Welcome to Travel Notes & Beyond, a collection of travel stories, photos and personal opinions focusing on less known travel destinations. This is where you can also learn about culture, history, food and more, and hopefully get inspired, informed and engaged. I am an award-winning travel writer and passionate photographer living in Southern California. Growing up, Read More
Meet the latest bloggers featured on my monthly series Travel Blogger Interviews. Ali and Lubaina are a couple of travel enthusiasts from Mumbai, India.
We are a couple “Ali and Lubaina” from Mumbai, India. We are on a mission to travel the world together without compromising work, family and other duties. All these before turning 50. We are travellers, foodies , fashionistas with great thoughts all the time on our minds. Read More
I have a love affair with Kauai. Of all the Hawaiian islands, Kauai is arguably the most diverse: white sand beaches, lush tropical forests, friendly rivers, rugged coasts, breathtaking canyons and beautiful waterfalls. Although each island in the chain has its own unique charm, if you like all things green, flowers and seclusion and love to hike, you are going to fall in love with this island too. Because the island’s landscape is so varied, Kauai activities are very diverse as well and can be enjoyed by the entire family.
The most enjoyed of the Kauai activities is swimming. After all, that’s the main reason we all go to a tropical island. Kauai is a paradise of incredible beaches, enjoying over 50 miles of sandy shores. Each beach has its own unique qualities. Some are great for snorkeling and scuba diving. Others are great for swimming, or surfing, but all are beautiful, friendly and can be equally enjoyed by those who visit them.
Snorkeling in Kauai is lots of fun and easy to do. Most snorkel spots can be accessed from the beaches and are well protected from the waves by large reefs. The best spots are at Anini Beach, Ke’e Beach and Tunnels Beach on the North Shore. Here you will swim with big Green Sea Turtles and lots of tropical fish. Read More
In 2016 Travel Notes & Beyond participated again in the NATJA Awards Competition for Excellence in Travel Journalism and won two gold prizes for the article “Dark Secrets of the Corner House” in two different categories: “Historical Travel” and “Illustrated Story.” Travel Notes & Beyond was also a finalist in the “Personality and Profiles” category with the article “Money, Power, Immorality and the ‘King’ of Hearst Castle.” This is a great honor for me. As a writer, you are never sure if people find what you write interesting, coherent or entertaining. And that’s actually the reason why I write – to hopefully provide the readers with an article that they may find useful, interesting and sometimes humorous. These awards give me some confidence that I am accomplishing my purpose and motivates me to work harder on my next blog posts. For me the biggest reward is when I receive a comment from a random person saying: “I enjoyed reading this.” NATJA (North American Travel Journalists Association) is the second largest travel media association in North America, whose members include: travel media professionals, convention and visitors bureaus, social media and other travel marketing agencies. NATJA Annual Awards are open to travel media (writers, photographers, broadcast journalists, bloggers, app developers, travel websites), as well as online travel magazines, in-flight magazines, visitors bureaus and destination marketing organizations Read More