Show Me - The Azores [Part 1]
Welcome to The Azores. Europe’s Hawaii!This beautiful spot is a collection of nine volcanic islands in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. I’m always amazed at what you can find when you travel off the beaten path. Tag your adventure buddy :)Thanks Visit Azores for supporting our vision for this :)Posted by Chris Hau on Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Now this is how everyone should travel.
Yes, you read that right.
Hau booked the trip in the "spur of the moment," after coming across the deal on travel site Kayak. He knew next to nothing about his destination.
"We were like, 'What is this place?'" Hau told The Huffington Post Canada in an email. "We looked up a few photos on Google and we're like, 'We should just book it and go!'"
The Toronto-native explained the flight was "so cheap" partly because it didn't include checked baggage.
After just a five-hour direct flight from Pearson International Airport with Sata Airlines, Hau and a friend landed in the city of Ponta Delgada, on Dec. 3, 2015.
During their eight-day adventure, the duo explored the city's architecture and natural landscapes. They also travelled to other places such as Furnas, a town built atop an active volcano, and the city of Angra do Heroísmo, which is a UNESCO heritage site. In a little over a week, they covered two of the region's nine islands.
Hau, who is known for his travel video series "Show Me," managed to capture the incredible experience on film. The video, posted to Facebook earlier this week, has already been shared more than 3,000 times.
The Azores islands, as breathtaking as they are visually, are also known for their delicious food.
"They are known for some of the best meat in the world," said Hau, explaining it's all bred locally. "They have more cows than people."
It's not just airfare that was budget-friendly, Hau said the food ranged from four to 15 euros per meal, while a bottle of wine often cost only five euros.
The duo also managed to score an Airbnb with an ocean view, which cost them only $20 per night. It came with free airport pick up and care packages stuffed with local treats.
Now that's a steal, but don't take our word for it. Check out the Azores for yourself in Hau's latest "Show Me" video above.
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