As parents, most of us spend our days working for and worrying about the future of our children. We want to give them everything we can, which includes the ability to see the world and enjoy the best that life has to offer. However, the reality of this economy has made traveling even within the 48 contiguous states of the U.S. difficult for many. So, the dream of a family vacation to the Hawaiian Islands may simply seem out of grasp. Yet, there are ways to save money even on the trip-of-a-lifetime, all it takes is careful planning and a few tips.
Tip One: Save on Airfare
Though it should seem self-evident, when you travel to Hawaii is important if you want to save money getting there. The best times to travel are between January and the middle of April. During that time, the mild temperatures of this Pacific Paradise ensure that you will be warm and the vacation culture of the islands ensures there will be plenty to do. Typically, travelers from the West coast are doing well if they pay $325 for their tickets. Midwesterners should expect to pay about $550 and those on the East coast should top out at around $650 for the round-trip.
Tip Two: Look for Overnight Packages
Though Hawaii is hardly known for all-inclusive resorts – that’s more popular in the Caribbean – savvy travelers can still find good deals on packaged stays on the main islands of Oahu and Maui (where most U.S.-originating flights land). The Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu, for example, offers guests a “fifth night free” that can save them a few hundred dollars. At other places, like the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, a family of four eats breakfast for free and children under 12 also enjoy free lunch and dinner. Never underestimate the savings that free meals can add up to!
Tip Three: Choose Meals Wisely
There are many great places to eat on the Hawaiian Islands, not the least of which are smaller places that offer so-called street food. Once such location, Diamond Head Market & Grill on Oahu serves sandwiches for on $6, that’s a deal in any state!
Tip Four: Look for Freebies
Hawaii generates most of its income as a state from its tourists. Therefore, they have a vested interest in keeping travelers happy. That means that there are plenty of opportunities to entertain yourself cost-free. Among the most popular of these options is free hula lessons and lei-making at the Whaler’s Village on Maui. Waikiki Beach on Oahu offers a free fireworks display every Friday night as well. Also, all of Hawaii’s beaches (other than those reserved by resorts) are free to use.
A Trip of a Lifetime
Though Hawaii has long been a destination lauded by honeymooners and those with money to burn, with the right planning families can enjoy all the benefits of this Gem of the Pacific. Consider the tips above along with the immense benefits of a tourist pass such as the Honolulu Power Pass or the Go Oahu Card which will allow you discounted entry to several of the islands’ most treasured attractions.