Freelance writer Jill Robinson just wrote a post for Vagabonding’s travel blog (thanks for the link, Jill!) titled “Loving Where You Live,” which offers another reason for moving to Hawaii that I hadn’t really thought much about before: to feel like you’re on vacation while you save up your money to go on a “real” vacation.
As Jill points out, if you’re someone with a serious case of wanderlust who would like nothing better than to spend an extended period of time traveling all over the world, then you might as well live somewhere that feels like a vacation destination to you while you work and save up funds to live out the rest of your travel dreams.
What Jill writes has proven true for me. Before I moved to Hawaii, I always longed to travel somewhere warm every winter. And while I don’t have that particular longing anymore, other travel dreams have replaced it. Now that I live in the mid-Pacific and am closer to other Polynesian islands and Asia, I find myself thinking about traveling to places like French Polynesia, Fiji, Bali, New Zealand, Australia, and Southeast Asia.
And although I don’t have the funds at the moment to travel to those destinations, I don’t mind having to wait as much, because I’m loving where I live, in a place I would travel to every winter if I didn’t already live here.
So Bora Bora and Ko Samui will have to wait. In the meantime, I’ll happily settle for Hawaii!