5 Tips for Planning Your Hawaiian Vacation


Did you know that Hawaii has 137 islands? That’s right, if you plan on going to Hawaii, you’re not just talking about one individual land mass!

Planning a Hawaiian vacation can be stressful. You want to get the most out of your trip! We’re here to help.

Read on for a few quick tips for planning a vacation in Hawaii.

1. First: Set a Budget

As far as domestic vacations go (provided you’re an American), Hawaii is one of your more expensive options. The flight itself will be pricey enough, but hotels and food will add extra fees. If you plan on visiting more than one island, you’ll also have to pay for extra flights.

This is a trip that will require some pre-planning to save money.

We recommend using sites like SkyScanner or Google Flights to find affordable flight options. You can also use them for hotel deals.

Make sure to give yourself a budget for food and various activities. While exploring the islands is free, you’ll likely want to go on guided tours and participate in other fun events.

2. Pick an Island

Hawaii is actually made up of a multitude of islands. The most popular ones to stay on are Big Island (which some consider to be the safest island to visit), Oahu (the most popular island), Maui, and Kauai.

Most people will only have time to visit a single island on a week-long trip, but if you have extra time and money, feel free to bounce around between them.

There are pros and cons to all of the most popular Hawaiian islands, so do your research before booking your stay.

3. Make an Itinerary

There are so many things to do in Hawaii, so it’s in your best interest to make an itinerary (even if it’s a loose one) so you can do and see everything on your list.

Do you want to try ziplining? What about visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park? Do you want to spend a day learning how to surf?

Make sure to leave room for rest and relaxation. Staying out in the sun all day will tire you out in no time!

4. Pick the Right Time to Travel

Hawaii is a tourist destination all year long, but there are some times that will be better for vacationers.

Hawaii is always temperate. In the summer, you can expect temperatures in the mid-eighties. In the winter, you can expect temperatures in the high seventies.

During the summer, many families with children will visit the islands. During the winter, surfers and snowbirds make their way to Hawaii.

While it will be busy year-round, it’s best to avoid Spring Break. This is when college students flood the island, and it can be difficult to get hotel deals. Aside from Spring Break, March and April are actually excellent times to get decent deals.

5. Pack Well

So what should you pack for your Hawaii vacation?

Make sure that you pack clothing that’s perfect for warm weather. You will need a jacket (we recommend a waterproof jacket) for nighttime and rainy weather, but overall, the days will be warm.

Pack sunscreen and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun. A wide-brimmed hat or cap is also a good idea.

Bring comfortable walking shoes, especially if you plan on seeing all of the sights.

If you forget any warm-weather necessities, rest assured that you’ll be able to find them on the islands (but likely for a steep price).

It’s Time for Your Hawaiian Vacation

Your Hawaiian vacation is right around the corner. Are you working on your travel plans? Going to Hawaii will be an amazing experience, but you have to plan it right!

Use these tips to plan the perfect trip.

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About the Author: Nicole Ann Pore

Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. Travel, health, shopping, lifestyle and business are among the many subjects she writes about. Through quality and well-researched writing, she informs and even entertains readers about things that matter. She is also interested in film critiquing and filmmaking. Giving all the glory to God, Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.