Hawaiian vacations are a wonderful way to enjoy a tropical paradise without the added considerations when it comes to international travel. Even though Hawaii is part of the United States, its remote location (and high tourist demand) can make nearly everything a bit more expensive than it would be on the mainland.
For those looking to travel to Hawaii on a budget, a few simple strategies can make the trip much more affordable. With a game plan in place and a few tips for saving money, you’ll be well-prepared to enjoy a Hawaii vacation without breaking the bank!
The Key to Visiting Hawaii Affordably is to Plan Ahead!
Research Package Deals to Hawaii
Regardless of your exact Hawaii vacation expectations, package deals (typically assembled by expert travel agencies) can drastically reduce the overall price of your adventure. Vacation packages often combine lodging, flights, activities, and even meals into a single expense, reducing the cost of each part of the package because you’re “buying in bulk.”
Whether you opt for a resort package or find ways to bundle portions of your trip like airfare and car rental, package deals are one of the best ways to save money in the early stages of planning your vacation.
Make a Budget and Stick to It
Like any effort to use your money wisely, a clear budget will help you keep smaller expenses from stacking up. Set limits for souvenirs, drinks, and some of your planned activities. Even familiar, everyday items can have higher prices in Hawaii. Use a travel app to keep track of spending over the course of each day, and stick to the plan!
Make sure to enjoy yourself, of course, but a little budgeting will make a big difference when you look back on the total cost of the trip.
Choose the Right Time of Year to Visit Hawaii
In the winter months, when most of the United States experiences its coldest weather, Hawaii is an especially popular place to get away. Late December and early January are the busiest weeks of the year, and peak tourism season can extend into late March. During these months, rates go up for travel and lodging alike.
If you’re looking to save money on your Hawaiian vacation, consider more “off season” times of year like late spring and summer. Ask your travel agent about special pricing and packages!
Watch Your Food Expenses
A Hawaiian vacation is a great opportunity to try some incredible local food, but restaurant meals add up quickly, and can account for a large part of your total vacation costs. A simple way to save money is cooking your own meals (or at least some of them). If you’re staying somewhere with a kitchen, stock up for breakfasts and quick lunches instead of eating out for every meal.
When you are out and about, be sure to explore local food stands and farmers markets!
Low Cost Activities
There are plenty of ways to spend money in Hawaii, and planning on potentially pricey activities can – and even should – be a part of enjoying your vacation!
But not every activity has to come with a hefty price tag. Hawaii is filled with beautiful beaches, amazing places to hike and sightsee, historical landmarks, and so much more – all of which you can visit for free.
As you plan your days, break things up with low cost adventures and relaxing time in the natural beauty of the islands.
The more you plan ahead, the more affordable your vacation to Hawaii can be.
Research places to visit and potential costs ahead of time, and book your travel and lodging early!
To get started planning your next Hawaiian vacation, contact the expert travel agents at Sunset Travel & Cruise today.