Visiting Hawaii for Christmas

Winter break is always a popular travel time, and despite the crowds, sometimes you need to take advantage of the holiday season. And if you are looking to escape the cold, Hawaii may be the perfect destination for you! And from my own experience, I’ll will tell what you can expect from Hawaii at Christmas time.img_5491

  1. Deciding Where to Go

    Hawaii has many different islands, with different appeals. When choosing, keep in mind of what you want from your trip. If you want a relaxing vacation where you don’t do much but hang out at the beach compared to wanting a trip going to different attractions, will effect the island you’ll want to visit. When I went last year, my family split our trip on to two islands.  Maui is a great island to visit if you want to relax at the breach. Maui has amazing beaches that are near hotels and other accommodation. While there are many activities to do, like surfing or zip lining, the main attraction is hanging out on the beach. This is a popular spot for Canadians to travel to. It almost seems like every tourist you talk to is Canadian, and my family ran into many friends from home.  The other island I visited was the big island. This island has more tourist attractions, with includes volcanos and culture. Research the islands before you book, to make sure your visiting an island that will be perfect for your vacation.

  2. Booking ahead of time

    Hawaii is a super popular place, and is especially busy during winter break when family have time off. To sucre plane tickets and accommodation you may have to book months in advance, especially if you want to go and stay at a nice place.

  3. The experience

    Hawaii is a warm and welcoming place. I arrived on boxing day, so I didn’t get the Hawaii christmas experience like a few friends do every year, but from the aftermath I saw, there wasn’t much. Don’t expect a christmas setting when you arrive, because you will be disappointed. My personal view is that Hawaii doesn’t need the decoration, but if it is important to you can make your stay more christmassy but doing your own activities. decorate your hotel room. Wear christmas shirts.Bring a few gifts to exchange on christmas day. whatever you want. Hawaii is always a fun time, especially if you are with the right people. I went with my family and brought along relatives to join us and we had a great time. Our time in Maui was laid back, spending all our time at the beach with several shaved ice breaks. When we went to the big island, we stayed in Kona. Everyday we would drive somewhere new. To new beaches or to the volcanos we had a great time.

There is a reason Hawaii is so popular. The weather is warm as well as the water. The island is beautiful and stepping on to the island for the first time is like stepping into travel magazine. It is even relaxing in its busy seasons. Hawaii is a great destination to travel to.IMG_2355

Travel to Understand History

My go to tourist location is always a historical spot or a museum. Maybe its a habit I’ve gotten from my parents who have dragged me to everything educational, from  old battle fields to Winston Churchill museums. Or maybe my love of history in general has made me fond of these experiences.

Travel can be eyeopening, it is my favourite way of learning about the world. And from my experiences of learning over the years, my knowledge of history has expanded greatly. I have eaten lunch in Place of Versailles, pretended to throw tea into the Boston harbour, and have walked along Juno beach (one of the five D-Day beaches). When you visit some where, you have a chance to discover the current culture and appearance, you can also learn about some of the reasons on why its like that today.

I have so many memories from visiting museums and historical sites. Depending on where you go, you will experience shock, awe or pure interest. Walking around old gold mine towns like Barkerville, Canada or Ballarat, Australia. Visiting the monument on Vimy ridge. There is so much to experience, and every little thing counts. I’ve seen one of Napoleons hats in person, and Laura Seacord’s house, which I consider to be two special experiences.

History provides a sense of reason when looking at todays world, and explaining why its like this today. It can expand your world view. In class, I always have more historical events to reference because of all the traveling I’ve done. Knowledge is always a good thing.

Historical sites are also a great activity, even if you aren’t interested in the learning aspect. Old buildings can be beautiful and the tours make you feel like you are truly visiting your destination. My suggestion is to always make room for these experiences when you are away.

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house of seven gables 

The Underrated Town of Salem

On my trip to  Boston I got to spent one of my mornings and afternoons at Salem. Salem is famous for its rich American history and the witch trials. Salem’s most popular tourist season is Halloween, but this wonderful town is still nice to visit any other time of the year.

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Grave Yard in Salem

I visited in mid March, not expecting much, and I ended up having a blast! Salem has an aesthetic that is uniquely their own and it makes this city exciting to see. With old architecture, Salem is a charming town with many stories to tell. The large willow trees and the beautiful ocean side to admire. If you are taking a tour, like I was, there is a rule where you must have a salem tour guide show you around. This is a good thing as this tour guide is likely more informed then the one who took you there. The woman we had take us around the city had lived there her entire life and was passionate about the history and the buildings that make Salem great. She made the tour more personal when she mentioned that she was a descendant of one of the victims of the trials. Although she did have some confusion when engaging Canadians (she asked if we were obsessed with “Tom Hortons”), she was entertaining and engaging.

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Charming buildings

The entire town is charming. You don’t have to go on a tour to enjoy salem. There are many attractions to visit just on your own. The House of Seven Gables was interesting and worth doing, even if you are not informed of its story.

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House of Seven Gables

The is graveyards and memorials you can visit. The are also museums and cute shops to check out. My friends and I ate lunch at Red’s cafe. The people there were wonderful and nice, which was refreshing as they treated us like people and not the rotten teenager treatment we had been getting. And The food was amazing, my friends even ordered take out so they could eat it again later!  img_6748

We left way to soon to fully enjoy the town, which I regret. I would return in a heart beat and spend a day or two there. This town is an underrated get away that you’ll definitely enjoy if halloween is your favourite celebration or you like history and charming towns!