The mere mention of “Hawaii” brings to mind pristine beaches, crystal clear water, and big waves. Hawaii boasts some of the best beaches in the world and a major part of a Hawaiian vacation is some serious beach time.
One of the best things about Hawaii is that all the beaches are public with the exception of a few that are strictly for the federal government, meaning the military. Developers are required to provide public parking and access to the shoreline in areas that are residential. Hotels and resorts around the island must also allow the pubic to use the beaches directly in front of their property, however access thru hotel property and use of hotel facilities can be restricted to hotel guests.
But beaches are not all Hawaii has to offer, there are many family friendly activities on the islands.
In my previous post 14 Things to Do in Hawaii with Kids
I listed some fun activities that have a fee, in this post I will list some FREE things to do with kids. You can decide to include a few activities from each category to make your Hawaiian family vacation memorable.
Most families who visit the islands generally rent a car, it makes getting around to the places I list so much easier. It is possible to get around on public transportation. Hawaii, at least Oahu has a pretty good bus system. Bus fares are $2.50 one way per adult, kids 6-17 $1.25, under 6 is free. Visitors can also purchase a 4 day pass for unlimited use for 4 consecutive days. Price of the pass is $35. For more info click here.
You can’t go to Hawaii without spending time at the beach. The islands are full of fantastic beaches.
Our favorite family beach in Honolulu is the Ala Moana Beach Park where the water is calm and the sand is fine.
Other favorites are the Ko’olina Beach lagoons on the Leeward coast of Oahu, and Kailua Beach Park on the Windward coast.
A drive around the island will take you to many more beaches, I’m sure you’ll find your favorite ones.
Turtle watch at Laniakea Beach a.k.a. Turtle Beach. Located on Oahu’s North Shore just past the town of Haleiwa this beach is consistently visited by the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. You’re almost sure to see at least one or two on the shore.
This beach is not the easiest beach to find. The best way to find it is to drive on Kamehameha Hwy. thru the historic town of Haleiwa. Pass the town, the ocean is on your left.
About 1.5 miles past Haleiwa town you will probably see cars parked on both sides of the road, in the dirt. This is the area where the beach is. If you park on the mountain side of the road you will have to cross the very busy street, or you can try to make a U-turn further up the road and double back so you can park on the ocean side. From the road you will have to walk down to the beach, be careful as it’s rather steep in some areas. You will be rewarded with the site of these gentle sea creatures basking on the beach, but don’t get too close they are endangered and are protected by conservation laws.
There are no facilities at this beach so you must bring food and drink with you. The nearest restrooms would be back in Haleiwa town or further along the coast at one of the other beach parks on the North Shore.
This beach is not really a family day out kind of beach, it’s best as a short stop-over on your way to one of the other beaches on the North Shore like Waimea Bay or Sharks Cove.
Or if you like the kids can go sand boarding down the slope that is further along the beach and less crowded. All you’ll need is a cheap kick board you can buy at any ABC Store in Waikiki or a flat cardboard box. This keeps our boys entertained for a little while.
Explore the tide pools at Pupukea Beach Park
– this beach is actually 2 “pocket” beaches along the coast – Sharks Cove and Three Tables. Both spots are a favorite for divers and snorkelers.
Located further along Oahu’s North Shore just past Waimea Bay, across the street from the Foodland Supermarket. This beach is calm and safe during the summer but has very high surf in the winter.
Low tide reveals tide pools and lava formations that are fun to explore. Keep safety in mind, the best way to explore is to start as far out as you wish to venture and work your way towards shore. You don’t want to be caught far from shore when the tide comes in, there are no lifeguards.
Go fishing! You’ll find fishermen fishing off the coast at many beaches, you may even see some spearfishing.
We usually go fishing in Haleiwa Harbor or at Kakaako Waterfront Park by downtown Honolulu.
All you need is fishing pole and some bait. Hawaii does not require a fishing license for recreational saltwater fishing.
You can cast your line from any beach on the island except Hanauma Bay which is a marine wildlife preserve.
Spend a relaxing day at Moanalua Gardens
located about 5 miles Northwest from Honolulu.
This small park is home to a variety of native plants and flowers which line the short paved trail that is suitable for strollers. It’s a wide open space that’s great for picnics, tossing a frisbee, and relaxing on benches and tables under the shade of the many banyan trees.
