Feeling woeful about the end of summer and the start of Fall? You can still enjoy the feeling of going on a faraway vacation for Fall Break, and you don’t even need to leave the island. After all, you already live in one of the most popular destinations in the world, year round! Follow these tips for getting that foreign feeling, right here at home!
Do yourself a favor this Fall Break, and take a break from e-mails, phone calls, and social media posts. Nothing takes you out of vacation mode quicker than having to answer an e-mail from your boss asking why that spreadsheet you turned in on Friday afternoon was color coded red instead of green!
2. Do the unusual … the extraordinary!
Vacations are all about trying new things, and having new experiences, so why should a staycation be any different? Never hiked into Pololu Valley? Always wanted to jump off the cliff at Southpoint? Now’s your chance! Escape the mundane, and explore!
A big advantage on the Mainland is the ability to just get up and drive – literally for days if you want, to get to a different city, state, or even country (!). On the Big Island, however, with so many different areas of the island to explore, you can drive for a few hours, and be in a completely different climate zone, in an area you’ve never been. Sightseeing and hiking in Volcanoes National Park, snorkeling at Champagne Ponds, discovering a new waterfall in Waipio Valley – all these things can be accomplished in a day trip, and if you don’t like the idea of sleeping in a tent for the night, you can always make it back home in time for bed, so you can start out fresh the next day!
4. Get a room – literally!
Sometimes the easiest way to get that vacation vibe is to stay at a hotel or vacation rental home. Check out our website at www.livealohahawaii.com/vacation-rentals/ for some great options to get your vacation started!
5. Accept and let go.
Dwelling on the fact that you missed that cheap outer-island package deal your friend told you about months ago is the quickest way to ruin the weekend, so forget about that, and immerse yourself in the here and now. You’ll thank yourself when the week is over and you have made some great memories that will last! “Wherever you are, be all there” – Jun Elliot