How can the average person afford a trip to Hawaii?
This breaks my heart. Hawaii is one of my favourite destinations. We've just returned from our third trip and I don't think we've spent ten thousand dollars on all three excursions combined. And we're not slumming it either - no illegal camping on the beach, no stealing fruit from private gardens!
Is Hawaii a bargain-basement priced destination? No. Are there plenty of expensive temptations at every turn? Yes. But can the average person, on a modest budget, still afford to go there? YES. YES. YES! Here's how Ryan and I travel in Hawaii without breaking the bank.
Timing is everything
PS: Of course, it's not always possible to travel off season. My blogging colleague Ladena knows this well - she can only go to Hawaii during the school break. But she still manages to find luxurious bargains! Her secret? Renting from time share owners. Here's how she does it.)
Getting a great deal on a flight to Hawaii may involve some creative accounting. It might be cheaper to buy two or three tickets than to fly direct. It might cost less to fly to Hawaii with one airline and then use another for your return. A little bit of flexibility and a willingness to accept a bit of inconvenience can result in huge savings.
The secrets to cheap sleeps
Vacation rental properties are homes or condos that are clean, comfortable, convenient, and safe. They include everything from cozy, low key studios to designer luxury mansions. While rental properties often lack resort amenities like a concierge desk, they also include perks that a hotel can't, like full kitchens and a washer/dryer.
If it's free, we go and see....
Like with any other major financial decision, comparison shop and do your research. Buy a respected guidebook, like Lonely Planet, and use their resources to book activities yourself. Resale centres like hotel activity desks or tour booking centers occasionally have good deals but nine times out of ten, your best deal is to book directly with the provider.
I think a good balance is to do two or three days of no-cost fun for every splurge. Travelers on a moderate budget can't have it all -there are always choices to be made. But most of those choices are painless and the rewards can be fantastic!
Local food is more than a trend
Step away from the hotels and eat like Hawaiians do - indulge in generously heaped "plate lunches" from food trucks. Order local style take out, like seaweed salad and ahi poke, from the deli counters in grocery stores. And hit up farmers' markets for produce, snacks, and hot lunch items.
There's no "all inclusives" in Hawaii... or is there?
Don't make my mistake and assume the word "retreat" refers to either a corporate retreat or hippie enclave. Think of it instead as a gorgeous retreat from the world, a place where you can soak in the beauty of Hawaii, whether you are on your own or with a group.
Paradise is closer than you think
Is Hawaii your idea of a dream destination?
Where would you love to travel if money was no object?
Check out our other articles about Hawaii!
Visiting Kauai's Glass Beach
Driving Maui's Hana Highway
Coffee Beans and Hawaiian Dreams
Our most recent trip to Hawaii was supported in part by Go Hawaii. As always, all writing, research, and opinions are our own.