Friday, December 7, 2012


If I could go anywhere in the United States for vacation it would be Hawaii. There's alot of other places I would love to go as well but Hawaii is at the top of the list. Boosting this already vivid dream is watching Hawaii Five-0 everytime that show opens up with the sights of this beautiful island I'm ready to go! So how to make this a reality?
The first step is figuring out where to go, which island. This can be a tricky choice because there is so much to see. Doing research on the specific islands and what they offer is the key. Some of the islands boast alot of adventure, a variety of things to do and fun nightlife. On the other hand some of the islands are all about relaxing. It comes down to what you want to do on your vacation. Two good sites I've come across for information are and the second being good for deals and tips.


My friends and I have discussed going to Hawaii. We decided we would rent a place to stay from that way we could all chip in on the price and fix some of our meals there. This not only allows us to save money, but it will give us the opportunity to check out the local markets! These two pictures above are two examples of places to stay in Kauai that sleeps 10 people. This is a great way to visit Hawaii without breaking the bank. Hawaii can be expensive so make sure you do your homework. Even looking up the local markets and such that you would be using. Plan with your travel companions and you won't get costly surprises!
I am very ready for this trip! Where would you go with a group?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Sail Away

One of my favorite ways to vacation is cruises. This is also one of the cheapest vacations you could go on. With everything included you just have to pay for the cruise and don't have to worry about food. This is especially great if you want a quick getaway and don't have alot of money put back.

A few years ago I went on a cruise to the Bahamas. It was so relaxing and an amazing experience. Cruising is also addicting! At certain times of the year you can get a cruise for under $200. Some of my classmates went on a cruise in November for $110 a piece. It a great way to go. Do your research and find out when it's going to be cheaper to go. You don't have to go during hurricane season to get a good deal. In fact try not to go then it could get rough. The cheapest cruises are to the Bahamas, Mexico and the Caribbean. Plus they're great for when you're ready to get warm during the cold months.
A few tips for cutting cost... first if you have the time drive to the port you're going out of. It's alot cheaper by splitting the gas cost with your fellow vacationers. Add into your budget about $12 a day for the car to be parked in the parking garage while you're on the cruise. Second, go for an inside cabin on the ship. You aren't really going to spend that much time in your cabin and you can save a big chunk of money this way. Third, be careful about how many extras you get while on the ship. This mostly happens with drinks. Water and coffee are free with your food, but there is always cruise staff walking around offering drinks. They get added to your bill and can add up (trust me). Last, make sure you have extra money for the shore excursions. You will probably want to get a souvenir or two; plus you'll need to get lunch. Have cash for the markets, if you're a good haggler you can get some good deals.
So try a cruise, you'll feel like the rich and famous with this all inclusive way to vacation.