So I’m the type of person who likes to take a vacation and actually chill.
My husband on the other hands, likes to get the blood pumping. I think he is actually worn out when he gets back to work. He thinks of it as blissful exhaustion.
I don’t get it.
The great thing is that cook island has something for both of us.
Lovely beaches made for lounging. Bring the traditional gear like, chairs and coolers, tents and towels, and beers and brats for the grill.
Don’t forget the bug spray as it can get kid of buggy from time to time.
And the sunblock. Your 65 year old self will thank your 35 year old for being so considerate.
2. Parasailing for plenty of fun.
There are several vendors to choose from. They all seem to have the same set up and basically the same rates. The question that I asked was “will his red boat look best in my pictures with my swimsuit or will the blue boat look the best?”
Shallow, huh? I now but in the world of scrapbooking color coordination is key for a great vacation layout.
I probably should have spent some time thinking about the safety record or reading the YELP reviews but I didn’t.
This is something that my husband and I agree on tremendously. There is no such thing as an excellent vacation to a place with crappy food.
I have been known to plan my tourism day around the best breakfast, lunch and dinner places. I might eve book a hotel close to a highly recommended restaurant.
Cook island has some great dining choices. I could recommend a few here but what I will tell you is to scope out the ones with the longest lines. Then get there 30 minutes before everyone else at the next meal. This works like a charm. The staff is still fresh and pleasant. The kitchen isn’t behind on orders and you can get in and out right around the time that the latecomers get cranky.
You can probably guess that this is where my husband and I part ways from time to time. Literally and figuratively. He likes a strenuous, sweaty, clawing you way to the top hike. I do not. I like a leisurely stroll through a grassy meadow, along a river bank or ocean with a few picturesque shots sprinkled in and maybe even a bench or two. Sweaty, dirty hiking pictures do not make great scrapbook pages…but Putt-Putt golf might. Especially when your little one is as cute as this little guy!
So we compromise. He goes on the sweaty climbs with some tour guides or local experts and I lounge on the beach. Then later we take my lazy stroll and he gets lucky.
5. Sightseeing and driving
We agree that when you go to a place, you have to check off the biggies. We also agree that it doesn’t always require a full on white-glove inspection of the place. Some times we’ll just drive by a few popular spots. How many old buildings do your really have to check out from the inside. A few snapshots and maybe a browse through the gift shop and we’re out.
Saves time and energy and gets us back to the best cheeseburger in town 30 minutes ahead of the poor saps trudging through the exhibit.
What would make it really cool is if you took a limo tour instead of the regular crowded tour bus thing…