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Tweet Since my last post I have packed and shipped all my stuff, finished grad school, and went on an AWESOME and not-at-all-frugal  vacation with my parents to New York City, Boston, Montreal, and Quebec City. It was their first time to the East Coast and to Canada. I’ve been to Boston and New York City […]

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Tweet This is the night view from our balcony in the Condado district of San Juan, Puerto Rico. This was somewhat of a spur of the moment trip – a good girlfriend wanted to go somewhere to celebrate the impending end of our graduate school journey, but she had visa issues that precluded traveling outside of the […]

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Tweet In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be on my way to Boston where I’m meeting up with Mom & Dad for our first ever family vacation to the East Coast. It will be great because I will be done with finals!! and I will get to go on vacation with Mom and Dad. When […]

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Tweet When CB and I were sharing our travel destination dreams, he mentioned that Japan is the one country that he really wants to visit. So… we are visiting the Land of the Rising Sun at the end of June. The whole reason we can afford this trip is because we redeemed our United miles for […]

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Tweet Come July, CB and I will embark on a 3-week, 6-country, multi-city whirlwind tour of Europe (also, what in the world made me think I could resist the allure of international travel?). Our full itinerary winds through England, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, and Poland. I love it when my goals align with what I really love […]

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Tweet We stayed in the Yucatan region of Mexico (basing ourselves out of Merida) for a whole week between Christmas and New Year. Our flights cost a shade under $1,100 for round-trip for two, and we spent ~$1,200 on everything in country. We went on a stick canoe tour through a mangrove forest, climbed Mayan […]

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Tweet Positioned between Europe and Asia, Turkey is incredibly diverse, with some regions having a European flair, while others taking on more of a Middle Eastern influence. This dichotomy, along with a relatively cheap cost of living, has long made Turkey a haven for tourists. While the cost to visit has begun to rise (Istanbul, […]

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Tweet In the past couple of years, sharing (or person-to-person renting) has become huge in the travel industry. Everything you need on a vacation – accommodations, tours and entertainment, food, and transportation – can be arranged on a sharing basis (or “collaborative consumption“). One plucky writer decides to assemble a vacation in San Francisco by […]

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Tweet Thanksgiving is just a few days away! I am looking forward to this opportunity to have some time off, see my husband, and reflect – with gratitude – on the good things we have going for us. Just as importantly, I am looking forward to a vacation. CB and I are spending our Thanksgiving weekend […]

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Tweet Christmas is less than 2 months away, which means that CB and I are less than 2 months away from our romantic escape to Merida, Mexico! We booked this trip around the same time as my trip to Iceland – and it was just as well, because my London adventure has completely jump-started my […]

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Tweet The first ever souvenir I bought with my own money (allowance) was a little sandcastle from Catalina Island back in 1997 or 1998. It cost $5, a very princely sum for me back then. I still have it at my parents’ home, in remarkably good condition. As I’ve started traveling more, I realized that […]

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Tweet One of the things I’ve noticed during my stay in London is how nice it is not to have a “discretionary but-not-really tipping system because if you don’t tip the restaurant workers won’t make enough money” scheme that we have in the States. During my vacation, I didn’t tip for take-out food and the […]

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