5 items to add to your bucket list

Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.

A very famous writer once said that life is either one daring adventure or nothing at all. After all, we only live once and life is too short to waste every minute of it whining, pining, and wondering what it would be like to do it all over again. It is a must that we hold the reigns of our lives and that we seize each day by savoring every moment of it and turning what you would expect to be a boring and run off the mill day into something worthy of a Time Magazine cover.

Creating your own bucket list and doing everything within your power to realize and achieve each of the items on your list will prove to be a very worthwhile ambition for your life. Fill your list with one daring adventure after another, as well as with things and items that you always meant to do but never found the time. Stick to your list and make sure to find the time to tick each of them off one by one.

A bucket list may vary from person to person, but the basic things that normally land on anyone’s list include going on an adventure of a lifetime, traveling around uncharted territories and challenging yourself to new experiences. Depending on a person’s interests, background and priorities in life, other things that may be included in one’s bucket list may also include learning a new skill, doing something charitable, joining a well known sporting event or improving one’s lifestyle.

Here are a few of the things you might want to consider when drafting your very first bucket list:

See as much of the world as you can – There are just so many beautiful things in the world to see, feel and experience so make sure that you travel as much as you can in your life. It might be quite a lofty goal to aim to see every country in the world, but you can probably settle on visiting a country or two in each of the continents. Marvel at the special beauty of Asia and fall in love with Thailand, explore the ancient and timeless pyramids in Egypt, or frolic on the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean.

Cabarete, Dominican Republic #64591

A beautiful waterfront property in Cabarete Dominican Republic, Caribbean, that showcases magnificent view of the Bay of Cabarete from all rooms and terraces.

Learn a second or a third language – Traveling to France or Spain will be all the more pleasurable if you know how to speak French and Spanish, but whether you intend to travel the world or not, learning a foreign language will prove to be very beneficial. It sure is a thrill to learn how to speak in another language and speak to locals with confidence. The skill will also come handy should you plan to switch careers and apply as an interpreter.

South Coast of France, France

Travel to the South Coast of France and immerse in their language and culture.

Live a healthier life – Much has been said about taking care of one’s health and doing so will allow us to enjoy life a little bit longer without the worry of being sick, being indisposed and without the hassle of having to take medications. There are so many things you can do, should you decide to finally lead a healthier lifestyle. You can join a number of healthy activities like running, attending a yoga class or going to the gym to help you with your daily exercise routine. Apart from engaging in physical activities to help you reduce or maintain your ideal weight, you can also learn healthier recipes to cook and prepare at home to jump start you healthy eating. If you can afford it, going on trips to help you enhance your well being and over all wellness, like enjoying the hot springs of Japan, for example, will also be a good idea.

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Here’s a perfect lodging if you decide to head to Japan. This is found in Kyoto and it’s a traditional Japanese townhouse which is near temples, restaurants and shrines. Click here to find out more.

Engage in extreme sports – Be daring and be bold in life, remember you only live once. Put your fear aside and be ready to push yourself to the limits. If you did not have the courage to try any exhilarating or adventurous sport in the past, now is probably the right time to do so. The adrenalin rush from skydiving, white water rafting, or skiing in Canada, will be worth every tinge of fear.

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Snowmobiling on some back country trails outside Radium Hot Springs. #107930

Do something new whenever you can – Life will be so much more exciting if you make it a point to do something you have never done before to keep things interesting and fresh. You can try couch surfing so you can afford to travel to different top destinations like Italy or Jamaica with a limited budget, or you can try volunteering and experience how rewarding it is to do service to those who are in need. Keeping a garden, apart from giving you fresh and organic fruits, will also prove to be relaxing and therapeutic.

“Once a year go someplace you’ve never been before”
~ Dalai Lama

Travel more!

I was reminded of this video the other day. I know it’s been around for a few years now but it still motivates me to want to get out and travel the world!

