I have been so lazy with this blog, I’m actually writing this a few months late. I DID go to the South Pacific, though! But then I came back :'( I thought I’d share this post anyway so as to give my itinerary. More posts on my destinations will be up in the future as I have so much to share about my trip, which was one of the best I’ve ever taken.
This all started with too much vacation days and the promise to my boss that I’d be taking them soon (“soon” was to be loosely interpreted). I was in a dreadful state, mentally and emotionally, and I knew I needed to get away from it all, but where? I felt completely drained and didn’t think I had the energy to go anywhere far, or do anything that would require too much stamina on my part. I had planned to go to Haiti for 2 weeks, but the plan fell through and I was stuck with no set destination. I played around with ideas like yoga in the Bahamas, but then got too exhausted thinking about well if I’m there, might as well see the Out Islands, etc… I finally settled on going to Los Angeles for a week to see a friend of mine. But just when I was about to book my ticket, I thought that since I’d already have flown as far as the Pacific Coast, maybe I could stretch the trip a little and, you know, maybe try to reach… the South Pacific?
There I was, drained and exhausted, and thinking of venturing alone to South Pacific islands. Well, I guess this was exactly what I needed because in the time it takes to spell out Fiji, I had booked a 3-part trip to the other side of the world. The weirdest thing? I was actually feeling alive, full of energy and, well, a bit in shock. But hey! I was going to the South Pacific! Crossing a new continent off the list! Going to visit islands I’d dreamed of visiting! I was beyond ecstatic.
I didn’t have a lot of time to draft my itinerary so I got to work and planned it as follows:
- 5 nights in Los Angeles (with a day venture to Palm Springs)
- A red eye flight to Fiji, leaving on April 19th and arriving on April 21st, making sure I skipped the dreaded anniversary of my father’s death on April 20th (Ha! So clever!).
- 2 days 2 nights in Fiji
- A short but oh-so-pricey flight to Samoa
- 7 nights in Samoa
- Then back to Fiji for 3 more nights
There were a few hiccups along the way, but as I said it turned out to be one of my favorite trips -especially Samoa- and I enjoyed every minute of it. From navigating LA by public transport (who does that?!) to all the mid-century modern architecture of Palm Springs, from swimming with sharks in Fiji to sleeping outside on the beach in front of a lagoon in Samoa, this trip was absolutely crazy and I am so glad and so proud for having chosen the challenging road.
Keep an eye out for tales and photos from this incredible adventure!