There is no doubt that all of the Hawaiian Islands are beautiful and amazing to explore and that is what makes it so hard to choose. From the lush landscape of Kauai to the populated island of Oahu, there are so many amazing activities to do. Whether you are down to relax on the beautiful beaches or go zip lining through the forest, there is an island for you.
Oahu is a history rich and largely populated island. It is home to Pearl Harbor and the legendary north shore where surfing began. Waikiki has plenty of activities for all ages. For the whole family there is the Honolulu Zoo, Pearl Harbor, and the Waikiki Aquarium. For the more adventurous there is dive tours, zip lining, and surfing. For the laid back individuals there are sailing tours, beachside dining, and world class shopping.
Maui is a picturesque island known for its stunning sunsets and lush landscape. The island has amazing hiking and biking tours through its national parks. In the winter see majestic whales migrating in the ocean waters. For active individuals kayak or canoe in the crystal clear waters. This island is great for family trips too, being that there are plenty of family activities to do.
Kauai is the definition of a tropical paradise. Take a helicopter tour and soar over the lavish waterfalls and green landscape. Whether it is the whole family or a romantic couples trip, relax on the beautiful beaches. Horseback ride or take a four-wheeler threw the scenic locations of you favorite movies such as Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Wind down from these activities with a Luau in the evening.
Hawaii or the Big Island is the largest of all the islands. Tour the Kilauea volcano and view the amazing flowing lava. Learn the Hawaiian culture on the island where it all began. If you love the outdoors visit the Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park and explore the grounds including the Great Wall and the scared temple Hale o Keawe Heiau that is guarded by wooden images of gods called fierce kii. Whether you visit the amazing black sand beaches, swim with manta rays, or explore natural wonders and the history of the island, there will definitely be something for everyone to do.
Lanai & Molokai are extremely enticing islands. These island is great for couples looking for an easygoing romantic getaway. No itinerary is needed here. The island is all about peaceful paradise. Both of these islands have yet to been taken over by the crazy amounts of tourists.
Planning a vacation with your significant other can be an amazing experience. Go somewhere that you both will love and find things to do for each other. The best way to get along is to allow each other to do the activities you want to do. Maybe one day you go snorkeling and the other you go to the spa, the point is to make each other happy.
If you cannot decide on a place to go just come to a compromise and try to go to the place the other wants to in the next coming year. While on your trip make sure to allow each other personal time. Fighting on a trip is no fun and can really dampen the mood. Remember its normal to fight when you are with each other 24 hours a day. When the argument comes on don’t take it far and look at the situation and if its worth fighting for. No one is going to get their way on vacation and lets face it, the same goes for real life too.
Focus on the joy of being together and all the fun things you will experience together. Vacation time is bonding time and if you support each other you will make it through anything!
Traveling can be stressful even when going on short trips. When packing a large suitcase it only adds to your stress. Have you ever considered packing just a carry on? Well here is how!
The typical airline will allow you a bag that is up to 45 inches total after adding all of the dimensions. Carry your electronics in a messenger bag or backpack and leave your other carry on for all of your essentials. For women, wear the jewelry that you must have so you do not have to pack it.
For clothing, try to wear what is heaviest while traveling. Shoes tend to take up the most space so bring pairs that are versatile. Jeans can be worn three times easily and shirts twice. Take the basics and add a scarf or statement necklace to make an outfit look different. Rolling all of your items is the most efficient way to pack all of your belongings into a confined space. Use the provided hotel toiletries so you do not have to take your own.
Try it out! Who knows maybe you will continue to pack this way. Have fun.
Cancun and Riviera Maya are amazing in the “shoulder” season! The last week of October brought gorgeous weather but not the tourists! We seemed to have most beaches almost to ourselves. There are several ways to enjoy this beautiful part of Mexico: the ALL-Inclusive resorts, LUXURY VILLAS on the beach, Mayan ruins in Coba and Tulum, beach day clubs, catamaran sailings, cenotes, snorkeling, zip lining, fishing and more. Our favorite find was La Buena Vida in the town of Akumal, which was a fabulous restaurant with tables in the sand, hammocks, a swimming pool, and even a couple of tree houses to climb and have cocktails delivered via a bucket and a rope while you enjoy a sunset. You can even snorkel in front of the beach. Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer relaxing vacations for just about any budget and a fabulous array of food options from Mexican to Italian to fresh barracuda we caught fishing and was made into tacos for us at La Cueva del Pescador. Best of all, copious amounts of delicious margaritas made from fresh limes and local tequilas to wash it all down....
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Even if you don’t have Global Pass, you can shorten your experience coming back into the US via airports AND cruise ports by simply adding the Mobile Pass APP on your phone. You simply add your personal information, scan your passport and add your picture to the app. Once you return from a trip via cruise or airplane, simply type in your arriving flight information once you “land” and then you get to go through the line marked “mobile passport”. When we arrived at SFO from Cancun we were able to bypass all travelers to the quicker line and didn’t have to even wait 5 minutes. This service is currently valid in select airports and cruise terminals. For more information and a list of eligible airports and cruise terminals, go to https://mobilepassport.us/
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The most magical place on earth is not always so magical when it comes to how expensive it is. There are plenty of ways to save money and cut corners to stay in budget.
Take advantage of the days the park is open longer, typically you will find these days during summer hours where the park is open from 8am to 12pm. During the summer you will also find extra show times and fewer attractions will be closed at the park.
Souvenirs are something that can definitely break the bank. If you have kids, buy costumes before arriving that you can find on amazon or at the Disney store when there are sales, and don’t forget you can always DIY. Character autographs are free at the park; make sure you bring your own book so you don’t have to purchase an overpriced one at the park. Disney also passes out free celebration buttons, for anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, and more. Watch out for the machines that create flattened pennies, all you have to use is some extra change.
Food at the park is always pricey, save money buy bringing in your own snacks, especially if you have kids, it will subside their hunger until you are able to get out of the park for a meal. Water bottles are expensive so bring your own, there are plenty of water sources around the park to fill up your own reusable bottle as well. Ice water is free at all restaurants.
Staying outside the park is always a great option, look for hotels that offer free breakfast, parking, and hotels within walking distance. If you decide to stay outside of the park check to see if your hotel has a shuttle prior to booking so you don’t have to pay for expensive parking. Parking runs for up to $60 a day… yikes! You can always take an uber or lyft as well.
Keep all of these tips in mind to keep you in budget. This way you have an affordable and amazing vacation.