Three weeks since graduation, and I could not be happier to be done with high school! I am so ready to start adventuring.
10 days ago I changed my flight to come to Hawaii early. Originally I was supposed to come with family on the 21st of June, but I had some money saved so I thought why not? I kind of needed to get away and I REALLY wanted to be able to go to Maui while I was over in the islands.
SO I WENT. Maui is so beautiful – I wish I could have come earlier, but the weekend was great while it lasted. I stayed in a hostel for the weekend, which I will DEFINITELY do again. Staying in hostels is such a cheap way to travel and I met so many cool travelers from all different parts of the world.
When I arrived, I got to meet up with the friend Brittany and her dad, and they took me in for a couple days like a part of the family! Brittany and I parasailed (I splurged) but it was worth it. We made sure we watched every single sunset, even if it meant pulling over on the side of the road. It’s the little things that make your trip really memorable.
The main reason I came to Maui was to see Haleakala, the volcano. One of my favorite singers, Trevor Hall, has a song ‘O Haleakala’ about the volcano and it is such a special song for me. He along with another one of my favorite artists, Nahko, inspired my obsession with going to Haleakala. I got my wish! I woke up at 2 am and was able to see the sunrise from the summit.
It was a beautiful moment to think about life and all the craziness that’s happened lately (plus what’s to come soon). Your problems always seem to be a lot less important when you see how big the world is and how small we really are.
I’m really glad that I decided to come and travel on my own in Hawaii for a week or two. Sure, I could have saved a little more money, but is that what’s really important? We all need to take care of, and do things for ourselves sometimes. Traveling solo always makes me feel more independent and like I can conquer anything that comes my way. And I really needed that feeling. Now I feel like I’m ready to let go of the past and really embrace everything in life. The past couple months haven’t been easy and I was honestly questioning everything that I thought I loved, including traveling.
I always thought that I would never be the person who gets attached. I always thought that I would be the one who would easily leave to follow my dreams. Now here I am, finally leaving, but unsure of what I’m really chasing. Now after being reminded, I know that this is what I LOVE. There’s no way I’m ever going to sacrifice or regret or forget these experiences that I’ve had.
I’m writing this as I sit during my lunch break at the vegan commune that I’m working at this week. More to come on my experience here!
Overall I’m just really really happy that I decided to come to Maui. And that I decided to choose travel over anything else.
Finding peace on the road,