Once you make that decision to move to Hawaii and having your dream of living in paradise an actual reality you’ll most likely be leaving family and friends back home.  It’s not going to be easy.  Oh, and here is some more bad news (sorry); visiting Hawaii is not the easiest or cheapest thing to do.

There are more challenges than you may think in visiting families and friends.  You might as well look at moving to Hawaii as moving to a foreign country.  Especially if you’re moving from on, or near, the east cost of the US.  Family and friends will either not want to or be able to jump on a plane 5 to 13 hours and fly to Hawaii to visit.  Not regularly, anyway.  And with older people and those that have trouble getting around they may not be able to do it at all.

I can relate, here.  My family and I left my oldest daughter back in Massachusetts when we moved to Hawaii.  No matter how much I love being in Hawaii, it’s still difficult to know that most of my family and friends are still in the northeast of the mainland.

Staying in Contact Tips

Call Often

There’s no reason anymore that you can’t talked to loved ones daily with cell phones.  You can text several times a day.  You message pictures and videos.

Send Postcards

Don’t underestimate the good, old fashioned feeling of receiving mail and beautiful postcards with a short message and Hawaiian post mark.

Join Social Sites

I prefer Facebook, Instagram and Flickr for sharing photos, videos and activities with my daughter and friends back home.  Even my mom uses Facebook (which is more of a curse than anything else! LOL)

Start a Blog

What better way to describe what’s going on in your life with stories, videos and photos than with your own blog.  😉