If you aren’t prepared financially when visiting Hawaii, prices here can end up being the deciding factor of whether or not you get to do something extra like skydiving. No matter how affluent, keeping a budget will allow you to do more. Budgeting saves money while also increasing how far your dollar will go. We’ve compiled a list of things to help you budget:
USE AIRLINE MILES
If you’re going to use a credit card for necessary purchases, might as well make it worth your while by using a card that offers miles back. Tickets to Hawaii can be pricey depending on the time of year, so be sure to book your trip in advance.
SLEEP FOR LESS
The real reason you’re staying in that fancy hotel is to have a beautiful view where you rest your head at night. However, this can come with a price of the scene being distorted and overrun with other tourists. Do yourself a favor and save money by staying in an Airbnb or hostel. After all, you only need to rest if you’re anything like us, on-the-go. Otherwise, you’re missing out in experiencing Hawaii to its fullest.
COOK YOUR OWN FOOD
Eat like a local at Eat-the-street or other local eateries. However, the most reasonable way to eat while on the islands is to prepare a homemade meal. Buying groceries from the local farmers market is a great way to save money while enhancing your stay with nice, family cooked meal. If you’re staying in a hostel, cooking together is a great way of socializing.
Visiting the beach is at the top of the list of free things to do in Hawaii. Some days can be wasted away on the shores, but for the rest of the time, there are many other things you can get around to doing. Hiking and the great outdoors are another option. Many activities are cheap, but if you plan it right, you can find great discounts or even free excursions.
Rental cars average around $100+ USD a day, which may not be the best solution to your transportation needs. Public transportation is a great way of getting around. Oahu has a new rail system in development which will be of great use to many in the future. But, for the time being, the bus, Lyft, Uber, and depending on your location, some free shuttle services are the best ways of getting around. Some accommodations even allow free bike rentals which is the most intimate way of getting around.
If you can live like a king while visiting Hawaii, sticking to a budget can still help you experience life a little more thoroughly. If you are a backpacker and have $2.00 to your name, budgeting is a way of life. In either circumstance, a budget can’t hurt and in some ways, may provide a wholesome experience than balling out.
Hope these few pointers can make your buck go farther, longer. Any ideas? Let us know in the comments below! Thanks for visiting!