family travels off the beaten path

Oahu Bound

Oahu Bound

Hawaii is a relatively easy adventure from the Pacific Northwest, so I am not sure why we don’t go there more often.

We started our journey on a flight to Honolulu. As luck would have it, we ended up being on the same flight as some of the big girls’ classmates. This was a completely unplanned twist of fate, which provided our girls with some nice breaks in our travels to check in with their pals and gave me a chance to dive into one of the books I brought with.

Our littlest, Z, did well on the flight. Flights with her have always been a breeze when we pack the right entertainment. The biggest hit by far? Window gel-clings from the dollar spot at Target. I don’t travel without them! She can stick them on the windows, the tray table, peel them off, rip them apart, honestly…whatever she wants! They truly provided a solid 2 hours of entertainment for her and I was only out $2 (one set for the way there and another set for the way home).

A few snack boxes and 5 hours later, we safely landed on Oahu. We opted to rent our car from an offsite Hertz Рsaving over $150 for the week. Travel tip: Always check to see if the car rental company has a location offsite near the airport, you get to avoid airport taxes and price mark ups. #winning 

We love to stay off the beaten path and our VRBO for the week was definitely that. We were on the West Coast of the island – away from tourists and surrounded by locals. Our house was right on the beach and made the perfect base camp for our adventures throughout the week. The girls could play in the sand, water and we also had several tide pools in the lava rocks to explore.

Ready to see the island? Read on my friends, the adventure is about to begin.