Planning my next frugal travel….and I’m looking for volunteers

Ever dream about taking a tropical vacation for months on end?  Well it’s entirely possible and affordable.  I’m working on my plan for another excursion to Kauai and possibly one of the other gorgeous Hawaiian islands for the next winter season.  I love my home in the mainland north country but winters are long and cold.  For this reason I have been a “snowbird” or winter visitor to warm and lush places since 1995.  You don’t have to be retired to do this and you don’t need to be rich.  You just need to be creative and develop a plan.  During my last visit to Kauai I met many people who paid thousands of dollars for weekly rentals for a vacation much too short.  Honestly, I felt sorry for them, because they could have had and extended adventure for about the same price as it would have cost them to stay at home.  Fact: my entire stay on Kauai for 6 months cost less than $10,000 and that included both the rental housing and a car.

I am now at the stage of formulating my plan for the next winter season.

Are there any other couples out there looking for a frugal winter adventure?

Now is your chance.

Last season I found it easy to rent affordable housing in Kauai with a 6 month lease.  Home owners are happy to rent their homes rather than leave them vacant during these tough economical times and the unsure climate of vacation rentals.  As I visited all around the island you could see that many vacation condos were at less than 50 percent occupancy.  Tough times for all who invested but bonus time for the frugal traveler.   Just search the many ads on Craigslist and vacation rental sites to see exactly what I mean.

My plan: Find like-minded travelers who are willing to sign a six month lease with me on an accommodation.  I’ll take the first 3 months and they’ll take the next 3 months.  We would each split the security deposit and each pay our 3 month rent up front to the realtor.  I will be purchasing an inexpensive car on arrival and would pass it on for what ever I paid to the next lucky traveler.

I might also like to do the same plan on another one of the islands if anyone is interested in staying on, say, the Big Island for the first 3 months and then we would swap for the next 3 months.

I really enjoy my privacy so there would be no staying together with strangers.

Please anyone who may be interested in this read my blog to see what I’m all about and contact me.

Aloha, Rene

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2 Responses to “Planning my next frugal travel….and I’m looking for volunteers”

  1. ingrid Says:

    Hi Rene,
    We may be willing to go in on a 6 or 7 month rental with you in the Hanalei area of Kauai. We are hoping to find a place that would be big enough for my husband and I and our two little ones (ages 3 and 1). We’re looking to stay for the months of December through mid March. Let me know if this would work for you and your needs.

    • Rene Halligan Says:

      I’m looking to go south to Kalaheo. Poipu, Lawai or Omao. It rains too much in the north and the waves are much too rough there in the winter. My daughter is currently looking for housing in the north. If she should find something suitable for you I will be happy to forward you the information. Look for housing on craigslist and in the garden island news. When you see real estate agents names go to their websites and look there too. Happy hunting. I love Kauai.

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