Long before our ‘Round the World plan was ever realized we had our sights set on Moorea and an overwater bungalow at the Hilton Resort. I spent years racking up Hilton Honors points that we would cash in for our luxurious stay. Perhaps for our 5th wedding anniversary, we thought. That was long before we decided to visit Moorea, French Polynesia on a Budget.
We arrived on Moorea with more than 300,000 Hilton Honors points and closing in on 5 years of marriage, yet we had no intention of blowing them all on an overwater bungalow. Our perspective has changed. We have changed. Big, fancy resorts are an escape and, right now, we aren’t trying to escape anything. We want to see life from a more local perspective, not from an ivory tower…or an overwater cabana. And, besides, all of my points were barely for one night.