I first met Charlene, a representative for the Maui in June, but I still had so much to do and see there were no thoughts of Maui when I had so much pig to look forward to in Spain. When I returned to Toronto I couldn’t bear to think about getting on the road again, everyone kept asking me what’s next. I had no idea, I just wanted to stay home.
The wanderlust was gone.
But then this year we started talking and the thought of Maui made me excited to travel again. I was feeling that spark that again, I felt ready to discover and actually enjoy travel.
There was one problem.
Many blog/press trips involve someone going for 5-7 days, cramming a million sights and sounds into those days and then trying to crank out posts that sound like it was a vacation when it often isn’t.
I don’t want that. I’m not a reporter or a journalist. I want this site to be about MY experiences traveling, not the 10 things you should do in a city.
The good news is that these trips are often like this because people have such short vacation time. But I don’t. I’m trying to build a new life where I can do contract work and travel MY WAY in between. I will do shorter trips in the future, maybe even short press trips – but it doesn’t feel right for Maui.
So I explained to Charlene that there are two things I know to be true about Maui:
1) Maui is on everyone’s bucket list but they think if they don’t go on their honeymoon they need to wait until their 50th anniversary. It’s a trip of a lifetime, or at least people think it’s so expensive it has to be that way.
2) Staying in 5-star resorts is wonderful, but I get lonely staying in luxury on my own with other couples. I need to get out beyond resort grounds. I don’t want to be lonely in Maui.
I know the hotels and spas will be wonderful but I want to see and do more. I want to learn about the culture of Maui. One week is not enough. Charlene understood so I have big news.
I’m going to Maui for a month!
For the next four weeks I’m busy researching what I should do, Caanan and Kent loved Maui but I need more ideas. I’d love to hear what you want to know about – within reason because let’s face it, I’m not hiking for more than a few hours at a time. But you can count on me eating a lot, hopefully learning how to make some food and perhaps taking a language or ukelele lesson or two…
So tell me folks, what do you think I should do?