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 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
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