I have learned that Rick Mereki and two friends traveled for 44 days to 11 countries to make this awesome movie. They were equipped with two cameras, traveled over 38,000 miles and flew 18 times. After their travels, they brought home almost 1 terabyte of raw video footage and managed to edit it down into an amazing selection.

After watching this countless times, I am yet again inspired. There are so many great places to see in this large world of ours.  Now the only question is, where to next?

“Travel: the only thing you can buy that makes you richer”

5 tips to travel light and organized

It sure is quite a hassle to carry those oh-so-big bags and carry-on’s while traveling. You don’t realize it when you pack them, but you will have a better travelling experience without those heavy bags, whether you travel to one destination or multiple. Yes, I know it is rather exciting to pack for your next travel adventure and sometimes, we cannot help but go overboard. The most experienced travelers will tell you that it is so much more convenient, not to mention smart, to bring only the essentials and travel light whenever you go out of town.

Here are a few travel packing do’s and dont’s that I bear in mind every time I have to pack for our family vacation. Mind you, the rules never change whether we are going away for a quick getaway or a week-long trip to a far-off place. Read on to learn something you might find useful for your next trip.

Flipflops pack small and light!

Flipflops pack small and light!

  1. Love ‘em flip flops. These lightweight shoes are such space savers in your luggage and the ideal choice for travelers. In most areas, they are fashionable enough that you can wear them either with casual beach attire or with some nice dresses and slacks. Beautiful accessories will complete the look. These days, slightly more substantial light shoes such as Sanuk or Tom’s are available that are just as thin and easy to pack.
  2. Keep things organized in resealable bags

    Keep things organized in resealable bags

    Re-sealable bags do the trick. If you aim to keep everything organized when you are travelling alone or with your family, then those nifty re-sealable bags will be your best friend. These bags make organizing your clothes, toiletries and other travel essentials easy as pie. If you are a mom with a number of children, you can neatly pack each of your brood’s stuff in separate bags so they can easily retrieve them later. Packing before going home is also easy with these clear and labeled bags. The newest addition to this are compressible clear bags that do not let the air bag in after it is squeezed out, therefore saving a lot of space.

  3. Encouraging bigger children to pack their own bags. It will be of much help if you let in the children on the packing chores. If they are bigger, you can even inspire them to bring their own backpack to travel. They can stuff it with items that might come in handy while you are aboard the plane or train, like a book or a plushy to keep them entertained, or packs of snacks in case they get hungry while on the road.
  4. Do not over-pack. Easier said than done, I know. It might be overwhelming to pack especially for a travel adventure you have been dreaming about for a long while. You might want to bring as many items as you can fit in your duffel bags. But, trust me, you will only end up having a hard time carrying those over-packed bags. So be smart and create a list of the stuff you really need to bring so you can be sure that you are only bringing the essentials. If possible, try to live off this lot for a few days to find out what you use and what you don’t use – Haven’t we all packed extra shirts or pants that we rarely wear at home but thought would be great while on vacation? Chances are if you don’t wear it at home, you won’t wear it on vacation. While you are at it, do not forget to include your camera, your mobile phone charger, vitamins and med for the kids and your wallet on the list.
  5. Make an itinerary. Once you are at your dream travel destination it is easy to get excited and eager to explore as many things as you can. It is best that you do your research in advance and create a list of the places to visit and the things to do when you get there. Being organized even while traveling will allow you to enjoy your vacation to the fullest – minus the stress and the headache.

A Remedy for Hotel Room Cramps

Does the thought of staying in a cramped hotel room with your entire family (husband and 4 kids) make you think twice about traveling? A friend of mine is looking to go to Vancouver for a few days to visit her working husband. He is currently living with three guys in a one bedroom apartment to cut costs while away from his family. The guys all live in small rural towns and are just in Vancouver to make some money to send home. Six to eight months of hard work can keep their families going for awhile but the kids need to see their dad occasionally too so a family vacation in Vancouver is in order.

