Maui Wordcamp 2015

One of the things I most anticipated when I looked forward to making the leap into self-employment was the ability to take business trips on a completely tax-deductible basis. When I saw “WordCamp Maui” appear¬†on the list of upcoming Wordcamps for 2015, it was a no-brainer; I immediately applied to be a sponsor and a speaker, eager to secure my place.

Like most self-taught designer/developer types, the majority of my learning happens in the twilight hours of the morning scanning Stack Overflow posts. Consequently, there’s a fantastic excitement involved in spending a weekend with other people who have spent similar countless hours discovering and experimenting with the same things.

Wordcamp Maui Friends

Speech at WordCamp Maui

After two enjoyable days at WordCamp, I set out to explore the mystical, magical island of Maui (using my wonderful AirBNB provided by David and Suzy as a homebase).

My explorations included:

  • The west coast, including the unbelievable drive from Kihei up to Kapalua
  • A dinner at Cafe O’Lei followed by an evening of gazing at the Kihei sunset
  • A trip to Paia and an outstanding fish lunch at Mama’s Fish House
  • The Iao Valley
  • Making the trek to the summit of Haleakala

Enjoy the photos!

Twin Falls Maui Hawaii Twin Falls Farm Stand Maui Speech at WordCamp Maui Ritz Carlton Maui Hawaii


Maui Trip Beach Maui Trip Beach 2 Maui Sunsets in Kihei


Maui Icy Beer Ritz Carlton Maui Iao Needle Maui Hawaii Ocean Maui Haleakala Hike Maui Haleakala Crater Maui Haleakala Above the Clouds


Maui Another Sunset in Kihei Mamas Fish House View Mamas Fish House Entree Hiking Near Twin Falls Maui Gorgeous Drink Mamas Fish House Maui AboveTheClouds

Credit Cards, Accounts, and Other Tips

As a personal finance nerd who is¬†always in search of a bargain and spends her free time reading NerdWallet and PointsGuy (and who may or may not have shed a few tears when Suze Orman went off the air), I’m happy to share some of my findings. Add your own tips and thoughts in the comments …

France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia, Italy, WHEW!

Brian and I seem to have a real thing for the jam-packed itinerary … join us on a recounting of our trek through Europe in June. (Full photos here.)