My wife and I have our 20th anniversary in April. On a bit of a lark last weekend, we decided to look into a Hawaii vacation. We've never taken a big trip together. We researched for a few days and settled on focusing on one island (Maui), and looked into our various options for lodging. After a bit of research we decided we'd like to stay in the Wailea area and would like a condo in order to get a bit more room and a kitchen.
So, we found a couple of nice condos but noticed that the dates were going fast, so we went ahead and snapped up a reservation. $220 per night for a nice, completely renovated and modern 1-bedroom - about 5 minutes walk from the beach.
I found what I thought was a decent price on nonstop airfare from Seattle ($440 per person), and snapped that up as well.
So now we're committed, and I am a nervous wreck. I've worked out a budget and we are looking at around $3,100 for the condo and airfare, and another $1,200 for car, food, misc. expenses, etc. This is for a 9 night, 10 day vacation. That's assuming we don't eat too fancy and have many meals at the condo. It's also not allowing for much in the way of the paid tours/excursions. We've never spent that kind of money on a vacation before (or anything else, that I can think of, except for houses and cars).
I'm left thinking ... maybe we should have looked at the Bahamas or Mexico or some-such ... maybe we should have lowered our expectations for the condo and went with something in the $100/night range ... maybe this, maybe that.
I am an inexperienced traveler. I've been in a different time zone once in my life, and that was a business trip. I don't know anybody who's been to Maui ... This might be the only trip we can take like this for the next 10 years as our kids go through college.
So, I'm looking for encouraging words here. I know I'll be getting the biased opinions of Maui fans, but that's okay ....