Half way point

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1. Posted by Melbournetracy (Budding Member 14 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

I’m hoping this doesn’t come across as a stupid question?
hubby and I are from Australia. We are flying to Las Vegas early September. (Flying will be over 20 hours)
On the way home we don’t want to do another 20+ hours. Can anyone recommend a half way point that we can stop at for a few days.
At the moment Hawaii seems like the only option
Many thanks

2. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1804 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

It will be shorter if you fly out of LAX - Las Vegas is another hour east.

I did my best to figure out a flight plan that I could take to get to Australia from the US without that long flight. I tried going to South American then over. I even tried it going east or going up to Alaska and then to Japan.

But LAX to Santiago Chile would be 10.5 hours, and Santiago to New Zealand would be 12+ hours. But I think that's longer than going to Hawaii which from LAX would be 6 hours to Hawaii and then 10.5 back to Sydney. Besides if you were going to spend the money to do that, you might as well take a direct flight back and just pay to be in Business or First Class.

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Jan-2020, 03:12 GMT by greatgrandmaR ]

3. Posted by Melbournetracy (Budding Member 14 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

Yes it seems like I’m just going to have to suck it up..

4. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1407 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

You'll also save money by flying from Las Vegas to Honolulu, then taking Jetstar nonstop to Melbourne. This is less expensive than flying to Los Angeles and then to Melbourne.

5. Posted by Melbournetracy (Budding Member 14 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

Berner256 that’s handy to know. Thank you

6. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1115 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

Hawaii isn't a bad place to stop. There are a few islands to choose from and they are small enough that you could explore a whole island in a short stopover.

7. Posted by Melbournetracy (Budding Member 14 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

Teoni I’m looking forward to going to Hawaii. It’s the expense that’s troubling me...the Aussie dollar is only fetching 69 cents against the U S dollar...

8. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1407 posts) 38w 1 Star this if you like it!

Your biggest expense while traveling in the U.S. will be accommodations. It will consume half your budget or more. The cost of living in Hawaii is high, as it is in most island destinations. That's one reason the state is losing population, particularly since housing is unaffordable to many.

But Hawaii doesn't have to be a budget buster. There are lots of activities and places to visit without having to spend much, if any, money. A visit to the Pearl Harbor Memorial is free, for example.


Likewise, the National Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as Punchbowl, offers a great view of Honolulu. There's no charge to enter.


If you like hiking and beaches, there's lots to see and do without cost, except perhaps paying to get there on TheBus, or renting a car for a day. If you're relatively fit, hike up Diamond Head or Koko Head.


You'll have to pay to get into some museums, but the price is reasonable, such as for Iolani Palace.


After visiting the palace, walk around the civic center and downtown Honolulu into Chinatown. The Foster Botanical Garden is a short walk away; and the entrance is next to the Kuan Yin Temple. Nearby is Waikahalulu Falls.


If renting a car, drive to the Pali, then over to the Windward side; and continue to the North Shore to Waimea, Haleiwa and Mokuleia. Park your car at the latter (leave nothing of value in the vehicle) then hike towards Kaena Point to the bird sanctuary.


Drive back through Central Oahu, where you'll see some pineapple fields. Sugar and pineapple used to be the biggest sources of income for Hawaii; now it's tourism and government spending. The last sugar plantation closed years ago. Pineapple processing left for the Philippines and Thailand. The scaled-back fields you see now are for fresh fruit.

Yes, Hawaii is expensive. But it doesn't have to be overly so. I leave today for Honolulu to visit family.

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Jan-2020, 10:36 GMT by berner256 ]

9. Posted by Melbournetracy (Budding Member 14 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

berner256 thank you I’ll check out everything you have posted

10. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1804 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

If you want to see the U.S.S. Arizona memorial - that is open again and it is free, but there are limited tickets to go out to the memorial on a boat. They give out 1300 tickets starting at 7 am and when they are gone, they are gone. Each person can only get one ticket, so you both have to be there. You can also reserve tickets 60 days in advance.