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Hawaii Travel

 

Every soon-to-be traveler thinks traveling is great; that is, until they have to shop, plan, prepare and pack. There’s a lot of preparation that goes into a good trip and a good trip doesn’t come about without great planning. Thankfully, we live in a day and age where technology is being recreated at the speed of light. Every day, there’s a new gadget, accessory, gizmo or app. Even better, these technologies change the way we travel.
If you’re planning your next weekend road trip this spring or even working on your summer vacation plans, don’t forget to take along some of these useful travel apps. They’ll make your trip light as a summer breeze.

 
Depending on where you’re traveling some of these are great right in your own backyard while others will come in handy when traveling internationally.

 
Google Translate
When you find yourself in need of an urgent phrase while traveling abroad, that book you brought along may be of no use and just take too long. Google translate will translate in dozens of languages the exact phrase you need to use.

 
Skype
What’s great about skype is that it’s easy enough to use and what’s even better is that it’s free. You can chat with family or friends back home without worrying about your cell phone usage going through the roof.

 
Gas Buddy
Back in the day, one of the biggest topics of conversations when traveling was to talk about the prices of gas in other states. Now, you don’t have to wonder about it, you can find the most reasonable gas in town by city or zip code. Check out the stations nearest you and find the best price per gallon while traveling.

 
City Mapper
If you’re like most travelers, you don’t always want to use a real map or stop and ask for directions; the GPS will get you there just fine. If you’re really like most travelers, the GPS has gotten you lost on more than one occasion. This handy app will help you find your way through major cities getting you from Point A to Point B in the fastest route possible. If you’re not in the mood for the scenic route, you can travel the straightest path.

 
Iexit
Have you ever drove past an exit only to realize that the food place you were looking for the last few exits was right off the service road? By that point, it’s too late. But with iexit, you can check and see which gas station, favorite store or eatery is at that exit. You don’t have to get off and drive around – some more. You can find out which service is at which exit and have your pick of your favorite places to stop.

 
TripIt
You don’t have to carry around a file folder of all your confirmation emails with TripIt. This app helps you to organize and stay organized when traveling by creating a handy listing of all your trip details from car rentals to airline confirmations.
These are just a few apps that can help you travel happy with apps. Here’s a bunch more to save you time and save you some money:

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Auto Technology
It seems as though every time you turn around these days, there’s something new in the auto industry. And it’s not just a new concept car or model that’s new either. It’s technology, safety, and innovation all competing for the spotlight at the same time. It wasn’t too long ago that these new trends were just idle chatter, but now they all seem to be becoming reality all at once. No sooner than one idea comes out, the next, biggest and more improved version of that idea is “coming soon.” Here are a few trends on what’s safe, what’s smart, and what’s new in the auto industry.

 
What’s Safe?
A decade or two ago, all you really needed to worry about when it came to safety was how well the seatbelts worked, the safety crash tests, and how many air bags you had to consider. Nowadays, privacy and security are also at risk. With connectivity advances in technology and hackers being in the news more often, it’s enough to make you want to start walking or taking out your bike.
Thankfully, regulators are always seeking to ask the question on how safe is the public with this new innovation or that new technology? One such example takes place in Oakland, California. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission will host an event known as the Connected Car Hackathon during early April. Automatic Labs, Inc. is also on board the project.
In hopes of encouraging safer driving ethics, the event will invite those who participate to build a better mouse trap (or in this case, build better technology for safe driving practices). The event seeks to draw in experts in the field such as developers and programmers, just to name a few, in order to come up with solutions for safer driving tools and technology.

 
Is it a Hacker’s Paradise?
Recent research is showing just how welcoming it is for a hacker to invade your car. Like a magician with a quick slight of hand, it’s getting easier to hack a key fob and get into your vehicle. While some people collect coins, hackers are busy collecting signals to gain access to your car. Cars from Audi to Toyota have been impacted by these hackers.
Thankfully the research shows the problem areas and the manufacturers can then address what’s next in safety.

