I have 100 reasons why you should go to the Cook Islands and I won't ever stop trying to tell everyone I know to go to the Cook Islands.
It is just the BEST place I've ever traveled
It is where one's land is one's own, particularly in Mangaia (where land cannot be leased/sold),
and people's connection with their land is so strong, so real.
It is the one place I feel the most welcome and included and embraced.
One can easily connect with people here.
Everyone is simply so friendly and generous.
It is the few places in the world where you can so easily hitchhike and meet someone new and become good buddies with them.
I have had such strong memories from my 1st trip,
and this 2nd trip simply deepened my love for this island nation.
I am keen to explore more of the outer islands on future trips to come.
As each island feels like a different country in itself, with different language and accent, and different cultures. I love the people of the Cook Islands very much.
I am eager to revisit Aitutaki in October,
to learn more from the peoples of the other outer islands.
I feel so so so happy for the 1st time in 2 years.
I have truly missed the islands, and I have truly missed traveling for real.
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