I have to be honest. I never quite understood the ‘hype’ that surrounded vacationing in Hawaii. You see, the beautiful Southern California is where we call home and I’ve said every single day for over 12 years that we live in the most beautiful place on earth. Then I woke up very early Sunday morning in O’hau overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Hawaii. I knew something was different. Where was I and what was this odd, odd feeling I’ve never felt on vacation before?
The air, the scent, the selective amnesia. I can’t explain it, I felt as though the island was taking care of my family like therapy. It was a feeling. I had no concept of time. Does all of this sound familiar? Later that night I turned on AMC for the Season Premiere of Mad Men and suddenly Don Draper and I were kindred spirits. He got Hawaii. I was living Dick’s life that night and I understood.
“You don’t miss anything, you’re not homesick. It’s a feeling. It’s a fragrance.” – Don Draper
Next week, I promise you, you will be on Hawaiian overload with all of the posts I’ll be sharing about the resort. Our trip to Disney Aulani was one of the best family experiences The Jet Set Family has ever had and our posts will be filled with every reason to eat, play, and stay Disney Aulani. But most of all, I plan on sharing why family vacations are so important, and why this Disney property is not only exceptional, but so much different from any other Disney resort we’ve vacationed.
Nicole Standley a.k.a. Jet-Set Mom, is a social influencer + lifestylist covering luxury travel, fine-dining, fashion & pop culture for The Trend Tribe. Contributor for CBS LA, Lucky Magazine, Burke Williams Spa & Moonfrye.com, follow her latest travels and escapades on Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.