 
What’s Smart?
A group of 20 automakers is seeking to make everything on four wheels safer than before with a safety system known as Automatic Emergency Braking in all cars. Since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is on board with everything safe when it comes to cars, it’s good to know they are on the driver’s side when it comes to moving safety technology through the pipes more quickly.
Manufacturers and safety regulators both seek to make seat belts, air bags, and even more advanced future technology like Lane Keep Assist, (helping get the car back to where it needs to be) safer than ever before.
Picture a future too where the use of infrared systems can detect a deer in headlights, so to speak, in dark conditions where the human eye may not be able to see it until it’s too late.

 
What’s New?
While the majority of visitors to the New York Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center this week are there to see the new concept cars and what’s next on four wheels, there’s also something else that’s new in safety.
Unfortunately, in recent years’ police officers have been killed while sitting in their vehicles. The New York Police Department is exploring new technology in safety. Armored panels and bullet resistant glass for patrol cars are two of those new safety technologies being tested. With an advance in technology like this, the police can feel safer as they go about the business of keeping the public safe, as well.

 

Posted in: Fun Facts, Tech Update

Hawaii Travel

 

Travel has certainly changed from a few short years ago. Technology has made traveling much easier and much more competitive at the same time. With the abundance of apps at our fingertips from checking flight information for us to getting updates about everything, travel is a breeze.

Even where and how you stay, such as companies like HomeAway and Airbnb make staying anywhere from a spare bedroom in someone’s home to a treehouse in Puerto Rico an adventure. However, just like some old wives’ tales, there are some myths surrounding travel that have stayed around, as well.

 

Travel is for Jetsetters Only

When you think of travel, do you sigh and say, “Someday” or do you create an action plan to make it happen? If you are like most average people, you make ends meet, pay the bills, and there’s not always a lot left over for things like travel.

Travel today, however, has made leaps and bounds in offering competitive rates and different ways to save money.

Hopper – Hopper is a great little app that will not only save you money, but do the work for you. This handy tool will sort through daily prices on airline flights and give you the best data on when to buy those tickets to Hawaii you’ve been waiting on.

Hotel Tonight – If you need a reservation in a hurry, Hotel Tonight is a great app. This app will help you find lodging at the last minute, but even better yet, it will help you score some real last-minute discounts as well.

With so much competition and so many companies offering travel discounts, travel is doable and affordable.

 

It’s Not Safe to Travel

With the events around the world being as dismal as they have been as of late, many people think it’s not safe to travel. However, this may not be the case. With security heightened, it might be just as safe as ever to travel.

It might take a few more action steps before traveling to ensure a safer and smoother journey. For example, making certain you have all your information and paperwork updated and ready to go such as passports, cell service, and contact information of embassies. An app such as the Smart Traveler app will keep you in touch with travel alerts, U.S. embassy locations and so much more. Purchasing travel insurance is also another safeguard you may wish to consider.

 

Those Airline Miles Don’t Really Add Up

Many travelers go on vacation year after year because they’ve racked up enough miles on their credit cards. It takes time and effort to figure out, but just like anything else that takes time and effort, it may just be worth your while to give it a try.

Plenty of travelers find themselves scoring tickets for free by exploring the world of airline credit card miles. You never know, if you play your “cards” right, you may be one of them.

 

Baby Boomers Have a Tough Time Traveling

Some people might think that the Baby Boomer Generation, also known as the Sandwich Generation have a tough time traveling because they are busy taking care of elders and children at the same time. However, there is a new travel trend called “Multi-generational Travel.”

Multi-generational families are enjoying treks to Alaska and tropical vacations to Hawaii. With careful planning and the help of tour guides and facilities, all three generations are able to share the travel experience today.

