Travel Tip for Military Families

It is our goal to assit you with valuable travel tips to make your travel easier and help you save money along the way.  

We recently came across Militaryfares.com.  This is a great website that assists Military Service Men and Women get cheaper flights by negotiating with the Airlines for you.

On their blog we found an article called “Tips For An Inexpensive Family Vacation.”  Besides taking advantage of military discounts for airline tickets they offered some other useful tips.

Here are two we couldn’t agree more with:

  • “By staying in a vacation rental that features a kitchen, the family saves money on food and beverages.  This is also a time-saver when the family wants to spend less time waiting for a table and more time enjoying themselves at local attraction.”

 

  • “Nearby mountains, beaches, and parks are perfect ways to have fun without spending much money.  Some museums and other attractions have free admission days or offer no-charge admission to children.”

 

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Original Recipe – Cheesy Spam Bake

Spam was introduced to the islands during the U.S. Military occupation in World War II and has become a favored staple among locals.  Today you can find Spam in many variations such as Spam Hot & Spicy, Spam with Cheese, and Spam with Bacon, just to name a few.  We put together an easy Cheesy Spam Bake breakfast for you to try.  We used Lite Spam to keep on the healthier side but feel free to experiment with other variations if you’d like.

Cheesy Spam Bake

(Serves 4)

Cheesy Spam Bake

Ingredients:

  • 5 Slices multigrain bread with seeds, cut into cubes
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1/2 Cup shredded cheese*
  • 1/4 Cup green onions
  • 3/4 Cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 Cup fat-free, lower sodium chicken broth
  • 1 Teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 Can Lite Spam
  • 5 Large eggs

Method:

Preheat oven to 375°.  Cover baking tray with foil.  Place bread cubes on baking tray and coat with cooking spray.  Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly toasted, turning once.  Remove from oven and let cool.  In small bowl lightly beat eggs.  Combine bread, cheese, onions, milk, chicken broth, pepper, and spam in a large mixing bowl.  Gently fold in eggs into bread mixture.  Coat a medium baking dish with cooking spray and place mixture into dish.  Sprinkle additional shredded cheese on top, if desired.  Bake for 45 minutes or until lightly browned.  Let stand 5 minutes and serve.

*We used a blend of cheddar and jack cheese but you may substitute with a cheese of your choice such as swiss or mozzarella.

Suggestion:

By adding a teaspoon of sour cream to the top you can turn this recipe into breakfast for dinner.

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Air Fare Update – Hawaiian Expanding Flights to Hawaii

Hawaiian Airlines has announced the expansion of its Bay Area service to Maui with the company’s first-ever nonstop flights from San Jose, three days weekly, starting January 2012.  The new flight also gives Bay Area travelers more easy connections to Kona on Hawaii Island.  In conjunction with its special introductory fare (see below), Hawaiian is offering travelers bound for Kona the convenience and cost-saving option of flying to Kona via Maui at no extra charge.

Hawaiian’s senior vice president of marketing and sales, Glenn Taniguchi, noted “We know how popular Maui is for South Bay residents so our new nonstop service from San José will let them make the most of their vacation, while relaxing with the best, most enjoyable inflight experience offered to Hawaii.  Our special low introductory fares make this a particularly good time to save money and plan that winter vacation to Maui.”

San José – Maui Schedule

Starting January 10, 2012, flights will depart San José on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 8:10 a.m. and arrive at Maui at 11:45 a.m.  Departing Maui’s Kahului Airport on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 1:25 p.m. and arriving at Mineta San José International Airport at 8:25 p.m.

Special Introductory Fares

To celebrate the launch of its San José – Maui service, Hawaiian is offering a special introductory roundtrip fare of $298.40 (plus applicable fees) for travel between January 10 and March 14, 2012.  Tickets must be purchased by September 14, 2011.

Reservations can be made online at HawaiianAirlines.com or by calling Hawaiian toll-free at (800) 367-5320.

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