The Hawaiian Islands can be an expensive trip, but we’ve found a few creative ways to stick to the vacation budget and save money. If you’re thinking about planning a trip, you may consider one or a few of these helpful tips below:
1. Travel on the Off Season
Traveling to Hawaii on the off season can save you hundreds of dollars. Flights and rooms are less expensive when you travel when it’s not peak season. The cost for flights and Airbnb would have been higher if we traveled during the holidays or summertime. If you’re looking for less expensive flights and a place to stay, after the holidays or early fall might be a more cost-effective option.
2. Bring a Reusable Water Bottle/Purchase a Brita Pitcher or Water Bottle
Several airports require you to dump out your liquids before going through security, but the nice thing is there are many airports that have free water filters after you get through security. Instead of spending $6.00-$8.00 on a water bottle at the airport bring your own reusable water bottle and fill up for the ride. Also, depending on where you’re staying you may consider purchasing a water bottle or pitcher that filters the water for you. This will save you tons of money on purchasing water for your room and/or meals. We found one at a local Costco (on sale) and the pitcher even fit in our carry on, so we could bring it home with us.
3. Go on a Store Run
Make a list of all your food and beverage items and take a trip to the local Costco/Target/Walmart for purchase. If you go with a group, you might be able to split the cost on all food and beverages.
4. Cook Some of Your Own Meals
Each morning we made our own breakfast and packed our lunch for the road (most days) and cooked the majority of our dinners at the condo. The condo also had a BBQ available, so we were able to use that for dinner. There were a few meals that we ate out and the tab added up quickly. For example, two entrees, and one drink the first night cost us about $80. We spent less than that per person for the entire week on our Costco run.