 

It’s not Worth the Hassle

New research is showing the science behind happiness lies not within the purchasing of more material possessions, but rather in life experiences. Travel is always an experience. Sure, it’s a lot of work to plan, shop, and pack for, but in the end, the experience will create memories to last a lifetime and give you conservation topics for years to come.

Travel makes you happy, for the most part. Sure, there are always those stories about that one trip where everything didn’t go according to plan, but at the end of the day you still have something to talk and laugh about.

Just like anything else, travel is an experience. You can either buy into the myths or invest in having a good experience.

If you’re looking to travel and explore Hawaii, be sure to get a Free Online Vehicle Quote to take your car with you for the most convenient vacation possible.

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Hawaii Timeshare

Hawaii in and of itself is beautiful. There are so many advantages to visiting. There isn’t a lack of things to do and see from lounging on warm secluded beaches of different colors to experiencing vibrant and traditional cultural experiences. If you’ve never been, then maybe 2016 is the year you visit.

If you’ve visited Hawaii on more than a handful of occasions, then maybe just maybe, 2016 is the year you look into making it a constant and steady retreat. If you’ve ever thought of owning a timeshare but wanted a little more insight, check out these tips to see if there is a timeshare in your New Year.

A time share is a property that has multiple owners where each gets to use the property every year. In the scenario of a fixed timeshare, the owner typically books his/her vacation time the same week every year. This offers the benefit of not having to worry about planning an annual vacation or worrying about accommodations. It’s an opportunity to return to your favorite vacation destination year after year without a lot of planning.

Timeshares have been around for several decades with one of the first to open up in Kauai, Hawaii so when it comes to timeshares, Hawaii has a first foot in the door.

 

Benefits of Owning a Time Share

When it comes to visiting Hawaii, the benefits are numerous and obvious. Timeshares, however, offer their own unique benefits.

• Timeshares offer a variety of accommodations and activities for singles or entire families
• Hawaii is popular during any time of the year; it’s not season specific
• You can pay for your vacation in advance
• Timeshares offer considerable savings over time
• Take advantage of exploring different locales or returning to your favorite hot-spot every year.
• Choose a variety of other resorts according to your tastes, needs, and desires

 

Be Prepared for the Hard Sell

If you’ve ever received one of those coupons in the mail saying you’ve won a free trip in exchange for a 90 minute presentation, then you’ve already been introduced to a timeshare. Most timeshare properties will offer you a prize such as a vacation or set of tickets to an expensive show in order to lure you in to their presentation.

If you think you’re going to sit through it unaffected, think again. The presenters are well trained in selling and selling hard. Pressure is their middle name. For every response you have, they have two waiting to make buying a timeshare right then and there on the spot more appealing.

A timeshare is a valuable offering if it works for you. Just give yourself enough time to think it through and consider all the options before you are coached into signing on the spot.

 

Read the Fine Print

Each state may have its own set of laws so it’s important to know whether or not you are able to rent or exchange your timeshare, sell it or even pass it on to your children in your estate. Just like any other transaction, read the fine print.

Talk to others who may have the same timeshare you are interested in, consult with experts and make an informed and educated decision. Buying a timeshare may be the perfect choice for you after all the paperwork is read and information is gathered.

 

Pay Attention to the Dates

Many timeshares are easy enough to exchange depending if they belong to a chain of resorts; however, if not you may have to join a private exchange group which can have an additional fee. You may not even get the guaranteed exchange or date you want.

If you know a specific place and date when you want to travel, you need to be ready a year or more in advance to choose where you want to head to next. Some families book their next vacation during their current one.

Remember too, you are not purchasing a piece of property but a share in the rights to use it. When you go in with your eyes open and with all the right information from the onset, a timeshare could get you closer to visiting and re-visiting paradise once again.

 

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Aloha Hawaii

In Hawaii, aloha means many things. Some travelers to the beautiful isles of Hawaii think it simply means either hello or goodbye. Aloha means so much more. It’s more of a way of life and a spirit than just a simple greeting. To live the Aloha life, you embrace love and compassion in all you do and to all who you meet. Aloha is a way of being and a lifestyle.

