A cruise is a delightful way to travel. I'm convinced it is one of the best travel values around. On its short list of frustrations, however, lies the pressure of seeing a port-of-call within a narrowly defined margin of time. What if that small window of opportunity is affected by inclimate weather, or high winds, or choppy seas? There will always be variables. How one handles those variables is the test of a true world traveler.
I'm learning to broaden my scope, dismiss disappointment sooner and replace it with the promise of the unplanned. Some of my best experiences have been when itineraries were tossed and spontaneity prevailed.
And I did. And I had a wonderful time!
I did not plan to ride a scooter along the Kona coast on the Big Island of Hawaii. And yet I did!
I even brought along snorkel gear so I could stop at the beaches along the way.
Brian and I even stumbled upon our best meal of the trip at the suggestion of the scooter rental guy: The Fish Hopper in Kona. The pictures are blurry, but you get the idea...
(I look like such a grandma, huh?)
I didn't plan to hike to a waterfall. But I did that too.
And I didn't plan on swimming under a Hawaiian waterfall, but the stars aligned and I was able to cross this one off my bucket list. Something I have always wanted to do...
It may not always come naturally, but I'm leaving myself open to the possibilties that present themselves unexpectedly. Maybe our "bucket lists" should include a few "yet to be defined" features. Maybe fate's guiding hand will be our most interesting travel guide. Will we be willing to let outside forces illuminate our paths and direct our footsteps? I hope so. It can sure turn out to be a lot of fun.