13 Candles In Paradise - My Family Travels

Everyone is born into a family with already established characteristics. Some kids are born to dads that are addicted to baseball while others are born to moms who are still in love with John Travolta. There is nothing we can do to change the surroundings we are born into; however we do have the choice to continue in our parents’ footsteps, or take completely different paths. I happened to be born to a mother who has an obsession for traveling; and I hope to follow her example.


    I have only traveled out of state to one place, Hawaii, yet I hope to continue traveling. My uncle decided to send my dad and I for my 13th birthday. Our travels started at LAX Airport. My dad and I said our goodbyes, then we were off on a 2551 mile flight to Honolulu.


Flying into the island was beautiful, I was lucky enough to have a window seat. Upon landing we were greeted with the tradition welcome of leis. Local islander music was playing, the weather was humid but not in the gross way, and the air had a strangely sweet aroma of freshness.


    My uncle drove us from the airport to our resort in Waikiki. The coast was in clear view from the highway, and we could see Diamond Head in the distance. I was amazed at how green everything was. The palm trees, rain trees, pineapple fields and coconut trees were everywhere. What made these trees even more beautiful were vibrant birds living in them. Green, red, orange, you name it. They were so colorful! I almost didn’t believe my eyes. I mean, it was too much like the movies.


    To my surprise, it just got better. Our resort -the Hale Koa- was right on the coast and our room had balcony with a clear view of the ocean. Once settled I decided to go explore. I happily walked through the resort and onto the beach. The air still smelt sweet, yet it now had a fierce breeze.


      Then my breath was taken away. The water! I have never seen so many different shades of blue. There were no waves on this side of the beach, just clear turquoise water. The sun reflected off of the water making the ocean look like it was full of diamonds. I waded in a couple of feet and looked down to see little, silvery fish swimming around, adding even more sparkle.


     A couple more feet in and the water turned to a deeper blue as it was no longer shallow. The temperature was pleasantly warm, making it an enjoyable swim. I marveled at how this place, not more than a 5 hour plane ride from home, was so gorgeous. Paradise really is the perfect word to describe it.


       The rest of my vacation was spent just on the beach. I discovered more exquisiteness by swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect birthday present. However the enjoyment was not the only thing I got out of it.


      My vacation also taught me. If I was so awed by Hawaii, how will I feel if I visit Europe? Because of this trip I realize my ignorance of what else is out there to discover. Now, I can’t wait to travel and I want it to be apart of my education. Like my mother, I hope to study abroad while in college. There is so much to gain from this world, and it is my goal to obtain it.  




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