If you’ve never been to Hawaii before, maybe it’s time to embrace the spirit of aloha in 2016.

Of course, there’s always plenty to do on any one of the islands of Hawaii; some more touristy than others. And, of course, there’s always plenty of nothing to do – like lay on the white sand beaches and soak up all that sun in paradise.

If you’re planning to head on over to aloha right after the New Year, there are still some holiday happenings going on in the islands.

 

Say Aloha to New Years in Hawaii

Hop aboard a New Year’s Eve cruise through Honolulu Harbor as fireworks explode in multi-colored lights overhead. Head on over to the Waikiki Starlight Luau in Hilton Hawaiian Village. You will never be at a loss to ring in the New Year in Hawaii – if you are lucky enough to be spending the first day of the New Year on any one of the islands.

Imagine ringing in the New Year at any one of Hawaii’s beaches or parks with music wafting in the background, fireworks overhead and the smell of a traditional luau wafting under your nose.

 

Ward Winter Village Outdoor Ice Rink

If you want something to really write home about, why not try ice skating in the middle of paradise. The Ward Winter Village Outdoor Ice Rink is still featuring its holiday schedule until January 10th, 2016. Go for a spin on the ice and grab a cup of hot cocoa while you’re at it.

 

Honolulu City Lights

Do you have a few more days in the beginning of January to continue the celebration of the New Year in Hawaii? Stop by the Honolulu City Lights up until January 3rd and take part in the festivities as you watch the floats in the parade float by, enjoy authentic Hawaiian foods or listen to live performances.

 

Hawaii Cherry Blossom Festival

Want to leave the snow and the shovel behind and enjoy the sights and sounds of fragrant Hawaii? Join in the ceremonies at the Hawaii Cherry Blossom Festival to celebrate the fragrant and beautiful cherry blossom. Plenty of pageants and coronations for a different kind of travel experience.

 

What’s New in Hawaii?

The great thing about Hawaii is in how it maintains its culture but keeps up with the trends. Here are a few happenings for Hawaii in 2016:

• Ritz Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach will offer upscale rooms
• Oahu will open the first Hampton Inn and Suites
• Aston Kaanapali Shores will have a new one million dollar pool complete with new LED lighting – imagine that
• The Four Seasons Resort will re-introduce itself after a beautiful transformation
• For the shoppers – plenty of opportunity to shop till you drop at the International Market Place
• And Hawaii National Volcano Park celebrates its 100th year

And if you are a car enthusiast, why not plan your trip later in the year towards March and enjoy the First Hawaiian International Auto Show set for March 18-20.

If you’ve never been to Hawaii before, there’s plenty to see and do in 2016. You will find the traditional tourist attractions and memorial sites such as the USS Arizona and the Diamondhead crater and for a more unique experience why not take on some whale watching, zip lining or stay in one of the above-mentioned resorts where you can enjoy the fruits of their labor.

In 2016, you can enjoy all that is old and all that is new in Hawaii while you ring in the New Year, as well.

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Pearl Harbor Memorial

The attack on Pearl Harbor back on December 7, 1941 was commemorated on December 7, 2015 remembering the day 74 years ago leading the United States into World War II. There were several commemorative ceremonies that took place from parades to the laying of wreaths and in places from Washington, D.C. to the spot where the attacks took place in Hawaii.

Not only is the anniversary 74 years old, there were even veterans attending that were older than that. The oldest living United States veteran coming in at 110 years old was also taking part in the remembrance of those who lost their lives on that fateful day 74 years ago. The 110-year-old Lake Charles, La. Veteran was joined in Washington by other veterans and even two additional survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack in order to honor and remember those lost.

