First “travel” of 2017…the Big Island of Hawaii
My first “real” travel was back in 2000 when I took a month off of work (it only took 2 years to hit my first burnout point) and traveled mostly solo around the Hawaiian islands. I spent my nights at different hostels and visited nearly all of the islands. Along the way, I met new people, learned how to play the ukelele, and tried local foods. It was a total eye opener and Hawaii has been in my blood ever since. Since that first trip, I’ve brought friends back, asked Oneea to marry me along the Waipio Valley rim, got married along the Hamakua Coast, and taken Niko and Alex to show them all of my favorite places. However, these past few years, when we’ve visited Hawaii, we’ve spent the vast majority of our time at a single resort, and barely any time seeing everything that Hawaii has to offer. Well, things are going to be different this time…..
First off, we’re staying at a no frills “basecamp” hotel this time around that will serve as a clean/quiet place to sleep, but not a place we’ll feel guilty about leaving. And it will not be all-inclusive! While those are super convenient, all inclusives tend to trap us and really dissuade us from ever leaving the resort. This will force us to get out! The final big difference is we are getting a rental car. Our last several island trips have followed a similar pattern: land at the airport, shuttle to the resort, eat/drink gluttony, and then shuttle back to the airport. This time around, I’m planning a day trip each and every day to some cool, new off the beaten places. Very much looking forward to trading in some of the luxuries and fancy food for a more authentic island experience!