Puttering Around by Rented Motor Scooter in Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Your rented scooter is slightly archaic but still completely charming in your eyes. You figure the mere NZ $110 (US $46) to explore Rarotonga on two wheels is still a rock-bottom deal. Besides, if you want to live like a local for a week, you reckon you must travel like one. Your dollar travels much cheaper here in the Cook Islands than in French Polynesia, so lavishly indulge your senses in the short 20-mile loop around the island. As an introspective traveler, savor the small island charm. Idle your bike in front of an open-air Polynesian shop; slow down to snap a picture of wandering wild chickens on the road; inhale the fresh frangipani blossoms, and quietly reflect upon life and lore in one of Raro’s overgrown hidden churchyards.