As I’ve mentioned before, Page and I love to travel whenever we can find room in the budget and on the calendar. Rather than buying anniversary gifts, we tend to celebrate with a get-away around that time of year. We spent our first anniversary in Vegas for a weekend, we took a shopping road trip full of hubby-planned surprises to Minneapolis for our second, we explored Savannah for our third year, and as for our fourth…well, we skipped a trip all together since we figured buying a house two weeks before our anniversary was more than plenty for that year!
So with a couple years behind us since our last excursion, and our five-year anniversary upon us, we decided to go for it and book tickets to somewhere neither of us had ever been…
We are headed to the island of O’ahu (home to Honolulu for anyone like me who is Hawaii-geography-challenged) for a week the end of this year. We are beyond excited and lucky to have a good friend who has lived on O’ahu the past two years helping us hash out the details of what to do (and what not to bother with) so that we can see all of the amazing parts of the island and really get to experience the state. While we plan to get plenty of relaxing sun and cocktail time in, we didn’t want to go all the way to Hawaii just to sit at a resort and never leave. We are stoked to get out and DO things like hike the infamous Koko Head, tour Pearl Harbor, drive the coastal highways, and take tons of photos. We’ve talked about doing a Jeep tour, trying something out of our (well, MY) comfort zone like kayaking, and of course dining, dining, dining, on all of the delicious island cuisine.
The only thing that could come close to the fun of planning the trip…is shopping for it. I love packing for trips, planning out outfits, and in the case of this extra-long trek, gearing up for the flight itself.
Knowing this trip was in the works, I’ve been on the lookout for a cool and versatile carry-on sized bag all summer. Since I’ll be carrying on my camera bag as my personal item, I wanted something that I could carry as my “purse on steroids” and have everything I need on-hand. I just ordered this Tory Burch bag and love that I can fit my typical purse items, magazines/books, and laptop/chargers in here, no problem!
Speaking of bringing my camera bag, I am in love with mine, which can hold my camera body, flash, 3-4 lenses and a few accessories. (The compartments are so smartly laid out, I would never have guessed so much could fit in this bag.) It’s also uber helpful that I can strap a lightweight tripod to the front so we’ll be able to get a couple shots with both of us in them! The whole reason I went with this bag is because I can strap it to my back and in a second, swing it around sideways and unzip my camera out when I’m ready to take a shot. But when I’m not shooting, the bag is very comfortable to wear and I sort of forget it’s even there. I will definitely take it on the day or two we try a hike and probably just carry my camera on its own in a tote when we’re shopping or eating out…but basically my goal is to see how many times Page can give me his “you’re SUCH a tourist” eye roll in one week.
More than once, I’ve been tempted to buy one of these in an airport before a long flight. I figured the eleven-hour leg from Denver to Honolulu is a good a time as any to try one out. Of course it had to be in a fun girly pattern.
There’s something about packing a never-worn outfit for a trip. I love pulling out a brand new piece (or a few!) when you’re living it up on vacation. Since there won’t be any warm climate clothing available in Iowa when we get ready to leave this winter, I figured I should take advantage of the summer sale racks now. I came across this bargain aqua/blue dress this week and have the perfect bright blue patent flip flops to put with it. It’s pretty zoomed-out in this photo, but up close, I really love the pattern. I already stashed it in my office closet so I’m not tempted to wear it before our trip!
I’m so looking forward to putting together some plans (and doing plenty of unplanned stuff once we get there) and of course writing all about it when we get back. Anyone been to O’ahu? Have any must-do items we should consider??