daredevil donkeys) – historic location where Hansen disease (lepers) patients were relegated in the early 1900s
    • Hawaii Island, also known as the Big Island




    • Tip: take Toilet paper with you – you can’t rely on it to be available at tourist stops, restaurants or on bus tours
  • Iceland
    • Blue Lagoon hot springs
    • Be prepared to pay a lot for most food; lamb and seafood are the way to go as they are native
  • Indonesia – Lombok
    • Black “Sand” beach


  • Australia – Sydney
    • Bondi Beach



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    • Sydney Harbor bridge climb



  • French Polynesia
    • Bora Bora




Tip 90: Experience the Force of Mother Nature

Although the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii Island has been active for many years, it is only recently that she has put on quite a show with lava flowing on the surface of the ground. With safety concerns in mind, this is an excellent opportunity to witness the power of Mother Nature.

The easiest way to see the best show is to take a helicopter tour and fly above the lava activity. There are many helicopter tour providers available, such as Paradise Helicopters and Blue Hawaiian Helicopters. Kona and Hilo departures are available. For those staying on other Hawaiian islands, a quick inter-island flight to Kona will allow you the opportunity experience what may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


Tip 89: Don’t fear volcanos

Many have heard the frightening media reports of the active volcano, Kilauea, in Hawaii. Although Mother Nature is wreaking havoc in an isolated area of the Big Island (called Hawaii), most of the island chain is experiencing no effects of this continuing lava activity. Don’t be concerned about an upcoming trip to the Hawaiian Island chain. If you’re staying near the volcano (in the Hilo area), call ahead to ask about the impact of vog (volcanic haze). Otherwise, relax, enjoy a Mai Tai and get excited about your Hawaiian vacation!