I look to the mountain several times a day knowing how fortunate I am to live close to a place of such astounding natural beauty. People come from far and wide to visit, photograph, contemplate and hike in this spectacular national park.
While many dream about taking a break from our routines, making dreams come true takes a little ingenuity, effort and patience.
Most travelers do their own research and no longer use agents to design their trips. We now have travel information coming from several sources with advice on where to stay and what to do. Quality budget travel in Hawaii is certainly possible.
I love to travel, but have not gone far from home in awhile. Being self employed with two businesses does not afford me much time off. However, living in one of the most beautiful places in the world makes it just fine to stay home.
The way I see it, travel writers have a wonderful job. I always thought that would be a fun job, travelling with a purpose, intending to entertain others with your adventures and advice.
Maui Visitors Bureau sent me many media writers throughout the years. Most of those writers were fully scheduled during their time on Maui. I was not convinced they were relaxed enough to enjoy their visits, running from one event to another.
Hosting these writers and hearing their stories of the world travel makes for a lively breakfast while also igniting my personal travel bug. Darley Newman of Equitrekking was one of the travel writers I hosted. She recently aired her Adventures in Haleakala National Park for a segment on Budget Travel.
Darely's Horseback Riding experience into Haleakala crater covered the unique geology and flora of the mountain moonscape.
Trails winding through the pastureland on the flanks of Mt. Haleakala also gave Darley a taste of the lush land with breath taking bi-coastal views far below.
She managed to highlight her affordable stay at the Hale Ho'okipa Inn and I appreciated her coverage of my quaint bed and breakfast. Nice to see photos of my little establishment on national TV!
Many Mahalos to Darley!
If a great vacation is just what you need, consider Upcountry Maui, one of the most beautiful places on Planet Earth.