Both my first vacation to Hawaii and my first move to Hawaii were done in an incredibly inexpensive, affordable way. It is possible!! (Truth bomb: It still costs money, and real money. It's not remotely free.) Granted, there is only so much leeway for some parts of a trip or move to Hawaii (like cheap ways of getting there), but there are options to help save your money!
And as I find myself now planning a series of trips back to Hawaii, I am definitely aiming towards anything that will save a buck.
...Yes, I did say I was moving back. I really was. That was the plan! And like most well laid plans, it went to crap...but in the best possible way. I submit for your reading pleasure:
Welcome Wrench #1: Right around the time when we began to plan in earnest for myself and my two boys to move back to Oahu for my husband's upcoming 6 month deployment, we got word that the deployment got...believe it or not, SHORTENED!!! I know, I know! Crazy awesome. Except we'd planned on renting out our house for those 6 months to help with expenses...and there aren't many people looking for a 4 month rental, right?
Welcome Wrench #2: And it's a biggie. You could probably guess something like this, if you've read through a bit and have a sense of how much I want to go back to Hawaii. Our family size will be increasing from 4 (plus 2 furbabies) to 5 (plus 2 furbabies)!!! We have baby #3 (well, technically #4 after a loss late last year), on the way!!
While being pregnant in and of itself doesn't preclude me from taking the boys to Hawaii, the combination of the shortened deployment and the timing of the pregnancy (you guessed it, I'm due JUST BEFORE hubs returns), makes a fairly monster wrench. So, in the interest of not bankrupting our family with two living expenses (our mortgage plus a rental in Hawaii), as well as baby's due date, we've decided that the move is henceforth postponed...indefinitely.
And yeah, it breaks my heart a little bit. But then, my heart is so full right now anyway, I've moved past it pretty quickly. And on to more plotting. Especially my NEXT HAWAII PLAN.
There is a healing certification I've been interested in for a few years...and lo and behold (despite that I've checked repeatedly), it IS in fact offered in Hawaii! So starting in the Fall of 2016, I will be traveling to Hawaii FOUR TIMES a year for the next THREE YEARS!!
Apologies for a fairly major digression from our topic, but now you can see how important finding AFFORDABLE means of traveling to and staying in Hawaii is to me personally. TWELVE visits in THREE years! Good thing trips like this play on pretty much all of my strengths...
I'm going to break it down into topics and go from there (and a lot of this will be duplicate, but it always bears repeating, and it's handy to have in one spot) (And a reminder that this site is a work in progress!!) :
*I am working on an ebook of sorts to help highlight these!*