As I've mentioned (many times) before, I've vacationed in Hawaii twice and it remains on my list of top vacation destinations. Those vacations were so profoundly relaxing and magical, and a different experience from my trips to the Caribbean (Bahamas and Turks & Caicos.) It's almost difficult to describe the sights, sounds and spirits which encompass Hawaii, making it a top vacation spot.
A trip to Hawaii had been on my bucket list and a place I expected to travel to when I was older. In 2000, when my friend, Carrie, and I discovered that one of our favorite bands, Tonic, was part of Maui Madness, a week of music in Maui arranged by a radio station out of Texas, and the cost was less than $1,000 per person (airfare, hotel and rental car), we both jumped at the opportunity, knowing that it could be our only chance to travel to Hawaii. Hey, you never know what life's going to throw your way. We were both single, approaching our late twenties and had disposal income. At the time, roundtrip airfare from Boston to Hawaii could cost you $1,000 so this was a deal we had to take advantage of.
(Only film cameras back then.)
Four years later, Rich and I very easily decided to honeymoon in Hawaii. We spent almost two weeks there, splitting our time between Maui and Hawaii, the Big Island. Rich fell in love with Hawaii as I had and we vowed to return for our five year anniversary.
(Still working with the film. I know, so old.)
(The best part of this photo, aside from the turtle, is my shoe selection. I cannot remember if I bought a new pair or if those are the same exact sneakers I wore to Maui in 2000. In fact, I think I may still have them in my spare sneaker basket.)
Little did we know that we would be celebrating five years of marriage with two year old triplets. Needless to say, our return to Hawaii did not happen and we've been planning/discussing (in other words, I keep bringing it up) a vacation there for many years now. With the girls older, travel is much easier. They are curious by nature and love exploring.
Here's what the weather looked like this morning.
Ack! We are in the middle of an arctic blast and I'm so thankful that this happened over the weekend when I don't have to commute to the office. That was the temperature at eight o'clock this morning. Our big trip for 2016 is Walt Disney World in Orlando. Will 2017 be the year for Hawaii?
Potential Itinerary: While I would like to return to Maui, I think exploring another island is the way to go right now. And the other island I have in mind is Oahu. I know people complain about the crowds and city of Honolulu but our entire vacation would not be centered around Honolulu. I know some people stay elsewhere on the island and then travel to Honolulu for day trips. Ideally, I would like to stay on Waikiki Beach for three or so nights and explore that area before moving to another hotel on the island.
I may appear to be a "Disney person" because we've been to Walt Disney World in Florida several times but I can assure you that I am not. (Well, maybe I am and I just don't know it.) The girls really enjoy that vacation and we've continued to travel there just because. There are many more places in the United States I would like to visit and the girls have expressed an interest in several different trips, including Hawaii. I don't know if it's subliminal advertising or what but I would love to stay at Aulani. The kids would love to stay at Aulani. Is there anyone who wouldn't want to stay at Aulani?
I've been checking out prices and deals, and based upon my research and calculations, renting DVC (Disney Vacation Club) points is a money saver. It's still an expensive vacation despite the savings but all I know is that, indulgent or not, I want to be there. Unfortunately, it takes a really long time to travel from Boston to Hawaii. You are looking at least twelve hours of travel time and then throw in a six hour time difference. But I suppose after driving straight through with no overnight stops from Orlando to Boston, this would be easy.