On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy conducted a surprise attack on the United States naval base located in Pearl Harbor. Hundreds of planes attacked shortly prior to 8:00 in the morning. December 7, 2015 commemorated that event.

 

The Sights and Sounds of Commemorations

Speeches - Throughout the United States, speeches were made honoring those who survived and remembering those who perished. USS Arizona surviving veterans rang a bell to honor their fellow sailors as taps played out in the background.

Parades -In Hawaii, parades that included the culture of Hawaii full with flame throwers and hula dancers marched along the streets as crowds cheered, honored and remembered those who were lost on December 7, 1941.

Live Dive - There was a live dive scheduled for December 8, 2015 at World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. The Live Dive will showcase locations aboard the ship previously unseen. The hosts of the event will be available for discussion live at the theater. Imagine taking part in viewing a live dive as it happens on such a commemorative occasion.

Visitors can get a clearer picture of what it might have been like to be aboard the vessel and get an understanding of how much is involved in maintaining this sacred space.

 

Band Performances – Army, Air Force, and Marine Band performances performed for all to enjoy, and several commemorations also involved a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the moment the attack began.

 

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration via Live Stream - Three live events were showcased offering history and remembrance to those in attendance. The commemoration had a live broadcast of both the USS Oklahoma and USS Arizona memorial ceremonies.

 

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

The National Park Service together with the United States Navy together hosted the commemoration at Kilo Pier which was open to the public. And, for those who could not attend, a live stream was offered at the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center.

If you’ve never been to Hawaii and visited the site of the USS Arizona Memorial, it’s never too late to start planning as next year marks the 75th anniversary of this day that will forever remain in the hearts of Americans as the day the United States entered into World War II.

Of course, Hawaii is paradise, but there is also a piece of important history there as well. If you visit, you can get the chance to pay tribute, remember, and create a moment of silence in honor of those who perished.

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Hawaii Christmas

 

Are you daydreaming about a trip to Hawaii in the future? While everyone is running around holiday shopping and storing up goodies for inclement winter weather, you may be fantasizing about your next warm weather getaway. What’s better than daydreaming? Planning and booking your holiday vacation for 2106 is what’s better.

If you think of vacation, chances are you are like most folks and believe it is a lifetime away – until next summer, that is. However, waiting until the New Year might not be in your best interest. You can book your holiday now for 2016 and discover the hidden benefits.

 

Re-Book before You Leave

One of the benefits of booking a holiday in advance is the ability to get your pick of the litter when it comes to choices. You may be a return visitor and have a recurring annual trip on your agenda. For some it might be a winter escape to Aruba while for others it’s a spring fling to Hawaii. Whatever it may be, when you book again before you leave, you reap the rewards.

For some, a trip to Hawaii is an once-in-a-lifetime trip. For others, there are airline credit card miles, travel hacks, and plenty of ways to make it a recurring event. If you book another return trip before you exit your current vacation – whether it is a camping cabin in Pennsylvania or a trip to Hawaii for the following year, you guarantee your favorite spot.

Do you have a favorite place to stay or a particular section of a resort you like to stay in? Book it now and sit back and enjoy your holidays.

 

Early Bird Catches the Discount

The early bird may catch the worm, but when it comes to booking travel in advance, the early bird just may catch the discount. You may qualify for an early-bird discount or you may qualify for a return visitor discount. The odds of you getting a discount are in your favor either way.

While the thought of spending some money to save some money might seem like it’s for “other” people, when it comes to travel it can work for you too.

 

You Get Your Choice of Tours

Have you ever gone on vacation and stood on line to get tickets to an event or tourist site only to be shut out of your first choice? When you book a holiday vacation just before the New Year, you may have an array of options you would not necessarily have if you wait.

Some travelers wait until they arrive at their destination to book their tours only to find out they cannot do what they want, when they want. Worse yet, sometimes these travelers go home without being able to see the site or attend the event. When you book early, you have a better chance of getting your first choice.

