Sometimes I don’t pick the trip – the trip picks me. I travel for work and pleasure so I try to be ready to go whenever the opportunity presents itself. That was the case with Hawaii. It was certainly one of those places I’ve always wanted to visit but I didn’t plan to go until it began showing up everywhere – people at work talking about it, TV, email specials, you name it. I’m a little superstitious about taking hints from the travel gods about where I should and should not go (I’ll tell you about my trip to Paris another time).
So not long after starting a new job I received a notice from my airline frequent flyer program that I had miles that would expire and there just happened to be enough for a flight to Hawaii. Then, the hotel chain I usually stay with notified me that they had a great deal on Hawaiian vacations and I could use my points for most of it. That was it – I booked the trip. I didn’t even know which island(s) I wanted to visit all I knew was that I wanted to go.
I just love the spontaneity of picking up and going somewhere out of the blue; it feels like a very decadent and frivolous adventure! It is hard for me to plan trips very far in advance because I don’t like to wait and I usually will over think everything from what to wear to what I want to do.
This trip was easy – I wanted to be somewhere quiet where I could go whale watching. So Molokai was my island. I was warned by everyone not to go, that I would not like it and there was nothing to do but that sounded perfect. It was one of the most relaxing vacations I think I’ve ever had. The added bonus was I met some wonderful people and saw many beautiful whales and dolphins!
My advice is - don’t be afraid to just let yourself go, you will never regret it.