It is a truth universally known that we are not a hiking family. An adventurous family, yes. A we-will-try-many-things-once, yes. But, hikers? Alas, it is not the case.
My father loves to drive. This is a statement which should not be taken lightly. I don’t mean it in a crazy/fast driver sorta way, but he genuinely likes driving. So one of the things he enjoys when we are holiday is driving around the area. When I’m on holiday, I personally prefer to chill in the backseat and take in the sights, so I don’t really get it – but hey, this does mean that my father’s knack for taking the wheel is quite relaxing and convenient for the rest of us.
A couple times now, we have driven around Oahu, one of the most popular of the Hawaiian Islands. Hence, we have accumulated a bit of knowledge/experience and some fun tips for other road-tripping families. So here are some of our top suggestions, brought to you by the Walker family!
Waikiki: loud, packed with tourists and undeniably clichéd. But it is just as undeniable that the place holds an amazing charm which manages to enchant tourists again and again. Yes, it can be overcrowded and bustling, but the people are amazing and the island is beautiful, even in the centre of the city.
My family and I have now ventured into the beautiful Hawaiian paradise four times – needless to say, it has become a favourite family holiday destination. We have seen and done so many things, but one of the best experiences to date remains the morning we spent with the Dolphin Excursions team!
As we came into the Sydney summer season, I had prepared myself for beach sessions and had been long anticipating glorious days under a sweltering sun stretched out on a sarong, lazing on beautiful white-sanded Australian beaches. So this then led me to ponder the last summer which I spent in Italy. Specifically, it led me to ponder the Italian beach experience.
There is an incredible expectation which comes with being one of The Returned. One of those who has gone beyond the boundaries of their comfortable suburban existence and dared to brave the big, wide world. One who has seen things, experienced things, supposedly gone and conquered and returned all the wiser and grander. You get to carry yourself with airs and grace because you are now Travelled.
One of the most stunning architectural pieces to ever be conceptualised, there was no doubt in my mind that I would need to dedicate a blog post to la Sagrada Família. Arguably Gaudí’s most famous structure, and all the more famous in its unfinished state, the basilica is nothing short of breathtaking.
4 – 5 July, 2015
After my mildly traumatic introduction to Barcelona (for those who missed it, see the following: https://lapiccolaviaggiatrice.wordpress.com/2016/11/21/hola-barcelona/), I began to properly explore the city and very promptly fell in love. It is not only for our Australian tendency to truncate words that the city has so fondly been dubbed “Barca” by many Aussie travellers. It’s more than just a nickname – it conveys a sense of intimacy, of affection, of love for a city that is loud and crazy and overwhelming.
Today marks two years from the day that I left Sydney to embark upon the most challenging, heartwarming and definitive six months of my life. Two years ago, I packed my things and moved to the other side of the world for half a year, and it was on my first day in college, terrified and tired and my face tear-stained, that I met Anna.
It’s more than a fad or a craze. More than a phenomenon. It’s a way of life, an essential experience.
It combines two great loves of many tourists and locals alike: shopping, and the beach!