Places We’re Going: The Sudden Lust Over HawaiiPosted on May 10, 2012 | 18 comments
This came out of nowhere.
We lived in Los Angeles for 3 years and never once did we even bring up traveling to Hawaii. It's never been a place we wanted to go. Not for any particular reason mind you, but I think at some point we took it off the radar and we just never let it back in.
But over the past few weeks Hawaii has been popping up everywhere for me. It all started in my inbox. Email after email of advertising from the great islands first sparked my interest (despite my efforts, I am still at the mercy of advertising). Then I picked up a random magazine at the dentist and found a story about an actor who lives in what he calls - "island heaven". And today I came across an article on Hawaii written by Paul Theroux, who just so happens to make his home in Honolulu. Now, when one of the greatest travelers of all time chooses to settle down in a place, you should take notice. So, I'm taking notice.
Over the past few months Heidi and I have re-discovered how much we lust for the great outdoors. We love nature - all of it. We love camping, hiking, animals, rain, wind, and sweat. We love seeing what's around the next bend, and around the next bend, and around the next bend. In fact, we love to get outside so much, that we've decided to start developing a new blog around it and really make getting outdoors our life's passion. No sense staying home and watching others live "the life" on TV. As long as we have the ability to get out, we're gonna do it. And this brings us to Hawaii.
There aren't many places on Earth that can match the natural feast that Hawaii brings to the table. These tiny islands offer up 11 of the planet's 13 climate zones - including snow! Yes, it snows on Hawaii - who knew? Hawaii also boasts some of the cleanest air on the planet, it has endless hiking trails and beaches to explore, it's a melting pot of cultures, and, of course, it has some of the most active volcanoes in the world. Adventure at every turn.
Now I thought Hawaii was expensive, and I suppose generally speaking it is, but we can be pretty savvy when it comes to saving a few bucks. Plus, I told you we're not missing out anymore over a few dollars. Live it or don't.
We plan to drive into LA and park our car in some free wasteland while we hop the cheapest flight we can to Hawaii. I'm sure once we arrive in Honolulu we'll want to crash at the Modern Honolulu for a night or two and enjoy the fine life for a moment, but then it's time to get out and smell the hibiscus.
Did you know camping in Hawaii's state parks is under $20 a night? That's everywhere! $20 US a night! In Hawaii! We will be doing this for a few weeks - I promise you that. I can't wait! We'll just bring our backpacks, rent a car for a few weeks, and camp like rock stars next to volcanoes. Who knows? Maybe we'll even score a house for a while or that luxury hotel will take pity on us and offer us up a free night! A man can dream, right?
So who's been to Hawaii and wants to give us some advice? We could use it!
This is a new series I'm starting 'cause I'm just getting too itchy about travel. I need to start thinking about places we're gonna be going. No place is too luxurious or too uncomfortable for us. Feel free to email us and let us know what's on your travel agenda and if you know of a place we just shouldn't pass by.
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