Guam is one of those places I’ve always been curious about. It’s a mysterious U.S. Territory in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, comparable in area to Chicago. Since it’s around 8,000 miles from Washington, DC, it’s a very unlikely tourist destination for mainland Americans. But isn’t it funny where life takes you. Last month I was fortunate enough to spend two weeks Guam for my job. Of course 80% of that time is spent in a cold, windowless office plugging away at Excel spreadsheets, but I tried to make the most out of that other 20% to see what I could of this beautiful, mysterious island.
The first thing I found out is that Guam is a very popular destination for young Japanese tourists, since it’s only a four hour flight from Tokyo. However with a 17 hour flight from Washington DC, Guam is not an easy trip or a cheap holiday for those of us from the U.S. Mainland. I stayed on Tumon Bay, the main tourist drag, which consists of a long strip of beachfront hotels and high-end shopping centers. I lucked out and got a room with a gorgeous sunset view of the beach. Read the rest of this entry