Go Visit Hawaii is full of advice on what to do to plan and enjoy your Hawaii vacation. So you might be wondering if there’s anything that you should not do? The answer is yes, there are several things you should avoid on your vacation. Here’s your handy dandy list of what to to avoid in Hawaii.
1. Avoid getting sunburned. Hawaii is very close to the equator where the sun’s rays are very strong. You should always wear a high SPF sunscreen when you are outdoors in Hawaii. See more tips on how to prevent a sunburn in Hawaii and a discussion on favorite sunscreens.
2. Avoid being impatient. Hawaii moves on island time which might be a little more slow paced than what you are accustomed to on the mainland. You might encounter island time in a restaurant, on a tour or on the roads. (See my tips for driving with Aloha.) Rather than get uptight that things aren’t moving as quickly as you’d like, take a deep breath, relax and immerse yourself into this slower pace. Your blood pressure will thank you.
3. Avoid over packing. Even though I almost always packing light and travel with carry-on luggage only, somehow, I always over pack. Now on the surface that may sound like it’s no big deal. The problem is because I over packed, I have limited the amount of toffee covered macadamia nuts and Kona coffee that I can bring home. See what I mean? As a seasoned Hawaii traveler, I have lots of tips for packing light, so do yourself a favor and read these articles:
- Reasons why you should pack light
- Strategies for packing light
- What to pack for your Hawaii vacation
- What NOT to pack for your Hawaii vacation
4. Avoid spending too much time looking at your camera screen. Now, Hawaii is beautiful and you will definitely want to take a ton of photos. There’s certainly no problem in that, however, if you spend too much time looking at the small camera screen, you’re limiting your view. I’ve observed tourists spending endless time looking at those tiny screens at sunset or at picturesque views. Sometimes I wonder if they are going to finally admire the view when they upload their photos or have them printed. Another key place where you need to make sure you’re not spending too much time behind the camera is when you take a helicopter tour. It will be tempting to want to take photos and you should, but try to be conscious that you are on this amazing ride and savor the moment and view through your own two eyes.
5. Avoid timeshare presentations, unless, of course. you are interested in them. The nice person who approaches you on the street asking where you’re from and how long you’re there is most likely not really interested in your answer. They’re probably trying to get you interested in sitting through a timeshare presentation in exchange for a free luau, vouchers or snorkeling tour. Unless you are sincerely interested in the offer, politely decline the conversation and move on. A smile along with a “no, thank you” should be enough to keep you from wasting time in a conversation you’d rather not have. See this post from ages ago: Man attacked by land-shark loses wallet.
So, these are my tips for what to avoid in Hawaii. What other advice would you add?