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Hawaii on a Budget

How to Go to Hawaii for Three Weeks on Two Weeks Worth of Money.


Hawaii is the state for lovers. Perhaps this is where you want to go for your honeymoon. Perhaps you want to go wilderness camping, climb through a bamboo forest or stand in the clouds. Maybe you just have to try out the waves on that new surfboard. Maybe you just want to get away from it all.

Whatever your passion may be you will find it on the gorgeous islands of Hawaii. These islands are the most distant landmass from any other land in the world. Each island is unique in its very own way.

Going to Hawaii was my husband's and my dream, but Hawaii is far away from our home in Massachusetts, and can be a very expensive trip.

With some planning and work, we made our dream come true. I hope this feature saves you some time (and money), because I know you would rather spend that time on one, or all, of the Hawaiian Islands.

Tips on Saving Money

  • Buy Frommer's "Hawaii from $80 a Day." (compare prices) You will get invaluable information from this book about saving money. For example, the best advice we were given came from Frommer's.

  • Buy The Entertainment Book. It is sold all over the country. There is one for Hawaii and you can find it at www.entertainment.com. The prices change yearly but expect to pay about $35.00 for it, You will get that money back the first day or two you are in the islands.

  • If you do not intend to explore these amazing islands, it might make sense to spend $300 a night on a resort that you never have to leave. But, I think Hawaii cries out, "Look at me." We spent less than $100 a night for lodging on every island for various types of accommodations.

  • Don't be shy about asking for upgrades in hotels when you check-in. You will be surprised at how easy it is to get upgraded, but you won't know unless you ask. Ask and you may get a bigger and better room for the same price you were about to pay.

  • When you get off the plane at each island grab every brochure available. You'll find racks of these free publications in the baggage claim area. If you are renting a car make sure you take the brochures that they give you as well. You will find many coupons in them. Taking the time to get these brochures will save you lots of money.

  • Bring clothes you can throw away if they get stained. This will save money on new clothes when you get home. A lot of Hawaii has very sticky sand, golden sand, black sand and clay colored mud. These substances do not come off of your clothes easily. If you bring clothes you don't care about, you won't have to replace them. I would suggest doing the same for footwear.

  • If you have a cell phone and have unlimited time for a certain region, consider an upgrade to a plan where you can call anywhere in the United States for free. Remember, Hawaii is part of the United States! A cell phone can save you money on local calls, inter-island calls, as well as calls back home on the mainland.

  • You may read that it is a good idea to buy film on the mainland to save money. We found the film to be no more expensive than at home in Massachusetts. In fact at Walmart an underwater camera was less expensive than the first one we bought at home.

  • Bring your own snorkels, fins and mask. I was surprised how inexpensive rentals are at many beaches, however, if you go to three beaches in one day, you can spend $15.00. Do that for ten days and you've spent $150 you didn't need to spend. Surprisingly, these items don't take up much room in luggage.

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