 

Early Payment Discounts and Incentives

Some travelers might want to put a small deposit on their pre-booked travel plans. Other travelers inquire about pre-paying their travel package in advance. Taking out travel insurance is a great way to take advantage of pre-payment plans and early payment incentives on packages, hotels, and tours. When you pre-pay in advance, you can reap the rewards of discounts and incentives. When you purchase some travel insurance, you can rest a bit more easily about your travel plans.

 

Everyone Loves a Freebie

When you plan, book, and pay in advance, you get to ask for freebies. Maybe you want an extra night’s stay on the house for booking early. What about a dinner voucher for two in that exciting new restaurant you’ve had your eye on for a while? Go ahead and ask for freebies – you never know, the company you are booking with might be so ecstatic about your adventurous pre-planning, they are more than willing to throw in a couple of extra bonuses.

 

Beef up Those Group Discounts

If you are booking early and traveling as a group, why not go for the double discount and ask for an even bigger group discount. Start out by asking for a group discount and then don’t be afraid to ask for an even bigger group discount for planning, booking and paying early. Companies, more often than not, are more willing to grab a bunch of travelers and offer them a decent discount to keep them happy – and booked!

While you might never dream of having the money now to pre-plan a future trip, you never know how much you might actually be saving if you do.

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Hawaii Travel Tips

 

Although 2015 is winding down to an end, it’s never too late to explore what’s trending in the world of travel; especially travel to Hawaii. There’s no better time to plan your next tropical vacation while facing the onset of another winter also known as, “snowmageddon.”

For some travelers, getting away from it all and enjoying cultural flavors of Kalua pig, poi, and tropical fruits rather than the traditional turkey is a new trend in itself. If you are planning or even thinking about going somewhere warm for the holidays, here are some top tips to trendy travel in Hawaii.

 

Dining and Eating

One of the biggest trends for travel to Hawaii is in the way visitors choose to dine and eat. More and more travelers are choosing to get acquainted with the food and culture of Hawaii. While there is no shortage of any type of meal on the islands of Hawaii, travelers want to get to know Hawaiian cuisine more personally.

Going above and beyond the tourist-like luaus, vacationers while the real deal, authentic Hawaiian experience. Travelers are dining at traditional, family-owned restaurants to get their taste of the exotic and delicious Hawaiian entrée known as lau lau or a food truck lunch plate of loco moco with a side of Spam meat. Travelers want the real deal when it comes to eating Hawaiian foods.

 

Philanthropic Vacations

There are organizations for travelers looking to give back to Hawaii while vacationing. These organizations offer visitors the opportunity to help sustain and maintain some of Hawaii’s vital resources while earning a discount on their stay.

One such organization is Volunteer on Vacation in Hawaii. Travelers have the opportunity to give back to Hawaii all that its natural beauty and splendor has given to its millions of tourists and visitors throughout the years.

Travelers get a sense of giving back while enjoying a little discount in paradise.

 

Go Tropical and Go Big in a One-of-a-Kind Way

If you want to head out for the holidays to a tropical destination, check out Uncommon Journeys. They are hosting an original trip that combines both rail and sail during Thanksgiving time. From November 25th through December 13th, you can enjoy train travel to San Diego followed up by a 17 night round trip journey to Hawaii through the Holland America cruise line.

There will be plenty of activities once you are on land and throughout the ports too. Imagine pulling into the tranquil waters of Hawaii’s coast, seeing volcanoes rise up from the ground and the endless miles of sugar-sand beaches. You’ll get to float along from one scenic setting to another as you cruise along your way. Talk about going tropical and going big.

Free train travel from any city makes it even more possible. Travelers all beginning to see the sense behind a new trend of saving up for an once-in-a-lifetime trip like this – even if it means skipping a vacation one year.

 

Hawaii’s New Resort

It’s always exciting when a new resort is trending and visitors are following and watching as it unveils. Hokuala is the “rising star” of Hawaii and is set to become the latest and greatest resort in Kauai.