Cramped hotel room“There’s just no room to relax with everyone in one hotel room,” my friend said. “Sleeping in the same room, let alone the same bed with the kids makes the odds of getting a good night’s sleep a million to one. Not to mention the fact that you constantly have to quiet the kids so they don’t disturb the neighboring rooms, stop them from shouting while they’re running up and down the hallways, and having to go out or get take out for every meal. Vacations cost a small fortune these days!” Being in the travel industry I have to agree. It’s difficult enough to find a hotel room that can sleep six so my friend would most likely have to find two rooms side by side, thereby doubling the price.  With an average nights stay running $189 per night for an economy twin room, that’s $378 for her family per night. Finding adjoining rooms is not always possible either which can create even more challenges.

Most hotels in the larger cites also don’t come with kitchenettes, so going out to eat or ordering takeout would be required. Breakfast, lunch and dinner add up fast for a family of six even if you do buy some snacks at the local grocery store. If you’re staying in a big city downtown, sometimes just finding a grocery store can be a difficult task. That’s when I suggested taking at look at vacation rentals instead. You can rent an entire house for practically the same or less than those hotel rooms.

On OwnerDirect.com for example, a 4600 sq ft square foot 4 bedroom house in North Vancouver, only 15 minutes from Vancouver’s downtown is going for $390 per night and can sleep 8. It is a primary home, so is fully furnished and equipped with all the amenities you may need, coffee maker, wireless internet, 21-inch flat screen TV, playstation, BBQ, full kitchen, treadmill, private hot tub and heated pool, and is child friendly. A much more comfortable solution to staying in cramped hotel rooms.

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North Vancouver Exclusive Home – ID #202309, Sleeps 8

If they wanted to be right downtown Vancouver, a 1 bedroom apartment that can sleep up to 4 goes for $165 per night. It’s got a full kitchen, living room, bathroom with bathtub, queen and double sofa beds, LCD television, internet connection, and the building offers a common room with games. Hotel rooms at $300 per night would end up costing $1200 plus tax and most likely wouldn’t have a kitchen or living room.

Downtown Vancouver Condo

Downtown Vancouver Condo – ID #141190, Sleeps 4

For larger groups or families, vacation rentals offer so much more than small hotel rooms can. There is also the possibility that owners will offer discounts for children under a certain age. Thanks to the Internet, the travel industry is competitive which means better value and lower prices can be found if you know where to look. If you’re still not convinced, see our Top 10 Reasons a Vacation Home is Better Than a Hotel.

5 Tips For A Stress Free Family Vacation

The children’s break from school is the perfect time to plan that highly anticipated family vacation. Each member of the family is surely excited at the thought of enjoying a lazy day at the beach, going on a new adventure or, in the winter, enjoying a thrilling ski vacation with a picturesque view of the snow capped mountains. Family vacations are where memories are made.

BangTao Beach - Phuket - Unit ID 205909

BangTao Beach – Phuket – Unit ID 205909

It is definitely an amazing experience to travel with the entire family but it can also be unnerving and stressful at the same time. There are a few life hacks you might want to bear in mind to allow yourself a stress free time while in another country or in an obscure destination in the middle of nowhere. Here’s 5 great tips to have a stress free family vacation.

Travel Light

Nothing adds unnecessary hassle to your travel adventure than having to carry around huge luggage and bags. It can be time consuming to wait for them at airports and very inconvenient to move around, either on your backs or lugging them to different locations. The key is to pack light and systematically. Bring only those things you will actually need for your journey and leave those stuffed animals, extra shirts, or those huge books at home. Make a checklist so you won’t end up stashing everything into your backpack just to ensure you have not forgotten anything. You can also let the children carry their own bags, fill it with a couple of their clothes as well as with items that they might need a number of times while traveling, like wet wipes or their favorite binky or blanket, for example.

