I’ve been given the gift of time.
Let me explain and bring you up to speed… The Hawaiian Islands take my breath away, but here’s why I’m taking a travel break.
I’ve been working as a reporter at KHON2 News in Hawaii for 2 years and living on the island of Oahu for nearly 3 years. It’s been a magical ride… from hiking mountains with the most breathtaking views to swimming in crystal clear waters with turtles and sharks in Hawaii. I’ve met the most amazing people, made life-lasting friendships and I’ve learned more than anything what matters most in life.
Photo by: Daylin Pelletier
Why I’m taking a travel break
Well it all boiled down to time. Time I want to spend with my family, my newborn nephew and friends back home in California. It was a hard decision to make, but I decided not to renew my work contract and I’ll be moving back to Cali in mid-August.
I know you are probably thinking… what is she doing!
Well here is the thing, once a traveler always a traveler and I want to take some time to explore new countries and I’ve always been one to take risks and start something new.
My plan is simple.
Reconnect with people I love and spend as much time with them as I can. I also want to visit Europe, travel to Alaska and explore my home state of California.
In case you haven’t figured it out by now… I absolutely love living in Hawaii and I’d like to think of this as “I’ll be right back”— instead of a goodbye.
In the studio with Howard and Marissa
Reporting live in Haleiwa
SPJ awards for Reporting in Hawaii
Here is what happened that helped shape this journey…
Earlier this year, I won a National Parks pass to visit any National Park in the country for a year and a few months later I won a suitcase and travel accessories on Instagram.
I mean… who wins a suitcase and a parks pass? Wouldn’t you take advantage of an opportunity like that?
I’m not really sure how long I’ll be in the Golden State, but I plan on spending time in San Diego and Los Angeles for sure. If you want to connect, I’d love to catch up and spend time with you. Let’s explore something new together or send me suggestions of some must do hikes or places to visit.
Hiking with the bestest friends
Swimming in Maui, Photo by Kristen Koss
To all my travel buddies all over the world, let’s link up. I’ll be traveling solo and ready for new adventures.
What would you do if you had more time? Where would you go? Who would you spend it with? What adventures would you get into?
I’d love to hear your feedback. Thank you for your continued support.
Always With Aloha,
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Also check out: How to Ditch Your 9 to 5 Like This Woman Did.