“And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.” – Pico Lyer
My favourite time of the year, holiday time – and this year’s destination; Fiji
The best part of choosing a destination like this, is the fact that it is only a 3-hour flight until you land safe and sound and in the heart of your chosen country.
we had waited over 100 days to finally depart for this trip and was over the moon it had finally arrived; our 11-day little getaway.
We spent multiple days relaxing by the pool, the beach, drinking cocktails and watching the clouds go by, but my favourite were the days we spent at local schools, or villages. The days spent ziplining through the forest or diving off boats. The days Horse riding on the beach and bathing in mud.
Fiji was the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation which was exactly what I needed.
We stayed at Fiji Hideaway Resort and Spa which was this unique, secluded Resort that reminded me of a modern version of the camp site in Parent Trap. With a communal diner, frequent activities and some the friendliest group of employees you could ever imagine – I would recommend and go here 100 times over. Not only is this resort family orientated and relaxed, it is also the only Resort in Fiji that is locally managed and owned.
Tours and resorts are one thing but something that gets me every time is how amazing the people are you meet along the way. The way you share an instant connection and can build friendships so quickly because you are all doing the one thing that makes you happy; traveling the world.
So, to the girl with the free spirit, dancing around the bonfire with a drink and cigarette in your hand – thank you – you made me appreciate how lucky we were, under the stars and on the beach – In Fiji.
There were however, a few hiccups along the way – but, what is a trip without these?
Not only was the weather unpredictable, we had issues with our transport and bookings, and I got sick. I can officially confirm that there is something now called Fiji belly – and sadly, I had it twice.
I wasn’t entirely impressed with getting it the day of our 25km rafting trip that cost $300 per person…
But somehow, I managed to enjoy the day and not throw up, which was a massive achievement if I may say so myself.
If there’s anything I’ve learnt in this trip, it’s to take each day as it comes, enjoy the ride no matter what is thrown at you, or what is thrown out of you.
On a happier note – Fiji also presented one of my favourite travel experiences I have had to date – Cloud 9.
Cloud 9 is a floating bar in the middle of the ocean, it is located at the Ro Ro Reef in the Mamanuca Island and is absolutely breathtaking. Whether you want to snorkel, relax, tan, get drunk, eat the amazing wood fire pizza or jump off the two-story bar – this place will have you craving more. Cloud 9 was the highlight of my trip, a memory that will stay with me forever, and something I promise you, I will do again.
We all know what happens when you finally start to wind down and relax – Click of the fingers and the trip comes to an end. Fiji was a unique, friendly and beautiful place and, it taught me to slow down (I’m officially on Fiji time)
so with that being said, it’s time to reset the clock and start kicking goals at work, and life.