Letters to the Editor: Money Saving Tips


Editorial Director Ruthanne Terrero

We got a response recently from a column our Editorial Director, Ruthanne Terrero wrote, called  “How 'Saving' Can Be Costly.”


What are your tips? Share them with us on our Facebook page.

Dear Ruthanne:

I would like to add my savings technique for my last trip to Maui. As you know, I chose to be a travel agent not because of the high pay but for my passion for travel.

My wife, Jacquelyn and I stayed at the beautiful Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea.  All rooms are large and spacious suites with balcony. Whenever we travel to a new city, I research the location for a local Costco.  Costco Maui is about 2 blocks from Maui airport.  One of the expenses that we can minimize is daily breakfast.

After we landed, Costco provided us with fresh croissants, fruits various crackers and cheese as well as many other beverages.  Of course, our hotel room has a fridge for us to store our food and drinks.

Imagine waking up to ocean view balcony from our suites with fresh in room hotel Kona coffee, orange juice, fresh fruits, pastries and croissants while enjoying local newspaper.

This daily morning routine allow us to enjoy peace while enjoying beauty of South Maui beaches while saving a lot of moneuy before we head out for our daily adventures to Hawaii localities.

We incorporate this breakfast saving techniques to any travel locations.

Before you go, be prepared, and do some research. Whenever possible, remember to request for a room with balcony.  Remember what your mom told you and don’t skip breakfast.  Breakfasts are easy and inexpensive.

Kevin Nguyen
Pinnacle Travel Counselor
American Express Platinum Travel Service

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