I use one of the travel sites to book hotel rooms. I want a clean comfortable room at cheap prices, because on vacation, I am only in the room to shower and sleep. So would NOT pay $400 a night for a room. I also don't want to go Motel 6 either.
On a recent trip to Alabama, I got Marriott Courtyard for $45 a night.
Personally, I don't give a rat's patootie about staying in the "right" hotels. I go to have fun, see and do what I want to do.
If anyone has a problem with my vacation plans, then they can gladly contribute to paying for it so that it comes up to their standards.
I used to host workshops that I charged a fee for. I had one client that came to every workshop, but complained bitterly about the $15 fee.
She was a real estate agent. Finally I told her: "I'd like you to sell my house." She got ALL excited and started to give me her standard spiel. I interuppted her and said: "but I don't want to pay your commission for it." She stopped dead in her tracks and said: "but that's how I make a living".
BINGO. She never brought up the fee for the workshop again.
Sometimes you have to get to people in ways THEY understand it to shut them up.
Sweetpea, I'm sure you are going to have a great time and I too can't wait to see the photos.
I also like Ellen's suggestions. We've found some GREAT restaurants that way. That weren't expensive and had incredile food.
I also want to know if it's true that McDonald's in Hawaii have McSpam sandwiches. Hawaii is the largest consumer of spam and have elevated it to high cuisine. They also have Spam sushi there. But it was the McDonald's (and Burger King) thing I heard that had me laughing so hard. So see if you can get a photo of the McDonald's menu for me, Ok?