With my wife busy and the little one still in the womb, my three-year-old son Augustine and I took an opportunity to spend a couple days in Hawaii. It was a short but extremely satisfying trip and a great Hawaii initiation for him.
Each year my parents vacation on Oahu during the month of February. This year, Augustine and I decided to join them…not for the week (nothing to spoil a vacation like your grown son and his kid coming along…) but for a couple days.
As much as I love traveling the world solo, the best trips are always those with loved ones. I hope my parents have many years, even decades left on this earth, but life is unpredictable and this year I have resolved to take advantage of more opportunities to spend time with family. So I think this Hawaii trip will become an annual tradition.
Isn’t that expensive? No, thanks to Turkish Airlines. Turkish Miles & Smiles charges only 7,500 miles one-way for economy class or 12,000 for business business. We flew coach…this was in February pre-COVID and decided to make the trip at the very last minute. First class was already full on my parent’s flight, but we chose to fly with them behind the curtain instead of traveling later.
We flew back in coach as well, a redeye for another 6,000 miles each, and that worked out perfectly in terms of Augustine sleeping. 12,000 miles plus $11.20 for a round-trip to Hawaii? Sold.
We spent the night at The Kahala, which was ideal. Not only is that my favorite hotel in Hawaii, but it gave me the chance to let Augustine swim with dolphins, a quintessential experience for children.
It ended up being a gorgeous two days of relaxation and family time. This will be a brief report covering:
- United Airlines 777-200 Economy Class – High Density Configuration
- Review: Kahala Dolphin Lanai Room
- The Dolphin Experience At The Kahala
Is Hawaii worthwhile for a three-year old? No in the sense that they cannot fully appreciate the natural beauty. Yes in the sense that we had a wonderful time together and the weather was lovely.