Everyone seems to have a different idea of the perfect vacation. Some like to do nothing but relax, while others need an activity-packed and itinerary-driven trip. Some people like immersing themselves in culture, others like learning about history, and many... don't want to think or learn about anything at all.
I love dreaming up trips for myself. I love travel for so many reasons, including the opportunities to learn about history and culture, and the sense of adventure it brings. And I think Guam might be on the top of my dream list right now, because it has something for every personality and interest imaginable.
Guam has it's own rich native culture, and also major cultural influence from its occupations by Spain, America, and (briefly) Japan. Modern cuisine is a stunning mix of Chamorro traditions and the foods from the Philippines, Pacific Islands, Spain, and America. You don't have to go far to hear myths and legends from the Chamorro; in fact the locals are said to be very friendly to interested outsiders, and quite willing to share their traditions.
Since Guam has been occupied, fought over, and traded so many times in the last few hundred years, it's a microcosm of American history. There is a park featuring ancient Chamorro architectural posts, ruins of the Spanish governor's palace (which was bombed in the American re-taking of Guam in 1944), over a dozen Spanish Forts, and countless reminders and ruins of both world wars, including the only wreck site in the world where vessels from both wars physically touch.
So Is It Perfect?
All in all, I can't wait to go to Guam. Who's coming with me?