Fiji: The touch of untouched.
June 1, 2018
I’ve done tropical before: Hawaii, the Philippines — both wonderful places. But this post is about unknowns. Fiji. New to me. Also a revelation: what it’s actually like to experience a trip with Destinations and its partners.
If you’re familiar with Destinations, you know they have a knack for wowing you on these incentive familiarization trips — and every trip for that matter.
Me. I had heard about the wow. But I was optimistically cautious about the wonderment I’d encounter; simply, I looked forward to beach time under palm trees, eating some good food and enjoying a new culture. What I didn’t anticipate was walking off the flight home a changed human being.
Skepticism washed away by sincerity.
Was this fake? It had to be a show. Prepped with advertisements of beauty and welcoming, I stepped off Fiji Airways flight 807 greeted with humidity and smiles. Music. A lei around my neck. And Fijians. Beautiful people with eyes that saw something in myself I couldn’t see yet. When you travel somewhere, you expect to be an outsider. A tourist. I waited to feel out of place.
“Hello, Family!” “Bula, Family!” The voice of our guide, Roni. The next thirty minutes on the bus ride to our first destination, Marriott Momi Bay, was filled with dialogue about Fiji, its rich heritage, its unbelievable transition from a cannibalistic culture to the friendliest people on earth.
“God. Nature. Family,” Roni kept saying, “that’s who we Fijians are,” trying in a short amount of time to help our group understand his culture, to get it. “You are special, we believe that if you’re here in Fiji, you’re meant to be here.”
Off the bus. Into the resort. Marriott Resort Momi Bay was an oasis: luxurious, stunning over-water villas — truly five-star. Greeted again with music and the Fijian Bula, I looked at our group being welcomed with leis and those smiles again, and I started to understand that I was family here. Not a tourist, but truly welcome in this paradise.
How would you be different if throughout your existence, others breathed positivity and life into your being and you did so in return? That’s Bula. And you feel it. You want to make it a part of you. Share it with your friends and family. Live a little lighter and experience the daily motivation. Bula is rooting you on and rooting you to the Fijian culture.
Behind the breeze.
Fiji and Destinations just go together. The hospitality and the attention to my every hope throughout the trip seemed at one moment to come from the culture and the next to have been seamlessly facilitated by Destinations. The magic of it all is I can’t pinpoint how it all happened. It just did.
As our tribe went from one awe-inspiring event or destination to the next, I let Fiji in. The clean air. The trees. Flowers. Unreal water. Beaches. Adventures. The relationships. And the surprises.