There’s a Koi pond where you can feed the fish with Koi food that can be purchased from the small gift shop at the entrance, you can feed the ducks bread if you have some. King Kamehameha V’s summer cottage and tea house are located within this park, as is the famous “Hitachi” monkey pod tree which has been used by the Japanese company as their corporate symbol since 1973. The company pays the park foundation an annual fee for the tree’s upkeep.
There’s also a small stream running along one end of the park. My kids used to bring small nets to catch tadpoles in the stream. I’m not sure if they still allow you to do this, you may want to check with the caretakers first.
History buffs and older children would enjoy a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial which is in Pearl Harbor.
There are displays and information about the war in the Pacific. Then there’s the boat shuttle to take visitors to the memorial which is built directly over the sunken ship.
It’s a very moving tribute to all the troops who served in the Pacific during World War II. Older children will definitely learn a lot of history, but younger ones may find it a bit boring.
Children under 5 are not allowed on the launch that goes to the memorial. Admission is free as it is part of the National Park Service. You may want to rent an audio guide for $5 to get the most of your visit. The Junior Ranger booklet is available to young visitors free of charge, just ask for one at the ranger desk.
This is the 3rd. most visited attraction on Oahu, it is busy year round. Click here
for more info.
Go fishing at Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden in Kaneohe on the windward side of Oahu.
Every weekend the garden sponsors a catch and release program. The visitor center provides free bamboo poles you can pick up and plunk in the water, casting is not allowed. You must bring your own bait, I’m told white bread is the best bait.
Hoomaluhia means ” a place of peace and serenity”, and that it is. It’s a great place for a picnic and short nature walks in the lush garden. Bring bug spray, wear good shoes, and bring snacks.
The park is located in Aiea on Oahu at the end of Aiea Heights Drive.
The trail loop is 4.8 miles and takes about 3 hours to complete. It’s billed as an easy hike suitable for families with kids. It can be strenuous specially if you’re carrying infants and toddlers. There’s a short paved portion at the beginning mistakenly leading one to believe that it’s a cake walk. It is not. The trail has narrow portions at the edge of the cliff so make sure little ones are kept close. You may have to climb over or crawl under several downed trees that block the path, and the trail has some steep sections. There are a couple of benches strategically placed along the trail where you can rest and enjoy some awesome views. There is also remnants of a plane that crashed there in 1944, it’s been slowly disappearing over the years but you can still make out a few pieces.
We’ve done this trail many times with the kids. We started taking them there as toddlers but never really completed the loop until they were about 7 years old or so. We’ve taken our old Doberman on this trail, but she had to be carried over some trees and bribed to go up the steeper slopes, not so much fun when your dog weighs 90 pounds.
Do bring plenty of water on the trail and perhaps some energy snacks for the kids. If you like you can camp at the park, but you must obtain a camping permit.
You don’t have to be a guest at The Kahala Hotel
to watch the dolphin feedings at 11:00am/2:00 & 4:00pm daily.
You can park at the hotel for a fee or park for free at the Waialae Beach Park and walk along the beach to the hotel. You can wander around the hotel grounds and enjoy their landscaping with lush tropical greenery and waterfalls. You can even enjoy the beach fronting the hotel and dine at one of their restaurants. The beach is free to all but beach and water sports equipment is limited to hotel guests. Restaurants and bars are open to the public, but they are rather pricey.
For a nice respite from Waikiki relax at the Kakaako Waterfront Park. It’s a great open space in the middle of Honolulu’s industrial area. The kids like to slide down the hill on cardboard boxes. You can walk along the paved sidewalk along the shore or even go fishing. There are picnic tables and benches throughout the park and restroom facilities.
Listen to a free concert by the Royal Hawaiian Band while enjoying a picnic lunch on the Iolani Palace
lawn. The Royal Hawaiian Band gives a free concert at the Palace most Fridays between 11:00 – 1:00 weather permitting.
Iolani Palace is the only real royal residence in the United States. It is located on King Street in Downtown Honolulu across the street from the famous King Kamehameha statue.
Tours of the Palace start at $14.95 for an audio guided self-tour. Children under 4 must be carried during the tour.
There’s also a museum in the basement that houses artifacts from the days when Hawaii was a Monarchy. They also offer Hawaiian Quilt Making Classes.
