Category Archives: Jen’s Travel Tips

Is the Go Oahu card worth the price?

Yes it was worth the price for our trip, but the real answer is maybe.

Dad and I decided to plan a few activities a day and then just wing the remainder of the day. We did not go to Hawaii with any expectations and I think we wanted to have some activities planned while having time built in to explore.  Which worked out for us very well. 

I always look into city cards, to see if they are something I would like to purchase before arriving.  Sometimes I purchase &  sometimes I do not . This time I choose to purchase because a lot of the things dad and I wanted to do were available on the Go Oahu Card.

We purchased 5 day cards, each card was $219.99 plus tax.   So this is where math and planning will come into play and why I feel I need to emphasize it is maybe a value.


I do not recommend buying the Go Oahu card if you have  no intention of planning your trip.  I love not planning trips from time to time, but since dad was in tow with me, I knew we needed some plans.  🙂

If you want to plan and do a little basic math then this card is likely for you!

We came out ahead, because we planned our trips around the card & what we wanted to do.  If you are  fast paced person, you can come out really ahead if you like to do 3-5 things a day.

We came out ahead by choosing 2-3 activities a day.  We felt the card had a lot of value at Pearl Harbor, just about everything at Pearl Harbor is covered on the card.

I will be posting plenty reviews in the coming months (work is BUSY right now!) over everything we did but some of the attractions we were able to take part in because of te Go Oahu Card

USS Bowfin

USS Missouri

USS Arizona Memorial

Germaine’s Luau

Diamond Head

Movie Set’s Tour

and much more. . .

Truth be told with a little planning & math this card can save you a lot of money especially in a state that is pretty darn expensive!

If you have any questions, as always send me an email or post below

Until Next time



What I learned about Hawaii

Confession time… I obviously had a lot of misconceptions about Hawaii.  I expected surfers, big waves & lots of green mountains.

Don’t get me wrong I got all of that but I learned that there is more to Hawaii than Surfers, waves and green mountains. I am going to share some of the lessons I learned on this trip.


1. You have to fill out a form for the US Department of Agriculture before you get off the plane.

When the flight attendant handed me the form I handed it back and said I am a US citizen I don’t have to fill out a customs form. (I really thought she made a mistake). She then told me that everyone has to fill a form out due to the delicate nature of Hawaii’s ecosystem.

2. Hawaii is a rabies free zone.

As in no rabies in Hawaii. How anyone can control something like rabies is interesting. I learned they control this by quarantining all pets that travel with their owners before allowing them to stay on the island.


3. NO snakes in Hawaii.

I learned this on a tour. He said there are no snakes in Hawaii. I asked if he was joking, he said no. Again how they are able to control this is beyond me. Honestly I thought the guy was joking so I asked another person and they told me the same thing. So if you hate snakes, pack your stuff and move to Hawaii. 🙂

4. No Poison Ivy.

While I am one of the lucky few that is not allergic to poison ivy. However, it is my understanding this a painful rash. Another perk of moving to Hawaii no poison ivy.

5. President Truman’s Daughter Christened the USS Missouri.

There is a lot of speculation as to why President Truman chose the Missouri to be the site where the surrender papers were signed. Some say this is why.

6. The only country Japan has ever surrendered to is the USA

Japan doesn’t surrender but they surrendered to us. I know the Japanese culture is a very proud & disciplined. I was very shocked to learn this.

7. There are more Japanese in Hawaii than Americans.

Again I am pretty liberal and I do not care who travels to our country, but I was surprised that there were more Japanese tourists than American. In fact most announcements were in Japanese first then English. I found it fascinating.

8. Pineapple contains an enzyme that helps break your food down after eating

I learned this at the dole plantation. Apparently there is an enzyme in pineapple that helps break down proteins.

So this is just a quick lesson on Hawaii, hopefully this helps you when you decide to go. I will be sharing lots of stuff in the coming weeks, I loved my time in Hawaii, and I really can’t wait to get back.

