Now that we're not doing any work travel, it's up to us to plan our vacations and lately, we've been fantasizing about tropical destinations. We've considered Mexico, the Caribbean, and even the coast of Spain, but nothing stuck out to us as "the place". Then, all of the sudden, we received an invite to stay with some family members/good friends on the Big Island of Hawaii.
It took about 2 days for us to pick the dates, find a flight, and plan the trip. We had never been to Hawaii (much less on a beach vacation), but we knew to pack light. After some marathon shopping for shorts, sandals, and swimsuits, we flew out for a week of relaxation.
|We lazed around with the sea turtles.|
|Snorkeled for the first time ever...|
|...and swam among schools of beautiful fish.|
|We hiked over unstable lava rocks…|
|...to get to the most amazing hidden beach.|
|We rented a jeep and drove around the entire island, |
watching the landscape change every few miles.
|And stopped along the way to see beautiful waterfalls.|
|We hiked through a crater and saw a full rainbow.|
|And got to see an active volcano (from a safe distance, of course).|