This is one of my favorite quotes on travel, and something I remind not just myself about, but my kids as well. As a family, we’re not into extreme adventure or choosing holiday destinations based on popularity. Budget is always taken into account first, and once we’re there, experiencing what the country has to offer and learning from it is something we all enjoy. The huz and I don’t see much point in taking the kids to places where all they’ll do is eat what they always eat at home, do the same fun things they do at home, and walk from one tourist site to the next like zombies.
Personally, I may have my bucket list with a lot of popular destinations on it, but you’ll also find a lot of far out places, and many that are tucked into little spots on the globe. I’m naturally drawn to islands and endless stretches of beaches, and I love visiting any place that has a good balance of quiet and life. The former because to truly relax, I need to be able to hear myself think, and the latter because I’m a people watcher and am always excited about getting to know people from any and everywhere. Hanging out with the locals in whatever place we visit, is something we as a family love to do. Those friendships last a lifetime.
So, after my post the other day, I got a a few letters and those included two S’s, so we’ll begin with that letter for our Wishcation bucket list adds. If you think this one was easy to pick, then I’ll advise you to run a quick Google check on just how many places begin with the letter S in this world of ours. It’s insane. Dear place-naming people, there are other alphabets! 😆
Let’s start with an image?
I can imagine myself lazing in that for two weeks. 😉
This gorgeous piece of beach is nestled somewhere in the Samoan Islands, which are an archipelago in the South Pacific, a part of Polynesia and Oceania.
When I saw the pictures, I really didn’t care where this place was, I knew I had to add it to my bucket list. There is no way those kinds of blue waters would not grab my attention and steal my heart.
I did a quick search and found even more pretty pictures of stunning coastlines and a gorgeous untouched paradise.
So, I guess when I visit my family in New Zealand, I may make a pit stop first. 😉
I didn’t know much about the food in the Samoan Islands, but I have heard that it’s considered delicacies in many parts of the world. After another check, I see the Polynesian influence is heavy, and also being a classic tropical paradise, there’s an abundance of seafood, and organic fruits and vegetables.
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And, of course we must never forget the drinks. 😉
As far as culture goes, the Samoans are well known for three things. Faith, family and music. They mostly practice a communal way of life, and entertainment includes music and dance and general togetherness. I won’t comment on that too much, because like I said above, when it comes to people I like to see and learn for myself.
I’m a little short on time today, so just a quick glance over some Samoan fashion picks (because Chan would kill me if I didn’t include that.) I’ll leave the posts on traditional dresses to her though.
I should be on that beach wearing those and sipping a pineapple Vaifala!
And, then go shopping for these.
But, before I end, I just have to toss in this literary fun fact. The quote at the top is by the famous (and one of my childhood favorite) authors R.L Stevenson who lived in Samoa for four years before he died there. Given the name Tusitala which means Teller of Tales, Stevenson was well loved in Samoa. There is even a song of grief still sung in his memory apparently. His home in Vailima was eventually converted into a museum, with a path leading to his grave site on Mount Vaea, which overlooks the sea.
So, bucket list: Samoan Islands. For sure.
Special thanks to LadyR & jigthakkar for your suggestions (I hope you liked my pick.) I’ve kept the letter I on the list and will get to it soon.
I had a lot of fun doing this post, and I hope you all enjoyed it and maybe daydreamed a little. I know I did. 😆
Till our next Wishcation destination.