Don't let ostensible reasons stop you from experiencing this wonderful adventure!
In this chapter I try to summarize what I feel the travel guides you might read for preparation aren't describing the way I think they should. I hope some items are interesting or useful for you. Please keep in mind that all statements refer to starting in Germany, you mileage may vary
„Hawaii is too far away”Sure, the flight to Hawaii is comparable to Australia or New Zealand - depending from where you start. But even if you start in Germany (can you start farther away?), there are many convenient connections including but not limited to:
„Hawaii is only worthwile for longer holidays”Almost correct, you should invest at least 14 full days on Hawaii (add 3-5 days for outward and return journey and the stop-over in California) for expenses, effort and jet lag to "pay". Altogether you should calculate with 2,5 to 3 weeks. Given the opportunity, however, I'd rather spend 10 days there than no days at all
„Holiday on Hawaii is much too expensive”This depends on your interests and possibilities very much.
„Hawaii is humid and too hot”Bingo, this was my main concern when the discussion about travelling to Hawaii started. As someone almost always suffering under warm weather, Hawaii seemed to be the least suitable travel destination for me. But I have to admit that I was mostly wrong. The never-too-hot temperatures, cooled by a constant breeze and the almost omnipresent air conditioning in hotels, restaurants, shops and cars, make Hawaii a suitable travel destination even for "polar bears" like me. If you want to see the sunrise on Haleakala, Maui (and if you plan a stopover in San Francisco ) you will even need a pullover.
„"I neither surf nor sunbathe - why should I go there?”If you've seen all the fotos and stories on these pages and still stick to this opinion, please tell me. In this case I blatantly failed to transfer my message. Hawaii is a wunderful travel destination - you won't find me surfing or sunbathing, too. Perhaps at a crater rim, at the foot of a rainbow or by making fotos of a sunset as if it was the last one on earth
„"There is no beer on Hawaii”Well, though you are talking to a beer spurner, I can assure you that there are all possible and impossible types of imported beer and an increasing number of local breweries (due to a law that selling beer is allowed where it is brewed - which seems to be much easier than to simply get a liquor license...). And there is even wine raised and pressed on Hawaii (look for the Tedeschi Winery, Ulupalakua Ranch on Maui) - both from grapes and from (surprise) pineapple. Sitting on the beach watching the sunset with a tropical drink isn't too bad, either.
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