My husband and I (both 55) recently retired. We are in the beginning stages of planning a month long trip to Hawaii scheduled for March 2014.
We just returned from an organized Eco Adventure tour of Costa Rica. We had an amazing time, super active, but we did no planning ourselves, we just went along with the tour.
I have checked into Island Hopping Vacations, the itineraries look full and inviting, but I think with some time and effort and a little guidance I could plan an awesome vacation myself.
Location: In a months time how many islands would you plan to visit? I assume flying between islands the best option. Is there another mode that I am not aware of?
Lodging: I have looked at VRBO, does this seem the way to go? I would prefer to have a home base that we could prepare our meals ourselves. Is there another rental site that people have used and are comfortable with?
Itinerary: If you had a month, what would be your ideal vacation? We tend to be very active on vacation, we have always had to hurry to fit everything in. Now that we have the extra time, who knows we may enjoy a day on the beach.
Money Savers: Now that we are retired, we are looking for ways to save a buck. Any tips would be helpful.
Thanks for any tips and guidance you are willing to share!