All posts by Will McGough

Will McGough is a writer focused on all types of travel, from swimming with pigs to parties in ice hotels. He is inspired by the spectrum of ways in which people live their lives in the different parts of the world. He enjoys the idea of waking up every day to new opportunities, new landscapes, and the new feelings that the former inevitably evoke. He doesn't discriminate: Massages, wine tasting, sailing, skydiving, and bed-and-breakfasts are all equally inviting. He writes daily about his travels on his blog, Wake and Wander.
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Waikiki, Hawaii, The Modern Honolulu
The Modern Honolulu

It’s no secret that there are lots of resorts to choose from on Oahu, Hawaii’s most-touristed island. But there’s a new wave of hotels that feels fresher, smarter, and more modern than ever. This new batch of boutique hotels puts art, design, and style in the forefront. The city’s... Read More

Kauai Shores in Hawaii
Kauai Shores, an Aqua Hotel

Kauai may be known for its adventurous vibe, outdoor scenery, rural landscape, and gushing waterfalls, but it doesn’t slack off when the day is done. From service-oriented luxury resorts to kicked-back cottages, the island has a variety of options that offer different experiences for different types of travelers. Here... Read More

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 lilikoi fruit/Facebook/Monkeypod Jam
lilikoi fruit/Facebook/Monkeypod Jam

Kauai is nicknamed the Garden Island for its lush, fertile land; but you might be surprised to learn that at least ninety percent of the food consumed here — and in the state of Hawaii — is imported. The reason: As the plantation era came to a close in the mid-twentieth century, land that had been devoted to large-scale... Read More

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Na Pali Coast Kauai/flickr/n4rwhals
Na Pali Coast Kauai/flickr/n4rwhals

Between the tropical rainforest and scenic hiking trails, the hidden beaches and dramatic coastline, Kauai’s landscape offers endless opportunities for adventure. Here are our top ten picks to experience the best of Hawaii’s Garden Island. 1. Sunbathe at Polihale State Park While most folks flock to Kauai’s North Shore for the beach, Polihale State Park on the west side... Read More

Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park/Laura Motta
Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park/Laura Motta

This year, the 100th anniversary of America’s national parks inspired millions to get outside and explore some of the country’s most astonishing beauty. But the centennial programming was almost too successful: National parks across the country saw a surge of visitors, leading to long wait times and large crowds. The good... Read More

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 Pearl Harbor/flickr/Laurens Doesborgh
Pearl Harbor/flickr/Laurens Doesborgh

On December 7, 1941 — about eighteen years before Hawaii became a U.S. state — the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the United States military stationed at Pearl Harbor. It began at 7:55 a.m. and took only one hour and fifteen minutes. Nearly half of the 2,403 causalities occurred when... Read More

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 Geneva/Switzerland Tourism
Geneva/Switzerland Tourism

When planning a European vacation, sometimes the hardest part is deciding where to go. All those countries, so little time. France or Spain? Germany or Austria? Switzerland or Italy? But why settle for one when you can have two? All across Europe, border towns give travelers the flexibility to... Read More

Bonnie Lake in Alaska
Bonnie Lake/Flickr/Cecil Sanders

Due to its weather patterns and reputation for cold, Alaska has always been considered a summer destination. But maybe it’s time to give fall another look. Sure, colors are changing all across North America, but nowhere else can compete with the seasonal transition occurring in Alaska, both in the... Read More

 The Pig and the Lady/Facebook/@rick_poon
The Pig and the Lady/Facebook/@rick_poon

If Hawaii has one perceived flaw, it’s the price tag. Visitors often marvel at the high cost of living in the main tourism district of Waikiki, telling jokes about a $6 gallon of milk or a $15 margarita. But sitting in the shadows of the fancy hotels and high-end... Read More

Mosquito
Mosquito/Flickr/turkletom

Is the threat of Zika bugging you as you ponder your upcoming travel plans? We’re here to help with a few gadgets that are specially made with mosquito repellant, like clothing, clip-on fans, and perfumes designed to keep the bugs at bay. Whether you’re dining al fresco or walking... Read More

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Campground at Signal Mountain Lodge in Wyoming
Signal Mountain Campground/Facebook.com/Signal.Mountain.Lodge

Taking a late summer or fall road trip? Smart move. Gas is cheap and the countryside is free. Unfortunately, lodging is not, which is why budget road trippers often choose to pitch a tent. Organized campgrounds can be found all across the country, and in most cases, sites can be... Read More

 The Blue Hotel, Belize/Facebook/PADI
The Blue Hole, Belize/Facebook/PADI

Many people dream of getting a scuba certification in an exotic destination. It makes sense: If you’re going to spend days, even weeks, learning to dive, why not see some cool stuff in the process? But there’s a lot to consider when learning to dive on vacation. From the “where” to the “how much,” here is everything you need... Read More

Mombacho in Nicaragua
Mombacho/Flickr/Celeste

Lake Nicaragua is the largest lake in Central America and is renowned for its cultural islands and adjacent volcanoes. But changes could be on the horizon. The proposed cross-country canal project may pose a major environmental threat, due to the presence of large ships, changing water levels, pollution, and reduced wetlands. With... Read More

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 flickr/Jacob Bøtter
flickr/Jacob Bøtter

Traveling alone affords you the unique opportunity to make friends along the way. One of the longest-running strategies to do this is to stay in hostels, where solo travelers from all over the world bunk up together. But there’s a caveat; staying in a hostel doesn’t get you any closer to the locals.... Read More

Piedras Blancas in California
Piedras Blancas/Flickr/Anita Ritenour

Highway 1 is arguably America’s most scenic road trip. Many people fly into Los Angeles, rent a car, and cruise up the coast to San Francisco. While the 450-mile trip could be driven in a couple days, we highly recommend a week. San Luis Obispo County, which many people breeze... Read More