A boutique hotel that covers the span of activities from biking and beach activities to spa and find dining experiences, along with signature golf course. The one-of-a-kind mix that makes this new resort so unique is that it combines the authentic culture with the needs of the visitors and the community. It truly looks to be a one-of-a-kind experience too.

You can eat like a native, give back through volunteerism or follow the latest rail and sail while waiting for your chance to visit the newest trending resort in Hawaii. Some trends are simply worth following.

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Hawaii Travel Tips

When planning for a trip to Hawaii, you will be, of course, excited beyond belief. You’ll want to spend some time, though, planning what to bring with you. There’s lots to see and do beyond the usual tourist stuff. You might sign up for a backpacking trip on the Kalalau Trail or in Haleakala National Park. You might even consider roughing it in paradise while camping out in Kalalau.

Whether you are taking on nature or nurturing yourself in luxury accommodations, here is a list of must-have items when visiting Hawaii:

 

1. Hotel Amenities – Sometimes when booking a trip, you forget to ask the simplest of questions. It takes some time and some skill to find the best deal combined with the best hotel. In the midst of all that exploration, you might forget to ask the basic questions.

-  Check the hotel to see if they offer an iron and board. Most of what you bring to Hawaii will be cotton, and cotton gets wrinkled easily.

- Ask if there is a microwave in the room. You may find yourself indoors for a short while during one of Hawaii’s famous rain showers and want to have a quick snack.

-  Even a mini-fridge is an added bonus. You can buy yourself a case of water for the price you might pay for one bottle at a popular tourist site.

- Find out if they have a laundry facility; this could be a life saver. Inquire if the hotel has a blow dryer; some hotels don’t offer this so don’t assume.

- Ask if there is a restaurant on premises and does it include breakfast.

- Don’t forget to pack some of your favorite non-perishable snacks.

 

2. Gear – If you have, it bring it. Know your itinerary beforehand. This will help alleviate spending time searching for and renting gear once you get to the islands. When you visit Hawaii, you want to spend more time doing activities than planning

- Hiking shoes; if you have them, bring them. There are so many gorgeous trails with breathtaking views on the islands of Hawaii, you’ll be glad you did.

- Waterproof lightweight jacket/sweater for nighttime

- Wear layers; you can bring a carry on with a mix of a little bit of everything

 

3. Protective Gear 

- Regardless of how you think you may look in a hat, it’s advisable to bring a hat or visor.

- Sunscreen – it’s better to bring your own than to pay high prices once you arrive on the islands.

- Extra shades – if you have an extra pair of sunglasses, bring a backup pair

- Don’t forget to bring extra contact lenses; the beach, sand and surf can wreak havoc on them.

 

4. Beach Bag Tote – Have you ever gone on vacation and forgotten your beach tote and find yourself carrying your beach wares in a plastic bag? Beach totes are easy enough to fold up small and pack in your suitcase.

 

5. Beach Towel – Bring your own beach towels; you’ll be glad you did, especially if the hotel has a laundry service. You can just pop in the swimwear and beach towels and be ready to go again the next day. Don’t buy beach towels on vacation. Save room in your suitcase for souvenirs.

 

6. Aloe Vera – Nobody wants to plan on getting sunburn, but if you do, you’ll be delighted that you packed some aloe vera cream in case the discomfort of sunburn hits in the middle of the night. When you are out having so much fun in the sun, it’s easy to lose track of applying that extra layer of sunscreen.

 

7. Your Itinerary – Make an itinerary before you go. How many times have you found yourself on vacation and asking everyone what they want to do only to get three or four different answers? When you have an itinerary, you don’t waste valuable vacation time.

 

8. Your Own Water Bottle – Bring your own water bottle you can refill. This saves you money. Moreover, lots of places in Hawaii are remote and use a “bring in/carry out” policy.

