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The High Cost of Travel: Is a Hawaii Vacation a Good Idea?

Jun 1, 2008
Are you turned off by the high cost of travel? If you are, you may consider putting off your summer vacation plans. Or, you may opt for visiting a more local attraction. Of course, doing so can save you money, but the high cost of travel doesn't necessarily mean that you have to forego your dream Hawaii vacation.

If you intended to travel to Hawaii this year, but have yet to make your travel plans, do not make the mistake of assuming that your travel costs will be too high. Yes, travel costs may have increased, but you may still be surprised how affordable it is to take a Hawaii vacation.

One of the best ways to find great deals on Hawaii vacations is to examine all of your options; literally all of them. First, you will want to start with Hawaii vacation packages. If you are looking to stay at a hotel or a vacation resort, you should have a number of packages to choose from. Vacation packages are nice because you are often rewarded with a small discount. It is also important to note that you can save yourself time. Vacation packages are set up so that you can make multiple travel arrangements, like your flight, car rental, and hotel stay, all at the same time.

While most Hawaii vacation packages will save you money, some can actually end up costing you more. That is why you will first want to do a small amount of research. If your vacation package includes a stay at a hotel, your flight, and a car rental, determine the individual cost of these three and then compare the total to the vacation package price. Are you getting a good deal? You should be.

Although it is easiest to save money when staying at a Hawaii hotel or vacation resort, you may have had other ideas. Private Hawaii vacation rentals, including homes, cottages, villas, condos, and apartment rentals, come highly rated and recommended. If you would like to rent a Hawaii vacation home rental, just be sure to use your best judgment. The best ways to save money is to examine rentals that only have features that you need or will use. For example, don't pay more for a Hawaii vacation home rental with a pool if you don't like swimming.

If you opt to make your Hawaii travel plans individually, as opposed in a vacation package, search out the best deals. Starting with your airline reservations, check each airline that services the area. Compare prices. Also, try to be flexible with your travel dates. For instance, it is often cheaper to fly in the middle of the week than on the weekend. The same applies for holidays, as travel costs are often higher during peak travel times.

In keeping with your flight to Hawaii, you are presented with another way to save money. Many airlines now charge you an extra fee for extra luggage. In fact, some airlines now charge you for the first bag. If you are taking an extended trip to Hawaii, you may not be able to avoid the fee for the first checked bag, but there are ways you can eliminate that extra fee for a second bag. For starters, only pack what you need. To make sure that you are well prepared, check the Hawaii weather forecast before you leave. Next, invest in space saving travel bags. They are often $10 or less for two bags and they can significantly reduce the amount of space in your suitcase.

As for renting a Hawaii car rental, you should do so. All of the Hawaiian Islands have so much to offer you and you want to be able to see each and every part of Hawaii. Having your own car rental allows you to do so. What you will want to do, however, is find the best deals. Car rental companies often charge different rates for different cars. If your traveling party consists of you and a friend or you and your spouse, a large SUV or minivan may not be needed. You could save money by going with a smaller, compact car.
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