Traveling to paradise (uh, Hawaii*) was the perfect way to start off 2016 with a positive attitude- how can anyone possibly be unhappy in Maui? This trip had been in the works for months and months. When it actually happened, it seemed surreal.
Maui is the best place I’ve ever been. It was beautiful at every angle; even sitting in traffic was made better by the constant views of mountains and ocean. The locals were friendly and kind, quick to offer their favorite hidden restaurants or advise on the best whale watching spots. The atmosphere was different there- relaxed, friendly. Not usually one to take it easy, I felt myself slowly beginning to power down.