Spoiler Alert: You will save money!
I have lived in many places, some I absolutely loved, others not so much. And I have also traveled to many. One of my favorite places to go is Hawaii! And yes it is absolutely expensive! (Grrrr!) If you’re like me, on a budget, traveling can be very hard, especially when you have other priorities. Things like utility bills and rent, can really leave you without any room for fun. Well I am about to give you the low-down on traveling cheap and keeping some of that extra dough to make the trip extra awesome!
Here is the breakdown of my trip to give you an idea of my expenses.
Flight: $350 (round trip)
Living situation: $0 (free!)
Food for 10 days: $125
Total: $700 (For Hawaii, including flight! WHATTTTT?!?!?)
So for the flight I got a huge discount using Travelocity. The only downside is they choose the time you leave, which kind of sucks but hey you’re saving money! So I picked my dates and they did the rest. You also always hear about getting cheaper flights on specific days. I booked mine on a Sunday which ended up being the cheapest of all the flights that I searched.
On to the next… I got a place to stay for free through a friend in the military. I got really lucky here because this is the most expensive part after the flight of course. I would recommend using AirBnB. (I am getting no money from this posts by the way! It’s just something I personally use for my travels). So, after looking at all the places to stay, the lowest I found was a studio for $58 a night. You really don’t need a huge place since there is so much to do, so you will really need a place to sleep and a small kitchen.
Speaking of food…the food in Hawaii is ridiculously expensive. It’s delicious but expensive! I recommend going to the local market and get food for the duration. Definitely plan your meals you want to eat out. If you are on the island of Oahu, you have to eat at Helen’s Hawaiian Food. It’s authentic Hawaiian food and priced decently. Also, heading toward North Shore, there is a great burger joint called Kahuku Grill. Probably the best burger I have ever had, or at least in the top 5. And it was only $6 with fries and a drink. That’s hard finding in the states!
Now for activities. Start looking at things you would like to do before you actually get there. Compare prices on the different things. If it’s a local spot, you can usually get a good deal bargaining with them. On my trip, we went to a Luau and paddle boarding. This was the total mentioned above at $125. Seems expensive but the Luau was around $65. We also did a lot of other activities that were for free. Here is the list:
- Volcom North Shore Surfing Competition (Went in late January)
- Pearl Harbor
- Hiking National Parks
- Laniakea Beach which is also known as Turtle Beach (A ton of Turtles!!!)
- Kuhio Beach FREE Hula Show
- Watch a sunset and a sunrise!
- Hang out at the beach
As for the other section, that was really just souvenirs. I actually got a lot for that price because I really shopped around.
As you can see, I did A LOT in Hawaii and it was very inexpensive. I had a blast!! And I will totally do it again! If you have any questions, let me know! I’ll be happy to answer!