That’s right — I understand that you might force yourself to do something different for personal growth, but if you totally hate it — what is the point? You’ll make yourself, and everyone around you, miserable. And I also agree with you on being a visitor to a place — so many people act disrespectfully towards the actual inhabitants of a country. If you can’t be open minded or kind to others, you shouldn’t actually bother travelling.
I love geckos too, so I can see the appeal of your Spanish trip! I also love Hawaii — I’ve only been to Maui for one day from Oahu, but I’d really like to go back. Those trails sound amazing.