A pair of tinted aviator sunglasses on a table.

The Reality of Traveling Solo as a Woman in the Middle East

My elbow nudges the covered woman next to me as we sit shoulder to shoulder on the front seat of a cramped Turkish dolmuş (shared taxi). Our bodies sway and jolt on the unforgiving pothole-infested roads of the remote Biga Peninsula as we leave the Aegean coast behind. In a moment of awkwardness our eyes meet and we share an apologetic smile.

A sea stack on the beach at Port Orford, Oregon.

Driving to the Oregon Coast

Dotted with unique towns, the Oregon Coast is a PNW road trip must. Here are directions to the Coast’s tide pools and townships from other PNW destinations.

View of a long stretch of beach in front of the Grand Hyatt Kauai.

South Shore Kaua‘i Beaches

Here’s a helpfully detailed rundown of south shore Kaua‘i beaches, including locations, kid-friendly areas, crowd and water conditions, and unique features.

A woman rests on a park bench in the sand at Kailua beach.

Beaches Near Kailua, O‘ahu

Together, the beaches near Kailua, O‘ahu cover all the must-haves for a perfect day in the sun. Here are the best for solitude, swimming, families, & more.