Call it what you want, my recent trip to Hawaii was all the above. I am traveling with my Mother, Aunt and my daughter on a 5 day trip to Honolulu for a combo girls trip that really began in April. During an All-Inclusive trip (Dad and Dear Husband John) family trip over the Easter break my daughter declared “I am going to the University of Hawaii, I never want to leave here!” True to her word, as soon as applications could be sent, she applied to UH. Since Waikiki is my mother’s favorite place on Earth and my Aunt has never been, we all hopped a plane to O’ahu to tour the campus, relax on the beach and sip umbrella drinks.
Waikiki is often known for its views of the Diamond Head Crater (technically a caldera, see below) and a continuous flow of gently rolling waves which are perfect for sun burned tourists; with a possibility of riding a big wave, surfing for the first time.
For us, it was a time for a week-long getaway, a bit of traveltrepping, and an exploration of historical sites. On this trip something incredible happened, I (JSE) did not even inquire about wifi. An anomaly indeed. Perhaps it was the colorful cocktails with a slice of pineapple. Maybe it was the obvious decompression I felt when my feet his the sugary sand. Not sure. Don’t care. It was just great.
What story are you telling yourself about how or why you cannot do something? Are you saying things such as, “well… that’s them and not me!” Are you creating stories about why you cannot travel, develop a business, or make a difference in people’s lives? It’s important to make one clear distinction…. Your story is likely not the truth. The story you tell yourself in your head, and the actual truth of the matter, are likely two different things. There is a big difference in telling yourself “I can’t” and actually not being able to do something. Learn how to go beyond “stuck” to “thriving”.
Guest Post by Biorn Tjallen
Paraphrasing Thomas Kohnstamm and the great succèss de scandale of 2008 – Do Travel Writers Go To Hell – seemed an apt introduction to a few lines about the moral hazards and entertainment value of a job that ought to attract more travelling entrepreneurs: content writing.
Kohnstamm – who had worked for Lonely Planet – chronicled his gradual fall from the ethical standards most travel publishers claim to embrace. The result was hugely entertaining gonzo, and a treasure trove of broken professional taboos. My favorite is a picturesque example of Kohnstamm neglecting the travel writer’s first rule of integrity: never trade positive reviews for favors! Surveying restaurants for a guidebook update in Brazil, Kohnstamm is still at his post after closing hours and gets laid with a waitress on a table. The updated entry exudes full customer satisfaction, noting how “the table service is friendly”.
Europe and the US are not that different, despite, of course, the obvious social, political and linguistic comparisons. Europeans’ love affair with technology rivals our own here in the USA, and so technologically speaking; you won’t be in for any major surprises. However, there are some important considerations worth knowing, whether you’re a traveling entrepreneur, a digital nomad or a summer backpacker.
Power Sockets and Plugs
In the US, we are all used to our 2-pronged electricity socket, serving out 120 volts of glorious electricity. However, in Europe, that serving increases from between 220 to 240 volts, and so, as you can imagine, an adaptor is wholly necessary. Even for trivial items, such as a phone charger, iPod docking station or a hair dryer, an adaptor should always be used as they are not simply a means of being able to fit the prongs into the odd shaped holes. Should you plug in a device without an appropriate adaptor to regulate the electricity flow, the result will most likely be the complete short-circuiting of the supply to the room/building, and even in some cases rendering the device you plugged in completely inoperable – something you definitely don’t want to happen to your MacBook Pro, right?