I know, I know… my job is awesome! And while I know it looks all glamorous and amazing from the outside, believe it or not, there are days when I think I might want to do something else. Sometimes it’s good to take a moment to step back and reevaluate things, not only with work, but with life in general.

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As I said in a previous post, I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately and needed something to break me out of it. Lucky for me, I get to take a “mini vacation” whenever I have a layover in Hawaii. And while most of our layovers there are only 24 hours, every once in a while, the stars will align, and I will be blessed with a full 48 hours there! That’s exactly what happened to me this week when I was fortunate enough to “work” to the beautiful island of Kona, Hawaii!

(Disclaimer, these are not my hands! I'm terrible at making hand hearts!)
(Disclaimer, these are not my hands! I’m terrible at making hand hearts!)

After flying a busy, full plane from Vancouver to Kona, I was ready to relax. Mentally and physically, I’ve been exhausted lately! Although I will gladly take one day in paradise over no days in paradise, it was hard to wrap my head around the fact that I had a full TWO days there to do as I pleased! After the long flight, myself and my crew were ready to start relaxing STAT so we had a late night dip in the hot tub! A great way to start the mini holiday!

Flight attendant layover in Kona Hawaii

Because I usually only have 24 hours in Hawaii, I tend to wake up super early to make the most of every minute. This time though, I was definitely on island time! I slept in and it was glorious! My friend and I took a drive through the lava fields to reach a picturesque, quiet beach and it was so nice to just relax in the hammock and take a dip in the ocean.

Kona Hawaii layover

After a few hours relaxing at the stunning beach, we rushed back to find a perfect place to watch the sunset. And while all sunsets in Hawaii are beautiful, I feel as though this night it was particularly spectacular (just for me of course!)

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After watching the sky turn all the colors of the rainbow, it was time for dinner (and drinks) at Lava Lava Beach Club. It’s such a cool restaurant right on the beach complete with tiki torches and live music! I had the edamame and the standing Ahi nachos and both were unreal!

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The real treat though was the Lava Lava Flow on the rocks! Strawberries, banana, coconut cream and Flora De Caña rum… ummm yes please!

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On the second day, again I just took it easy and you know what, it was delightful! Slept in, had breakfast and walked around all the cute little shops, including of course, my favourite, Mahina. I laid by the pool, relaxed some more, illegally took a photo in a waterfall… you know… the usual!

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And just like that, it was over and it was time to get ready to head home. I may not have done anything overly exciting, but it was exactly what I needed! I came home feeling refreshed, reenergized and with a new appreciation for my amazing job!

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Have you guys ever been to Hawaii? What’s your favourite island to visit?

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31 thoughts on “48 hour Kona layover!

  1. I’m so envious about your job, specially when we are stuck in never ending rainy season. I’d kill for some rays and ocean right now. I never been to Hawaii and I been planning for so long but somehow I end up somewhere else. 24h vacation sitting at the pool and watching the ocean would be a real treat for me. We tend to take so many things for granted, so is good to appreciate what you have. I am sure is tiring and not always glam but hey you get to travel every week. Because of my demanding job I can’t go anywhere 🙁
    As much as I love Vancouver I’d love to be able and just fly somewhere for the weekend. Like the floral jumper looks very cute on you!

    Aurela xoxo

  2. OH I just love following your adventures! I’ve only been to Oahu…and it’s been several years! I need a return trip ASAP! For now, I guess I’ll live through your stories! xoxo

  3. Love the shades! and the beach..and everything! Honestly, I think you have the coolest job ever. I’m not much of a traveler – but I know that adventures are good for the soul.

  4. Hawaii is such a beautiful place to visit & I am sure you must have had some wonderful experience with lots of fun. The pictures are so inviting that I would love to visit sometime soon!

  5. So glad you got a chance to relax! I think bloggers especially will get in funks a lot, since we’re always in overdrive doing a million things. I’ve been to Hawaii a lot, I actually used to dance Hawaiian and Tahitian professionally! It never gets old there 🙂

    Chelsea
    Chow Down USA
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  6. First things first…you are GORGEOUS! I know ever job probably has its lows but being paid to travel the world sounds amazing! I’ve never been to Hawaii but it looks beautiful. It’s definitely on my bucket-list!

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