Hawaii — Coming Back to an Old Favorite

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It’s the 50th U.S. state, home to America’s president, pineapple sautéed pork, and luaus. It’s an island paradise you can reach without the hazards of a third-world country. Visiting Hawaii inexpensively is not always easy, but it can be done if you plan ahead. Before you go you may want to consider bidding on hotel rooms with sites like priceline.com.

Hanauma Bay in Hawaii
Hanauma Bay in Hawaii

You could pay as a little as one-third of the cost of the rack rate for a hotel room. Another great idea would be to rent out a no-frills beach house at a weekly rate. You may not have the day-to-day amenities of a four-star hotel, but you’d have a comfortable place to stay that would feel a little like your home for a week.

There are many ways to save while on the islands. Look for low or no-cost entertainment such as nature hikes in beautiful rainforests or along sandy beaches. Avoid the big-ticket items that could only go up in price. If you choose to stay at a beach house, you could get a kitchen where you can cook your own meals, saving a lot of little money that escapes from under you when you’re eating out all the time.

Flying to Hawaii is also probably cheaper than flying to other places in the South Pacific. Since Americans are flying there constantly from the mainland, airlines step it up to bring more competition and more choices in service.

In Hawaii, you can walk under waterfalls and swim in tranquil pools. You may want to consider some of the lesser-traveled islands like Kauai or Molokai.

Not only do these less popular islands have a much more unique take on Hawaii, often with a more vibrant flora and fauna, they can often be had for cheaper prices than found on Oahu or Maui. Check them out before you make your plans!

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