No matter where you live, spring travel is synonymous with the search for warm weather. While the sunshine may help keep the blues at bay, it takes more than just golden rays to make a trip unforgettable.
Whether you're taking a family vacation, a couples escape or a getaway with friends, these insider tips will help you plan a successful trip:
Look for a variety of activities at well-known destinations
The best trips happen when you find a destination that everyone loves and you stay on budget. Start by researching areas that have something for everyone so no one feels left out. In Hawaii, the island of Oahu with virtually endless attractions, world-class dining and miles of beautiful shoreline - is one of these gems that also happens to offer affordable things to do.
Once you determine your desired activity, dig in to find the deal that's right for you. Sometimes the resort's concierge can offer themed packages that also provide special offers on museum tickets, concerts and other special events. Or you can make your own trip, allowing each member of your party to pick their favorite must-see attraction.
Try something new
It's important to enjoy some R&R, but also make time to try something new on your trip. This will take you outside your comfort zone, which can stimulate the mind in new and exciting ways. What's more, it's how you create lasting memories.
With growing interest in adventure travel, many destinations are offering exciting and fun experiences for all age groups. On Oahu, for example, you can try Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP), which allows you to surf without a wave, or indulge your inner adventureous spirit by learning to SCUBA dive.
For a truly memorable experience without having to leave the resort, The Kahala Hotel & Resort offers Hawaii’s finest canoe sailing adventure tour. Holokino Hawaii provides riders with an authentic cultural tour of Oahu’s Kona district from the vantage point of the ocean looking back towards land. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in Hawaii's most traditional ocean experience, a voyage aboard a Hawaiian Sailing Canoe. The trip will include a guided historical tour of the various Ahupua'a (land divisions) while learning about Polynesian non-instrument navigation. Guest Voyagers will have the opportunity to practice basic way finding techniques that have been used by Navigators for centuries throughout the Pacific.
Embrace experiential eating
Eating is one of the best ways to truly experience what makes a destination unique, so be sure to eat like a local, and maybe even fish like one, too. Eating turns into a memorable experience when you've helped catch your main dish. Sign up for a shrimping, crabbing or a deep-sea fishing excursion and enjoy an adventure plus a delectable meal.
If you'd rather avoid the open sea, you're not out of luck. Seek out restaurants that source ingredients locally. That could mean eateries that boast a farm-to-table or sea-to-table experience so you enjoy the freshest fare available.
Become a history buff
Virtually anywhere you go in the United States, you'll discover a fascinating history of how it came to be. When you make time to explore museums, walk stunning gardens and visit memorials, you'll be able tell tales back home that you would otherwise have never known.
For an insider's glimpse into history, check out National Historic Landmarks. For example, the Arizona Memorial in the Pearl Harbor area just celebrated the 75th anniversary. In addition to beautiful scenery, you'll experience the heritage of the area up close.
These four steps will help you plan a vacation that your travel crew will be raving about long after you return home. Best yet, you'll have memories that will last a lifetime.