I hate it when it's freezing and snowing and there are months of the nasty weather left and someone comes up to you/calls you/writes on their blog that they are going someplace warm and sunny and beachy and tropical and I say "oh, how fun!, you are so lucky!" when I am thinking, "oh, goody for you, I am stuck here in the cold with no end in sight, why don't we ever go on those kind of vacations" and then I whine and pout to my husband who says "save your money and quit shopping and we can go somewhere fabulous" (ok, he never uses the word fabulous) omg that was a long sentence
Well. My day has come.
Next month, for our anniversary, 27 days from now, we are going to Hawaii.
I am not going to brag about this trip to you every single day and be one of those people but seriously, I have never been anywhere like this before.
We did stop at the beach in Florida once on the way to my grandfather's funeral and I climbed a palm tree and got prickles in my jeans. It was a short stop.
We went to the Jersey shore in November once and the Gulf in March (uncle's funeral) but never on an actual vacation where we could relax on the beach in the warm weather.
It was kind of a last minute decision and we got really lucky because we only have a short time to take off work, the flight schedule was crazy and we had no passports so we had a decision to make.
Key West, St. Thomas or Hawaii.
Key West was iffy. The weather was 60 degrees that day and there was no guarantee it would get above 70 with the weird weather they have been having.
St. Thomas was great but the travel time was going to be too much, we would have little time to actually vacation and lots of time in airports and on planes.
There were no good flights for what we needed to Hawaii.
I went home and prayed. My husband got an email later that day from the travel agent giving us a package deal that we could not turn down.
But. Our GM is having cataract surgery, our restaurant is undergoing huge changes, we have 4 dogs and 2 kids- neither of which can drive right now (the kids, that is), and a schedule which can change anytime for any reason, and often does.
We booked it.
My husband wanted Honolulu since he had been there twice before and I wasn't picky. Maui was out because there were not any flights that coincided with the times we had available (I highly recommend a travel agent because when I tried to book stuff online myself, I was beyond confused, with the agent, I just told her what we had timewise, where we wanted to go and what we were willing to give up- she was amazing)
I have been making lists of what I want to do, what I need to bring, wear, etc....
So here is what I need from you (lurkers included!!) people who are experienced tropical travelers.
What should I bring? Wear? Do? See?
I plan to buy everything I can here and online to save money. I will probably shop some there but I want to save my money for food and drinks and activities.
Any good online sites for sundresses, swim suits, etc?
I did order these 2 things.
It is still kind of early for that kind of thing in the stores here. Should we bring towels or buy them there?
We will be whale watching, snorkeling, swimming, sunning, hiking, renting a car/mopeds to sight see, swimming with dolphins, touring the Dole pineapple farm, seeing the USS Arizona, going on a haunted tour to see orbs, drinking, eating, and maybe going to a luau. I would also like to take a ukelele class, learn to hula and learn how to pronounce the state fish, the humuhumunukunukupuaa.
I will not be: surfing, scuba diving, swimming with manta rays or sharks (on purpose anyway), helicopter riding, rock climbing, parasailing, going to nude beaches (sorry honey) cliff diving, wearing a thong bathing suit, (deep sigh from all of Hawaii) eating puffer fish, or golfing.
Have a great week!