I never really thought I’d have the chance to go to Hawaii. I know it’s beautiful but my dad hates airplanes, family doesn’t travel much to begin with and it’s expensive so I never really had the urge or the means to go.
Enter Taylor, my boyfriend who chose Hawaii as his first pick of places to be stationed.
He told me a gallon of milk was about ten bucks a pop and I freaked out because if a stupid gallon of milk is that expensive how in the hell am I ever going to afford food, a plane ticket and a place to stay?
Some intense research and internet sleuthing taught me otherwise, however…
Timing is everything!
If you are looking to go to Hawaii just for a vacation then try and book in the off seasons like fall, for example. If you are a military significant other we don’t really have that luxury all the time but you can also try booking a flight at awkward times in the week. For example, leave on a Wednesday and come back on a Tuesday, etc.
Beat the airline companies at their own game
Remember two things…
- Book your flights on Tuesdays at 3pm. A friend of mine told me that trick and I used it this last time around and got the cheapest tickets I have seen for Hawaii thus far.
This website was a lifesaver for my wallet. An average hotel is around $130 a night in Hawaii. The home that I chose to rent off of AirBnB was only $108 a night and includes 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and living area, a washing machine, a dryer, is close to the beach and the airport I will be flying into.
I now have a whole entire house in a convenient location vs. just a hotel room and it’s $20 cheaper a night. Also, there is a kitchen! So, we can cook our own food and save money by not eating out for every meal.
I mentioned earlier that there is a washer and dryer in my AirBnB. This is important because I can wash my clothes and re-wear them instead of packing 50 different outfits.
My goal on this vacation is to only have a carry on bag and not have to pay $50 to check a bag at the airport. I’ve accomplished this on a previous trip and it was pretty successful so that will be my goal this time around too. To find out how I packed light click here!
Traveling to Hawaii was daunting at first. I had all the anxiety and stayed up late at night trying to budget out my money so I can afford this trip. By making just these cuts alone I saved about $450 in my travels.