Eat your way across the islands and be in awe at the sheer size of meals. Here are some of the best:
This is where the real fun begins.
On a family trip a few years back, we left Australia with four suitcases and came back with 12. On this trip my partner and I were a bit tamer. We left Australia with 30kg of luggage and came back with 70kg. I’ll call that progress.
Keep costs low and visit one of the many beaches, waterfalls and nature walks on all the islands. If you want to splurge a little, try:
Waikiki is the only place where using public transport alone is a feasible option. There is plenty to do on the main strip and bus routes are plentiful. All the other islands are quite spread out and will require a car.
Luckily, you won’t need an International Driver Permit in Hawaii, however you will need a valid Queensland Licence.
If you do rent a car, most rental agencies have a 25-year-age requirement, but some will loan to younger drivers for a fee. I would also recommend investing in insurance for the rental to keep yourself covered. You’re driving on the other side of the road after all.
I splurged and hired a convertible Camaro to get the true American experience. I have never had so much fun in a car and would highly recommend for anyone travelling around the islands. A word of warning, however, if you have a lot of luggage or are travelling in a large group you may need to invest in something bigger.
Make sure you also keep an eye out of hotel parking and valet fees as they can become a hidden daily expense. If you’re planning on driving overseas, check out our tips before you leave.
Put your phone in flight mode. It’s the cheapest option available and nearly every store and hotel in Hawaii has free Wi-Fi.
You can easily send messages and FaceTime over the internet for free and save yourself from coming home to a hefty phone bill with international roaming fees.
If you’re someone who wants to be contactable at all time or are visiting areas where wi-fi maybe hard to come by read Free2Go’s other tips for travelling abroad.
Get travel insurance before you leave.
Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. Even if you aren’t planning on adrenaline-fuelled activities it’s best to be covered before you take off. RACQ can help with your travel insurance needs and as a member of the Free2Go program you are entitled to great discounts.
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