 

9. Electronics – Don’t forget your phone, camera, and computer charger, and your memory card. These items are quite expensive if you need to buy them while on vacation.

 

10. An Extra Tote – Bring an extra small tote for all those extra souvenirs you know you will be bringing.

With these top 10 must-have items, you’ll spend less time preparing and more time enjoying paradise.

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Hawaii Travel Blog

Is traveling to Hawaii on your bucket list? If you do go, of course, you’ll be busy checking out things to do, places to go, sights to see. You’ll probably even have an itinerary of activities along with the best possible hotels to stay and even luaus to enjoy. However, if you’ve never been to Hawaii or are hoping to go “someday” soon, why not take your travel planning to the next level. There are pitfalls in traveling anywhere, but knowing them ahead of time is worth their weight in gold.

Here are 7 Pitfalls to Avoid before Traveling to Hawaii

 

Not Investigating Hurricane Season

If you’ve waited forever to go to Hawaii, saved and planned for what seems like a lifetime, don’t forget to look into when it’s prime hurricane season in Hawaii. You’ll probably be so busy thinking of how beautiful it is once you get to paradise, you may overlook its hurricane season – excitement can do that. Forgetting to look into the seasonal changes during Hawaii’s hurricane season, could be a damper on your dream vacation.

Typically, Hurricane season runs from June 1 through until November 30. That’s not to say that Mother Nature could change her mind at any given time, though. If you do plan any traveling during those times, you may want to explore the past weather history of the islands you intend to visit.

If you do book your visit during these times, ask your hotel questions, get tips and advice, do your research beforehand, check in with your airline carrier, and stay up-to-date. With so many mobile apps, you can easily stay ahead of the game.

 

Traveling when it’s Prime Tourist Time

If you want to make the most out of your Hawaiian vacation, don’t travel during peak tourist times; especially if it’s your first time. Peak tourist times are typically during Christmas time in late December through New Year’s, during snowbird season from January to middle of February, and during spring break season usually in the months of March and April.

 

Not Planning Ahead With Apps

We live in the most advantageous time to do everything with the ease and use of technology – especially mobile technology like apps. There are some useful apps you could use to plan ahead for your Hawaii vacation:

  • Maps.Me – if you need an offline map, this is a great app, especially for those isolated hikes you might take through the hills and mountains of Hawaii.
  • Surfing apps – if you want to stay abreast of the latest surfing conditions, make sure to download your favorite surfing app, which will keep you ahead of the game.
  • Hawaii News Now – from weather to world reports, you can get all your important info with this app.
  • Weather apps – a good weather app can go a long way, especially when traveling to Hawaii. You can keep abreast of tropical storm warnings and weather watches as well as get surf updates.

 

Not Doing Your Research

So many visitors get excited about their trip to paradise, they forget to do extra research or to do their homework beforehand. Do your research.

  • Find the best time to travel
  • Look for the best deals
  • Discover package deals
  • Research airline/hotel/tourist deals
  • Watch out for updates

 

Not Checking Reviews for Accuracy

It’s nice to ask friends and family their opinions, but remember this is only their experience and not necessarily yours. Check out the forums, read up on readers’ choice awards, and check out reviews too. If they all match up with a negative experience on one particular adventure, then you can feel a little more secure to stay away, as well.

 

Not Comparing and Contrasting Your Prices

If you are visiting Hawaii, chances are you’re looking to get away from all that stress. You don’t want to do the work of comparing and contrasting prices because it feels like work. However, once you do the work, you’ll be glad you did. Getting the best deal and the most value is rewarding and will give you the best Hawaiian experience too.

 

Not Keeping an Eye on Fuel Prices

Keep an eye out for fuel prices. The lower the prices, the lower the air fare and the more the competition. If you don’t keep an eye out for fuel prices, how will you get the best deal? The more competition, the better it is for you.

 

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