Fly a kite or ride a bike at the Blaisdell Park in Pearl City. This neighborhood park in Pearl City is a local favorite. The wide open space is a great place to fly a kite and the bike path along the water has great views of Pearl Harbor.
We’ve hosted many kid’s birthday parties at this park. There are picnic tables and benches, restrooms, and exercise equipment the kids can climb and hang from.
The park is located on Kam Hwy. a few miles west of Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial. You can pick up a picnic lunch at one of the many restaurants along the way and enjoy it under one of the many trees in the park.
Spend Saturday morning at the KCC Farmers’ Market
. Located on Diamond Head Road at the Kapiolani Community College parking lot the market is open every Saturday from 7:30 am – 11:00 am.
You’ll find the best locally grown produce and flowers here, as well as a large assortment of freshly baked goods, jams & jellies, and much more.
There are other Farmer’s Markets around the island click here
for schedule and locations.
Don’t forget the Hawaii State Public Libraries
. They offer free activities, classes, movies nights, and events year round at most of the libraries in the state.
My grandsons and I attend Children’s Story Time and Craft Time weekly and have attended various events at different libraries around the island. Click here
for more info, schedules, and locations.
Pearlridge Center located in Aiea has a free kids’ program called Connect Kids. Members can participate in events and activities at the mall throughout the year.
My grandsons enjoy performances by Chris the Clown, and interactive song and dance programs by Gymboree.
for membership application and event schedule.
Watch a free Hula Show at Ala Moana Center’s center stage. There’s a Hula show presented by Old Navy Monday – Saturday from 11:00 – 11:20 am. There are other performances and events throughout the year.
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Every Friday night the Hilton Hawaiian Village
puts on a fireworks show that can be seen on the beaches along the coast from Ala Moana to Diamond Head.
Pick a spot and enjoy the free show.
For a list of the best kids friendly hotels in Hawaii Click Here!
For more kid friendly activities in Hawaii Click Here!
The Burj Al Arab has become the modern symbol of Dubai. Whenever Dubai is mentioned this beautiful iconic building is almost always the first thing that comes to mind.
Dubai has a lot of fun things to do for kids; water parks, theme parks, skiing, and more; but admission and tickets to these places add up fast, making a Dubai vacation pretty costly.
Here is a list of things you can do with kids in Dubai that are free or cheap, combining them with some paid attractions will help stretch your vacation dollars and make your vacation all the more memorable.
A visit to Dubai is not complete without at least seeing this building which is home to what is billed the world’s only 7 star hotel. The nightly cost to stay at this hotel starts at around $2000, but you don’t have to stay there to see it, at least from the outside.
You are welcome to enjoy a meal or snack at one of its restaurants or bars, but it will be expensive. We had lunch at the Al Iwan, the Arabic buffet restaurant on the first floor, a couple of years ago. We paid a over $400 for 3 adults; the price for a lunch buffet is 505AED ($138US) per person. Children 3-12 is 50% off, under 3 is free.
There are other restaurants, bars, and lounges in the hotel, expect to pay high prices and you must have reservations to get on hotel property; you’re name is checked off at the gate; no reservation, no entry.
If you don’t want to actually go inside the building you can see it as you walk along the shore of Jumeirah Beach. If you’re not staying in one of the hotels along this stretch of sand you can spend the day at Jumeirah Beach Park, entrance to the Park is 5AED ($1.36US), a considerably cheaper option than staying or dining at the hotel! Great views of the building can also been seen if you’re on Jumeirah Beach Road.
Superb views of the Burj can also been seen from Kite Beach, entrance is free. Kite Beach is on the shore opposite the Al Manara Road junction
Safa Park in Dubai is a large green space in the middle of the the city’s modern high rise buildings.
The park has 3 lakes, a waterfall, and a fountain. Park facilities include boat and bike rentals, barbecue area, sports fields and courts, snack bars, and stores.
Entrance fee is 5AED for adults ($1.36US)
Za’abeel Park in the more residential area of Dubai is another large municipal park in the city that holdsthe distinction of being the first technology driven park in the Middle East.
The park has children play areas, lake with boat rentals, an ice skating rink, mini golf and cricket, 3D cinema, picnic and barbecue areas, cafes, and more.
It is also home to Stargate Dubai a futuristic indoor space themed educational and entertainment center.