Color Coordinate Your Clothes

If you are planning to visit a number of popular tourist attractions, where people flock in like bees day in and out, it will be most convenient to color coordinate the entire family’s wardrobe to make it easy to spot your family members at any given time. Make sure you wear the same shade of tees or the same hat color while visiting a national park or a very populated beach. It will save you precious amounts of time trying to locate your son or your daughter in a throng of people.

Maximize Your Budget

While on vacation it is probably unwise to book yourself and family into a very expensive accommodation when you intend to spend the entire day at the beach or outdoors, anyway. Opting for those plush hotel rooms will just burn a hole in your pocket when you plan to make the most of the sun and outdoor adventures. It’s just money down the drain. Opting for vacation home rentals will allow you to enjoy a very comfortable accommodation at a fraction of a hotel room’s exorbitant price. Having kitchen facilities to cook meals can also save on costs too. The money you save from that hotel room can be spent on other things that will allow you to enjoy your vacation to the fullest, like a boat trip to a secluded island or snorkeling, perhaps.

In the heart of downtown Victoria, BC - Unit ID 205195

In the heart of downtown Victoria, BC – Unit ID 205195

Experience Local Food

Apart from the beautiful and amazing attractions, the local cuisine is also a pride of any destination you may be. It would be most practical, not to mention quite a welcome experience, to sample the local delicacies and dishes while on vacation. Try some of those local hole-in-the-wall restaurants and eateries that offer equally interesting and tempting food instead of opting for the famous restaurants or fast food outlets you otherwise see everywhere. Selecting a local restaurant will also allow you to possibly save on your food budget, learn more about your surrounding location and offers the option of meeting more locals too.

Plan Your Schedule

Of course, it goes without saying that you really have to iron out your schedule when you plan to go on a family vacation. Apart from clearing everyone’s schedule so you can all go on a trip, it is also a must that everyone has an ample amount of free time right after your vacation. It will allow for unplanned and unnecessary delays, like flight delays or booking mishaps. Naturally, you cannot schedule a weekend getaway to a far off island when your oldest daughter is scheduled to march to her graduation next Tuesday. It will surely be very stressful trying to catch the quickest flight when everything is delayed and the weather is not cooperating so your child will make it in time for her graduation.

What tips do you have that has helped make your last family vacation stress-free?

Never lose your socks again!

Full disclosure: We are not sponsored or in any way affiliated with the company whose products we feature here. We simply love them because we travel a lot and they have become indispensable. There might be other products around that achieve the same but in this “experience” report, we will focus on the products we know. We took the photos ourselves.


We have packed many bags and backpacks over the years. When you leave home, everything is usually very tidy and organized. After a few days of travelling, maybe multiple stops and destinations, or after unpacking at your destination, your luggage and clothing is not quite as tidy anymore. Have you been caught digging wildly through your duffle bag, trying to find that one missing sock or pair of underwear?

eaglecreek2Enter the Eagle Creek universe (@eaglecreekgear). This company has a wide array of products that are lightweight, affordable and help you stay organized and never lose your socks again. Their Specter Cubes help me keep socks, underwear or cables together. The bigger size Specter Cube also works really well as a pillow for backpacking (just stuff any clothing into it) while weighing nearly nothing.

If you have bulky clothing items such as jackets, pillows or thick sweaters, try their amazing compression sacs (in different sizes). A thick pile of clothing disappears into a thin airless layer within a minute – and stays that way (the one-way valves do not let air back in). It can save you a lot of space in your luggage, and I don’t travel anywhere without it.

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We have not tried yet but are jealously eyeing Eagle Creek’s luggage solutions such as carry on’s and duffle bags. I admit to being especially fascinated by the “2-in-1″ Morphus luggage solution. It turns from one bag into two, both solid and durable yet lightweight. Am I the only one that comes back from a visit to the parents with loads of chocolate and other goodies in my luggage (they live in Europe)? I would be in heaven if I could turn the one bag of clothing I bring into one bag of clothing and one bag of chocolate I return with :)

Within Eagle Creek’s product line, there are toiletry kits, travel wallets, laptop bags and much more. Every product is demonstrated in a video on their website. We encourage you to check out Eagle Creek, or find your own organization solutions. It will make a big difference for your next trip!

