After a few days on Maui, the family and I island hopped over to Hawaii, also known as “The Big Island.” Although Oahu tends to be the typical choice for Hawaiian vacations, my parents wanted us to experience true Hawaii, which is why they chose the Big Island. Linking up with Bonnie from A Compass Rose and Christine from A Keane Sense of Adventure for the Travel Tuesday link up.

The Wandering Weekenders- Travel Tuesday

Our time on the Big Island didn’t start out the best, unfortunately. My mom had booked our stay at the Hilton on the island, and they had overbooked the hotel. Thankfully they put us up in another hotel and gave us some food vouchers for the inconvenience. When we went to the Hilton to pick up the vouchers, we quickly realized that we might have gotten  the short end of the stick with this deal because the hotel was gorgeous! The hotel that we ended up at was nice and had some fabulous beaches, but after our stay at the Westin and seeing the Hilton it just seemed like a downgrade.

The Wandering Weekenders- My First Trip to Hawaii The Big Island

The main thing that The Big Island is known for are all of the active volcanoes on the island, in fact it’s the only Hawaiin island with active volcanoes. We took a day trip to the National Park one day to see the volcanoes, and although they were beautiful I don’t think my sister truly appreciated what we were seeing. After all of our adventures on Maui, looking at volcanoes just wasn’t that exciting.

The Wandering Weekenders- My First Trip to Hawaii The Big Island

The Wandering Weekenders- My First Trip to Hawaii The Big Island

The rest of our time on the Big Island was filled with laying by the pool and on the beach. Living in Houston we’re close to the beach, but we tend to use that term loosely because Galveston is so dirty. Any chance we get to see crystal clear blue water, we’re in heaven!

The Wandering Weekenders- My First Trip to Hawaii The Big Island

The other exciting part about our time on The Big Island was celebrating my 18th birthday with my family. Remember those vouchers we got when they booted us from our hotel, well we used those vouchers to have a wonderful birthday dinner with my family.

Overall, Hawaii was one of the best and most beautiful vacations I’ve ever been on. I loved being able to share my experiences with my family, and I can’t wait to share those experiences with Chris on our own Hawaiian vacation!