Well I have booked my flights for Hawaii and I'd like to say it makes it all the more real, but at the moment I don't really think it does.
The times are a bit frightening - the flight is just so long. Happily they were much cheaper than other flights I found and they arrive in Kona at Midday not Midnight like all the others.
So on the 2nd April I leave London at 4:20 in the afternoon. 30 hours later I arrive in Kona at 11:53. There is one long stop over in Los Angeles so I shall take a pillow and blanket and find some nice chairs to sleep on as its not long enough to actually find a hostel to sleep at.
I think I'll only really believe it when I actually have raised the money and am on that flight.