I’ve traveled to, visited and lived all over the US mainland, and traveled overseas to some exquisitely beautiful places, and to places where getting from one village to another meant crossing rivers and streams–on the back of a caribou.
Hawaii is not for everyone. Expensive, yes, but that could all depend on your lifestyle, and foodstyle. If year-round mild climate and abundance of vegetables and seafood is your thang–hello Hawaii. Want cheap real estate? Hawaii–not so much. Food is plentiful, and less expensive than what you’d get at your favorite organic market grocers. Vacant land on neighboring isles is, to me, still affordable. And no you do not have to be a Hawaii resident to buy land in Hawaii.
Expensive? Some people pay 3 to 8 hundred dollars a month just to heat their homes in the winter months in certain areas of the U.S. I’ve been to places in the U.S. so hot that air conditioning is a necessity, not a luxury. Don’t have to worry about extreme climate range in Hawaii. No winter coats, or winter shoes required, unless you’re going to see snow on the Big Island. The Big Island of Hawaii has a dozen micro-climates, from snow-topped mountains, to alpine meadows, to jungly rainforests, to dry, desert-like vistas.
Cabin fever? Get out of whatever cabin you’re in! (Don’t forget to put gas in the car) Who the hell has cabin fever when there are outdoor sports and activities to indulge in year-round? Missing the four seasons—uhh, I can do without the -6 degree temp in the Colorado Rockies this week. I won’t miss my car slipping on ice as I take out my neighbor’s mailbox.I’m always up for travel, road trips and jet-set adventures, but the islands will always be my home.