Top 5 Cheap Places to Visit on the Big Island

Top 5 cheap places to visit on the big islandThe Big Island, Hawaii, is the largest island in the Hawaiian Islands archipelago that continues to grow a little every day due to the lava flow from Kilauea (Interesting Fact: Big Island has grown by 500 acres since 1983 from the Kilauea volcano!). It has diverse climates where visitors can experience snow, go to the beach, and get stuck in a downpour all in the same day. My extended family has been slowly migrating to the Big Island so we have been coming here more frequently in the past couple of years. When we visit, we usually only come for the weekend or holidays because of work but we are still able to visit most of the places we want to see in only a couple of days. Read more

7 Budget Tips for a Kauai Weekend Getaway

7 Budget Tips for a Kauai Weekend GetawayEarlier this month, my husband and I went to Kauai for four days to support our friends who were competing in a basketball championship. We were planning to go to a neighbor island for our first year wedding anniversary last month but we decided to celebrate our anniversary with a Kauai trip with our friends. This was our first trip to Kauai and we weren’t disappointed. Even though many guidebooks and online articles provided a lot of information on beaches to go to, snorkeling spots, and hiking trails, we couldn’t really fit it into our itinerary because our schedule was centered around our tubing timeslot, dinner cruise schedule, and the basketball championship. It also rained on the last day of our trip so we spent the day packing and going on a mini food tour: Hamura Saimin for the lilikoi chiffon cake, Wailua Shave Ice for the lava flow shave ice, Fish Express for the spicy lobster poke, and Chicken in a Barrel for their tender bbq chicken and beef. Read more

Surviving a 10 Day Budget Trip to Vancouver and Seattle with Friends

We decided to make flags for our kayaking trip so we can pretend to claim an island for ourselves (too poor to buy one!). We then raced with our friends to the nearest island and lost.
We decided to make flags for our kayaking trip so we can pretend to claim an island for ourselves (too poor to buy one!). We then raced with our friends to the nearest island and lost. Oh well!

Last July/August, my husband and I traveled with some friends to Vancouver, BC, Canada and Seattle, Washington for 10 days. We originally planned this trip to attend our close friends’ Seattle wedding but we decided to visit Vancouver first since one of our friends had family there. This was the first time my husband and I traveled with friends so we often joked with each other that we wouldn’t survive the trip. We’re still alive and are all still friends! 😛 We had a lot of fun planning and traveling together but we had to work extra hard to communicate better and be accommodating with each other since we were together for almost 24/7.

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10 Ways We Saved Money Visiting Japan

Early sakura blooming at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.
Early sakura blooming at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

Japan is one of my favorite countries to visit because of the blend of tradition and modern. I traveled there several times when I was younger as a short term exchange student but never as a regular tourist with a budget. Our trip last April was our honeymoon and my husband’s first visit to Japan. We spent 15 days in Japan: stuffing our faces in Osaka, seeing the traditional Japanese culture and architecture in Kyoto, experiencing sensory overload and hanami (cherry blossom viewing) in Tokyo, and playing in the snow in Niigata. We spent around $4,000 total for the both of us, which includes airfare, accommodations, transportation, food, and miscellaneous expenses.

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