Not for the taste of champagne on a budget beer

People don't know how to travel smart to HawaiiYou can’t expect to stay in an oceanfront Hawaiian hotel and pay pre-pandemic rates. Or you can fly first class for a few hundred dollars. But while Hawaii is fast becoming an expensive destination to visit and visitors can easily get caught and grumbled about it, there is still the potential to avoid the hefty costs. As islanders who live here and focus on Hawaii who travel 24/7, we say so from our own experiences. This comes all of us reinventing ourselves with regard to future travel.

Hawaii vacations are here to stay, and do them on a frankly more moderate budget, too. We love finding ways to save across the range of Hawaii travel costs, including travel costs of course, as well as accommodations, food, rental cars, and activities.

The title of our post today came from our reader, Charles H., who said he resides in Hawaiian accommodations with a “full-size kitchen and sink in every unit.” According to Charles, “We’ve been traveling to Hawaii since 1999 and have ditched hotels without a kitchen. We love searching around the island for fresh, local foods and then learning how to cook them. We’ve saved thousands of dollars buying local groceries and using one of the many grills Foreign… People don’t know how to travel smart.” This is just an excellent idea. He also said, “Tourists need to stop going to Hawaii with champagne tastes on a beer budget. Go to Florida instead.”

But we’ll say that if you’re on a more beer budget, there are still some ways to cut down on champagne expenses.

Smart travel – airline tickets in Hawaii.

Take advantage of Southwest Hawaii and its competition.

Whether you like it or not, SWA has caused stiff competition with Hawaiian Airlines and other airlines. So, if you can fly from the cities where this competition exists, you’re ready to find airline tickets as cheap as before: $100 to $150, depending on the day, and $39 for inter-island flights on some dates as well. Remember that airline ticket sales come and go. Jump into the fun of planning a trip to Hawaii once you find a deal.

Travel smart – when to come.

Off season travel.

We’ve said it for years, and this edge is still rocky. Come to Hawaii in the fall and winter, excluding holidays, and enjoy somewhat lower costs across the board. This is also true from January through early June (except for spring break).

Travel smart – when you don’t come.

Don’t come during the summer or during the holidays and expect any price relief. a period.

Plan ahead (up to eleven months) for the holidays and midsummer, or wait for low deals for airfare in Hawaii in the off seasons listed above and book within the past thirty to sixty days.

Travel smart – how to book.

Book flight tickets, accommodation and car rental at the same time.

Don’t get stuck in flying when you can’t find accommodations that suit you. To avoid this, buy accommodations, airline tickets, and rent your car all at once. Be smart about this. If you want to buy mutable components, buy them. Also, consider the packaged deals, as many of you have recommended Costco Travel (although it’s not something we’ve personally found useful yet).

Travel smart – where to find valuable accommodation.

Hawaii hotel deals – shop, shop, shop.

Which “shell” is the best Hawaiian accommodation deal hidden beneath? We can’t tell you, and it’s a moving target. The more you research, the higher your chances of landing a good deal. Compare total prices, including all taxes and fees, as they can sometimes be as high as 50%. Vacation rentals can be great deals and include kitchens, but often have the highest fees. You can also use Google for budget hotels on the island you want to stay on. Some people recommend Costco Travel, too.

Travel smart – Hawaiian food.

Hawaiian restaurants are in turmoil. But many still have discount menus on certain days of the week or to eat early. Another place to look for discounts and free offers for Hawaiian restaurants is on Yelp. Don’t forget that it’s always cheaper to eat out for lunch rather than dinner, and it may be easier to find a place.

Check out restaurant and Yelp websites for dining out, too.

Have you been able to keep Hawaii vacations within your budget?

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