Post # 1
Ok just posted this longer discussion about a last minute 10 day Hawaiian vacation leaving out of NJ next month costing us close to $8,000 for just hotel& airfare (no food or excursion). As a last ditch effort, I’m thinking of ditching the travel agent idea and maybe just booking VBRO condos for Maui & Kauai, but wondering if they would be as nice say as a boutique like hotel with pools and lush gardens/firepits?
Some friends have said NOT to do the VBRO thing for my honeymoon but I’m wondering how much money I can save?? If not, then I’m thinking of all inclusive in Carribean but have NO idea where we can go to relax but then go into town and see things we would have seen in Hawaii?? UGH…please HELP
Post # 3
I think it’s the luck of the draw, we used the site for a two week family vacation in Florida and ended up with a gorgeous 5 bedroom house right on the ocean (we literally stepped out of the house into sand) it was beautiful. But, we drove down to another house we were super close to booking and it was a dump! Very dated and worn down, but that one looked nice on the website.
Post # 4
Have you looked at the pricing on VRBO for the area you’re interested in? We tried to do the rental thing for our trip to california in september, but most of the places actually ended up being more expensive than a hotel since it was just the two of us..
Post # 5
I use VRBO all the time and always have good luck. i used them for my first honeymoon to Hawaii and loved the house we had in Kauai. No…it’s not going to be posh like a hotel. You will have to make your own beds and straighten up after yourself but I like the space and privacy of having a house. I hate hotels. Our Kauai house had a great view, bikes and boogie boards we could use, an awesome patio with a grill, and an adorable kitchen.
If you go the vrbo route, pick one that has good reviews. Don’t get one that has none or only one review. I usually get one that has 20+ reviews.
Post # 6
@danilynn72: My MIL-to-be is obsessed with VRBO. She’s a woman out of the 80’s who has never used a computer but will sit on it for hours looking at house porn. I wish I had pictures on hand of the amazing places she has booked throughout the years.
You need to do a little legwork, and booking a home means additional hidden fees, like groceries. But it is absolutely worth looking into. You’ll be in someone’s home though. Granted, it will be empty and set up like a beach house most of the time, but you don’t get turn down service or maid service (and when you finish your time, you usually need to run the laundry).
I’d definitely look into it, it’s a good way to cut some costs and find a hidden gem.
Post # 7
We are kinda doing this except we know the people who own the condo so we feel more secure about where we are going…I was able to book our flights using almost all Travel Miles on my credit card which was great and the condo is only $60 Cdn per night!..Granted it is NOT waterfront but it is a block from the beach. At the end of the day we prefer to put the $$ into our house and are doing most things as economically as we can and are comfortable with.
Post # 8
We’re looking into it, as it was recommended to us by a friend who had a great experience. We’re honeymooning in Vancouver, BC for 10 days, which has the potential for being quite expensive with a traditional hotel. We’re looking into studio rentals close to public transportation, which has the potential to save us a bundle.
Post # 9
Ok went on VBRO and all the condos seem like $200+ a night…how do you find these great deals? Am I searching wrong? Help…so confused
Post # 10
@danilynn72: I definitely would go the VRBO route. It’s much cheaper and then you’ll have a kitchen so you can save money on food. Obviously you’ll be missing out on the “resort experience”, but lots of those condos and rentals have pools, hot tubs, and it’s much more private!
DH’s buddy at work actually rented a place on Kauai for 3 weeks a few months back and they loved it! We’ve been looking into it ourselves, and it definitely seems like the best option. I know for Maui I could even find places for $90 a night.
Post # 11
@danilynn72: That was the same issue we had. Heck we had a hard time staying under $300/night once you included the “cleaning fees” and taxes.
I could see how it might be a real budget saver if you needed multiple hotel rooms for a family or something, but for just two people it doesn’t seem worth it. Maybe different areas are better than others?