Park entrance is 5AED ($1.36US) for adults. Entrance to Stargate is free. All park attractions are priced separately.
If you time your visit on Friday mornings you can wander around the Ripe Food & Craft Market in the park. It’s Dubai’s largest open market featuring food at very reasonable prices and local crafts as well.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Al-Mamzar Beach Park located close to Hamriya Port is one of the best beaches in Dubai. It has 5 coves along the coast, green space, swimming pools, a park train, play areas, rollerskating rink, bike rentals, barbecue areas, chalet rentals, restaurants, and more.
Park entrance is 5AED ($1.36US) per person.
Air-conditioned chalets can be rented daily for 150AED ($41US) for a small that fits 4 people and 200AED ($54US) for a large that fits 6. All activities and attractions including pools require separate fees.
Mondays and Wednesdays are ladies day, meaning the park is open only to women and their children (male children up to a certain age only)
Russian Beach, on the lower end of Beach Road on the opposite side of the Burj Al Arab is an open free beach.
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Take a ride on the Metro. It’s not so much the destination, it’s the ride on this state of the art driverless automated train that kids love! You can start at Dubai Mall to Dubai Marina and back again.
Fares are 2-6AED (.50 – 1.50US) depending on the length of the ride.
The kids will love the space age looking stations! My grandsons thought they were cool, they look straight out of s sci-fic movie!
The Dubai Miracle Garden is a refreshing break from all the buildings, although they do have a floral version of the Burj Khalife.
There are kid’s play areas, , and floral displays.
Admission is 30AED ($8.25US) per person
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Take a wooden boat across the creek, (an Abra found along the creek in Bur Dubai), to the Gold Souk in Deira. You can just wander along the alleys for a bit of window shopping.
The amount of “Bling” in the shop windows is amazing. You don’t have to buy anything, assuming you can resist the temptation of different shades of gold just calling your name. I can never resist and end up spending way too much, next time I’m leaving the credit cards locked in the hotel safe!
You’ll find these abras along the creek in Bur Dubai ferrying people across the creek. It’s the best way to get to the Gold Souk in Diera to avoid the problem of finding parking.
The kids will love bobbing along this wooden boat that have been modernized with the addition of diesel engines. You’ll get a different perspective of the Dubai skyline.
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Take a day trip to the Emirate of S
harjah and search for bargains at the Blue Souk.
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Built in 1787 the Al Fahidi Fort is the oldest building in the city. It houses the Dubai Museum where you can learn about the region’s history. They have various exhibits of historic books, traditional dress, and dhows (wooden boats).
The Museum is located in Bur Dubai.
Admission tickets cost 3AED (.80US) for adults and half price for children.
Built in the late 19th. Century along the Creek at Shindagha is the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s House. Once the seat of the local government and the official residence of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, the grandfather of the current ruler, Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, this imposing building has been converted into a museum that showcases the progression of Dubai from Bedouin tents lining the creek to the amazing buildings we see today.
The ancient wind towers served to cool the building and is a testament to Arab architectural ingenuity. For those interested in architecture this museum is a must see! Admission cost is 2AED, (.54US)
Located behind the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s House
is the Camel Museum. The museum will probably tell you everything and more that you want to know about camels. This museum is a testament to the Emiratis’ passion for their beloved animals and explains why they they gained such prominence in Arab history.
The museum blends history with technology with their camel race simulator. Visitors can virtually ride a camel in a race.
Admission is free.
Take a breakfast picnic to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary . The sanctuary has 3 hides, head to the Hide 2 at the junction of the Al Wasl and Oud Metha roads, that’s by the flamingo roost. If you’re there at high tide the kids will love watching the big pink birds.
Admission is free, just register in the visitor’s logbook.
Check out the Dubai Dino. This is an almost complete skeleton of a dinosaur called
Amphicoelias brontodiplodocus. It was discovered in 2008 in Wyoming, USA and transported to its new home at the Dubai Mall.
Talk to the Dubai Dino Team, they’re armed with some interesting facts.
Best of all it’s free!
While you’re at The Dubai Mall have a look at the Dubai Aquarium. The gigantic aquarium is the Centerpiece of The Dubai Mall. You can view the aquarium inhabitants from the mall viewing panels for free, but if you want to walk thru the tunnel for a more up close and personal look you must purchase a ticket. Tickets include a walk thru the tunnel and a visit to the Underwater Zoo.
