What to do in Oahu on a Budget

Unlike what most people think, it is completely possible to backpack Hawaii. I’ve gone to Oahu twice and I’ve heard great things about Backpacking the other islands – especially Maui. The nice thing about backpacking Oahu is that you really do not need to rent a car so you can save a lot there. Oahu has a decent public transit system that can take you all over the island for 2.50 every ride. The only downside is that it can take much longer on the bus than it would to do the drive. Continue reading “What to do in Oahu on a Budget”

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Solo Travel: One Week in O’ahu, Hawaii

Flight: Westjet Toronto-Vancouver-Honolulu

March 29-April5

Hostel: HI Waikiki Interantional Hostel

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Out of all the Hawaiian Islands, I decided to go to Oahu. I heard that in order to explore the other islands that you needed to rent a car and I didn’t have that in my budget for the week. However, after talking to a friend who recently visited Maui, I was told that the hostel he stayed at would provide shuttles to the spots that visitors wanted to see – so definitely check that out if you’re trying to decide between islands and won’t be renting a car. Oahu has a reliable and easy bus system which made travelling the island much cheaper. It’s only 2.50 for a one way trip and you can get all the way around the island by bus.. it just may take a while. Continue reading “Solo Travel: One Week in O’ahu, Hawaii”

Day 6: Ha Ling Peak

One of the best things about camping is that you generally wake up much earlier than most people and consequently you beat the rush on the busier trails. I woke up super excited to be heading to Canmore to climb Ha Ling. We quickly packed our gear but ended up getting a little lost on the way (well kind of). Our type of lost consists of us pulling over, second guessing where we are heading, deciding to drive 5 more minutes, and our destination being right around the corner.

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Not the worst place to get lost!

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Day 5: Hangover Hikes

Waking up in a bed knowing that we had avoided the snowfall the night before was the best feeling in the world. We lounged around until 11am when we slowly gathered the energy to move our car so we didn’t get another parking ticket. (I guess they really check those 2hr parking limits in Banff… woops.) After we got our car (with no parking ticket), we went for brunch at Melissas misteak and ate the best omelettes EVER. It was past 1pm and Vanessa and I were feeling really lazy. We quickly packed our bags and headed towards Sulfur mountain. It was a very nice trail up (minus all the tourists), and had beautiful views!

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Day 2: Walking on Glaciers

Ideally, I’d like to start this off by saying we woke up at the crack of dawn with birds chirping and the smell of nature in the air. But that would be misleading, because in reality we woke up many times throughout the night – frozen, sore, and with the not-so-lovely sounds of a woodpecker on the tree next to our camp. After boiling some water for instant coffee and oatmeal we were on the road to the Columbia Icefield Glacier to test out the new glacier sky walk. We arrived just after 10am and were surprised by the overwhelming amount of people there…. Continue reading “Day 2: Walking on Glaciers”