This is a guest post by Denyse Whelan
Seniors Abroad. Solo. By myself.
I’m a child of the 50s.
I’m a teen of the 60s.
I’m a senior in the 00s
My dad went there for 6 weeks on a training course (so he said!) run by the Harvard School of Management. He adored the place. He took Mum there about 6 times throughout their years of travel. They had friends there too.
I heard about the beauty, and beaches and the ambience from Dad, and Mum.
But I also had my views…. growing up as I did near the beaches of Manly, North Steyne and Queenscliffe, that I was a “surfer girl”.
In fact, I used to sing, on the school bus….going part the beach to school in nearby Harbord (now Freshwater) “Ride Ride Ride The Wild Surf”
I might now be a respected Education Consultant, but then I was a “surf-mad, stompy wompy real gone surfer girl”in 1966.
Travelling solo via Hawaiian Airlines was not a problem for me at all.
I am a planner. Oh am I a planner! The offices of the local Flight Centre saw me dropping by most weeks as the trip firmed for me. I joined the Hawaiian Airlines Premier Club. I bought clothes. (I know, I bought clothes..and I was going to the land of the beach!)
Then I left. Via Sydney, on the hottest ever January day. 1 Jan 2006 the mercury was 46degrees celsius. I was more than a bit nervous. The airport was in blackout mode.
When I finally boarded that plane, late at night, and the air condtioning came on…and hawaiian music was gently playing, and we were welcomed by lovely Hawaiian people….I relaxed.
I spent quite some time around Ohau, going to the Arizona Memorial, doing a day trip around the Northern Part of Ohau, and relaxing on Waikiki Beach which was one block back from where I stayed. It was amazing!
I also had three days over on the Big Island of Hawaii, and I hired a car. Yes, surfer girl in a convertible mustang. Go, me. But I did have one major disappointment. On my way driving from Kona to Hilo, I managed to take one turn incorrectly and…ended up not where the helicopter was taking off to go to the Volcanoes…no, back to the Black Lava of Kona. I did a 360!!
As a Surfer Girl I was keen to see the BIG waves on the North Shore when I was on Oahu. So, armed with camera, off I went on the bus to see this
but this is what I saw.
Flat as a ….much disappointment.
However, I did feel the love of Hawaii as had my parents. They’d given me some US dollars to buy a drink and have it under the Banyan Tree. I did.
I have wonderful memories.
It is never too late to fulfill your travel dreams
Have you visited Hawaii? Are you fulfilling your travel dreams?
Bio: The writer is Denyse Whelan Education Specialist. She is keen to travel more, and in addition to going to Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast in early 2012, Denyse is attending BlogHer’12 a conference in New York City in August. Follow Denyse on twitter or on her Education Specialist Blog