Directly across the Dubai Aquarium is Candylicious one of the world’s largest candy stores. It’s also the home to Spun Candy where candy confectioners make handmade candy on site. You can even design your own candy and watch them make it for you.
A visit to the store is free, but what you fill your basket with is totally up to you and your budget.
If you’re at The Dubai Mall, wander around, window shop, and enjoy the fountain and store fronts, some of them are pretty cool. My grandkids loved the kiosk selling Camel Milk Candy, there’s a large golden camel at the front!
If you’re hungry wander over to the huge food court or one of the many restaurants throughout the mall. Better yet grab an outdoor table at one of the eateries along The Dubai Fountain and watch the show. The fountains shoot up to 500 ft. and dance to all types of music. There are daily afternoon shows (except Fridays) at 1:00 and 1:30, and evening shows every day every half hour from 6:00 to 11:00.
This area also offers wonderful views of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.
Let the kids splash around in the fountain at Marina Walk, it’s fun and it’s free! Just bring a change of clothes for them.
You can grab a cup of java from the Starbucks next to the fountain and keep an eye on the kids from the outdoor tables.
Catch a ride on the Marina Water Bus. This air conditioned boat shuttles between Marina Walk, Marina Mall, and Marina Promenade. The cost is 2AED (.54US) each way, kids ride free.
Feed the ducks in the lake located in the Dubai Media City Park, it’s a bit of green space with a couple of cafes near by. Along with the ducks you may see some office working having lunch or just taking a break. There are no facilities, and no admission fees.
Head a bit out of town to the Mirdif area to Mushrif Park. It’s the largest park in Dubai. The park has pools, gardens, playgrounds, camel and horse rides, train rides, bike and walking paths, but the best attraction is the International Village. The village has 13 child-size houses from around the world, perfect for tots filled with imagination.
Admission is 3AED (less than $1US)
The Burj Park is a man made island between the Burj Khalifa lakes. It offers an excellent view of the Burj as well at The Dubai Fountain show nearby; best of all you can enjoy the Burj and the fountain away from the jostling crowds at the mall.
There are no shops or cafes here, but the mall is steps away, you can grab a drink or snack from there and have a picnic in this small green space in the middle of downtown Dubai.
Admission is free and it’s open 24 hours.
Creek Park along the Dubai Creek in the heart of the old city is one of the oldest parks in the city. It’s home to the Children’s City, Dubai Dolphinarium, and Wonderland Theme & Water Parks.
There are barbecue and picnic areas through out the park as well as play areas and walking paths. You can also ride the cable car for views of the city.
Park admission is 5AED ($1.30US) per person and must be paid even if you have tickets to the attractions inside. Cable car tickets can be purchased separately.
Children’s City in Creek Park is an interactive museum geared towards kids from 2-15 years old. They have fun displays to teach kids about the world we live in.
They have a toddler’s section for little ones to climb and play, a human body section, a planetarium, and more.
Last time we were there children went it free and adults were 5AED ($1.30US). It’s a great place to spend a hot summer afternoon. It’s air conditioned and there’s a small snack bar where you can purchase lunch or snacks, or you can bring your own and eat it there.
For more info on Children’s City click here!
Address: Creekside Park, Gate 1, Umm Hurair.
Open: Saturday to Thursday 09:00 to 21:30; Friday 15:00 to 21:30
For more things to see and do in Dubai click here!
Hawaii is a great family vacation destination. Hawaii has many fun family activities to keep kids entertained; nature hikes, surfing, hula, and ukulele lessons, museum exhibits, pirate ships, and Mickey too!
Our world class hotels on the shores of our world famous beaches offer luxurious accommodations, award winning cuisine, and diverse activities sure to please guests young and old.
Here is a round up of the the best kid friendly resorts in the Aloha State. Spring break is coming up, escape the cold winter for some fun in sun.
Stitch in Hawaii
“Voted No. 1 in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2014 for Top Family Hotel in the U.S.A”
The Kahala Hotel & Resort is tucked away in Honolulu’s plush Kahala district. It’s a favorite with presidents, international royalty and celebrities.
This luxurious oceanfront resort boasts a natural lagoon that is home to a family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.
During your stay you can reserve an interactive encounter with these playful creatures with Dolphin Quest.
They offer several packages for different age groups.
Reserve your family vacation here!
