Ever dream of vacationing in Hawaii, only to have your Polynesian island fantasies come crashing down on dry land once you find out how much a hotel or condominium and a rental car are going to cost? The budget-saving solution: travel more like local residents live, shrink your carbon footprint, and then you won't have to break the bank.
Over on Gogobot, a social travel network that's a real resource for independent DIY travelers, I've been doing a series of columns that tell many of my secrets for green, local and budget travel in Hawaii. Years of living, working and traveling all around the islands has taught me that the most unforgettable trips are often the cheapest.
Camping, hiking, hanging out at beaches, and learning about Hawaiian culture and history all cost less than one night squeezed in a tiny beachfront resort hotel room with mai tai cocktails. Plus you'll get better acquainted with a more authentic side of Hawaii, both its multicultural traditions and its hang-loose-outdoors contemporary lifestyle.
Check out my guest post with travel tips for Maui on Gogobot. If you've got your own money-saving, eco-travel ideas to share, leave a comment here or over there. My first post in this Hawaii eco-travel series: Oahu. Next up: Kauai on April 24. Aloha!
Go Green, Local Style in Hawaii: Maui Edition
Go Green, Local Style in Hawaii: Oahu Edition
My NPR Interview: Hiking and Ecotourism in Hawaii
Photos: West Maui (Sara J. Benson & Michael Connolly, Jr.)
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