Ways to travel better

Travel Better

Vancouver, BC #61207 Okanagan #203886 Milos, Greece #208258 Vancouver, BC #133171

You can never travel enough, for there is always something new to discover, higher mountains to climb, deeper caves to explore. Finding ways to travel better is a challenge for every trip. Every place we uncover leaves us a little wiser; every pavement we’ve paced is a lesson learned. Here are some of those lessons that can make your travel more enjoyable and memorable.

Pack light. Maybe it’s a cliché but this is the number 1 rule when you talk about traveling. You must know the difference between what you need and what you want. Pack everything you need, the basic items, those you can’t survive without. And maybe after packing and realizing you really don’t need a lot, you might still have some room for extra shoes or that paperback you are currently reading and trying to finish. Traveling light is traveling freely.

Know the local basics. It is important that you have basic knowledge of the place you are going to visit. Rules and regulations, as well as customs, vary from one place to another. What is legal in your city can be prohibited in another. Knowing the basic rules and policies can save you from doing something offending or upsetting to the locals while you are in their area. This will serve as your guideline in your traveling. Remember: ignorance is not an excuse.

Speak their tongue. It will also make a huge difference if you have some background in the local language. A few local words or phrases will go a long way. Communication is an essential part of traveling. Investing in the basics is a great idea.

Miraflores, Peru - put your <a href="http://www.rosettastone.com/learn-spanish">Spanish</a> to the test! Unit ID - 124785

Miraflores, Peru – put your Spanish to the test!
Unit ID 124785

Be spontaneous. Planning a trip is exciting. It is thrilling to make itineraries of places you want to visit, of activities you want to do, of foods you want to try. But please do not plan too much. Over-planning kills endless possibilities and opportunities. You might miss a lot of unexpected surprises as you are trying to keep to your schedule. Let the experience be more spontaneous, not stressful. Traveling is about meeting new people and making new memories, not living another day of routine or checking lists and following timetables.

Stop the fear. Don’t be afraid to acquaint with strangers. Go ask for directions if you don’t know where to go. Don’t hesitate to try new things. This is what the trip is all about: facing unfamiliar challenges, encountering extraordinary adventures along the way, expanding your horizon. Be open and explore the unknown.

Mingle with the locals. When you visit a place, make sure to get to know the people. Knowing its people is learning about its culture. Go where the locals spend most of their time, eat where they usually eat. When moving, it is better to use their public transportation system. This way, you can really get around the place and get to know it more intimately. Find time to mingle with the crowd and you will learn everything you need to learn about the place.

Ferry crossing to Charoa Island Resort, India

Ferry crossing to Charoa Island Resort, India

Spend less. Don’t spend your time, money and effort on buying things that will occupy a lot of space in your luggage. By the end of your vacation, you might find yourself carrying too much. Instead, spend them on experiences that don’t weigh at all but matter most. Like dining out and trying local foods, plucking up some courage and take part in activities offered, visiting important landmarks and many more.

Prioritize. Time is always scarce. So you need to know which places you need to see first. Traveling without priority is like traveling without a compass. You might visit loads of places and realize you didn’t get where you really needed to go.

Get lost. Getting lost is the best way of immersing yourself into the experience. Talking to strangers and asking for directions is a sure way of learning about the place. Wandering off the grid aimlessly while enjoying the people, the weather, the scenery is an excellent way of relaxing and spending a vacation.

Water Lilies and a Swim Pond. 206589

Jay Peak, Vermont – Water Lilies and a Swim Pond. Unit ID 206589

Make memories and document them. Taking pictures and collecting small mementos is encouraged. You don’t want to forget a superb vacation, right? You can even make a scrapbook to document your travels and make notes of the things you need to improve. So the next time you plan another trip, you can flip its pages and add a thing or two to your checklist.