The Hilton Waikaloa Village is situated on the Kohalo coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. Stay, play, and dine in this lush 62 acre resort.
The fun begins when you board a boat or tram to take you from the hotel lobby to your room. Indulge in a couples massage at a private poolside cabana while the kids splash in the waterfall pool or play and swim with the resident dolphins.
Reserve your Dolphin Quest encounter here!
Sip a tropical drink at the grotto bar while the kids float along the lazy river or ride up the water elevator. Situated on 40 acres of lush tropical gardens on the shores of world famous Wailea Beach on the island of Maui is the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. It will surely meet your expectations of any resort under this iconic brand.
Flying as much as we do I’ve got the routine down to where I can get enough rest on route and hit the ground running when I arrive. I can’t guarantee the most comfortable experience, but I can make the flight more bearable.
1. Get plenty of sleep the night before.
2. Dress in comfortable loose fitting clothing, but not shabby wrinkled clothes. Don’t wear anything tight fitting and complicated; tight fitting clothes restricts blood flow, you increase the risk of DVT (deep vein thrombosis), and clothing that has lots of buttons, laces, etc. makes using the tiny restrooms difficult. I usually wear an old comfy t-shirt under the jacket of a dark colored Juicy Couture sweat suit. The jacket can be removed if it gets too warm and will keep me warm if the cabin is cold. I like dark colors because it hides stains, in case I spill something on the plane.
3. Wear comfortable footwear that is easy to slip on and off. In warm weather I usually wear flip-flops or sandals, in cold weather my comfy pair of knitted Uggs. Footwear that is easy to slip on and off makes going thru security easier, also easier to slip them on and off on the plane. My feet tend to swell a bit on very long flights so I avoid wearing shoes that require me to painfully shove swollen feet into.
4. On flights 5 hours or longer don’t wear any make-up, if you arrive at the airport wearing make-up use a cleanser wipe and take it off. Make-up will dry up, cake up, and leave you looking less than lovely. If you must have make-up on arrival apply it about half hour before you land.
5. Don’t drink booze, it will dehydrate you and make you miserable. Drink plenty of water instead to stay hydrated. For every hour you are airborne your body looses an extra glass of water leaving you looking and feeling miserable. Adding alcohol into your system only dehydrates you more. Staying hydrated also decreases the chances of airborne germs getting into your system, mucus serves as a “filter” and may just keep you from catching a cold.
6. Sanitize your area. I bring along anti-bacterial wipes and wipe down the arm rests, wall and window if I’m in a window seat, headrest, and table. I know I look crazy but I’m not sure how clean the plane is and I’d rather be safe than sorry.
7. Bring your own shawl or blanket, and neck pillow. I’m pretty sure the provided pillows and blankets aren’t changed or washed between flights. I prefer to snuggle up to my own clean items. I always bring a cashmere shawl to use as a blanket.
8. Practice good personal hygiene. Don’t cough and sneeze on your seat mates, wash your hands often, and use a paper towel to handle the lavatory door knobs.
9. Stretch your legs and walk around when you can. Do a small in-flight workout to reduce your risk of DVT. Here’s a link to show you how.
10. Bring travel size moisturizers, body lotion, lip balm, and lip balm. Keep them in a clear plastic bag or ziplock along with your toothbrush, toothpaste, and make-up. I use Amore Pacific and I always ask my cosmetics associate at Neiman’s to give me samples, they work great for trips.
11. Bring a change of clothes if you need to look your best on arrival. You can struggle into them in the tiny lavatory
12. Bring reading material, noise canceling headphones, chargers, a meal or snacks, and sleeping mask. I load up books and movies on my ipad in case there’s nothing I like on the in-flight entertainment. I prefer my own headphones, they’re much more comfortable than the ones they provide, they sound better too. I prefer to bring my own food, I bring what I want and save money too. Food sold in-flight is limited and expensive.
The only way I know of to have a really comfortable flight is to ante up and fly business or first class. They feed you and the seats usually turn into beds. I usually try to upgrade at the gate, sometimes I get lucky and get a first class seat with by using frequent flyer miles or paying an upgrade charge. Upgrades are never guaranteed. If you want to try for one it’s best to put yourself on the upgrade list the day before departure or get to the airport early and get on the list.
