When I first starting actually considering moving to Hawaii I was very excited – and overwhelmed. All of the logistics and details that go in to moving across an ocean are quite daunting. But TOTALLY doable! Heck – I just made it happen
The following are travel tips and things to consider when moving across an ocean. This info is based on my personal move from Minnesota to Hawaii.
1. The Big Car Decision
First thing’s first – I had to decide:
– Buy a car when I get there. I’ve done a ton of research and buying a car in Hawaii is extremely expensive (of course). Not many options so it is what it is. The cars also tend not to be as reliable. Between shady car dealers and the ocean salt air I’ve heard of multiple instances of these “reliable” cars breaking down. More money gone. Decision = NO.
– Screw that I’ll just bike everywhere! Yah – not happenin. As much as I’d love to be eco-friendly, save money on gas, and get super bike fit (ha) it just isn’t practical for me on Maui. I need to be able to get around for work (wherever that is) but also I want to be able to go on adventures all over the island. I mean – kinda the point of living in paradise riiight? Decision = NO.
– Bring my own car. Since I was coming from Minnesota it was not as easy as living near LA, Seattle or any other port where you can easily put your car on the ship. Kinda annoying to drive 30 HOURS from Minnesota to Cali but the peace of mind of knowing I have a reliable car wins. Decision = YES!
2. My Shipping Mate
When I knew I was shipping my car the next step was – who to go with?!
Gosh that darn Internet is the best, isn’t it (said in my thickest MN accent of course)? Research, research, research. And Yelp reviews! Once I narrowed down my options of potential shipping companies it was time to contact them and get quotes. I was able to quote my lowest price and see if the next could beat it. Wound up getting myself a fairly decent deal with Coastal Auto Shipping (a Matson company)! The research effort was worth it!
3. Setting Sail
When I knew who my carrier was I had to know how often the ship sets sail and therefore when I need to drop my car off at the port. But – at the same time I had to consider my flight…
I knew I wanted to be in Maui BY October 1st because I was set on spectating at Ironman World Championship in Kona Sat October 8th. Since this inspiring event is on the Big Island I wanted to give myself some time to get organized before hopping to a different island.
2. Track Prices
I started tracking flight prices from LAX to OGG (Kahului, Maui) anytime from Sept 27-Oct 1. Being flexible by providing a range helps you to find the very best deal possible. And I’d say $269 for a one-way Delta flight to Hawaii is not bad. Go me
Car to Port
1. More Logistics
So the flight was set for Friday, September 30th (weehoo I got here even before my goal of Oct 1!) and with this date in mind I had to have my car to the port by Sept 28. Noted.
2. The Roadtrip
My amazing parents offered to partake in my crazy, 30 hour journey to Los Angeles and of course I said YES! It’s a good thing my dad is a licenced car dealer and found a good deal on a new car at an auction in Riverside, California. They picked the car up there and drove that on the way home. Perfect!
In order to get there in time (and not kill ourselves doing so) we decided to leave Fri, Sept 23 to play it safe. And man did we have a blast along the way. I’ll need a whole other blog post to go in to detail 😉
Cokato, MN > Ogallala, NE > Grand Junction, CO > Las Vegas, NV > Riverside/Long Beach/Anaheim, CA > Redondo/Hermosa/Manhattan Beach!
“Things” of Importance
1. Shipping a Bike
I knew I definitely wanted my bike but toyed with where to actually ship it from. I was actually living in Colorado before the big move and helping with marketing for Full Cycle, a bike shop in Boulder. The fellas there are awesome and offer to package up the bike safely for a good price. Sooo the decision was actually pretty simple. Shipped straight to Maui without having to haul it back to Minnesota and/or on the road trip all the way to LA.
At first I thought “Well – I’ll just fit a crap ton of stuff into my car!” Um – no. Has to be completely empty to ship. There goes that brilliant idea.
The car shipping companies also have crates to ship your stuff. Got quotes from everyone and the cheapest was $1,400 for the smallest! Um what?! So I concluded the ONLY reason you would do that is if you’re stinkin rich and bringing all your furniture and big stuff like a crazy person. Or I guess a family if you can split that space and bring everything you need. But a single, solo mover – NO!
I wound up bringing the two allowed carry-ons and checked four pieces of luggage. Now it does add up as two of the bags were super large and well over 50 lbs but it never totaled near the $1,400 cost for a shipping crate. BOOM!
Hope you got some solid advice and relief from the above tips. I KNOW you can make your dream of living in paradise (or wherever) happen! Happy to help answer more specific questions if ya got them. Simply comment below or email [email protected] and I’ll try to elaborate!
Stay tuned for tips on how to approach the daunting “to do” list once you actually get to your destination. Living arrangements, job opportunities, getting your bearings, etc!
(P.S. I cannot freaking figure out why most of my images are tiny now. Didn’t change up a thing. Any ideas?! Grr.)