“I want to go to Fiji!”
That comment came so out of left field from my son, I didn’t even know which way to turn to catch it.
Let me back up just a smidgen.
My son isn’t very well travelled. I flat out couldn’t afford it all his life. I was busy with my nose to the grindstone, plus being a sole parent kinda threw a wrench into finances for a good long time.
Well, I can see this slowly changing… and it excites me! Last summer we flew to Maui, which was such an eye opener for both of us. I’m afraid he didn’t really fully get it while there… but once home, he now appears to know what he had.
I think the first one was just one big whirlwind ride in a plane, landing somewhere cool, sleeping a few nights near an ocean, then flying home again. You really don’t get deep down what you just did when you’ve never done it before, and it clips by so quickly.
But I did.
Every living second I was there, I wanted to stop time. I was actually in tears every day, sitting in front of crashing waves against the shore with kona coffee in hand. It was very humbling and overwhelming to go back after 15 long years.
And then this past Christmas to Disney. It was still a push to get him out the door… but once he was plugged in, he truly had a blast! And constantly asks when we will go back.
So when this Fiji request came, I had to laugh… I mean, that location is so random!
I’ve personally never flown outside of North America before, but I sure would love to. So I sat down tonight and tapped a few keys…
“Who flies from Vancouver to Fiji how long how much?
17 hours plus.
Nearly 4k for just flight.
We were restless with 5 hours to Maui! 🙂
And then I looked at a map. Do you have any idea how close Australia is? And New Zealand? That would drive me crazy to not see it all. Which is completely out of the question.
Here’s the part where I talk myself out of it… indecision and being overwhelmed hard at work. Take heed.
But I have a little secret to share with you. I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland. From the accents to the green rolling hills, to take a bike tour, or just mill around the pubs and quaint shops… I’d just die. DIE.
Have you watched PS I Love You? Yeah… THAT Ireland.
But I realize my son’s eyes would glaze over with a trip like that, so I shall probably do that one… well, maybe never. Who knows.
I mean, all these places are incredible. But I can’t use my free companion ticket (LOL), and… well… there’s more.
It’s very far away. For me. 🙂 You know… without a well travelled companion for emotional support. Yes. I kinda need that!
5 hours. Companion ticket. Translates to under $500 for flight. And maybe if we go half Maui and half Kaui… maybe. It’s certainly way more do-able and affordable from where we live.
Ever type in Kaui then select IMAGES? Do that. Breathtaking.
And then I thought, Mexico… on the Caribbean side.
Never been. I want to go and experience it. I want to drive to villages and take in authentic food. I want to safely stay in an all inclusive. All that.
But can I be perfectly honest? Mexico scares me. Maybe if we went with friends or something… I don’t know. It’s just not a comfort zone. I think we are still in the ‘getting our feet wet’ zone and I’d just like to know we were perfectly safe in everything we do and eat and all that.
For those that have been to Hawaii AND Mexico, care to chime in what we may be missing out on? Other than a much better deal so I hear… so there’s that. Hmm…
‘A next’ is very important to us, because my boy is 15, and his time with me is shortening at an alarming rate.
But for just today? I’m just thrilled he’s even agreeing to this! It feels like a lottery win…
So my friends… I live near Vancouver, BC Canada. Where in the world would you take a 15 year old boy over spring break or summer, knowing what we have already done?
And if we did the Kauai thing, where would you stay?
Thank-you for holding my hand, like only you can do… 🙂
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