This year is my parents' 40th anniversary. I really want to contribute my bit to their happy marriage. As a traveler and adventurer in heart (but not much in act), I can not find any better gift than going to Hawaii with them. Deep down I am very eager to be there myself, just like everyone.
My parents and I love to travel together. As Chinese immigrants, They cannot speak much English. The language barrier limits my mother's passion for traveling. In the pass we always join the guided tour offer by companies in China Town. Their tours are always rush, not going where I really want, expensive, and most importantly, do not offer the feeling of adventure. During their trip, there are always someone getting lost, and we all have to wait. If the tour guide is greedy or nasty, the whole trip would be very unpleasant.
I still remember vividly we had a great 7-day self-guided trip in 1998 to visit Pennsylvania. We saw the battle ground of Gettysburg, the dutch counties, a wax museum full of moving and talking statues, and many many more.
A lot had happened since then. In 2005, I told myself that I would never join tour groups again. I planned trips to Canada, to Boston, to Miami and many other places. I enjoy going with my friends, but I love to go with my parents more. It makes me feel important and happy.
Being a good trip planner, I reserved all the air-line tickets, including the inter-island flights. Booked the hotel rooms. Got all the car rental deals. Also I borrowed a book about Hawaii in a library. Learned a lot from it. The luggage will be packed soon. The preparation is almost done. Creating this journal is also an important thing to get ready. I will keep updating it during the trip.
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