One of my best friends that I used to live with in Columbus moved to Tampa, Florida right after I left for my trip last Spring. Tampa is a sure thing, so I’ve been planning it and flights are booked for December 5th-9th. My friend has some attractions and antics planned for us, like sailing, beaching, and partying – it should be an interesting experience, as I’ve not visited Florida since I was young, when my mother and I lived in Orlando for a summer. I’d like to stay longer than four days in Tampa, but it’s the holidays and I have a lot of projects that I need to finish before the end of the year – because there may be something pretty big coming after the New Year, but that’s news for a later time.
As much as I want to lounge on white beaches with crystal clear blue water, and of course explore the Caribbean some more – as the last time was a very rough experience – but the more I think about it, I think I should hold off until I can explore a lot more of the region. Because if I visit the Caribbean again, I want to do it right, and for a much longer time period – visiting one island at a time isn’t really how I like to do things. I’d much rather travel at a leisurely pace, hopping from one island to the next, as I see fit – what do you think?
And then I think – Hawaii. Oh yes, Hawaii, that’s a MUST visit for me. Beautiful beaches, sunsets, volcanos, and other wonderful landscapes with loads of interesting attractions and historic draws. I know that Hawaii has a lot of development on parts of the islands, but there are still a lot of relatively untouched areas that I want to experience and to photograph. It’s insanely rare and very difficult for me to slow down my natural curiosities and cultural interests for me to have a real vacation, where all I do is focus on what I want to do, while staying relaxed and entertained with activities, rather than exploring and meeting locals, and learning cultures and trying all new things – and yes, I can do a lot of those and still live up the vacationing part of the trip, but it’s rare for me to totally let go of the explorer mindset, I suppose. Even though Hawaii has loads of interesting places, people and cultures, I think I can make an exception and give myself a real break for once – haha. For example of how bad it is sometimes, I will work nearly ten hours a day sometimes, just because I have a lot of projects on my plate and I enjoy what I do, but that severely limits the time for my travels too – and this is something that I must work on this winter.
Anyway. Overall, I’m looking for a relaxing holiday, away from work, crime and tourists… Would you like to weigh in and help me choose something somewhat close to home, yet fits the bill for what I’m looking for?
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