We’ve been driving a lot lately (Santa Fe to Chicago, then Chicago to Cleveland, recently back to Chicago, and eventually back to Santa Fe), which has given us a lot of time to discuss our first big issue for the honeymoon adventure: whether to visit Hawaii. We have discussed this at some length, and thought it would be good to get some outside input on the idea, as well.
We both agree that it would be ideal to spend some time on (or at least near) a beach, immediately after our wedding, to decompress, relax, and generally prepare for adventures to come. Where we disagree, though, is on which beach(es) to do said relaxing. Melissa is of the opinion that Hawaii could be an awesome place to visit, and Trevor – though he’s coming around – is inclined to disagree.
Trevor: If you can go anywhere in the world, why pick Hawaii? After all, we have a limited number of places we can go, and we also have limited time in which we can go to those limited places. Given our constraints, it seems like Hawaii – part of the United States, after all – would be a waste of precious time. Meanwhile, there are lots of other Pacific islands we could aim for, or we could alternatively pick some place in the Caribbean to launch our adventure. I just can’t see Hawaii being worth it.
Melissa: I really have no idea whether Hawaii is “worth it,” but neither of us has been there, and I’ve heard amazing things about it. I’ve always wanted to visit Hawaii, and, from what I understand, it has a culture that is totally unlike anything else you’ll find anywhere in the world. Yes, it is part of the United States (and a cliché honeymoon spot), but I imagine there is a reason for that – gorgeous beaches certainly don’t hurt. Plus, it’s not just beaches; there are lots of adventure-esque things to do as well, like surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, exploring, hiking, etc. (after all, wasn’t “Lost” filmed there?). Also, Hawaii is a pretty long (and usually expensive) flight, so it’s not like it’s a trip that we could just do anytime. Overall, I think it could be a great way to start our honeymoon. Plus, if we go east, it could be a welcome break in the middle of an otherwise-miserable flight across the Pacific.
Since we originally conceived of this post, we’ve asked a few friends for input, and the general consensus seems to be in favor of Hawaii. One person explained that, while he originally shared Trevor’s viewpoint, actually visiting Hawaii completely changed his mind and he now visits Hawaii at least once every year. He said that you can do all kinds of fun activities in the water. He also said that there is better scuba diving and snorkeling elsewhere for a variety of reasons, but that there is a lot to do on the island(s), too. Another friend explained that Hawaii is consistently underestimated by Americans, but echoed the sentiment that Hawaii is, in reality, quite cool.
So... what should we do? Is Hawaii worth it when your time is limited? Is there a better option? Is it worth it as a first stop, but perhaps not worth it as a last stop? And, given that Melissa tends to win these types of arguments, what should we do if (when) we visit Hawaii? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
Trevor and Melissa
|Taken from http://hawaiiw.net/|