I will share lots of photos with you in the next weeks to, even though my  DSLR was out of commission for this trip, I still managed to capture some of the majestic beauty that is Hawaii 🙂

Duolingo: A Review

In 2015, I plan on going to South America I won’t say where just yet, but one of things I really want to focus on is learning more Spanish.  In Guatemala, I felt so lost & realized that my Spanish capabilities are very basic.  Tex-Mex speaking ability will get you NO where in Guatemala.  Seriously. 

Anyway, I am not paying for classes right now because I simply do not have the time and I am in a “I need to save money mode”, so when I learned about Dulingo I figured I really would give it a go.


It is a free app that helps you learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese…

When you sign up you pick your language and you get a little Coach.  You will also pick your “dedication” do you want 10 minutes, 15? or 25?

As I currently lack a life I am trying to practice for 25 minutes a day.  Which is about 50 Experience points I have to accomplish per day to be on track.


You also have lives, every time you miss something you loose a heart.  You loose all of your hearts you do not advance to the next level.

My understanding is it is about 3-4 months of practice.  Which if you think about it, is a lot of money  saved if you take a language class where you only meet 1-2 times a week.  This app allows you practice daily. 

As some one who has taken classes to learn Mandarin & Spanish I will say this is a fun way to learn a language if you are like me and saving money.

You will type Spanish, translate Spanish, read Spanish and speak Spanish.  The app will also give you a chance to practice weak skills.

Will this app make me fluent?  No probably not.  Will this app help me prepare for South America? Yes

Plus come on the app is free, what more can you ask for? Free language lessons are always fantastic. 

Travel Thursday

Hey guys!  This week’s travel montage is eccentric.  Obviously my mood was swayed to escape, so I found a lot of great stories of those that have escaped.  While I am still staying in my cubicle I always find it inspirational to read about those that have left it behind.

So enjoy my montage of crazy articles that inspired me in some way.

First up, a man who worked for THE Ralph Lauren left that really cool job to follow his dreams, I must admit I am jealous.

Man Leaves Job

The next article I want to share I found very interesting. I think travel addiction is real. There are days at WORK where I google different things all related to travel and sometimes I do that too much and I get behind. I dream about travel, I will buy books where the setting is obscure and I want to read about it. I google volunteer abroad, Asia, Europe, Best Beaches, How to quit my job and travel daily. I am an extreme travel addict, that much is true, but depression after a trip I am not quite there yet, but I get it. So yes I think travel addiction is real, and like any addiction it can be bad for you.

In fact one of the quotes spoke out to me in a big way

“Travel addicts feel an intense urge to travel. There are definitely times when taking a trip can be harmful in more ways than one (think terrorism, environmental effects, monetary restraints), but we still hop on a plane, mostly because we are in denial of the negative effects travel might have on our lives.”

I have said NUMEROUS times, I would take a trip to Nigeria, Congo… etc if it was offered up for free, yes even with the Ebola crisis, I would go. Had I became a medical doctor like I planned, I would already be gone. Every person that loves me says I am insane, but they know that to be true.

Travel Addiction

Lately I am obsessed with all things Sri Lanka, so I am very aware of the recent “travel warning” the US issued to it’s citizens. I found it interesting that Sri Lanka fought back, here is another interesting article.  Was the warning false?  Eh only our government knows that for sure.

and yes, I still want to go to Sri Lanka. Bad.

Sri Lanka slams “false” US travel warning

September is one of my favorite months to travel, it is typically considered the shoulder season, the weather is favorable and typically you find some pretty awesome deals, and less crowds.  This guy agrees with me and I figure I need to share I am not alone in my crazy little world

September Travel


Mcdonald’s now on a plane?  While I am not a fan of McDonald’s I would be a fan of grabbing some fries here.


I love travel related things (as I stated above I am addicted!) I have travel themed glasses, a box of travel magazines… I just learned about vintage travel posters, and I have been on the look out.  I loved this article, because recently a coworker told me I should take over the wall my cubicle is conveniently located and start putting up signs… believe me I am considering it 🙂

Vintage Travel Posters

Well that is all peeps!  Let me know if you have read anything about travel lately! I am always on the look out

Until Next Time,