It is Black Friday, which started in some stores before midnight. I feel for the employees who worked all through the night after their Thanksgiving dinner with family.

Since most lawyers are not thinking about work today I thought I would share more of my travel ideas. Nancy and I have two favorite travel websites.The first is Luxury Link. We like it because there are packages. We use the Auctions and typically bid whatever is the minimum. We have won auctions for a hotel in Rome, luxury resorts in the US, Canada and Mexico.

On Monday I wrote about Hotel Villa Rolandi, where we stayed as part of a 3 day package we won the auction on Luxury Link. I am not sure we would have ever learned about this wonderful hotel had we not found it on Luxury Link. It is available again today on Luxury Link. If I had a New York trip planned in January, I would likely bid on The Benjamin 2-night package, which is available for $359. I like the Benjamin and would likely stay there anyway.

Our second is Vacation Rentals By Owner. We especially like it when we go to Hawaii, but we have also used the site to find homes in the mainland US and Mexico. 

When we go to Oahu, we do not want to stay on Waikiki. We prefer to stay on the north shore and our favorite town there is Haleiwa. Here are the current rentals available there. The first listing is a 3-bedroom that can be rented for $285 a night.

Our favorite island is The Big Island of Hawaii. We have rented houses and condos there frequently. When we want the beach we look at Man Lani. When being on or close to the beach is less important (most of the time), we rent luxury homes in the Kohala Ranch area. Our very favorite rental is The Best Ocean Views, Heated Pool, Private Tennis Court, although we have never used the tennis courts . Nancy took the sunset photo above from the deck of this wonderful house.

If by chance you have a trip planned to the Island of Hawaii, you are welcome to ask me questions and take a look at my own little Travel Ideas for Island of Hawaii, I share with friends.

So, happy shopping today and I hope your holiday season is blessed.