We are in desperate need of a vacation. BF especially. He has been under a lot of stress lately, and neither of us has had a holiday for longer than 4 or 5 days in almost a year. So for the past week, we’ve been throwing around ideas about where we should go on vacation this year. We were thinking of everywhere from Paris to Lisbon to Jamaica. We almost booked a trip to Mexico, but ended up deciding on Kauai since neither of us have been there before.
A few years ago I was in Maui for a good friend’s wedding and had a great time. But I remember being shocked at how expensive everything was, so for this trip I’m going to be more prepared. I spent $1,100 in 2010 for the 5-day trip, and this trip won’t be significantly more expensive – despite staying longer, and at a much fancier hotel.
Here’s an approximate breakdown of the expenses:
The direct flights actually cost $586 per person, but we are using our credit card rewards points, so both of our flights are free. :)
Hotel: $800 (7 nights)
One of BF’s good friends works for a global hotel chain. She was nice and let us use her friends & family discount to book a place to stay. So what would have been a $500/night resort ended up costing us $237/night after resort taxes/fees – which is still expensive! But since we got our flights for free, we decided to splurge. This hotel will definitely be the fanciest place I’ve ever stayed at before.
The rental cost us $130 for 7 nights, and was a nobrainer for us. There’s free parking at the resort, and a taxi would have cost $100 roundtrip from the airport or the shuttle would have been $42 roundtrip. We already have a growing list of places we want to visit, and I’m really looking forward to exploring and seeing what the island has to offer.
This is budgeting approximately $60 per person, per day. I anticipate making breakfast in our room, and packing simple beach picnics for lunch. Dinners we’ll likely go out for, but they don’t have to be fancy.
We’d like to do a half day snorkeling trip on a catamaran ($140-180), so I’m budgeting in that amount plus any other miscellaneous expenses that might come up.
With the discounts and points we were able to use, we saved approximately 50% on this trip – $950 per person on the hotel, and $586 per person on flights – saving us each a grand total of $1,536. Of course, we could have stayed at a much cheaper hotel. But our budget was $1,500 each for this holiday, and we were right on target. :)
So for those who have been to Kauai before, does anyone have any tips on what to see and where to eat?