Welcome to my Guest Post series…My Favorite Family Vacation Destination. I’m so excited to share with you other traveler’s favorite destinations.
Jamie from Chocolate Covered Crunches is here today! She runs a fitness motivation blog – just what we all need, especially as we near the end of January as we tend to forget those resolutions! Jamie gives great work-out tips and even cool work-out music choices along with doses of chocolate (and sometimes wine). She is also my niece!
I think Jamie’s destination is one we can all relate to…Hawaii!
I’ve been very blessed to vacation and visit in many places all over the country (and parts of the world) and of course this blog makes me want to add even more to my list! My favorite vacation destination has had to be the island of Oahu! Hawaii!!!
When my best friend Traci moved out to Hawaii, we were determined to get out there to visit her the minute we could. Two friends and I planned as a graduation/summer gift to ourselves to visit Traci for two weeks after school.
Two days after booking our flight, Traci got engaged (on the top of a mountain in Hawaii to add!) and we were immediately ecstatic for another trip to be in her bridal party in December. Note: We decided to go for both trips. Some people think that’s crazy, but we don’t regret it whatsoever.
Why I love Hawaii?
There’s something for everyone
From driving on H3 (Highway splitting East and West Hawaii) to sunning yourself with the turtles, there is something for everyone. For the adventurous people, you can do everything and for the sun bathers, there is plenty of sun.
It’s not HOT!
Okay..this might not make sense at first but it never gets unbearably hot. It’s beautiful weather in June and December. Any time!
You don’t feel secluded.
Traci was an amazing tour guide and showed us nightlife, tourist attractions and the historic Hawaii. It was a great experience to see all of it and know that Hawaii is a state and there are people on it!
Don’t miss out the freshest sushi you’ll ever have! We went to a sushi bar once that had an elevator of choices which kept rotating. (sounds like a dream right?) The sushi was authentic and absolutely delicious.
Tips for newbies:
Get a rental car
There are so many places on Oahu to explore. As long as you have a GPS you are much better than hiring a driver/booking a service. Just google some of the tourist locations and take your car.
Hawaii has the WORST traffic
It’s true! They are voted second worst in the country! Know that from the hours of 3PM- 6PM, it’s a nightmare.
Wear sneakers on the plane
The first time we flew to Hawaii, I had my flip-flops and my shorts. Bad decision, our feet were balloons by the time we arrived. When we came in December, I wore compression socks and sneakers and feet fit like gloves in my heels for the wedding 🙂
Book a boat cruise
Whether it’s a snorkeling adventure or a booze cruise (I have no preference :)), the Hawaiian waters are unbelievable and worth every penny. Do it!
It’s beautiful but be careful! There are no lifeguards and the surf can be rough. We were there for a surfing competition and we just watched the day away, it was amazing. We even saw a school of flipper dolphins!The most filmed/famous area of the North Shore is called Waimea Valley.
Thanks, Jamie. Although we’ve been to Hawaii, I want to go back, especially now!
Please note, I’ll be continuing this series,
so look forward to more great destinations.
If you’re interested in participating, let me know!!