It's always great when a place you've been to and thought you knew, suddenly presents itself in a brand new way that changes your whole outlook.

I've been lucky enough to get to Samoa more than half a dozen times for work and play, including a glorious month and half doing some voluntary work. To me it's always been a place that ticks off what I want from a tropical getaway. It's connected enough with its local culture to feel like you are somewhere else, and it still has enough comforts of home so that nothing is a stress.