The Aloha State offers a slew of stunning isles to choose from, but the gorgeously diverse landscape of Maui seems to encompass all of Hawaii's charms in one. The second largest island in the Hawaiian chain, Maui boasts year-round bikini-friendly temperatures and an unparalleled lineup of attractions, from posh spas and postcard-worthy beaches to world-class golf courses and waterfall hikes. Here's how to make the most of its sights, local secrets and sunset meals.
By Charyn Pfeuffer
In 2010, Paul and Nina piled their two cats and dog into a 40-foot RV and hit the highways to explore the U.S. on wheels. "The Beast," the couples' trusty Holiday Rambler Endeavor, has since covered more than 15,000 miles coast to coast. As the couple soaks up some of our country's best sites with their four-legged sidekicks, volunteering plays a big role in their adventures.
With farm to table cuisine a popular concept, frequenting farmers' markets while on vacation is a logical extension. Many cities support more than one market, so you can usually find one nearby if you are only in town for a couple of days.
August is back to school for most of us with kids, and even if you don't have children, this is the time of year that you usually associate with buying your fall wardrobe and reading weightier books than those you can flip through at the beach.
And yes, you may still have a week planned at the shore, or a spa getaway on tap, but you can combine both relaxation and an eye towards fall.
By Charyn Pfeuffer
My packing style: Carry on whenever possible and prepare like a Girl Scout (I didn't earn my nickname, Global Girl Scout, for nothin'). In my former lux travel writer life, there was rarely a situation where my every whim wasn't within a phone call's reach. As I've embraced a more rough, tumble and lowbrow lifestyle as a volunteer and adventure traveler in recent years, I've learned to make the most of every square inch of my luggage.
So you want to volunteer, but you don't know where to start? I get it. The landscape of potential volunteer opportunities can be overwhelming and tricky to navigate. GiveGab, a new social network for volunteers makes it easy.