Laurie moved to Hawai’i Island (aka Big Island) from Austin in 2016 with her four dogs and cat, and frequently writes about both places that are favorites among travelers and those migrating to warmer locales. Once in Hawaii she added a husband, new son, daughter, and a herd of animals that include sheep, chickens, cockatiels, and more dogs and cats. When she’s not enjoying the fun stuff that comes with travel writing, you can find her rescuing animals from lava (and other threats), binge watching whatever she can get her hands on, and slowly attempting to switch to a plant-based diet.
Looking for ways to be environmentally friendly while traveling? Most of us know about leaving no trace when we visit a place, but there are plenty of ways that tourism can have a negative impact on an ecosystem, especially in areas where those ecosystems live in delicate balance.
From gorgeous beaches to traditional luaus to top-notch surfing, Hawaii offers terrific experiences that should be on every traveler's list. Here's what you need to do and see for a memorable trip. Hawaii is one of those amazing places that sits at the top of most people's travel bucket list, with daydreamers picturing stunning sunsets and sand in their toes.
Any trip to Hawaii requires some time spent searching for green sea turtles. "Honu" are one of the most sacred animals in Hawaiian culture, a beautiful reminder of the connection between people, the ocean, and the land. They also bring us back to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth, making an encounter with these beautiful animals extremely special.
FOOD & DRINK
With the first day of winter on the horizon and the holidays beating at the door, it's time to break out the mugs and sink deep into some comforting warm drinks.
If ever there were a holiday that needed a good dose of bourbon at the table, it's Thanksgiving. Between navigating family drama and dealing with the stress of cooking, a large glass of the good stuff is definitely called for. Bourbon doesn't have to remain relegated to just the glass, though.
Beer and bourbon may seem like strange bedfellows, but they've been friends since they were paired up for the first time in Scottish pubs in the 1920s. They also make a perfect pair for a day of drinking, eating, and watching football.
Leanne Lauricella gave up a great NYC job AND eating animal products to start a goat sanctuary in New Jersey. - #job
Happy National Dog Day! This nationally recognized day (August 26) may not see banks closing or special sales on beds and deep freezers, but we think many Austinites can agree that we should all have this day off of work to spend some quality time with our furry friends.
Hammy the pig made a big splash on social media this morning as Austin rallied to try to find the piggie's parent. Hammy was seen wandering around S. 1st this morning and was picked up by animal control officers.
A couple of weeks ago, my husband surprised me with a wonderful gift: the gift of comfort. No, he didn't hand me a too perfectly wrapped gift box containing a fluffy robe or adorable, yet functional bunny slippers. Instead, he told me that I should start dressing more like Hawaiian wahines (women).
It's still nice to be able to drool over things for the home - even if we can't have them. - #home decor
The Samsung BrightVIEW stands out in the baby monitor market because of a crisp touchscreen display on the monitor unit. A single camera generally retails for $180, and up to four cameras can pair with the monitor. Setup The BrightVIEW requires almost zero physical setup (unless you're mounting to the wall).
The Infant Optics DXR-8 - which retails for $230 but can easily be found for $165-$170 - is a quality baby monitor that should warrant serious consideration if you're in the market. The popular monitor is lightweight and portable and can be used in a variety of settings.
Cannon & Belle sits inside the downtown Austin Hilton in a way that already sets it apart from most hotel restaurants. Part open air, partly enclosed, it's hard for hotel guests to not realize this beautiful restaurant and bar is there as they're walking by with their rolling luggage.
Let's face it - Austin is just one of those places that finds a special place in your heart and never moves out. For those unlucky few who have to move away from Austin, no matter how brief their stay, the lack of Austin struggle is real.
The holiday season is a wonderful time for people to come together to celebrate community and fun, and it should be enjoyed by all. Sometimes, however, those bright lights, hordes of people, and new sights and sounds can become a bit overwhelming, making events for families with different needs and abilities even more important.
February 17 marks the National Random Acts of Kindness Day, and while it's great to have a specific day for doing good deeds for others, we at Austin.com think you should incorporate those random acts into your daily schedule. If you're looking for a few ideas on how to brighten someone else's day (and in ...
Cedar fever season is upon us, that time of year when we want to hermetically seal ourselves in a bubble with only a taco-dispensing tube to connect us to the pollen-laden outside world.
Try as they might, no venue, show producer, panel manager, or police department is ever going to put on a perfect show with so many variables involved. This year's SXSW, we saw some really brutal fails, but we also saw some more lighthearted moments.
It's been nearly three months since the first residents moved into Grayco Partners' first Austin property, South Shore District. Much like its East Riverside neighbors, AMLI South Shore and Lakeshore Pearl, South Shore District clearly appeals to the young crowd who want the downtown lifestyle minus the downtown hassle and price tag.
Greater Austin As Austin grows as a foodie town, so with it grow the choices that Austinites have for some fantastic dining. From local favorites starting new projects to out-of-town chains adding our city to their list of sites, we have plenty of great restaurants to look forward to in the coming months.
Who needs Favor when you've got friends? Sometimes you've just got to have tacos. And when you're an official SXSW artist playing multiple shows, sometimes those tacos have to come to you. Especially if one of those shows is on a boat.
With clear smiles and a full belly ( full of Torchy's Tacos), President Barack Obama took the stage at The Long Center today to engage in a SXSW discussion with The Texas Tribune 's Evan Smith.
One of Austin's cutest celebrity couples just announced some great news - Jared Padalecki and Genevieve Cortese are adding to their adorable brood with a new baby on his or her way in March (just in time to start hitting the SXSW parties?).
No, I love you so much, Joss Whedon... I've got a theory that Joss Whedon may have enjoyed his recent trip to Austin, and local folk musicianShawnee Kilgore has the proof on her Instagram . Naturally, Whedon had to stop by one of Austin's best places to take a selfie .
SNL's Fred Armisen stopped by the Samsung Blogger Lounge at SXSW Interactive on Tuesday afternoon to chat with Shira Lazar about, well, stuff. And RumorFix was there. The Anchorman star arrived late for the interview, but as we later discovered, it's not because he's a diva, it's because he just can't tell his fans "No."