Oct 1, 2011
My day is pretty predictable. Wake up, go for a cardio walk with Linda, work at CSG, train at 24 Hour Fitness, then home for dinner, TV, reading, bed. (Rinse & Repeat) So when we go on vacation, the LAST thing I’m looking for is a plan. I especially don’t want to take a bus tour with a group, dine with a crowd, or be on anything that even resembles a schedule.
It seems like Linda and I have found that Hawaii is our destination of choice. We enjoy the tropical weather, the comfortable trade winds, the fresh fruit and fish and mostly the aloha spirit. But we want to avoid crowds, tourist destinations and predictable experiences. Our goal is to be spontaneous, unpredictable, free and easy. We especially enjoy the Road to Hana in the photo to the left.
I think the entire success of our vacation experience begins with where we stay…hotel, resort, condo, tent (not really). A few years ago Linda discovered VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner), a wonderful website filled with private residences in locations around the world that are available for rental. You can find any type of accommodations you like, from primitive to luxurious…on the beach, in the city center, on the links, next to attractions. This past spring we found a wonderful suite through Harris Hawaii Realty Group in a new resort condo, The Honua Kai Resort and Spa, Suite #713, on the quiet end of North Kaanapali Beach in Maui.
From this private condo as home base, we set-off on adventures as diverse as the many ecosystems of Hawaii.
- Early morning snorkeling along the reef in front of our condo
- Shopping for fresh fish, fruit and veggies at the local farmer’s market
- Visiting O’o organic farm where you pick your own fresh veggies that a chef prepares for your lunch with fresh fish
- Driving the Road to Hana and retuning around the narrow back road
- Exploring the lavender farm in Upcountry
- Hula lessons for Linda
- Private cooking lessons for the two of us (see Aloha Cooking Class)
- Enjoying a small coffee festival which seems to be attended only by the locals
- Evening walks to take in those glorious Hawaiian sunsets
- Lots of time to hold hands, talk and dream again
By the time we leave for home, we have completely decompressed, reset and reconnected. I am ready to reenter to the “dailies” of life with a refreshed spirit and attitude. For me it takes “the vacation less traveled.”