How To Travel To Paradise On A Budget

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Now that the temperature has finally gone up in most parts of the country, its impossible not to think about a summer vacation. A perfect tropical getaway is Honolulu on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Now, you may be thinking, that can get pricey. That is not the case. There are many ways to take your Hawaiian vacation on a budget and here are just a few ideas to get the ball rolling.

Getting There
This is probably going to be the bulk of your expenses. Flights are not cheap. With that being said, there are good deals out there, and you just have to look around at different websites. You can look at specific airlines or visit different travel websites that sometimes offer cheaper tickets. If you are willing to have connecting flights, that is sometimes cheaper than getting a direct flight. The best advice is to do your research before you purchase tickets.

Staying There
The next step in planning your perfect budget Hawaiian holiday is finding a place to call home while you're visiting. There are a few different options on how to approach this. First, you'll want to decide what types of activities you want to be close to.

While most of the cheaper hotels are located far from the beach, there are a few located close to Waikiki Beach. If you are just looking for some fun in the sun, then you should look into them and decide if they are an option for your stay.

There are also budget hotels located in the area near the Ala Moana Center. Staying close to their offers there will be many different dining options and sights to see.

Another direction you can go that can sometimes be cheaper in the end is renting a home or condo in the area. There are plenty of rentals out there and the plus side to this is that you usually get a kitchen and sometimes a pool. When you have a kitchen at your vacation home, that saves you money, allowing you to eat in rather than eat out. Buying groceries is much cheaper than going out to restaurants and eating.

Transportation While You Are There

Renting a car can always save money. How may you ask? Well, when you have your own vehicle you can go off on day trips without having to pay a tour bus to take you there. Maps are offered throughout the city that can take you on your own driving tours of the island.

Having your own car also helps you on your budget meal plan. You can hit a grocery store and take food back to where you're staying to save on restaurant prices.

Honolulu has many sights to see from arts and culture to the beauty of nature. Walk the beautiful white sand beaches, check out Diamond Head, or check out the marine life at Sea Life Park. Whatever interests you have, you can find great deals throughout the island, and taking in nature is always free.

If you want to learn more about traveling to Honolulu, check out Hipmunk to search for deals and compare prices on flights, hotels, and more. Going on a Hawaiian vacation doesn't have to be pricey when you do your research to seek out the best deals. Aloha!

This post was provided by Fiona Moriarty of Hipmunk, a travel website that helps you to locate the best deals on transportation, accommodations, and more.


  1. I love to think about fun trips. I used to do so much research before a trip so that I would see and do everything I wanted while I was there I think only small, maybe weekend, trips are in my future but thanks for the link to Hipmunk. A good source is always nice to have.

  2. Thank you for the Hipmunk link. I don't think I'll be going to Hawaii anytime soon, but it's always nice to have another source for traveling :)


  3. Having been raised in Hawaii and traveled back there many times to visit family and friends my biggest piece of advice is if you are looking for a relaxing Hawaiian vacation, avoid Honolulu all together. Instead. checkout deals on some of the outer islands where life is less crowded and slower paced. Some of your best deals on lodging can be found through . There you will find condos, homes and apartments to rent for a fraction of the price that you would pay at most of the hotels. Our family uses this site quite a bit when we travel and my parents have their condo in Hawaii listed on this site as well. Ask the local people where their favorite places are to eat and they will direct you to some fun places with great food and much cheaper prices than you would pay at a hotel. Framers Markets are also located on most of the islands and you can get great deals on coffee, fruits, veggies and locally sourced meats and fish there.


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