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The state of Hawaii has been a top vacation destination for over 60 years. Its beautiful scenery, lovely beaches, friendly residents, and ideal weather draw visitors each year from around the world. Nevertheless, many people may be asking themselves how much is a trip to Hawaii and others might assume such a getaway is financially out of reach. Fortunately, anyone traveling to Hawaii on a budget will find the following tips helpful:


1. Evaluate Your Budget

The best place to begin when traveling to Hawaii on a budget is knowing what you can afford. Sit down and create realistic financial guidelines that include airfare, lodging, meals, and a car rental, if applicable. When mapping out your allowance for the trip, you must also make sure the activities and attractions you plan to do and see are factored into the total cost. If you have never visited Hawaii before, avail yourself of the Internet to determine which attractions and activities are most appealing and review each price before finalizing your plans.


2. Shopping for Accommodations

Vacation rentals in Hawaii are expensive. Because the area is always in high demand and virtually has no off-season, prices tend to be high year-round. For this reason, price shopping is vital when planning a trip to Hawaii. It is never wise to book the first hotel or resort you find, even if it seems perfect. Those who offer vacation rentals in Hawaii are always in fierce competition with other proprietors, and therefore shopping around is essential if you want the best price. If you are making reservations through a travel agent, it is still wise to do your own browsing online and if you find something cheaper, ask your travel agent to look into it and possibly match the price. Hidden fees are important as well, as these obviously have a substantial impact on the overall cost of your trip to Hawaii. Cleaning fees, mandatory valet service and hospitality tax must all be factored into your budget. Most reputable travel sites disclose these fees: however, some will not. Therefore, it is up to you to do a bit of digging in order to ensure an accurate quote.


3. Hotel Location

An obvious, but frequently overlooked aspect is the location of your hotel. If you are going to Hawaii on a budget, staying at a hotel that is a block or so off the beach is a great way to cut costs. Although beachfront rentals are appealing, they can also be quite costly. If a short walk to the beach will save you a substantial amount of money, it is certainly worth considering.


4. Special Occasion Discounts

One easy way to save money on meals and lodging when traveling is to simply ask for a discount. Numerous restaurants and resorts provide significant discounts for customers celebrating special occasions, such as birthdays, anniversaries or even a promotion at your place of work. For this reason, if you take your Hawaii vacation at such a time, you stand a much better chance of getting a discount than if you simply pick dates at random. Additionally, some establishments offer upgrades for free if better suites or rooms are empty. For instance, the resort may have had a last-minute cancellation for a larger unit and in return for a good review, the establishment will upgrade you for free. However, it is important to understand that restaurants and hotels rarely offer discounts unless you ask, and therefore inquiring ahead of time is a wise course of action.


5. Consider All-Inclusive Packages

When going to Hawaii on a budget, you may wish to consider an all-inclusive package that covers lodging, transportation, meals and even things like show tickets or passes to museums, aquariums or other attractions. This is a great way to avoid overspending. Some vacationers even feel that this is the best way to travel to Hawaii on a budget, as the trip is essentially prepaid and you need not worry about unexpected surprises.


With fantastic beaches, outstanding landmarks, and numerous activities and attractions, there is something for everyone in Hawaii. From dinner cruises and live entertainment, to exotic zoos and interesting museums, this beautiful island offers something for everyone. For these and other reasons, planning a trip to Hawaii on a budget is a worthwhile endeavor.


Author : Yazi Jepson

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