On the beautiful island of O’ahu is Honolulu, Hawai’i’s capital and largest city. In addition to the idyllic beaches and scenic mountains expected of the destination, the city boasts a diverse variety of eastern, western and Pacific culture, as well as its own unique history.
The Waikiki neighborhood is the liveliest on the island, brimming with restaurants, hotels, nightlife and shopping and, while it’s a bustling city with plenty of upscale experiences, there are ways to enjoy it on a budget.
Depending on your sightseeing allotment and interest, The Hawai’i State Art Museum offers a great collection and free admission; the Honolulu Museum of Art boasts more than 50,000 works for a $20 entrance fee; and the Hawaiian Mission Houses offer unique glimpses into 19th-century Hawai’i for $10. If history is of interest, a visit to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial is a must. It marks the resting place of more than 1,000 sailors and marines killed on the USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Entrance is free, including access to two museums and exhibits. Another great option is Iolani Palace, the home of Hawai’i’s last reigning monarchs. View the beautiful palace and museum exhibitions for $14.75.
Venture outside of the city limits to Diamond Head, a giant volcanic cone crater and state monument, visible from the city. A one-mile hike leads to the rim of the crater, from where you can enjoy views of the city and Pacific Ocean.
As outdoor activities are your best bet in Honolulu, considering the beautiful weather and a limited budget, there are plenty of options in addition to hiking Diamond Head. Head to Hanauma Bay in East Honolulu for snorkeling, scuba diving and hiking; to Makapu’u to lounge on the white-sand beach, surf or swim in the summer when it’s calm; or to Nu’uanu Pali to hike Ko’olau Mountain and witness panoramic views of the Oahu coast.
While Honolulu’s natural beauty and history is reason enough to visit, its food is also a draw. Enjoy the island’s Pacific and eastern influence on a budget at Waikiki Beachside Kitchen, Helena Hawaiian Foods, Musubi Café IYASUME or The Steak Shack.
The cheapest and easiest way around Honolulu is by bus. Use Google Maps to help navigate. Airfare is also shaping up to be a bit cheaper this year, thanks to increased competition and the rise of budget airlines.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.
Wales is often an overlooked country because it’s smaller than its neighbors and does not have as many popular landmarks and attractions to pull people in. However, the country is gorgeous and travelers who make the journey will be left breathless by the beauty of the landscape. It’s a green land with rolling hills and quaint towns. Wales is also home to many beautiful castles waiting to be visited.
Lavido is the skin and body care brand offering products inspired by nature. The Israeli-based company was formed in 2003 with the goal to address skincare needs with products made from raw, plant-based ingredients. Lavido launched in the United States in 2015.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
Travel pros already know there’s an art to selecting the right clothes to withstand the demands of being on the road. From non-wrinkle shirts and dresses to creating a micro-capsule wardrobe that easily mixes and matches together, there’s a solution for every situation. But undergarments are often overlooked as a travel must-have. Not all undergarments are travel-ready and require the right style and material for effortless packing and wear. ExOfficio makes it easy with quick-drying, comfortable and lightweight material. You can even wash, wring, roll and hang your undergarments while on the road for quick-drying. Here’s the run-down on which ExOfficio undergarments to choose.