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About Me

Hello! My name is Sarah. I was born and raised on the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii, surrounded by amazing cultures and stunning natural landscapes. Growing up, my family and I went on trips together all around the world to places like Egypt, Italy, Australia, Russia, Japan, Jamaica, and lots more! Through these trips, I was exposed to and inspired by the amazing cultures and viewpoints of people all around the world. I saw these as such shaping experiences that I wished other people could have these experiences too.

When I finished high school, I decided I wanted to see what it would be like to live outside of Hawaii. I started attending a university in California, where, during my sophomore year, I was given the opportunity to study abroad for a full academic year in Switzerland. I decided to go for it. While in Switzerland, I travelled to dozens of different countries in Europe and had so many memorable experiences that I would not have been able to have on just a simple one-week trip.

blue-tinted Matterhorn mountain in Switzerland

About the Blog

I originally started this blog to document the adventures I had while studying abroad in Europe. Since that adventure has come to an end, I now use it to document the adventures I have every day, particularly in my home state of Hawaii.

Over these past couple of years, Borders & Bucket Lists has become filled with local tips about visiting Hawaii – from hikes to beaches to restaurants! Most travel posts on Hawaii actually aren’t from locals, but rather from visitors. That’s what makes my blog unique. Everyone knows Hawaii locals have their secrets, and on my blog I reveal quite a few of those secrets.

three vintage-style Hawaii posters by Nick Kuchar over wooden background Hawaii artists
Photo Courtesy of Nick Kuchar Art & Design Co.

About My Writing Qualifications

In addition to having a bachelor’s degree in writing, I’m currently on track to obtain a master’s degree in Professional Writing by May 2020. And if credentials don’t sell you on my qualifications, I’ve also had my writing published in HONOLULU Magazine, Tripedia, Disney Trippers, and The XO Mom.

About Our Partners

As Borders & Bucket Lists has grown over the years, we’ve also expanded to work with brands, particularly Hawaii-based brands. These partners include Kokua Sun Care and Nick Kuchar Art & Design Co.

Here is a full list of our partners:

If you are interested in working with “Borders & Bucket Lists,” please email us at bordersandbucketlists@gmail.com or refer to our Contact page.