What makes for enduring Hawaii vacations? After the unprecedented $99 Hawaii deals yesterday from Alaska Airlines and United Airlines, many of you may have this question in mind. We love lists and following are the top ten ideas we came up with. After reading ours, please add your favorites in the comment section below.
1. Use social media and online resources to find deals for Hawaii vacations in advance.
That’s what you’re doing right now reading Beat of Hawaii. Recent studies clearly show that more than half of travelers go to online resources and/or social media when making travel plans. And perhaps the same percentage of us will use both of these while traveling. Remember too that you often find restaurant and activity deals by going directly to the website of the vendor or on review sites like Yelp.
2. Once you pay, don’t keep looking back.
Take it from us, you can sometimes make yourself crazy finding the very best deal. Do you relate? Unless it’s a changeable reservation and you can easily recover a price change (like with Alaska Airlines), and you have a lot of time on your hands, decide when enough is enough. Relax then go with the flow.
3. Prepare for some jet lag.
Even a few hours of time difference and many hours of east/west flight will have an impact, so don’t expect to be 100% on the first day of the trip. Ease into your vacation, perhaps at the beach under the tropical Hawaiian sun.
4. Pack your own food for travel and while here in Hawaii.
Hunger doesn’t make for a fun vacation. We’ve written before that we pack food for trans-Pacific travel. It’s also a good idea to have snacks in the car while in Hawaii. Remember that even in winter, you’ll want an ice chest (or insulated bag which can travel with you) in order to keep food cool.
5. Don’t come here to get fit.
Get fit before your trip. Jogging, hiking or snorkeling in poor physical condition could end with a trip to the hospital or worse. It happens here in Hawaii far more than you might think. We have seen visitors out hiking wearing slippers too which may lead to injury on trails.
6. Enjoy Hawaii’s spectacular sunrises and sunsets while at the same time resetting your body clock’s circadian rhythm.
Sunsets and sunrises here in Hawaii can be some of the most spectacular anywhere. Take time to be outside and enjoy them. At the beginning of your vacation they also provide cues to your body’s time clock that will help you recover more quickly from jet lag.
7. Get safely into and onto Hawaii’s unequaled water.
Whether you’re swimming or snorkeling in the ocean, or riding a kayak topside, remember safety first. You need to respect the ocean and not assume you’re invincible. When in doubt, err on the side of safety and always check with a lifeguard if you are not sure.
8. A vacation is about quality, not quantity.
We recently read a comment from someone planning a one-day trip on Kauai and looking for lunch recommendations to fill a 35 minute time slot. Does that sound like a fun day? Think about the best vacation you ever had and what made it so. It’s not how much you did, or how long you were away, but instead the quality of the experience. Sometimes cramming everything possible into the allotted time actually reduces the quality of your vacation.
9. Anticipation and reminiscence are huge parts of a vacation’s enjoyment.
Enjoy planning your next Hawaii vacation starting now. When you see an interesting article online, clip and paste or bookmark it for easy reference. We save all of those into our phones in shared notes that can also be read on the plane or when otherwise off-line. It sure beats traveling with lots of guide books. Speaking of which, we highly recommend the acclaimed Hawaii Revealed series. Then bring home some Hawaii t-shirts and other memorabilia to capture the island state of mind back home.
10. Read our most popular post ever, which is all about getting here and saving money: The Cheapest Time to Fly to Hawaii.
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Beat of Hawaii photo near Diamond Head, Oahu