Exotic Car Rentals for Every Occasion

Here’s a guest post regarding luxury car rentals. What a great way to make your vacation even more special by renting an exotic car at your destination!

Rent an Exotic Car on Vacation

Exotic Car Rentals for Every Occasion

The world of luxury cars is tantalizing, even if you aren’t a car person. There are vintage muscle cars for old-school motor heads, luxury sedans for consumers who crave elegance and exotic cars for aficionados. Today, the options are endless. Luxury cars can be rented for any kind of special event, like a romantic drive on the byways and scenic highways of America, a night on the town or a trip to the beach. There’s no question that a luxury car rental can make any occasion special.

Rental Options

Driving through the city or cruising on the open highway is a pastime that can become unforgettable in a luxurious vehicle. Some of the most popular rentals today are the iconic Ford Mustang, a symbol of American power, the high-speed Chevy Camaro and the convertible Mercedes-Benz SLK 350. Putting the top down is more fun and more exciting in a luxury sports car. No doubt.

Making a big impression isn’t only about horsepower and muscle. Many luxury rides come in discreet packages. Mercedes S-Class sedans lead this category. This posh sedan is the vehicle of choice for business, pleasure and especially traveling dignitaries. Rentals are also about affordability. So if you want a practical option, try a Volvo, Volkswagen, Lincoln, Audi, Cadillac, BMW or Jaguar.

Who says you can have luxury and off-road power? Hummer, Mercedes and Land Rover lead the SUV pack. Hummers have become a modern classic, and Land Rovers are the original off-road wagon, but the Mercedes G-Class SUV is a serious rival with its rugged exterior, agile handling and handcrafted components. The Cadillac Escalade is the most popular vehicle in the burgeoning SUV category.

The Upper Echelon

Cadillac, Lincoln and Mercedes are certainly luxurious and definitely exciting, but they aren’t the only exotic rentals out there. The most exotic cars have world-class styling, extreme performance and a host of luxury features. They have fancy foreign names, more horses under the hood and enough style to turn heads on any drive. Anyone who admires German engineering will love the Mercedes SLS-Class Coupe, an absolute beast with gull-wing doors and a roaring hand-built engine. Of course, there are also fancy James Bond-worthy cars like Aston Martin, Alfa Romeo, Bently and Rolls-Royce. The modern superhero might also choose a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Lotus or futuristic driving machine that’s built for speed. Driving an exotic car is the difference between arriving in style and making a statement.

Exotic Car Rentals

The one percent who can afford the ultimate car are likely to buy one. For the rest of us, there are rentals. In most cases, drivers need to be over 25 to rent a speedy sportster and complete the rental agreement. Exotic cars and vacation home rentals are available in most major cities, including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York City, Miami and many others. Choosing the car is part of the fun. Do you want a classy, understated ride, a smoking fast roadster, vintage muscle or an all-purpose SUV that’s ready for any adventure? Make a list of your top three choices to make sure that you get one of the rides on your list. Luxury car rental services from VIP Concierge connect clients to the hottest, most exotic cars in every city, and they can find the perfect car for any special occasion. What are you waiting for? Rent a car, and grab the keys.

Pet friendly vacation rentals for you and your furry friend

Pet friendly vacation homes

Scottsdale, AZ #205534 Croatia #204904 Big White, BC #202059 Vancouver, BC #205479 Sun Peaks, BC #203919

It used to be very difficult to find accommodations that opened their doors to the furry members of the family. Thankfully this has changed! Many vacation home owners have dogs of their own or have simply realized that welcoming pets is a great way to attract a wider range of guests who plan their vacation getaways to include their dogs and cats. As dog lovers, we know that our furry friends love the snow, those great beach days and long hikes just as much as we do, and quite frankly the vacation would not be the same without them. No longer is it necessary to leave our four-legged friends behind, only to worry about them and wonder whether they will forgive us after we return. Here are some great pet friendly vacation rentals to get you started. The snow has started to fly, xc ski areas are opening and the downhill resorts are not far behind. Check out this great dog friendly condo up at Big White Ski Resort, located just outside of Kelowna, BC, Canada.  There’s room for everyone to warm up beside this fireplace.

