My many adventures

Hi Folks, I want to dedicate this first part to all the Houston people and now the Florida folks who were and are in the path of dangerous hurricanes. I pray for you, your family and your pets to get through this terrible time in your life. Some countries all around the world are facing flooding, mud slides and war, please send help, relief and prayers their way.

I survived breast cancer, to travel around the world to some of the many places I've always wanted to go. There are lots more places I still want to visit.

I've been to Scotland, England, Vancouver, Victoria BC, an Alaskan cruise, Yukon, Alaska (Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway), a fab Mediterranean cruise which took us to Barcelona, the Vatican & Rome, the island of Crete, Izmir & Sulcuk, Ephesus Turkey, Egypt and Malta. I have been to Las Vegas, Hollywood LA, Cabo San Lucas, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Tampa, a Disney Cruise to Bahamas and Disney's Castaway Cay island, all over Canada and Hawaii and Pearl Harbour. We can add Cozumel, Costa Maya, Mexico, Belize City and Honduras. What a fabulous way to see the world!
Take the time to do the things you want to do because life is too short and if you wait until you can afford it, you'll likely never go. So get your plans ready and pick a place and start booking your trip. It is so worth it.
Thanks for dropping by. I have lots of posts to put up so stay tuned...
Debbie


BLOG POST OF THE MONTH: September 7, 2017

Hi Folks! My daughter and her new husband have been married one year. WOW that went fast. Was invited to Toronto in July to receive an Honorary Membership award from my union PSAC/USGE. They even brought my grandson up with me. We visited Niagara Falls, CN Tower and went to Medieval Knights dinner theatre. We had such a fabulous time!

I still have a great deal of travel posts to put up. I want our vacations and travel to be shared with you all. I'm not sure of what our travel plans will be for 2017, but for 2016, I rested all the time. Retirement is so awesome!! I was able to take pictures of the summer's Totally Eclipse of the Moom, which I'll share with you here on a post. It was incredible for sure.
I just love summer! I hope the winter will be gentle to us.

Still trying to find my ancesters with the Foran/Forhan name. Apparently two brothers came over from Dublin, one was name Edward who had a son named Edward born in Prince Edward Island and he had a son named William who had my father. I love doing ancestry but it is very frustrating when you can get no further without the "parents" names.

I have so many posts to write about so please keep patience with me. I received a great posting from SiteHoundSniffs.com which looks to be a great animal site. Hope you enjoy it.

My granddaughter Layla moved back in so now the family is together again for a while. She is a musician and is going to Community College for a Certificate in Music Finance. She also wants to cook for a living because she just loves food and boy can she cook. I wanted to help her to go to Culinary School but we will have to wait to see when she finally makes up her mind.

My little guy Rialey is now 14 and is 6'1 1/2 ". He is so thoughtful of me and helps me a lot.

I really wanted to travel this year but since retirement, the money is too tight. I'll have to save up but I have all those beautiful memories to keep me smiling for now. Thankfully I have posted most here on my blod.

Take care my blogger friends.

Thanks friends,

Debbie

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Guest Post - How to have your Hawaiian honeymoon on a budget : $3000 or less



Many people dream of having an elegant and wonderful honeymoon, but in today's economy, that seems like a challenge, mainly for one reason: Cost.

Say you want to go on a honeymoon, and you find a trip that looks great! That is, until you see how pricey it is. Being cost effective and having an enjoyable honeymoon might seem difficult, considering the average cost of a honeymoon is around $4000, even at the most affordable rates. All you have to do though is get a little creative and sure enough, there are certainly a few ways to cut expenses, so here are a few tips on spending as little as you can (let's say $3000 or less) while still having a great time.

The basics
Though it seems like stating the obvious, having an emphasis on budget and doing extra planning for your honeymoon is a great help. Planning out where you're going, what you're doing and other questions all come into play where budget is concerned. One of the biggest variables for cost is location. Depending on where you're going can make a huge difference. But just because you're on a budget doesn't mean you can't splurge, just so long as it all fits within the budget.

Plan ahead
Planning a honeymoon weeks or even months in ahead can also help tremendously. Knowing where you're going, what you're doing, and having a basic idea in mind will put you at an advantage. Not only can you be on the lookout for deals and cheaper prices, but if you're ever planning on buying plane tickets, for example, often times you can get them cheaper when you buy them earlier.

Where to stay
Hotels can charge high rates per night, which then becomes another factor in one's budget. In Hawaii there are "hotel taxes" which increase the cost even more. Rather than staying in an expensive hotel, opting for a hostel is one alternative, with some private rooms as cheap as twenty dollars. Renting condos, apartments, or even cabins for prices much cheaper than retail hotel rates is also possible thanks to Hawaii vacation rental sites like airbnb.com. You can find many places between $75-$100/night. A bed and breakfast is also another idea for honeymoons.


Prices and cost
During vacation season, tickets to popular destination spots are naturally more expensive, and going on a honeymoon during an off-peak season can cut down the budget. Going during off season doesn't necessarily mean that there won't be much to see; in fact, you might get to see more, as off-seasons typically mean that there are less tourists and visitors, and cheaper prices on plane tickets and hotel rooms. Purchasing an all-inclusive honeymoon package at a set price also allows you to know how much you're paying but the only downside would be considering the cost of airfare.

Tours vs Renting a Car
When on Hawaii you will need to get out of the city to see the beautiful nature Hawaii has to offer. Upon arriving to Hawaii, we recommend relaxing because almost everyone is jet-lagged. For your first full day, we recommend taking a tour of the island and stopping by Pearl Harbor. There are many Pearl Harbor tours you can take while circling the island. The reason we recommend taking a tour 1st is you can revisit the spots you liked later on. Also, the local tour guides will give you excellent recommendations based on your likes. Most tour companies will pick you up at select hotels in Waikiki. If you are on a super tight budget, Hawaii has the best bus system ever as long as you are outside of Waikiki.
Pearl Harbor tours

Sightseeing and preparing your own meals
By doing research in advance, and a little exploring when you're there, you might find great restaurants, locations, and more than what you would see on a guided tour alone. It is also possible to save money by buying groceries and making food yourself every few days and eating out on others, rather than going to expensive restaurants every day. Preparing your meals, especially in Hawaii, is a must if you want to save money. You will easily spend $45 on a meal on every outing. If you need to stretch your dollar even further (and I mean a lot further), go to the ABC stores and buy food there for $5. ABC stores are a step up from 7/11's in USA.

With so many options available, it just goes to show that there are many possible ways to stretch your budget and have a great honeymoon.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask in the comments or you can reach us on on Facebook.

This post was written by Nick at Discover Hawaii Tours. Here is their Facebook Page.