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Sifting through Home Rentals for vacation

May 15th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I love travelling, but with 2 teens it is no longer easy or cheap. We don't fit well into one smallish hotel room anymore. But I have some tricks to keep our costs down!

We are very loyal to Holiday Inn because...

1. The free breakfast is a major cost savings for a family of 4

2. We are rewarded nicely through their point program. Often we are able to upgrade from a single room to a larger room or even a suite at no extra cost.

I look forward to travelling just the 2 of us (!!) but for now I do still want to take our teen son along for the last couple year's he's around.

So we are planning a family summer trip to Hawaii (woo hoo!). We waited 2 years for the air fares to come down. We'll go to (the inexpensive) Waikiki area for the first week and then Maui the second week.

On Maui I wanted to look into a house/condo/apt rental so we can slow down, cook for ourselves, hang around the base area more, spend less. I took alot of time researching tripadvisor but didn't see what I really wanted at under $200/night.

Then I came across 2 sites that were good: airbnb and vrbo (vacation rental by owner). The first was on a FB post by my BIL who was asking if it was reliable (answer: yes, and I didn't realize how many of my relatives already knew about it). The latter was recommended here in the SA forums by DisneySteve so I knew it was good!

And the result? A dream come true! Found a rental in Hana, Maui. All the way on the island east tip, a complete throwback in time. Not commercialized area, beach house on black sand, environmental paradise.

Feeling very fortunate!!

One of the hardest jobs on vacation? Lazy sea glass hunting Smile to make things like this:

Sea Glass Necklace

Simply black and white. A big piece of sea glass in a wire setting on black braided cord. Handmade and original design. See it at

Text is Pretty Cheap Jewelry and Link is http://www.prettycheapjewelry.com
Pretty Cheap Jewelry

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5 Responses to “Sifting through Home Rentals for vacation ”

  1. snafu Says:

    For future thought, would you consider house exchange? I know several teachers who explore other cities. There are several sites http://www.homeexchange.com/

    I've not done it yet but it's on my bucket list

  2. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    have not looked into that, we don't really have space to spare and not terribly flexible on travel dates. Hope it works out for you!

  3. starfishy Says:

    before reading your post carefully, i was going to recommend the airbnb site, but looks like you already know about it and had success finding a place for your vacation - yay! Smile

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Have fun on the Road to Hana! It's beautiful there.

  5. SoCal310 Says:

    I've heard Homeaway.com is another great site also. Congrats on finding a great deal for your vacation!

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