Hawaii’s alluring islands are a notoriously expensive vacation destination. But with careful planning — and a few key sacrifices — Hawaii can become a budget-friendly vacation choice.
1.Don’t book accommodations at major hotel chains. Hawaii is home to some pretty stunning resorts, but they’ll set you back. Instead, book rooms through sites like Airbnb and CouchSurfing. You may not have the plushest accommodations, but you’ll save big — and you’ll meet locals, have access to neighborhoods and avoid a totally whitewashed, pre-packaged experience.Y ou can also save money by booking at bed and breakfasts or hostels with shared bathrooms, or by reserving a tent spot at a campground.
2. Eat at home. If you book accommodations with a kitchen — or at least kitchen access — you can save money by shopping at local groceries and eating at home. If you’re tempted to go out to eat, ask a local where they dine; they can point you to more budget-friendly spots away from the typical tourist haunts. Food trucks, dives and out-of-the way restaurants are cheaper and authentic.
3. Forgo pricey tours and make your own entertainment. Hike mountain trails, visit the volcanoes on your own and ask about hidden snorkel spots right off the beach. If you’re tempted to book a tour for an experience you can’t get on your own — like SCUBA diving or a sunset sailing cruise — do so through the company directly. Booking through a third party, such as at a booth outside a grocery store, will often cost double the base price.
Anyone who’s visited a destination known for its northern lights viewing during certain times of the year knows, just because you visit doesn’t mean you’ll be able to actually see the northern lights. A lot has to come together for them to be visible, and if the weather doesn’t cooperate, you might be out of luck. However, a new cruise aims to help travelers avoid the disappointment of traveling across the world just to be left lightless.
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With the NFL season in full swing and games already booked for months, there’s more than one reason to look forward to cheering on your favorite team. What better way to celebrate (or mourn a loss) after a game than visiting some great bars within walking distance of these massive NFL stadiums?
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips.
More and more travelers want to feel good about the hotel they stay in and the trips they take. They want to know their vacation isn’t harming the environment and local community they are visiting. These hotels go above and beyond when it comes to giving back to local communities, employees, the environment and more.