Monthly Archives: October 2007

Budget Travel Hawaii Trip Coach Transcript

I received many excellent Hawaii vacation questions during the Budget Travel trip coach session yesterday.  If you weren’t able to join us, you can access the transcript. Here are a couple of samples of questions and answers. St. Simons Island, Ga.: Does Hawaii have a more-affordable off-season? If so, when is it, and why is it the off-season? Sheila Beal: Yes, Hawaii ... Read More »

Lanai City: The Uncity

The only city on the Hawaiian Island of Lanai wouldn’t meet most people’s definition of a city.  For starters, it doesn’t even have a stoplight. The population of the entire island is around 3,000 people and the vast majority reside in Lanai City.  What attracts people to Lanai City is the fact that it is small and unencumbered by the typical hectic ... Read More »

When Hawaii Says "No Parking", They Mean It!

This “No Parking” sign stands firm in hardened lava as a reminder of how powerful and unpredictable Kilauea volcano is.  You can find this sign at the end of Chain of Craters Road in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  In 2003 lava created a natural end to the Chain of Craters Road when lava flowed from the East rift across the ... Read More »

Answering Your Hawaii Questions at

I’m honored to have been asked by to answer their readers’ questions about Hawaii.  If you have a question about planning your Hawaii vacation, feel free to submit your question and then join us for the Hawaii Trip Coach session on Tuesday, October 30th at noon EST.  Read More »

Hey! Kauai’s Great, Too!

So, Maui got a lot of excellent and well deserved press for being selected by Conde Nast readers as the best island in the world.  Well, there’s not been much talk that Kauai was also honored by the magazine’s readers as being the second best Pacific island.  If you are thinking or dreaming of going to Kauai, then you can order a ... Read More »

Best Hawaii Vacation Budget Activities – What to see and do in Hawaii

As you have probably noticed in my recent series of posts on Hawaii’s best budget-friendly things to do, the Aloha State offers a playground of inexpensive, but memorable activities. In fact, most of Hawaii’s highlights are free! With Hawaii’s waterfalls, national parks and hiking trails, there’s no doubt that Hawaii is more than just a pretty beach. I really enjoyed ... Read More »

Check Out Kauai Menu Magazine

If you are planning a trip to Kauai, then you will find the Kauai Menu Magazine to be a great resource for finding restaurants and luaus.  I really like their interactive Kauai map that allows you to find restaurants by town.  The web site allows you to peruse menus easily to help you find the ones that you’ll like.  You can review menu prices as well, so ... Read More »

Best (Hawaii) Big Island Free and Budget Friendly Activities

Getting to Hawaii and staying there can be pricey, but once you are there, you can do so many free or low cost activities.  Not only are will you find our suggestions to be budget friendly, but you will also find that these really are the top attractions to plan into your Big Island vacation. You will find that this list includes a nice mix ... Read More »

Need Some Stress Relief and a Quick Vacation to Hawaii?

This video will surely whisk you away to Hawaii at least for a few minutes.  It’s filled with vintage postcard scenes and ads of Hawaii.  The relaxing Hawaiian music with the steel guitar and slack key sound will certainly knock your blood pressure down a notch or two.  Enjoy! (If you are reading this post via e-mail, you can access the video ... Read More »

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