For those who like to be on the go, love beautiful places, and enjoy the surf, Hawaii is the place for you. If you do your homework and shop online, you will find that Hawaii is a vacation spot that will remain in your memories for a long time.
Here are some tips that will make your vacation manageable and affordable.
#1 Save Money by Vacationing Off-Season
Travel during the off-season (spring and winter excluding holidays), you will find that you can save substantially on your vacation. In fact, the difference between a flight to Maui May 31 and June 4 is $300.
#2 Leave on a Tuesday
If you leave in the middle of the week and return in the middle of the week, you will save money and get extended days of vacation practically free. Instead of leaving on Monday, leave on Tuesday. This simple change meant you could stay until the next Monday for $50 more than leaving Monday to Friday. That means you might get three extra days including hotel for $50.
#3 Book Activities in Advance
By building an itinerary, you will be able to manage your trip and keep those idle times to a minimum. You went there to do everything. You don't want to get there and have nothing to do. Or worse, get there, want to do something, and then discover it is sold out.
Additionally, when you book in advance, you can receive special package discounts. For example, many Luaus cost more if you purchase same day. Buy purchasing your tickets in advance, you avoid the same day ticket price.
#4 Carry Around Water and Snacks
You can have more fun if you stay hydrated and have some snacks. Your pack can provide you with the opportunity to do both without having to stop and buy something to drink or get some food.
Food and beverages are the most profitable items for the tourist businesses. Since Hawaii focuses mainly on tourism, food can be the most expensive for you. You will find that when you get thirsty the only thing available is expensive "tourist" drinks. Carrying your own will allow you to spend on things you want.
#5 Plan Your Meals
Mix up meals by choosing some fast food restaurants and making some picnic lunches with snack foods. Planning your meals will save you considerable cash. Food will be a major expense if you don't plan ahead.
Managing your meals is like managing your money. The more you save on meals, the more you can spend on fun. If you are a foodie, then plan when and where you will go out to eat. Otherwise, you might miss out on the one place you really want to go.
#6 Don't Overspend on Souvenirs
Lastly, decide how much money you are willing to spend on souvenirs. Don't buy souvenirs on a credit card, pay cash. If you decide to spend $200 on souvenirs, have that much money in cash. Credit cards are just too tempting to use for souvenirs and they don't get the best discounts. Many souvenir shops in Hawaii are self owned. Therefore, if you pay cash, you can get a better deal.
Control your spending by limiting your purchases to cash. As your cash goes down, you will stay on budget.
With these tips, you will find you will have more fun and spend less money. Not going bankrupt on a vacation is an enjoyable event also. Have fun!