How Hawaii Shortened my Bucket List
Let’s just get this straight, Hawaii itself crossed off a large, overpowering item on my “Thing I have to Do Before I Die” list. Simply setting foot in the warm, welcoming sand was enough for me to feel like I had been taken to another planet.
You see the pictures, but Hawaii is more beautiful than any media you come across- because you are there. You are engulfed in the culture and language of a new and exciting place, embracing every moment that you will never be able to get back.
Here are the highlights. The new experiences I had, ALL of which I would highly recommend. This is how Hawaii shortened my bucket list.
Beachside Yoga: As a yogi, I dream of sandy flows and tropical retreats. My first experience was bright and early but worth every second. Hawaii resorts and beach clubs offer a number of yoga classes, both in nature and indoors. I enjoyed a slower paced stretch and core strengthening practice, the waves rolling in with each breath. Best down dog of my life. The view was unreal!
Snorkeling in the Ocean: Hawaii was my first real tropical vacation. I have been on service trips and to coastal beaches, but nothing like Hawaii. What I liked most about snorkeling was its accessibility. Almost anyone could check out a reef and dip their head in the waters. Snorkeling is easy to get the hang of; it's in shallow water. Pufferfish, school of fish, starfish- saw it all!
My First Pina Colada: Virgin, that is.
Vacationing with a Friend: Vacationing with cousins or god sisters is essentially the same thing, but this time around I got to experience it with my best friend! I recommend traveling with a friend at some point or another. Having someone to watch movies with on the plane, braid your hair, and make sure you got enough sunscreen is the real deal. I guess it’s the same as having a sister, but I wouldn’t know! We tried each other's food, shopped way too much and made memories we’ll laugh about years from now.
Massage by the Ocean: Um, where do I begin? No need for meditative tracks when you are at a spa right next to the freaking ocean. Talk about relaxation! If you are a wellness junkie like me, an upfront and personal beachside massage should most definitely make its way onto your bucket list. Complete with a cold stone facial.
Authentic Poke: My first thought was “How can I go back to Ohio and eat poke the same?”. The truth is that you can’t. NOTHING compares to fresh Hawaiian seafood. I’m a huge fish eater, poke bowl fanatic, and as of recent 100% happy tourist. It was that good.
Boogie Boarding: I could be wrong on this, I’m sure when I was four in North Carolina I did something of the sorts, but nothing I can remember. Boogie boarding required a large amount of sand up my suit and a few scratches, but man that was fun. Hapuna was probably my favorite beach to visit. I guess I’ll just have to pick up surfing next ;)
Daily Smoothies: Talk about fresh fruit. The local juice and smoothie bar was a daily excursion. Pressed juices, açai bowls, smoked salmon bagels- it was the real deal. To see more of my delicious Hawaii eats, check out this post.
All the love,