Hey y’all! I have received a ton of questions about our honeymoon in Maui over the last 10 months we’ve been married and I FINALLY sat down to put all of the details in one place! This is going to be a series of posts because there truly is so much information to digest if you’re planning a Maui trip! I will cover why we chose Maui, the best beaches, things to do, places to eat, tips we’ve learnedand travel! Today’s post will focus on why we chose Maui, where we stayed, and flights.
ABOUT US + WHY MAUI
For some background information, I am a teacher and my husband was ending an accounting internship with no promise of a job at the time of our honeymoon, so we definitely were on a budget! Traveling is a huge priority for us, and Hawaii was on our bucket list. We paid for the entire honeymoon ourselves so we tried to make the trip as cost effective as we could without limiting ourselves from having the honeymoon we wanted! We chose Maui because it is an island with so much to offer. There is the beach, mountains, hiking, relaxing, adventure, and ALL THE THINGS!
The most expensive part is getting there and the hotel. We paid about 3,000 dollars to get there and stay. When we got there, it really wasn’t that expensive! We were surprised at how many free things there are to do. You definitely don’t have to buy into all of the flashy tourist stuff. Don’t get me wrong, we did some classic tourist activities, but if we could figure it out on our own we did!
WHERE WE STAYED
The first thing we did was book an AirBnB on the beach! I knew we wanted to go to Maui and I knew exactly where I wanted to stay. I have followed Jenna Kutcher (a photographer and blogger) for years and it was literally my dream to stay at her family’s condo at some point in my life. One day about 6 months out from our wedding, I popped on to see when the Kutcher Condo was available. There was literally ONE week open right after our wedding and I nearly squealed. I knew it was meant to be and I booked it immediately!
An AirBnB or VRBO is the way to go if you’re planning a trip anywhere in Hawaii. There is no such thing as an “all inclusive resort” and it’s generally more way more affordable. My best friend stayed at a resort for her honeymoon and she had to pay a ton of extra fees upon check in and check out. The condo also enabled us to live like locals for the week which we loved! Here is a link to where we stayed: The Kutcher Condo and you can click here to get $55 off your first AirBnB stay!
Getting cheap flights to Hawaii from Texas is NO JOKE. It was like playing a game with the internet for months trying to find a good deal. I recommend tracking flight prices on the Hopper app for the dates you want to go! It notifies you when prices drop and when it’s the best time to buy tickets based on flight trends. Another helpful tip is to buy one way tickets to and from your destination. When I compared our flights to the average round trip ticket, we saved over 1,000 dollars!
I got our tickets home first, and then a few weeks later prices drastically dropped and I bought our tickets to Maui. We used Alaskan Airlines for the way home and American for the way to Maui. I’m not going to lie, American Airlines was not super amazing due to poor customer service when we ran into some delays. We almost missed our connection to Maui in LA and were exited OUT of security due to some bad directions when we had 10 minutes to make our flight (it’s a WHOLE story for another time!). However, the tickets were only 200 dollars each so we can’t complain about that! We LOVED our Alaskan Airlines experience on the way home. We carried on all of our luggage and that was the BEST decision so we didn’t have to worry about anything getting lost.
You NEED a rental car if you are going to Hawaii, ESPECIALLY Maui! There are so many pretty things to see and do. You don’t want to miss out or be limited because you can’t drive somewhere! A huge tip to save money is to use your car insurance company to get discounts on rental cars. We paid 200 dollars for 8 days and we had a sweet 2019 Kia Soul. If you book a rental car and find something cheaper later, you can cancel and book for a cheaper price.
That’s all! The next post about our honeymoon will include all of our favorite beaches and adventures! If you have any questions or tips comment them below! You can find more everyday life over on my instagram @simplyemilye .
love y’all big!