The biggest component to travel for me has always been cost, my journeys have to be budgeted and affordable. I am terrible at managing money, but I am great at winging it and saving a few bucks. I will suffer through long layovers, cheap cabs, inconvenient living arrangements (to an extent), as long as I can get to where i’m going and spend my energy and money at the destination. I want to share how much I spent on my Hawaii trip, in hopes that it will inspire someone who perhaps has never traveled to treat themselves to a life changing experience, without worrying about the anticipated cost.
Flight -590 (kayak)
Lodging -0 (you could estimate approx 200 a night if you rent a room)
Uber -100 (several trips)
Luau -100 (cheaper options)
Sandbar trip contribution -60
my total= ~1200 for 1 person for 5 days.
The cost of the trip was heavily augmented by cutting expenses staying with a friend, and being driven primarily by her. I will definitely say, Hawaii isn’t a cheap trip….and this is coming from a New Yorker. It is nearly impossible to avoid inflated costs, as common items found in the mainland USA are shipped to Hawaii, and you have to pay for the convenience of having it available. This total also includes transport to and from airports, and expenses while travelling.
Overall, on a scale of 1-10, i’d rate Hawaii as an 8 for value as a single person travelling.
The beauty of the natural scenery, the available nightlife and mainstream culture, the ability to saturate yourself in the native culture, and the abundant wildlife and outdoors expeditions make it extremely worthwhile!
**A quick piece of advice, research is the key to success when travelling. Research the cost incurred, research where you are going, ask people who have been before, …you can never have too much information.