Dog Friendly Big White Condo

Property ID 202059 - Dog friendly Big White condo

Along one of the most amazing coastlines in the world, we found a fantastic “let your tongue hang and chase the waves” beach for Fido by using a private path from this Arch Cape, Oregon unit. Located just 4 miles up the road from Arch Cape is the world-famous Cannon Beach, which is one of the most dog friendly towns along the coast of Oregon.

Unit ID # 207799 - Arch Cape, Oregon

Property ID # 207799 - A dog’s dream beach!

How about exploring some of the designated hiking trails for dogs throughout Smoky Mountain National Park in Gatlinburg, Tennessee? While the park somewhat limits where your dog may go, for a real sense of adventure try the Gatlinburg Sky Lift, taking you and your pooch up 1800 ft. over the Crockett Mountain and providing you with the most spectacular view of the Smoky Mountains.

Endless trails - some designated for dogs

Property ID #107489 – Great Smoky Mtns. of Tennessee

While we have showed you just a few of our pet friendly vacation rentals, we want to assure you that finding your ideal accommodations to include your pampered pet is very easy. Simply visit Owner Direct Vacation Rentals, choose your desired destination then toggle “yes” in the search settings option for “pet friendly rental” on the left side of the page. Remember to wag more and bark less!

Featured destination: Big Island, Hawaii

Big Island

Kailua Kona #74659 Kailua Kona #140662 Kailua Kona #142934 Kailua Kona #112939

This week we have a guest post from Discover Hawaii Tours:

The Big Island is definitely one of Hawaii’s most beautiful spots. Though Oahu is usually the first island most people think of when Hawaii is brought up, there is just as much to see and do on the Big Island – if not more! With beautiful rainforests, beaches, volcanoes and wildlife, the Big Island certainly has its own unique sights and landmarks to experience. Spending a day, or even a few there is definitely a must do when visiting.

Nature awaits with many surprises in Hawaii and on the Big Island. But not only does the Big Island have many natural sights, it also has a rich history. Guided tours can shed light on times past, when the Hawaiian natives developed the traditions and rituals that remain to this day.

With regards to beaches, there are many great ones to stop at and take a swim at, such as Onekahakaha Beach Park near Hilo, Kahaluu beach near Kona, or Kealakekua Beach south of Kona. Don’t forget to visit the Punaluu black sand beach as well. You can even visit the Kapoho tide pools if you’re looking for something besides the beach.

One of the Big Island’s most amazing landmarks has to be Mt. Kilauea. One of the most active volcanoes on earth, visiting this mountain and the Volcanoes National Park gives you the chance to see the lava flow, walk through a lava tube, and learn many things about volcanoes at the museum.  You could even take the Big Island Hawaii Volcano Eco-Adventure Tour, which can get you an amazing view of the volcanoes!

You can purchase locally made products, such as Kona coffee and raw organic honey right from the Big Island. On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, the Hilo Farmers Market is open from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Featuring over 200 local farmers and crafters, this market is certainly an amazing one, with an abundance of fruits and vegetables, many of which are grown on the Hawaiian Islands.

There are also a few Eco tours available that will take you to and from the Big Island. One of them, for example, takes you around the island to various sights and then to the Volcanoes National Park. Some include Waipio Valley, an amazingly beautiful and remote valley, not accessible by car. Zipline tours are also available. If you want to be adventurous and see the beauty of the Big Island in an exciting way, you should consider going snorkelling, going out to see whales in the ocean, swim with the dolphins or going on a sunset cruise that departs from the Kona Coast. The options for fun things to do on the Big Island are endless.

There are many things to do! Check out Discover Hawaii Tours to get started. You can experience many things on the Big Island, making it a trip that will be an experience of a lifetime.