5 Things You Need to Know About Traveling to Hawaii
If you are planning on travelling to Hawaii, you are in the right place. I just returned from touring the archipelago for 17 days and I come with fresh information and good advice that will make your trip unforgettable.
In the following article we reveal in more detail: itineraries, essential visits and where to sleep, summarizing, as far as possible, everything you need to know when planning a trip to Hawaii. You can also visit www.touristsecrets.com for a complete guide.
Come on, let’s go!
1. Management of your visa and entry to the United States
Once you have your flights booked, you will have to get an ESTA, a permit that is managed online and that allows you to enter the country. It costs (today) $10 and is valid for 2 years. If you are denied (as was mine), you will have to make a tourist visa application, which costs $160 and has 10 years of vigor. This includes doing an interview at the embassy and a series of procedures with which we are not going to get tangled up now. The reasons why an ESTA can be denied are multiple, so don’t be discouraged, answer the questionnaire honestly. In my case it was rejected because I answered YES to the question of whether I had visited Iran.
2. Plugs in the United States
Before traveling to the United States (in this case to Hawaii), buy a pair of plug adapters. I went to a hardware store and bought two for $3.
3. Hawaiian schedule and life
As in many islands of the world, people take things easy. You will see that people drive cautiously and without haste. Respect it! In addition, people are up at about six in the morning and you have 12 hours of light ahead, more or less until 18:30. Make the most of the day because Hawaiians are much more lively by day than by night. Go with comfortable (and cool) clothes. Except maybe in Honolulu where the atmosphere can be a little more chic among tourists with a lot of money. Here people dress simple and informal. It’s hot all year, so the atmosphere is relaxed. Of course, take a jacket if you go on public transport where the air conditioning is often at full speed.
4. What will I eat in Hawaii?
The bad thing is that most of the options that are not fast food are quite expensive. Hawaii is an expensive destination. You can try to spend less, but it is expensive.
Although it depends on the islands, Hawaii is full of fast food chains, McDonalds, Panda Express, Starbucks, etc. In any case, I did eat fast food once or twice. Fast food restaurants are the cheapest and fastest places to eat and you will see that (unsurprisingly) they are very crowded.
5. Rent a car in Hawaii
It is worth renting a car and it is quite necessary if you want to move around the island (especially in the less touristy spots where public transport does not reach). The price of the car per day is between $30 and $50 with all risk insurance.
You should also look for the best travel apps on takes app before leaving for Hawaii. That will be very helpful!