Still pondering vacations here. I am feeling even more like we need to get away, but I know it's just not going to happen soon.
I started looking into beach rentals in Hawaii, specifically in Kauai. We aren't typically beach people, but I would really like to see Hawaii someday, and if we pick up a Kauai condo last minute, we can get some great deals. I know vacations in Hawaii are normally very expensive, but it seems like you can get a good deal just about anywhere these days. That's the beauty of the internet!
What really sells me on doing in a beach rental in Kauai is the concept of these rentals promoting eco-friendly tourism -- looking after the environment and promoting its well-being as tourists. I know some of the other vacations we've considered are rather wasteful and excessive, and while air travel certainly does increase one's footprint on the earth, renting in Kauai could be a nice alternative to staying in a hotel.
It would just be cool to say we were ecotourists. Now I've just got to sell Mike on the idea!