Welcome to my new travel blog, Aloha & Arrivederci. I am a 30-something year old woman living on Oahu and constantly thinking about my next adventure. I moved here with my husband about 4 years ago with plans to open a business, start a new journey, and have a little fun. Since moving to Oahu, we’ve traveled among the islands, enjoyed the lifestyle that comes along with being in such a beautiful setting and have taken a few exciting trips back across the ocean. With each flight and each new plan, I get more and more excited about the future.
Quitting my job, selling our house (and most of our belongings) to move to Hawaii in the pursuit of happiness has taught me many things. The first thing on that list? Life is SHORT. Take the plunge, make the move, apply for the job you think you’ll love, take the afternoon off to hike that mountain, spend the money on seeing a new city or a new country and make the most of this ONE life you have. I believe that money spent on travel is never money wasted, no matter where you go or what you see. Opening your eyes to the world around you teaches you that you aren’t the center of the universe and you’ll never know what you’re missing until you take the first step.
I also believe that when it comes to enjoying our lives and savoring moments, Americans have it all wrong. We are taught from a young age to believe that we need to be busy, busy, busy all the time or we’re doing something wrong. We end up living to work, instead of working to live. As cliche as that is, it’s true! We spend more time at work than we do with our own families. If we take too many vacations, we are made to feel guilty about it. If we take an afternoon off to recover from our stressful job or familial responsibilities, we’re “lazy” or we hear things like “Oh, it must be nice to have so much time and money you can waste in on traveling!”
Italians, on the other hand, have it all right in my opinion. They savor the moment- they savor their meals, their relationships, and of course, their delicious wine. They know how important it is to take care of themselves and to ENJOY their lives. They aren’t in a rush to finish a meal and get right back to work like we are. Their priorities are different and we could all use a little more of that mentality.
I was lucky enough to study abroad in Italy in college and recently went back to visit for one of the best trips of my life. They really know what they’re doing over there when it comes to relaxation and enjoyment. I decided on the name “Aloha & Arrivederci” because although I plan to blog about more places than Hawaii and Italy, these are two places very dear to my heart and they just make me happy – that’s what it’s all about right?
I plan to use this blog as a travel journal of where I’ve been and where I’m going next. I love photography although the better the iPhone gets, the less often I take my real camera places with me. My hope is that this blog re-inspires my love of photography, helps me to re-live my favorite moments from my past travels, and reminds me to always keep planning the next adventure. In the meantime, if you stop here and find some inspiration or if my trials and tribulations along the way can help you plan your next trip, that’s great – I’m happy to help! Now go get out and see the world!