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Jo Fitzsimons is a freelance travel writer who has visited over 60 countries. is the place where she shares destination details, travel itineraries, planning and booking tips and trip tales. Her aim: to help you plan your travel adventure on your terms and to your budget.

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  1. Evelyn
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    Hi Jo, many thanks for this! Hawaii is also on your list of best countries for female solo travelers; I was wondering if it is indeed quite easy to get from A to B without renting your own car. Is there public transport covering most of the touristic spots? And what if you’re on a thight schedule: How many days/weeks, as a minimum, do you recommend to spend on the islands?

  2. Romana
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    hi! thank’s god to have you on this planet 🙂 very useful information while searching for cheap accomodation. I have one more question – what’s the best (cheapest) way to come from Oahu to Maui – i wanna see that active volcano – while i’m coming from so far away is the only chance to do it now 🙂

  3. Agness of a TukTuk
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    I love how you listed down what you liked and didn’t liked for certain topics, I’m pretty sure those answered a lot of questions for travelers like myself. It will definitely help them choose between accommodation types and all, such a great read! I’ve got lots of great tips from this!

  4. Marko
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    Thanks for the info Jo! Stayed in The Beachhouse on Kauai for a week (awesome island!, good hostel) as well as on Oahu in the Waikiki Boutique Hostel (good hostel but too many party people when I was there)

  5. beatrice
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    I’m planning a similar trip as yours in a couple of months, may I ask you how much did it cost you in total? 🙂

  6. Guido Gambaro
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    Wow the best information ever thinking going to Awaii thi will help me a lot thank mate

  7. Marysia
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    Wow, this is superbly informative post about Hawaii! Thanks!

  8. Kelly Rogers
    Kelly Rogers at | | Reply

    Thank you so much for such a very detailed article. This would be a great help to us if ever we want to visit Hawaii. You are really an extensive traveller. 🙂

  9. Ruth
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    There is a lot of great information in here! I have only been once to Oahu (and went because I got a deal including a flight from Los Angeles and six nights accomodation in Waikiki for $400). I want to return to the islands but finding information about cheap accomodation is not that easy (I even searched for camping options). So, know I have more options to explore.

    Ohh, and I agree you should go in low season if you want to save money. The first 15 days of December seem to be very low and good prices can be found (that is when I went). Also, since the islands are popular with Japanese visitors, you have to take into consideration their holidays since prices are going to be up during those times.

  10. Kad
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    Great post! I’m planning to go there at the end of the year, and I got some useful tips for sure. Thank for sharing.

  11. Tom @ Waegook Tom
    Tom @ Waegook Tom at | | Reply

    Loving your write-up here! It’s the first time I’ve come across your blog, and I like your style. Also nice to know that Hawaii has so many backpacker-friendly places, or at least places that cater to those of us on a more modest budget. I think I’d have lost my shit at the couple having sex on the kitchen counter, though. Come on people, spring for a private room or go to the bathroom!

  12. The Wanderfull Traveler
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    Wow! This is the definitive guide to staying in Hawaii!
    I have always wanted to rent a home with a group of people in Kailua, Oahu but the price just kills the budget.
    I will throw this in a few of my friends’ faces when they says that Hawaii is too expensive.

  13. Corinne
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    What an informative post! I love that you were able to stay at so many of the hostels and give us such up to date info. Thanks.

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