Hawaii on a budget 

How we afforded to go to Hawaii – so can you!

“Hey, I found cheap flights to Hawaii, should we go?” – That’s what my friend Boudi said. Friday night and a bottle of wine later the madness (PHX – HNL) is booked. And we instantly feel happier.

Cheap flights to Hawaii

How cheap are cheap flights to Hawaii?! Well, it was in November 2013, I don’t remember the exact amount but

  • we had a great exchange rate (1.35 $/€)
  • it was low season in November
  • it must have been about 300€ because I’ve compared it with the travel costs for Abifahrt 😀

But, I made the mistake to not book it earlier. Last minute only works in very low season if they can’t sell their tickets; which is hardly ever these days. It rather gets more expensive. So I’ve hesitated to travel to the end of the world alone; especially because my parents and friends told me not to do so.

Multi-stop flights

So, I booked all my flights to the US in one as a multi-stop package on kayak. Which is awesome value for money.  (1159€ in total for FRA-PHX SNA-LGA RIC-MIA MIA-FRA). Adding Hawaii would have only cost 200€ more back then btw… -.-

Review Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines is the coolest airline I’ve come across so far. They make you sing at the gate, distribute flowers for honeymooners (yes, we thought for a moment about pretending 😀 ) And they serve fresh Hawaiian fruits. Honolulu has such a nice airport with lots of palmtrees around!

Honeymoon in Hawaii ?!

Anyway, many people believed we were just married.. 😀 Even as friends you can only have a good time in Hawaii.

Dangers in Hawaii

Despite flood warnings and stuff.. 😀

Cheap Accommodation in Hawaii

  • We booked the cheapest hotel (which was not bad at all, we got an upgrade to have a balcony with sea view and a kitchen for 100$ per night for the room): http://www.cheapoair.com/FPNextHotel/Hotels/HotelDetail/s/1?FPWEBCA205&EID=40&FPID=240605&HID=202986&T=Hotel%20Name&t=h
  • Had dinner once at a fancy beach-front restaurant (25$)
  • and cheap eats the other times
  • went on a snorkeling / sailing trip with turtles (around 50$)
  • booked a Mustang convertible for a day to explore the more hidden spots of Oahu (maybe 100$ divided by 2 people)
  • went to the Chiquita farm (10$)
  • sneaked into a fancy resort to see a stunning sunset and Hawaiian show by accident
  • some shopping at night (50$)

…and my mom paid more for her trip to Mallorca at the same time

Cheap Flights from Europe to Hawaii

From Europe, regularly check booking sites or:

http://www.urlaubspiraten.de/fluge/hawaii-kracher-hin-und-ruckfluge-nach-honolulu-mit-lufthansa-schon-fur-542-euro_20965

http://www.urlaubspiraten.de/fluge/fluge-nach-hawaii-schon-fur-264-euro-stopover-in-toronto-oder-vancouver-moglich_22116

http://www.urlaubspiraten.de/reisen/hawaii-reise-11-tage-schon-fur-1004-euro-inkl-flugen-unterkunft-mietwagen-maui-oahu-1315-euro_19706

Hawaii FMA

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Luxembourg – je t’aime, moi non plus…

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Living in Luxembourg pros and cons

Ech hun dech gär…that’s as close as you can get to saying “i love you” in Luxemburgish. Isn’t that sad? Luckily there are two more official languages to express your romantic feelings!

Correct me if I’m wrong but Luxembourg is the one and only country having three official languages (Luxemburgisch, French and German) and English being widely spoken.

Thanks to big expat and migrant communities, Portuguese, Italian and many other European and also non-European languages are spoken in the streets. Isn’t this unique? You become a polyglot by staying in one place – the heart of Europe! 💙💛

Finding a job? There are just banks and funds?! Luxleaks, fiscal paradise, Panama Papers…?

Amazon, Ferrero, Skype and many others recently declared their European headquarters here. No only for fiscal reasons and low social security charges but also thanks to the multilingual workforce. Wages are high and indexed to inflation. The country has more jobs than active workforce. Therefore many cross-country employees commute every day.

Makes the GDP per capita one of the highest in the world and the traffic jams also the most annoying worldwide.

Having 100,000 people more during lunch break than in the evening or on weekends make the city sometimes a real bore. Why do you all rush home instead of having some afterwork drinks?

Luxembourg has no culture?! Yes it does, afterwork on Wednesday and Thursday – but only on a sunny day. Where else in the world would you pay 5€ for a small beer to drink on the street? And yes this is both legal and socially accepted here! 😏😎✌🏿️

imageimageimageimageOctober to April are dark winter months with zero sunshine. Not only is there a lack of sunshine but also no blue skies, wet cold, rain, strong winds that will make you freeze to death and hate this place. Thats why we all migrate to southern Europe. Or at least dream of a sunnier place to be. This place reliably triggers my #wanderlust

Spring and summer however are incredibly picturesque!

If you’re allergic, better stay inside, those beautiful blossoms have some side effects.. 😝🙈🌸

The architecture is just stunning! From french sandstone villas on Avenue de la liberte to modern steel- glass office buildings on Kirchberg – the eye and camera lense has much to capture. And then the city mixes with parcs in its middle to have a green silent heart surrounded by its hectic loud life..

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Go check out the Luxemburgish Switzerland and beautiful castles in the North!

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Nightlife.. Well Luxi with you ridiculous prices you have become my rehab. Let’s better predrink with friends at my place and not pay your silly 15€ for a cocktail. Wages are not that high either!😈 🙀😿

And then you shouldn’t get too wasted either. Chances are high to run into your boss at a party. Or anyone you’ve ever met here. Byebye anonymous life! Socialize!

Lux is the cheapest country to study? Well cost of living is high but:

  • student accomodations are subsidized
  • tuition fees low
  • alcohol, cigarettes and gas cheap ( #tanktourismus)
  • you can go grocery shopping in Germany
  • No charges for medical insurance (those savings actually pay my rent) …

Construction

Right now, one can’t take any photos without cranes and construction sites. Sorry tourists from Far East for all the #Kranplatz …

What do you love and hate about Luxembourg? Or have you never been there? Leave me a comment 😉

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