The sand is warm and soft between my toes as I sit on the beach watching surfers catch waves. I relax on the beach and a feeling of pure bliss washes over me. The fresh, ocean air fills my lungs as my skin absorbs Vitamin D from the sun’s rays. Perfect isn’t a strong enough word to describe this moment. Then, I hear the phone ring and I am pulled out of my daydream and back to the wretched reality of my 9-5 job.   

     Being a travel addict, my days are often filled with daydreams of places I have been and new destinations I want to explore. When I close my eyes, I picture beautiful beaches, lush rainforests and mountain ranges. I imagine myself sitting in a coffee shop in Paris drinking a cappuccino, eating a croissant and reading a good book. Then “nek” minute I am admiring the beauty of South Africa as I hike up Table Mountain. The world has endless adventures and I want to experience them all.

   Thanks to awesome photos and videos from adventuring brothers Joshua and Caleb Buchanan, I can’t get Oahu, Hawaii off my mind. Oahu is the perfect representation of paradise. You can take it easy and enjoy the relaxing vibes of the island life while you sip Mai Tai’s on the beach all day. Once you are done relaxing, you can go on some incredible adventures. If you’re like me and understand the art of hiking, Oahu has some amazing trails that you should definitely trek, like The Crouching Lion Trail, Koko Crater Trail and Diamond Head Trail. If surfing is something you need to cross off your bucket list, Oahu is the place you need to be. Learn to surf where surfing was born! (It doesn’t get better than that, folks.) Cool off in the ocean with some snorkeling and swimming with marine life, just remember don’t touch the turtles, it’s illegal.

Here is what Joshua had to say about Oahu,

“I would recommend Oahu to someone who has never been because of the different culture and vibe, even though it is an American State, when you get there it feels like something totally new and different from the mainland. Everyone is way more relaxed and laid back and everyone seems to be happy. Also if you have never been to a tropical place it’s awesome to experience the jungle, with the vines and banana trees and coconut trees, along with the warm blue oceans and sea life such as turtles, dolphins, and Manta rays. Plus the fruit and Kalua Pig and Shrimp! Such awesome food! I would recommend using one morning at least to catch a Hawaiian sunrise and try snorkeling and surfing! Just really dive into the culture and island life there and you will not regret it!”

    Watch Joshua and Caleb’s video of the island and fall in love with Oahu. Get glimpses of (deep breath in) North Shore, Spitting Caves, Waimanalo Beach, Electric Beach, Lanikai Beach, China Walls, Waimea Bay, White Plains Bay, Makapuu Tide Pools, Koko Head Trail, Diamond Head Trail, Crouching Lion Trail, Pillbox Trail, Hanauma Bay, and Waikiki.  If Oahu is not already on your travel bucket list after watching, it will be. If you need help planning your trip to Oahu (or anywhere) contact me and I’ll be your travel buddy.