Have you heard about Airbnb? This is a platform that allows you to rent other people’s apartment or home, especially when you are away on a trip. It enables you to save a few bucks that you would have spent renting an expensive hotel somewhere in town. An Airbnb coupon code allows you to pay further less money than other individuals who rent houses using the platform. It is, therefore, one of the perfect means of ensuring that you experience an enjoyable stay at your place of visit at a pocket-friendly price. But you wouldn’t want to feel cheated after finding that you’ve actually overspent instead of saving some funds? There’s a perfect way of ensuring that your experience with Airbnb is a blessing rather than a frustrating moment. On that note, you need to check on the following tips of renting an apartment on Airbnb.
- Negotiate the price before settling
Your primary aim of renting an Airbnb apartment is to ensure that you spend as little as possible on accommodation to free up funds for use in other activities during the trip. Therefore, you need to negotiate for the lowest possible price before making a payment. On the Airbnb website, there’s a button that indicates “Request to Book” where you need to click when making a booking. If you intend to negotiate the price, don’t click on the button first. Instead, click “Contact this host” and it will prompt you to indicate the dates that you are willing to stay in the house. Put this data in the necessary slots, and this will guarantee you of a place in the house that you are booking even though you don’t pay at first. From here, you can then negotiate with the house owner for the best price, and once you’ve agreed, you can proceed to make the payment.
2. Booking for more days than you need can be cheaper
You can save a lot of money while booking on the Airbnb platform if you are keen on the special offers they have for their users. At times, there are particular offers that enable you to save more if you book a number of days, say, one week. For instance, if you intended to stay for five days at a standard price of $ 800, you might find a similar home with a special offer of 7 days at $ 750. In such a case, it’s evident that you stand saving $50 should you pick the special offer. So, consider checking out such special offers before you select an apartment on Airbnb.
3. You can visit the place before you book
If you happen to be already at the area that you intend to stay in during your vacation, you can pay a physical visit to the place that you intend to stay in after identifying it on Airbnb. This will enable you to evaluate whether it is exactly where you would like to stay and has the facilities you need in an ideal apartment. Remember, booking first can be tricky as you may find out that the place is not as attractive as you thought. After visiting the apartment and you are satisfied that it is perfect for your stay, you should pay via Airbnb platform. This is a precautionary measure to ensure that you are not scammed which is a possibility if you pay directly to the house owner.
When you follow the tips mentioned above, you might save some bucks and will be able to choose a perfect home away from home through Airbnb.
Are you planning to take a trip to the USA soon? Aside from enjoying the many tourist spots and great food in the country, the USA is also a great place to party! However, you need to make sure that you are safe wherever you go. Here are some tips on how you can party safe in the USA.
1. Choose a good location – The right location is something you should plan for. There are many establishments that you can choose from, especially if you are in the urbanized cities. Aside from making sure that the place has a low crime rate, you should also make sure that the establishment itself is safe. There should be enough fire exits if ever you need to use it. When it gets too crowded in the club, see if you can move to a location that will not make you feel too claustrophobic.
2. Stick to your limit when it comes to alcohol – It would be unfortunate to wake up the next morning after a night party without any recollection of the events that transpired the night before. To prevent this from happening, do not drink a lot of alcohol. Stick to your limit and even if you are pressured, you need to be firm in refusing.
3. Don’t let others top up your drink for you – One of the worst things that can happen at a party is that you become a victim of sexual assault. Many people fall victim to date-rape drugs. You need to be vigilant about this especially if you are not with your friends at a party. The easiest way to be a victim of date-rape drugs is when someone slips it into your drink. To be safe, never let anyone get a drink for you. You need to be the one to get it from the bar or pour it yourself.
4. Be with a group you trust – If you are traveling with a group of friends, you should stick with them so that you can look out after each other. This will not be a problem if you really traveled to the USA with a group of friends. Always make sure you know the whereabouts of everyone in your group, and have a plan if ever you decide to go to separate locations. But if you are traveling solo, you will need to take precautions. Have your phone with you at all times, bring a whistle or even pepper spray.
5. Choose safe transportation – This part also falls under preplanning. You need to make sure that you have transportation not just in going to the club or party location, but also when you leave. If you rent a car, make sure that you are sober and can drive the vehicle. You may also schedule a cab or car service to pick you up if you already want to leave or go to another place. Some also opt to go for party bus rental as it is not only safer but actually more fun.